4 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Emergency Cleaning

Avoid The common mistakes that could cost you millions every year

When a fire or natural disaster hits one of your stores, the recovery process starts with the emergency cleanup. This first, relatively simple step, is too often the source of overspending. In emergency situations, time is always the biggest focus – and the old cliché of haste-making waste is applicable. At 1GNITE, we know how to not only get an emergency cleaning project completed when you need it, we can get it done at a price point that makes sense.

Here are 4 Common Mistakes you should address to reduce the cost of any emergency cleaning service

Not Having the Best Vendors Ready Ahead of Time

You might not be able to predict when a disaster is going to strike, but that doesn’t mean you can’t know the best companies to deploy ahead of time. Taking the time to qualify vendors and have a list of companies ready to call is a critical part of disaster recovery of any kind.

1GNITE relies on a rigorous vendor verification process to ensure that only experienced, trained, and trusted teams of professionals are deployed to your facilities to complete total and partial emergency cleaning services. You need a team of vetted and approved professionals who can be deployed from coast to coast in 24 hours.

Not Having Specific Requirements for Your Disaster Recovery Projects

When your scope of work is too vague, you’re essentially trusting your vendors to figure out what needs to be done without your input. If you have specific needs, those need to be outlined BEFORE the work begins. As simple as that concept sounds, in an emergency, companies think they are saving money and time by not detailing their scope of work. Keep in mind: every time a cleaning company must come back to finish a job costs you money in one way or another.

1GNITE’s end-to-end management process ensures the scope of work is clearly established, the timeline, the responsibilities, and the deliverables are clear so there is no need for vendors to increase their costs to budget for any unknown tasks. Taking the guesswork out of the work that needs to be completed is an essential way to make sure that the work gets done on time and on budget.

Not Having a Reliable System in Place to Ensure Work is Done Correctly

Nothing will bog down a recovery project like not having work completed correctly the first time around. When all aspects of recovery are hinging on the cleanup being completed: every return visit to complete something that wasn’t done correctly is a delay for every other piece of the project. Delays cost money. 1GNITE’s service app ensures every step of the emergency cleaning service is completed and documented with geo stamping and with photo verification, in real-time. It’s easy for a vendor to say something is done – it’s another thing to have it proven.

Using Overqualified Companies for Simple Tasks

Just like you don’t need a brain surgeon to treat a common cold, there are aspects of a cleanup project that don’t require an over-qualified company to complete them. A company that specializes in mold remediation is not necessary to remove damaged merchandise or capital assets. It may be easy to hire one company to handle everything, but in the end, your store will be able to resume operation faster and your emergency cleaning cost will be significantly reduced if you leave the dismantling, cleaning, and liquidation to 1GNITE and use hazardous remediation specialists to tackle mold. The benefit of working with a company like 1GNITE that knows your operation and your needs is: they know exactly which vendor can handle the job appropriately without overspending.


Disaster recovery is a tricky process, from start to finish. The beginning phases of that process are the most critical when it comes to getting the job done right and on budget. Take the time to get a qualified list of vendors and a series of scopes of work put together before you need them.  Working with a company like 1GNITE is another great way to make sure that your emergency cleaning projects go smoothly, and operations are restored efficiently and at the right price point.





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