Things You Will Need
- Measuring tape
Housecleaning companies generally calculate costs for cleaning commercial offices or residential homes either on a per-square-foot basis or per hour. An average cleaning time per square foot allows you to estimate the time needed for cleaning and hence the total cleaning costs if a contractor charges per hour/minute.
Use a stopwatch and calculator to compute minutes of a cleaning task per square foot.
- Measure the room dimensions with a measuring tape or get this information from the floor plan. For example, the room is 17.5 by 12.4 feet.
- Multiply the room length and width to compute the area to be cleaned. In our example, the room area is = 17.5 feet x 12.4 feet = 217 square feet.
- Set your stopwatch to the zero “0:00” time.
- Start your stopwatch when cleaning begins.
- Stop the timer when cleaning is complete; read the elapsed time on the stopwatch. For example, the cleaning time was four hours, 16 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Convert the elapsed time to minutes using the following formula: Time = Hours x 60 + Minutes + Seconds / 60. In our example, the time is 4 x 60 + 16 + 30 /60 = 256.5 minutes.
- Divide the time by the area size in square feet to calculate the cleaning time per square foot. In our example, 256.5 minutes / 217 square feet = 1.2 minutes per square foot.