Starting a Contract Cleaning Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: January 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Contract cleaners provide regular outsourced cleaning services for a range of private, commercial and public sector customers. Typical customer groups include small retailers and offices, hotels, bed and breakfasts, supermarkets, holiday letting and buy-to-let (BTL) landlords, caravan and holiday parks and public sector organisations such as hospitals, housing associations and schools. Some also provide specialist cleaning services for medical and veterinary premises, and many offer one-off or 'reactive' cleaning services, for example on behalf of insurance firms and loss assessors following a flood or fire.

Some contract cleaners not only clean inside the premises, but also the windows and facades of buildings, or provide specialist carpet and hard floor cleaning services, or specialist cleaning of office equipment such as VDUs and photocopiers.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a contract cleaning service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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