Typical janitor duties often consist of the following tasks:
Cleaning and restocking bathrooms Sinks
Floor cleaning, refinishing, and polishing (sweeping, mopping, scrubbing and buffing)
Clearing garbage bins
restocking restroom paper products and other supplies such as feminine products and air fresheners
Cleaning floors (mopping, sweeping, polishing)
Carpet cleaning (dry method, extraction, steam and bonnet)
Cleaning (vacuum) carpeting
Cleaning stainless steel and other special surfaces
Clearing lunch room/kitchen
Cleaning tables in cubicles, meeting rooms, etc...
Emptying trash and recycling bin
Locking and unlocking buildings at the beginning and end of the day
Stripping and waxing floors using Floor buffer
Cleaning air-conditioner vents
Crime scene cleaning (requires being fully certified and pay scale starts from $150.00 to $380.00+ an hour)
Spot cleaning (typically spills - coffee for instance)
Room setups (college/schools, etc.)
Porter Services (internal deliveries; movement of equipment or people in hospitals)
Office cleaning staff perform many of the same duties as janitors, however the tasks are divided among different members. Additional tasks include:
cleaning sinks, refrigerators, microwaves and toasters in office kitchens; clearing recycling and garbage bins
dusting furniture and computer equipment (monitors and desk area, but excluding keyboards) and tables Office cleaning often takes place after hours or later in the evening or even overnight.
Outsourcing Cleaning is one of the most commonly outsourced services. Some of the reasons for this include:
Basic cleaning tasks are standardized, with little variation among different enterprises. The nature of the job and required standard of performance can be clearly defined and specified in a contract, unlike more technical or professional jobs for which such specification is harder to develop.
Some organizations prefer to outsource work unrelated to their core business in order to save additional salaries and benefits required to manage the work.
Some organizations may feel uncomfortable dealing with labor relations related to low wage employees; by outsourcing, these labor relations issues are transferred to a contractor whose staff are comfortable and experienced in dealing with these issues, and their approach can benefit from economies of scale.