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Cleaning costs a major contributor to FM sector

Published: 10/11/2021

Cleaning is a major cost in the running of a building and can be more significant than building maintenance costs.

Cleaning can represent from 52% to 129% of the maintenance cost (includes renewal and maintenance of building fabric and services, and decorations). Cleaning costs on a particular building are influenced by many issues including:

  • the use of the building
  • the hours of operation
  • hours of access for the cleaning staff
  • frequencies of cleaning; and
  • the level of cleaning required.

The following chart shows the estimated annual average cleaning:

The estimated cleaning cost as a % of maintenance cost for a range of building types are as presented below:


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BCIS Life Cycle Evaluator (LCE) contains annual average expenditure estimates for cleaning, alongside renewal and maintenance, decorations, and utilities for 109 building functions. The costs can be adjusted for date and location.

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