Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point all proudly rep their local colleges. Sports rivalries between the Aggies and the Spartans bring life to our stadiums, and big wins pour out into the streets. We are college towns – and proud of it!

Each city has a different relationship to their colleges and universities, but we all know how important these educational institutions are to our local economy.

The revenue and jobs provided by UNCG, NC A&T, Wake Forest, and High Point University impact all of us.

Admission season is here again, and college administrators are under more pressure than ever. Budgets are withering. In-person classes are still uncertain for the fall.

How are you supposed to choose which programs stay and which are dissolved? How do you decide what students can feasibly afford? Does your tuition need to change to reflect the new costs of online learning?

Perhaps your university has every intention of opening up your campus in the fall to in-person students and dorm living. How are your faculty, students, and staff feeling about being on campus?

What a difficult maze to navigate!

The Washington Post recently published an article about one route that colleges and universities are taking to cut costs and stay afloat: outsourcing more and more services to outside companies.

Universities and colleges say outsourcing also saves them money and makes them more nimble and efficient.

Jon Marcus, “More colleges and universities outsource services to for-profit companies,” The Washington Post

Does saving money and being more nimble and efficient sound pretty good right now? Well, we have one way that you can easily outsource some of your current services.

Here are 6 Advantages of Outsourcing Your College Janitorial Services

1. Keep your staff! 

We get it. Many of your janitorial team members may have been working at your college or university for years (or decades).

Outsourcing cleaning and disinfecting does not mean that you have to get rid of your existing janitorial staff. Outsourced professional cleaners can be brought in to do additional deep cleans on the weekends or during holiday breaks.

This allows your current custodial staff to focus on maintenance cleaning. In many ways, outsourcing some of the janitorial responsibility is merely returning the current janitorial staff’s workload to pre-COVID levels.

2. Reduce costs. 

Even before 2020, rising tuition costs still weren’t covering operational expenses for public and private colleges alike. Being forced to shift courses to online learning only devastated those higher education budgets even further.

Your college or university is probably not immune. In fact, the budget may be the main point of order at every single meeting.

Outsourcing your janitorial services can provide a much-needed financial reprieve. According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), outsourced (contract) custodial services cost 23% less than in-house custodial services. 

3. Prove you take your students’ health seriously. 

Students, their parents, faculty, and staff all have one question at the top of their minds: does this school really have my best interest in mind?

Whether your college or university is choosing to continue with online learning or you are gearing up for bringing students back to campus, you must now justify every decision with how it is the best option for the health of your students and faculty.

No solution is perfect, but bringing in exceptional professionals who can clean and disinfect your campus swiftly and efficiently goes a long way toward soothing everyone’s worries.

4. Get access to professional grade cleaning equipment. 

One of the main ways contracted cleaning professionals save you money is by using top of the line equipment that saves us a ton of time!

At CST, our cleaning teams use the Clorox Total 360 Solutions. This powerful system offers these perks:

  • Cover large areas in far less time — up to 4x faster than traditional disinfecting methods
  • 99.9% effective against bacteria that causes colds AND viruses like flu, coronavirus, hepatitis, norovirus, Rhinovirus, and even avian flu
  • The spray takes full effect against these pathogens in 2 minutes or less
  • Can even be used on mildew (with a 10 minute time for full impact)

With this in hand, we can disinfect every nook and cranny of a classroom in seconds! Plus, it is EPA approved. 

5. Reinvest your funds into degree programs that are floundering.

Alumni from colleges all over the country are pushing back against schools deciding to shutter the degree programs they attended. Perhaps your school is getting the same sort of pushback.

It’s a difficult position to be in. You can’t keep every degree program open if some are hemorrhaging money year after year.

However, with the funds you save from outsourcing some of your janitorial services, you can reinvest into struggling programs that still feel important to your school’s mission.

6. Feel understood and supported by folks who truly get what Piedmont Triad schools need. 

At Carolina Services of the Triad, we’ve worked with private schools and other educational institutions in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point for years and understand their unique needs — especially during a pandemic.

Colleges and universities have far more students coming through doors than a small private elementary school, but our purpose is the same. By keeping your facilities clean, we are helping keep our entire community healthier.

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At CST, it’s our mission to provide professional cleaning services for your peace of mind.

Our janitorial solutions will ensure your faculty and staff can focus on teaching, as well as help lower your college’s operational costs. As already-tight budgets are strained even more, every penny saved your administration can save will make a difference!

Our family-owned cleaning company provides:

  • Personal Attention from our team of local North Carolinians. We’re from here. We get what you need.
  • Long Term Relationships are how we’ve thrived for over 20 years.
  • Flexible Scheduling that can be customized to fit the unique needs of your business.
  • Highly Trained, Professional Cleaning Crews who are respectful, efficient, and responsive.
  • Fast and Reliable Response Time from our main office and our cleaning crews. Whether your school is in Greensboro or Advance or Clemmons, we can get to you quickly.
  • *Guaranteed OSHA and EPA Clean Water Act Compliance.

CST was very thorough in what we could expect from them. They do a fantastic job for us. I would highly recommend them to any business that has janitorial needs.

Tony Taylor

Give us a call at 336-996-9883 for a free consultation. We will talk about your specific needs, give you an estimate, and give advice on what you can do to cut cleaning costs even further.