Every year, more companies are hiring commercial cleaners rather than trying to do it themselves. In just the last 10 years, the use of commercial cleaning in the U.S. has grown into a $50.4 billion industry.

Why the growth? Here are the top seven reasons that companies are switching to commercial cleaners.

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    Employees appreciate a clean office, and the Harvard Business Review documents the benefits to productivity and sales.

    Commercial cleaners are trained to clean efficiently, effectively and safely.
    Commercial cleaners are skilled, have the most effective tools and know how to use safe and effective cleaning compounds. They can ensure safety for your employees and customers by not exposing them to pathogens or chemicals that may be harmful.
  2. Commercial cleaners can recommend (and contract to) the optimal cleaning schedule. They will know how often to clean office space, restrooms, windows, floors and common areas such as employee cafeterias. This knowledge can be translated into a cleaning contract custom tailored to your business. You only pay for what you need.
  3. Commercial cleaners are not disruptive to office productivity. They clean in the evenings or on weekends, so they don’t disrupt employees or customers.
  4. Commercial cleaning impresses employees and customers. Cleaning shows respect and is inviting. Cleaning is a way to show that your business is professional. Employees and customers notice sparkling floors, dust-free tables, odor-free carpets and clean windows. Most recently, a study by the Staples Corporation found that 94 percent of workers reported feeling more productive in a clean workspace, while 77 percent said they felt they produced a higher quality of work in a cleaner environment.
  5. Commercial cleaning prevents costly accidents. Reducing clutter, removing hazards and avoiding slippery floors help employees stay safe, cutting back on illness and on-the-job injuries. Cleaning also avoids accidents where customers could be harmed.
  6. Commercial cleaners can be trusted in your office environment. Commercial cleaning staff are licensed and bonded. Professional cleaning services run background checks and provide thorough training for their staff.
  7. Commercial cleaning saves you money. Last but not least, a clean work environment saves you money in lots of ways. Dust-free computer equipment and office furniture extends their life, reducing replacement costs. A clean office promotes healthy, productive workers, cutting healthcare expenditures and reducing absenteeism. Avoiding mold, mildew and water damage saves office maintenance money.

With many of these benefits experienced by employees, it’s no surprise that 66% of employees want better office cleaning practices. The Harvard Business Review recently published an analysis of various studies that shows companies realize an average of 31 percent more productivity and 37 percent higher sales when employees are happy or satisfied. A clean office (and restrooms and break areas) is among the satisfiers.

Hiring a commercial cleaning company is, indeed, good for business.