Similar but not the Same: Custodial and Janitorial Services

Janitorial Services

Janitorial ServicesThousands of companies across North America are currently looking for custodial and janitorial services. While these two labels are often interchangeable, the individual roles have functions that the other doesn’t need to fulfill. Indeed, both have slightly different lines of work.

What is a Janitorial Service?

The general role of a janitor is to clean a commercial establishment. Most of the work they do involves cleaning the interior spaces of the building. They may also perform secondary duties such as outdoor sweeping or window cleaning.

Institutions, such as private and public schools, employ thousands of janitors. They want to make sure that students and faculty are able to study and work comfortably by keeping the place clean and operable.

What is a Custodial Service?

While custodians can do cleaning work, they also take care of minor facility and equipment repairs, such as stingy copy machines. In some cases, they take care of the entire commercial property.

They are more heavily involved with grounds-keeping, security, and maintenance than janitors are and would typically carry around a complete set of keys that can open every door in the building. Furthermore, custodians also have access to a closet or locker in which they can keep their tools of the trade.

Understanding the Differences

Although the roles of a janitor and custodian share an overarching type of service, they still offer and perform different functions for a business. Janitors primarily deal with sanitation while custodians keep the building in good repair and see to the security of the facility. Custodians must have some mechanical aptitude to perform repairs. Janitors, on the other hand, are not required to perform repairs.

Companies looking to hire a professional cleaning service should first determine if they need a custodian or janitor. This ensures that the company does not waste both time and money in making a decision.