Janitorial bonds: What are they and do you need one?
A janitorial bond is a contract between you, the bond provider, and your client that guarantees you’ll reimburse your client for alleged or actual property employee theft.
As a cleaning business owner, your goal is to ensure your clients’ homes and offices are fresh and beautiful. At the same time, you know that business can sometimes get messy especially as your work space is other people’s property.
Should a client accuse you or your employee of theft, would you be prepared for the potential costs associated? A janitorial service bond can protect your cleaning business.
In this guide, we’ll explain the purpose of these bonds, when you might need one, and what they don’t cover.
A janitorial bond is a contract between you, the bond provider, and your client that guarantees you’ll reimburse your client for:
Why would you want to reimburse a customer for alleged theft? After all, you might completely trust your employee and know they have no interest in the supposedly stolen goods. It’s much more likely that your client lost their ring in a sink drain.
Sometimes, reimbursing the customer regardless of who’s at fault protects your business from significant financial loss, and is preferable over legal battles, bad reviews, and other negative repercussions that can ruin your cleaning business.
And in some cases, a janitorial bond is mandatory. Some clients consider it risky to invite cleaners into their homes or workplaces and may contractually require you to take out a bond for a specific amount. You can choose the coverage amount when purchasing a bond for your business.
It’s important to note that janitorial bonds only cover employee theft—not property damage or other incidents that could go wrong during the course of a cleaning job.
Let’s clear up any confusion.
The main purpose of a janitorial bond is to protect your business and the client. Furthermore it helps show clients your dedication and professionalism.
While it’s one thing to say “Our employees would never steal”. It’s another to have a janitorial bond, which provides a guarantee against that risk.
Here are some scenarios where you might need a bond:
Of course, beyond a janitorial bond, you may need other mechanisms to protect your cleaning business.
Janitorial bonds do not cover incidents other than theft. But what else could go wrong on a cleaning job? A lot more than you might expect.
Scenarios like the following are why most cleaners invest in general liability insurance.
Like a janitorial bond, insurance for your cleaning business provides optional, but valuable protection. After all you want to focus on growing your business, not worrying about costly claims.
Thimble’s on-demand Cleaning Business Insurance provides coverage when you need it. You can purchase insurance by the hour, day, week, or month—for a specific job, or for a jammed-packed season.
It’s easy to get covered with Thimble. Click “Get a Quote” or download the Thimble mobile app, enter a few details about your business and review your quote. Purchase with a click, and voila! Your policy and as many Certificates of Insurance (COIs)
are in your inbox.
The next time your client asks you about your assurances, remember:
Janitorial bonds ensure that a client’s claim doesn’t clean out your finances. Safeguard your business and rest easy knowing there’s a plan in place if something goes wrong.