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Apples with Apples? or Lemons?

I have to admit a frustration of mine is being asked to quote on what the current cleaners have specified to compare "Apples with Apples". If the existing contractor was performing the work they had agreed to at a good standard, then that would be fine. But if they are clearly not delivering, then how can this be comparing apples with apples?  Here is a picture of us restoring tiles for a new client that paid for apples and, well, got a lemon. The dirty middle section is what the whole floor looked like before we started work on it. Definitely not a case of comparing apples with apples.

If your budget is locked down, then look at the cleaning schedule and ask whether getting the job done properly less often would actually represent better value than a frequent, lousy service. Don't feel trapped by cheap cleaning, just reset the parameters: less frequent, high quality cleaning will have better results than spreading around the dirt as in the photo below. And you'll make sure you get an apple of a cleaning service – not a lemon one.

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