8 Different Types of Cleaning Services You Can Start Today

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 26, 2018

Jul 26, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Are you looking to start a new cleaning business, but don't know what services to offer?

The demand for residential and commercial cleaning is on the rise and competition is fierce.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to offer top quality cleaning in a specific niche such as furniture, window, or restroom cleaning.

Keep reading to learn more about the different types of cleaning services you can offer and how to choose the right one for you.

What Are Some Types of Cleaning Services You Can Offer?

You can start a general cleaning company that offers several different subtypes of cleaning services. You can also decide to specialize in a particular cleaning service and be the best in the business.

For example, bathroom cleaning companies only specialize in restroom cleaning and don't offer additional services. They're still able to turn a profit because they're focused on providing the highest quality of one type of cleaning.

Read below to find out more about different kinds of cleaning services.

1. House Cleaning

House cleaning or maid cleaning services refer to cleaning private residencies such as houses and apartments.

You can offer one-time house cleaning or maid/housekeeping services for people who need home maintenance several times a week.

Housekeeping may include more than just cleaning for a higher price. Some additional tasks may be cooking, paying bills, doing laundry, pet care, babysitting, grocery shopping, and running errands.

House cleaning is especially useful after moving, when people need to clean the home they leave behind, but also the new one they're moving into.

To gain momentum, tell your family and friends about your business and ask them to spread the word. They can recommend you to their neighbors, friends or coworkers.

2. Window Cleaning

Commercial buildings have a constant need for window cleaners but it can be a risky job, especially with tall buildings.

If you decide to offer this service, you'll need to include the kind of cleaning you'll offer in your window cleaning business plan. Your workers will need to work at extreme heights so you need to make sure they're safe.

Another option is to offer residential or storefront window cleaning that's much faster, safer, and easier.

3. Garage Cleaning

Garages are often synonymous with storage, where people collect and pile up stuff for years.

When the mess becomes too much and there's no space for cars anymore, garage cleaners come to the rescue.

Homeowners would much rather hire someone to clean up the clutter instead of tackling it on their own. Sometimes, they'll even let you keep some of the items you find, and you can sell them later.

Garage cleaning can be done in a few hours, doesn't require many workers, and is relatively safe.

4. Hoarder Cleaning

Hoarders are people suffering from a mental disorder in the spectrum of OCD where they compulsively collect and hoard things in their homes.

They find it very hard to let go of the items, resulting in years of accumulated stuff. In the most severe cases, hoarders' homes are full of junk, debris, animal feces, insect and rodent infestations, and even living animals.

Sufferers don't see their behavior as a problem, so they don't get rid of the stuff. Instead, they keep hoarding more and more until their home becomes unlivable.

If you offer a professional hoarding cleanup service, be prepared to take on a lot of work. Depending on the level of clutter, cleaning a hoarder's home can take days.

5. Carpet and Furniture Cleaning

Carpet and furniture cleaning is an in-demand service for commercial and residential buildings.

Homeowners don't usually have the time or resources to remove stubborn and deep stains caused by food and drink spills, pets, blood, or paint.

Besides, carpets and furniture are everyday items that go through a lot of wear and tear anyway, so they need deep cleaning with special steaming machines.

You can start a business focusing only on this type of cleaning or offer it as an addition to house or office cleaning.

6. Commercial/Office Cleaning

Commercial buildings with dozens of offices on each floor are in constant need of cleaning services. Companies want to impress their clients with a spotless working environment, but many of them also need to comply with safety and sanitary regulations.

Your clients can consist of hospitals, daycare centers, schools, gyms, restaurants, factories, big companies, and department stores. If your business is new, you can start by cleaning offices in a smaller building, clean smaller stores or coffee shops.

If you don't want to start an office business from scratch, you can take over an already established one by searching for 'janitorial businesses for sale' online.

7. Pressure Washing

You can operate pressure washing cleaning services as a part of a bigger cleaning company or offer them separately.

You'll need high-quality pressure washing machines and equipment. You can clean parking lots, vehicles, sanitary areas in restaurants, hospitals, commercial or residential facilities, walkways, exterior walls, engines, and all sorts of machinery.

The initial investment in pressure washing is relatively low, but you'll need to learn how to handle the machinery to do a good job. You'll also need to obtain insurance, licenses, and work permits from your state or local government.

Make sure to get a pressure washer business start-up kit to help you launch and grow the company.

8. Restroom Cleaning

Restroom cleaning is one of the most highly-requested types of service, especially in commercial buildings, restaurants and bars, schools, and sports stadiums.

Cleanliness is important to many businesses, both for their customers and their employees. If you offer spotless cleaning services, speed, and professionalism, your business will quickly find its first customers.

You can also offer these cleaning services for bigger residential properties with two or more bathrooms.

Start Your Own Cleaning Business Today

Starting a new business takes hard work, but as the demand for these types of cleaning services grows, you'll be off to a great start.

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