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How to get square footage for cleaning service calculations

Updated on March 16, 2011

How to get square footage for cleaning service bid calculator

Are you new at janitorial cleaning service business and not sure how to get square footage for bid calculations?

You can get it in several ways.

1: Use laser distance meter. You can purchase this from a store like a HOME DEPOT or Grainger. It is easy to use. Just aim at the wall of one side and it will tell you the distance and get the distance from another wall and times both distance by feet, you have the total square feet of that space (To get the total square footage: you need the distance for left to right and front to back and multiply both distance).

Only thing is, you have to have something to aim at on the other side to get the information, when you are using laser distance meter.   Well, what happens when you don't have anything on the other side of end to aim at? Then you should consider the following options.

2: Walking roller tape measure (You can also purchase this tool at HOME DEPOT or Grainger).   This is next best options for getting the square footage. Most cleaning contractors carry this one in their cars always. You just set it to zero and put it on to the ground and walk toward the one end and get the measurement and do the same for other direction and times the both directions to get the total square footage.

3: If you forgot all of the above, you can still do other ways. Next one is counting the ceiling panels. Some office buildings have common size of ceiling panel size of 2 feet by 2 feet or 2 feet by 4 feet. If you count the total pieces in the office and times it will give you the total square footage.

4: If there is no ceiling panels and you forgot your tape measure, then your foot steps. Most people have 1 and 1/2 feet to 2 feet depending on how tall you are. You should do a quick measure to know your average step size, it could come in handy.

So walk to left to right direction and count the steps and front to back and count the steps. Now after you get the total steps one side and times by your average step size and do the same for other direction and multiply the both direction will give you the total square footage.


You can get a free square footage calculator here at our home website.


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