Understanding the Difference Between Maintenance Techs and Janitorial Staff 

Maintenance crews are some of the most important people on staff at your facility. Without them, you would have trouble maintaining regular day-to-day operations. Your maintenance team helps you stay on track and save money. But, do you know what your maintenance team can and cannot do?

Many business managers mistake regular janitorial crews for maintenance technicians. However, there are several differences between janitorial staff and maintenance techs and it is important to understand these differences. For example, asking your janitor to work on your air conditioning or have them inspect a leak in the bathroom could cause even more problems. Before hiring a janitorial or maintenance staff, you should take some time to learn more about distinguishing between the two and their differing skill sets and capabilities. 

Maintenance technicians are typically specialized in one area, such as plumbing or electrical work. These are highly specialized skills that require a formal education or apprenticeship to perform. Janitorial maintenance workers, on the other hand, provide daily maintenance services that typically require basic training. 

Janitorial staff often provide: 

  • Facility surface cleaning, such as dusting, mopping, and cleaning 
  • Sanitation services
  • Trash management
  • Basic safety maintenance

Duties completed by maintenance techs  may include:

  • HVAC repair
  • Roofing inspections and installation
  • Painting interiors and exteriors
  • Plumbing repair and maintenance
  • Electrical work

Both janitorial staff and maintenance technicians are necessary to keep your building in tip-top shape. However, not all janitorial services provide the specialized services of maintenance technicians, and vice versa. Your trained maintenance workers are often contractors with other jobs to complete. Their services do not always include janitorial staffing. 

MaintenX provides total facility care, including both janitorial staffing and maintenance repair. We work with skilled maintenance contractors in electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, and general contractor fields as well as top janitorial staff in your area. No matter what your facility needs may be, MaintenX has the crew for you. 

Contact us to learn about pricing and available services in your area.

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