How Superintendents Can Hire the Right Construction Cleaner
Under Construction Cleaning

The outlook for the construction industry in Calgary is rosy. The Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Economic Outlook says construction growth is expected in the coming year. “With the city recording the highest annual population increase in five  years, the residential real estate and construction markets are expected to remain robust,” says the report.

For construction companies, that means great business potential ahead. For construction project managers and superintendents, it means busy times ahead. As the excitement of a new project greets the construction crews at the beginning of a job, that sentiment often wanes as a project nears completion. Construction managers want to complete the job smoothly and efficiently, including the post-construction clean.

What’s the best way of getting a good construction clean? Here are some tips:

  • Find a cleaning service provider that is experienced in post-construction cleans. Ask around, search websites, get references. A cleaning crew that can provide an accurate estimate and do the job well, and on time, is worth their weight in gold at the end of a job.
  • Although it takes a little more time, give the cleaning company estimator a site tour. This ensures you are providing them with the full scope of work required. This also helps the cleaning company give you a more accurate quote. I’ve been on sites where sup’s describe the job one way, and when we see the condition of the building ourselves, the job is something very different. Once we see for ourselves what is required for a proper clean, we are able to have that realistic discussion at the start and avoid budget surprises at the end.
  • Schedule your cleaning as the last trade on site. I know it can be tough, but try to ensure your cleaning crew comes in after all the other trades are done. You don’t want to pay for cleans and re-cleans because your trades keep messing up.
  • One last tip . . . yes, this comes from the service provider side of things: if at all possible, try to give your cleaning crew as much advance notice as possible. Most often, the cleaning company receives an urgent call to be on the job the next day or two. That makes scheduling very difficult and leaves your cleaners scrambling and possibly, with a skeleton crew. As your project progresses try to keep your cleaning company informed so that, in an ideal world, a tentative date can be set a week or so in advance. Well, here’s hoping anyway.

Good luck and may a clean finish to your project be on the horizon.


EFS Clean Building Services is Calgary’s “Green” Commercial Cleaning Company. Our services include commercial cleaning, post-construction cleaning, quality assurance inspections, ceiling restoration and hard surface restoration. Let us help by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.