About Commercial Cleaning


There are basically two categories of cleaning businesses: residential and commercial. Residential entails cleaning private homes, while commercial cleaning can be anything from cleaning small offices to a multiple story office building and anything in between.

What Does a Commercial Cleaning Company Do?

A commercial cleaning company can provide basic, general services, such as weekly dusting, vacuuming, moping and such for a small office to specialized services such as high-rise window cleaning. The majority of commercial cleaning companies, however, provide general services for large and small businesses. Commercial cleaning businesses can be independently owned and operated with a sole proprietor or employ staff, or the business might be a cleaning franchise.

Basics of Starting a Commercial Cleaning Business

Probably one of the easiest businesses to start independently is a commercial cleaning business, particularly if the target market is small offices. Checking with the local city or county clerk's office for the necessary licenses or permits is simple enough, as well as calling insurance agencies for quotes on liability insurance or a bond. General cleaning supplies, contracts, bid forms and such can be found inexpensively, and of course, customers are just about all that is needed to get started. It will take time to build up the business, but it is far easier, and more successful, to start small and grow.

Time to Expand Your Commercial Cleaning Business

As you acquire more or larger cleaning jobs, it will be time to consider hiring employees. Hiring employees will add a whole other aspect to the business and one you may not be enthusiastic about. With employees comes added paperwork, reporting, training and more. To make the business run smoothly, you may wish to consider adding an accountant and attorney to your resources. Using those outside resources for payroll, book keeping, contracts and manuals will enable you to concentrate on day-to-day operation of the cleaning business.

Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

Whether you are responsible for hiring a commercial cleaning company for a small office or a large facility, it is important to know ahead of time what you expect from a commercial cleaner. The image of your business to your customers is reflected in how clean and tidy your business environment appears. Before beginning interviewing cleaning companies, decide what you want cleaned, how often and the budget you have to work with. Cleaning companies can come daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. A cleaning company can do general overall cleaning, a deep thorough cleaning or special occasional "special" item cleaning such as carpets, buffing floors and cleaning windows. Having an idea of what you wish done and the budget you have will assist the cleaning company to give you an accurate bid and avoid problems and disappointment in the future.


Providing superior and dependable service to your cleaning customers will ensure a successful business. And, as a customer, one should expect that in the service you hire. If not, there are other cleaning services available that will provide the services you expect.

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