Professional floor cleaning is available for apartments, rentals, houses, multiunit buildings, offices and businesses, or commercial spaces. Pros can handle concrete, hardwood, wood laminate, tile, natural stone, vinyl and linoleum sheet floors. For information specific to the cost of carpet cleaning, read here. Professionals can clean just one room or an entire building. Many people hire pros for routine cleaning as well as removing food and drink stains, pet stains, oil or grease stains, and dirt stains. Some professionals can move furniture when requested in advance. Several factors affect the cost of professional floor cleaning.
Type of floor
What the floor is made of directly affects the cost of services. Depending on the company and its cleaning techniques, different flooring materials have different prices per square foot. Linoleum and vinyl composite tiles (VCT) floors are generally the least expensive to clean. However, some pros, such as Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care in Brea, California, strip and rewax linoleum and VCT floors during cleanings, which increases the price. In this case, basic cleaning of tile and grout is actually lower. Natural stone, such as marble or travertine, is often the most expensive to clean. Here’s how Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care breaks down pricing:
1,000-square-foot VCT or linoleum floor: $295–$495
The lower end of the range may only include a top-coat cleaning, while the higher end includes stripping off the original finish, detailed cleaning, waxing and sealing of the floor, plus two or three floor finishes.
- High-gloss finish costs $100 extra
- 1,000-square-foot natural stone floor: $900
Price per square foot
Many floor cleaning pros charge by the square foot. The cost to clean vinyl per square foot is usually lower than the cost to clean natural stone per square foot. Costs vary depending on the cleaning techniques, equipment and products used as well as the number of work hours required. Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care charges the following:
Tile and grout simple scrub: 20 cents per square foot
Tile and grout cleaning, plus sealer and high-end, eco-friendly cleaning products: 50 cents per square foot
Most residential VCT flooring: 60 cents per square foot, including stripping off original finish, detailed cleaning, waxing and sealing of the floor, plus two or three floor finishes
Heavily trafficked VCT flooring (such as in commercial spaces): 70 cents to 75 cents per square foot, including stripping off original finish, detailed cleaning, waxing and sealing of the floor, plus two or three floor finishes
Burnishing natural stone floor with a diamond impregnated pad: $1.50 per square foot
- This is the most budget-friendly method of stone floor cleaning and includes a dust mop and sweep prior to cleaning.
Polishing floor with diamond powder: $2.10 per square foot, including floor wash to prep grout line, application of powder solution, polishing, and cleaning up and sealing
Grinding off top layer of natural stone to refinish it (also called diamond cutting or honing): $4–$6 per square foot
- Be wary of a company that doesn’t offer natural stone cleaning alternatives to diamond cutting. If the floor isn’t too dirty, the cheaper options can work just fine.
The larger the floor area to be cleaned, the lower the cost per square foot. It takes time and effort to arrive at a job site with equipment, so when professionals can consolidate more work hours at one location, they can usually offer lower rates. For example, here are tiered prices for tile and grout cleaning based on size from Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care:
Over 10,000 square feet: 25 cents per square foot
5,000–10,000 square feet: 39 cents per square foot
- Up to 5,000 square feet: 50 cents per square foot
Minimum service charge
Many floor cleaners charge a minimum fee to cover the time, labor and overhead of arriving at a job site. For example, Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care charges a $150 minimum fee. If the company provides tile cleaning for 200 square feet (200 x 50 cents) of flooring, the cost per square foot is $100, but to meet the minimum service requirement, the flat rate for that job would be $150.
Cleaning stairs adds to the overall cost of floor cleaning. Stairs often have to be hand cleaned, which requires more effort and takes longer. On average, Impressions Commercial Maintenance & Floor Care charges $1 per tile stair for hand cleaning. So two flights of tile stairs with 10 steps each would cost $200.