Alrighty - I have been through this thread of posts about what type of cleaning services to offer, if commercial cleaning services are still needed, what types of cleaners to use, horror stories of acid cleaners being used on soft surfacing and etching into new marble counters, etc.
As the owner of a home remodeling company, I work with a number of commercial cleaners. Everything from pre-construction "cleaners", post-construction cleaners, house flipping cleaners, rental property management cleaners, and beyond. If you are thinking about getting into the commercial cleaning business but not sure what specialized pocket is right for you, I hope this post helps you understand the ins and outs of each and helps you not only determine which area you want to focus on but also helps you avoid some common mistakes that can jeopardize the growth of your business. With that said - let's get into it!
This includes but is not limited to - wall cleaning (pre-paint), baseboard cleaning, carpet tear out and removal, wallpaper removal, removing electric covers, disassembling wall mounts, covering furniture or built in items, tapping walls to be painted. Basically anything to prepare a house to be repainted, re-carpeted, remodeled. This can include but does not necessarily include removing kitchen fixtures and appliances. Usually this is left for the remodeling contractor for large overhauls but for couples looking to flip a house or DIY, a Pre-Construction Service can be useful especially to those who don't have access to a truck or those living in large metro areas where dumping large items is more time consuming a costly.
This includes but is not limited to - debris removal, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, window washing, power washing. This is usually a service that removes the left over items from a construction site and does an initial sweep of the interior or exterior job wiping it clean of most large dust, dirt, nails, soot, etc. This is not usually a deep, thorough clean of a home.
House-flipping Cleaning Services
This is usually a mix of the Post-Construction Services and a traditional home cleaning service. This service removes the debris and then does a thorough clean of the entire property ensuring that a new home buyer will find the place spotless.
Rental Property Management Cleaning Services
This is usually a mix of commercial and residential home cleaning service. While the rentals are "residential" in nature, they are often abused by tenants and require "heavy cleaning" like one would find in a commercial setting. Harsher / fume chemical cleaners are often recommended and accepted by property management such as bleach and ammonia.
Residential & Commercial Cleaning Services
While one could further specialize themselves to just one of the two, you will likely find more work and business growth in offering both. This is due to referrals. If you clean a business / commercial property you are likely to have individuals inquire about residential cleaning (for their own homes) and visa versa. In this sub-category, it is extremely important to be able to look at the two (residential & commercial) locations differently. Many home owners are picky about the types of cleaners used in their home (especially if they have small children or animals). Personally, I find that a lot of our gen-x and millennial homeowners prefer all natural, organic cleaners such as the Seventh Generation and Method products. However, our business owners often prefer hard cleaners (especially in commercial kitchens and bathrooms).
Most importantly and to be applied to all areas is that you NEED TO KNOW YOUR CLEANERS AND YOUR SURFACES. Let me reiterate, please please please do not just go out, get some cleaning products, and get to cleaning. Please do your due diligence to read the chemicals in the cleaner and to understand how some chemicals react to different surfaces. Trust me, you do not want to have to break the news to a homeowner that you just wiped their travertine with lemon cleaner and now left the surface dull and etched.
Be an expert in your industry and work will always come your way.
Best of luck in your business ventures.
Dayton's Top Home Remodeling Contractors - Owner