While many businesses have seen their profits decrease steadily as the economy worsened, there have also been opportunities for new businesses to open their doors. If you're starting a new business and you'll be renting office space, you may not have considered hiring a cleaning service yet. It's an important consideration though, and it's one that you should approach carefully.

Maintaining a clean working environment does three things for you and your business: it keeps the workplace in a clean and pleasant state for your employees; it increases the legitimacy of your business in the eyes of customers; and it keeps your equipment and furniture in good shape.

Before hiring any cleaning service, you should look into the company's background to determine if they're qualified for the job. Here are three things to consider before choosing a cleaning service.

The Company's Experience. While there are plenty of less-established cleaning services that might provide office cleaning for a lower rate, you'll want to go with a cleaning service that has a good reputation and is also licensed, bonded, and insured.

Training and Certification of Staff. Any cleaning service employees who visit your place of business should be trained to work in offices and, ideally, certified in the cleaning practice. Look into the company's training and certification processes to see how they ensure that their employees do quality work.

Using “Green” Cleaning Methods. Many cleaning services have adopted green practices that reduce the stress on the environment and on your employees. Make sure that your cleaning service follows the current accepted guidelines of green cleaning.

Natural and organic cleaning products are widely available on the market today so there is no reason why a cleaning company should still be using the harmful, toxic chemicals of yesteryear. These chemicals can cause respiratory complications and allergic reactions in your employees; thus, it's obviously a good idea to choose a cleaning service that uses green products.

Consider these three guidelines when choosing a cleaning service and your experience will almost certainly be a positive one.

Source by Andrew M. Miller