What is the cost to clean a hotel room? Time and cleaning materials

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What is the cost to clean a hotel room? Time and cleaning materials

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Hi there

I'm desperately trying to find out how much it costs to clean a hotel room each day (including the bathroom). Specifically I'd like to know how much of the cost is actually for cleaning materials?

Can anyone help?

Gina

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  • It is going to depend upon several factors: is it a low, medium, or upscale hotel? I'm sure The Ritz spends more than Motel 6. How about the size of the room, the number of beds, whether linens are changed daily. Local labor is critically important. A suburban hotel paying housekeepers minimum wage will be very different from a city hotel paying union wages and benefits.

    You might try refining your question.  If you really want only the cost of cleaning materials, that will be minimal, but will also depend upon individual facilities and whether you want only the cost of consumables (disinfectant, glass cleaner, etc.) or want to include the cost of equipment such as carts and vacuum cleaners.

    You might also contact the International Executive Housekeepers Association.

  • Hi Gina.

    I used to be a GM at two different hotels.  The cost to clean rooms was very different.  My first hotel was a lower end motel in Albuquerque.  Cleaning cost per room was $26.  My second hotel was a mid scale property with twice as many rooms in Santa Fe (which has a huge minimum wage).  Cost to clean there was $35.

    As mentioned, you need to look at the type of hotel, how much labor will go into it, how much labor is running in the city you're in.  You also need to factor in the cost of the amenties you put in:  shampoo, soap, Kleenex and toilet paper.  That's all part of your cost to clean as you will generally need to replinish those amenties every time you clean a vacant room.  Your stayovers will cost less but you should figure your cost based on vacant rooms.

    Good luck!

    Michelle

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  • Hi Ed

    Thanks for  your response. I agree that the question was vague. To clarify - I am looking for the cost of the cleaning materials only - not labour.

    Let me explain: I am trying to establish the average cost of cleaning materials per hotel room per day so that we can figure out what cost-savings might be available to clients if they use our product, Cleanaer, to clean the air in their hotel rooms.

    We know that some hotels need to use large air purifiers like Hepa filters or ozone-generators to get rid of stubborn odours left behind in rooms (particularly smoking odours). Does anyone know what the cost of such treatment might be (per room / day / required treatment).

    Additionally - will there be any costs associated with cleaning a hotel room for

    1) freshening the air        and

    2) getting rid of mold in bathrooms.

    Thanks again!

    Gina

  • Hi Michelle

    Thanks so much for your response. As I said to Ed - I am looking for the cost of the cleaning materials only - not labour.

    Let me explain: I am trying to establish the average cost of cleaning materials per hotel room per day so that we can figure out what cost-savings might be available to clients if they use an air purifier, like Cleanaer, to clean the air in their hotel rooms.

    We know that some hotels need to use large air purifiers like Hepa filters or ozone-generators to get rid of stubborn odours left behind in rooms (particularly smoking odours). Does anyone know what the cost of such treatment might be (per room / day / required treatment).

    Additionally - will there be any costs associated with cleaning a hotel room (again, just materials) for

    1) freshening the air        and

    2) getting rid of mold in bathrooms.

    Thanks again!

    Gina

  • Typically, hotels don't figure out just cleaning product costs.  They establish a cost per room that includes everything mentioned as a base line on where to set their rates.  Since there are so many suppliers and so many products, it would be hard to even get an average cost of just cleaning products.

    Most hotels use some type of air freshner for rooms, then ozone if the room is extremely bad.  High end hotels probably use a treatment daily but even mid-level hotels only use them when there's an odor to the room.  As far as cost, most hotels have air freshners they spray in the room after cleaning. 

    I know that doesn't really help...sorry!  It might be best to talk to specific hotel GMs or housekeeping managers and get a feel for their costs, if they know them.  Good Luck!

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