Why Outsource Janitorial Services?

There are significant benefits to outsourcing janitorial services to a commercial cleaning company. Whether you are seeking janitorial services for an office complex, an educational facility, a large warehouse, or a medical clinic with specialized needs, outsourcing to a commercial cleaning company offers you tremendous flexibility, time, potential cost savings, and more.

Specific advantages of outsourcing janitorial services include:


As your business grows and changes, you may find yourself needing more frequent cleanings, a larger team of cleaners, or additional services. When you outsource janitorial services, those needs can be met more quickly without having to endure the hassles of staffing. Your commercial cleaning provider can offer those resources for you. The same is true if you are coming up on a quieter season or thinking about downsizing your operations for any reason.

Simply put, scalability creates flexibility. When you outsource janitorial services, you can make adjustments on short notice based on needs, operating costs, and other factors that may change unexpectedly.


A commercial cleaning company can provide a wide range of both standard and specialized cleaning services as needed. This may include commercial floor cleaning, window cleaning, and different types of disinfection, such as electrostatic or high touch point disinfection services. When you outsource janitorial services, you are tapping into a robust portfolio of commercial cleaning capabilities that may not be available when hiring a small team of in-house cleaners.


According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average cost of hiring a new employee in the United States is $4,425. In Canada, the cost is around $4,129. Training Magazine reports that training each new recruit costs an average of $1,286. That is nearly $6,000 spent on each new employee.

And turnover rates in janitorial and commercial cleaning roles can be very high. Kimberly Clark reports turnover rates ranging from 200% to 400%, and that number may have been even higher at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The potential result is incredibly high costs associated with hiring and maintaining an in-house cleaning team yourself. For example, a 200% turnover rate on a three-person team could result in an average cost of over $34,000 in recruitment and training costs for that company—in a single calendar year.

Outsourcing janitorial services to a commercial cleaning company is often a far more cost-effective approach, since it frees you from having to shoulder that expense. A commercial cleaning company may also be able to secure better pricing on cleaning products and supplies and pass those savings on to you, which can add up over time.


Financial costs aside, hiring and managing janitorial staff also requires a significant time investment. According to Zippia, the average time required to fill an open role is 36 to 42 days. Every step takes time, including:

  • Writing and posting the job description
  • Reviewing applications
  • Contacting candidates to schedule interviews
  • Conducting multiple rounds of interviews
  • Negotiating an offer

Once a team is hired, additional time must be spent on training, management, quality assurance, communication, and procuring supplies, to name a few.

Most working professionals would likely appreciate having more time in their day to focus on mission critical projects. By outsourcing janitorial services, you can reclaim the many hours spent on recruitment and management and use that time more effectively.

If you are looking to outsource janitorial services at your place of business, consider a Vanguard® independent janitorial franchise business. Your local Vanguard Cleaning Systems® area franchise office in Canada can connect you with a Vanguard® independent janitorial franchise business whose capabilities align with your needs.

Learn more about janitorial services provided by your local Vanguard® janitorial franchise business here, or request a complimentary consultation.

About the Vanguard Cleaning Systems® Brand
Founded in 1984, the Vanguard Cleaning Systems® organization is built upon over 2,500 independently owned and operated franchised commercial cleaning businesses, which are licensed and supported by an Area Franchise network of more than 50 independent regional offices throughout North America. Vanguard® franchised commercial cleaning businesses service over 15,000 businesses, healthcare companies, educational facilities, and non-profit organizations.

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