How to Avoid Dishonest Commercial Cleaning Companies

An interview between CBS and David Poll of Enviro-Master of Milwaukee recently brought to light that many cleaning companies have surfaced during the pandemic and that some of them are likely scams. Commercial cleaning companies have trained professionals with proper certifications that allow them to perform a variety of cleaning services safely and properly.

Before deciding to partner with a commercial cleaning company, you must take time to ensure they are trustworthy and reliable. Without researching a commercial cleaning company, you may end up with botched services and a hit on your business’s finances.

In this blog post, you will find several steps you can take to vet a prospective commercial cleaning company to see if their experiences, claims, credentials, and services are right for you.

Perform Your Own Background Check

A number of cleaning companies have surfaced since the start of the pandemic, and this alone should be considered a red flag. When vetting a new commercial cleaning company, conduct your own background check by taking a look at their online presence and customer reviews—if any. This includes looking at their website, blog, social media platforms, Google business page, and more.

Check For Certification Claims

If a company claims to have obtained certifications from the EPA, CDC, or WHO, immediately decline their service as these organizations do not offer cleaning or disinfecting certifications.

Ask Chemical Questions

Many companies claim to have products that kill the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes COVID-19, but before taking their word for it, ask for the product’s EPA registration and/or what active ingredients they contain.

Check to see if the registration number matches with a product on the EPA’s List N. The EPA’s List N contains an official list of products that kill the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 when used according to the label directions.

Click here to view the EPA’s List N.

Ask About Safety of Chemicals

Some chemicals used by cleaning companies contain bleach, which can be very irritating to the skin, lungs, and eyes. Disinfecting surfaces with bleach can end up creating a different type of health hazard and damage to property if not handled safely.

Equipment Analysis

An additional step is to ask about the equipment that the prospective cleaning company uses. Equipment may include items such as electrostatic sprayers, rotary floor machines, floor scrubbers, and more. Ensure that the equipment needed for your service is working properly.

Fee Inquiry

It is of utmost importance that you only agree to proper payment and terms in regards to your contract. Look over all paperwork prior to signing.

Critical Credentials

If deemed necessary, you may request to see the company’s license and insurance registration for peace of mind. 

A Transparent Overview of Commercial Cleaning Corporation

For over 90 years, building owners and facility professionals throughout the tri-state region have turned to owner-operated Commercial Cleaning Corporation for cost-effective, environmentally intelligent cleaning solutions and maintenance know-how.

Since its inception in 1927, formerly known as Commercial Window Cleaning, the company has undergone several changes. In 1951, the company expanded its services and became Commercial Cleaning Corporation. In 1988, the company was purchased by its current owner, Michael Rosen, and its services expanded once again to include a full-service Janitorial and Sanitary Maintenance Supply Company (Commercial Supply, LLC), as well as a handyman company that also offers consulting services and temporary staffing solutions (Sierra Building and Professional Services, LLC).

During these expansions, Commercial Cleaning Corporation remained headquartered in Trenton where it is still located today. Due to our company’s success, we have been able to expand our services to the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

Contact Us

If you are seeking a reliable cleaning company with over 90 years of experience, partner with Commercial Cleaning Corporation and you can rest assured knowing that your facility will be in good hands. We offer 24/7 live customer support, follow premier industry standards, invest in advanced technologies, and use green cleaning products to ensure your safety.

We also provide professional site-specific training for every new crew member, covering every type of location we service. Beyond that, our advanced workforce management system enables excellence by tracking our productivity and measuring the cleanliness metrics that matter to you.

Contact us today and schedule your free consultation and walkthrough by clicking here.


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