If your school district has decided to contract with an outside janitorial service rather than hire its own janitors, then the first step in making this transition will be to interview various janitorial companies and see what they have to offer. There are a lot of good janitorial companies out there, but not all of them are well-suited to working in schools. Here are a few questions you should ask when interviewing different janitorial companies with the hope of finding one to clean your school.
Does the company clean any other schools in the area?
If a janitorial company is already servicing another school or a few other schools, then this gives them a leg up on the competition. You can assume they are already familiar with the best ways to clean classrooms, kids' bathrooms, school cafeterias, and the other unique spaces found in schools. You can also call the schools that employ this company and ask how happy they have been with their services.
If a company does not clean other schools, that does not mean they're not a good choice. It simply means you will have to do a little more digging to make sure the company is a good fit and is able to offer the services you need.
What cleaning solutions does the company use?
Kids touch everything. Then, they touch their mouths. For these reasons, cleaning products used in schools need to be really safe. A janitorial service that cleans schools should use non-toxic cleaners and should be knowledgeable about the health and safety guidelines for any products they use.
Does the company do background checks on their employees?
Most of the janitorial work will be done after-hours while there are fewer kids in the school, but there may still be some kids around playing sports or taking part in after-school activities. For this reason, it's really important that the janitorial service you hire does background checks on their employees to ensure all of those employees are safe to be around kids.
What hours is the company available to clean?
Make sure the company's availability lines up with the hours during which you need them. If a company is only available to clean during the day, they're not a good choice for school cleaning, even if their cleaners are responsible and use the best cleaning solutions.
If you ask the questions above, you should get a pretty good idea of whether a particular janitorial cleaning service can provide what your school needs.