A. Your pre-bid inspection should include identifying if certain areas receive more traffic than other. Inquire about suggested scrub and re-coat and deep strip frequencies. Medical facilities have more than average furniture density. Hopefully you can determine the ease or difficulty of access, the equipment you have at your disposal, the traffic the floor gets, and the interim maintenance it receives.
Since the customer is asking for every other week service that would indicate the facility receives fairly heavy traffic. To move chairs and other light furniture and then mop and burnish would probably take 2-2 ½ hours (+ or - 25%). Your production times will vary depending upon the size of equipment that you have available. If your billing rate for specialty work to an existing janitorial account were to run $35 an hour, the charge might be over $70 a time (more if you do not provide the janitorial service).
If you are burnishing twice a month, you will probably need to scrub and top coat all the traffic lanes three times a year. A scrub and recoat is needed when the floor begins to show wear that the spray buff, mop-on restorer, or burnishing can’t conceal. The frequency depends on the traffic and the quality of maintenance.
One coat of finish works for light traffic and two coats for heavy. Heavy traffic includes building usage such as equipment and carts being drug across the floor, inadequate door mats, sand from outside the building, lack of plastic chair protectors, insufficient dust mopping, excessive spills and a waiting room with tile. It is safer to quote a scrub and top coat per time and let the customer decide how often they want it performed.
Not knowing what city you are in, or your labor rates, expenses, and required profit margins, it would be difficult to pin point the cost per square foot. Likely it would run in the 14-20 cents a square foot range for a scrub and top coat. An annual or bi-annual strip would likely run in the 28-45 cents range because just moving all the furniture and equipment could take 3 hours. You probably will not be able to use an autoscrubber because exam rooms are typically 10X10.
A flat mop/backpack floor finish applicator will speed up the job and make it much easier. Depending upon the experience of your crew, pre-existing buildup, the size of your equipment, and amount of furniture, expect 4,200 square feet to take up to 14-20 man-hours to strip and finish. Again, all the variables require a sliding scale for pricing, which you must observe first-hand and then decide.
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