When you run your own business, it can be tempting to try and save costs by having your own employees clean your business. However, unless you are in a profession where cleaning is part of the job, such as food service, it often makes more sense to contract out the cleaning of your business.
#1. Liability Risks
When you have your own employees clean your business, you increase your liability risk. If you just have your employees randomly clean in their spare time, they may not put up the proper signage and follow the proper safety measures to make sure that employees and visitors to your business are safe. Cleaning your own business increases your chance of having to use your liability insurance.
When you hire out and have a janitorial service clean your office, the liability risk of a wet floor, for example, transfers to the janitorial service you use.
#2. Worker's Compensation Risks
When you allow your own employees to clean up your business, you are saying that you are willing to accept the worker's compensation risk that comes with allowing your employees to clean. If this falls outside of your worker's job description, and a worker gets injured cleaning your business, you will see your worker's compensation insurance increase, and you may even get dropped from your carrier.
When you hire a janitorial service to clean your office, any risk of injury from cleaning is transferred to the janitorial company that you hire to clean your office.
#3. Health Risks
When using cleaning products, you have to be careful. There are plenty of commercial cleaning solutions that should not be used together in order to avoid adverse chemical reactions. You have to be careful with toxic fumes when working with commercial cleaning products. Your employees may not have the know-how to be safe with the chemicals.
Your employees may also not know how to properly protect themselves with gloves, safety goggles, and protective clothing, and you would need to make sure, from a liability standpoint, that you were providing your employees with all of these items.
Employees from a janitorial cleaning company, on the other hand, would be trained and know what chemicals to not mix together. They would have access to the right type of safety equipment and would know when and how to use it, as using cleaning products safely is their primary job.
You should not use your own employees to clean your business. Doing so puts your employees and your business at risk for a liability claim, worker's compensation claim, and health risks. Instead, you should use a professional janitorial service whose employees are trained for this type of work, understand the risks, and know how to protect themselves and others when cleaning.
Look into hiring a professional cleaning service, whether you need bathroom tile cleaning, kitchen cleaning, or any other type of commercial cleaning.