Starting a Driveway and Patio Cleaning Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Driveway and patio cleaning services carry out domestic and commercial outdoor surface cleaning, typically on paved, concrete and tarmac driveways and patios. They also apply pesticides and sealants to surfaces. Many also clean brick walls, wooden decking, gutters, car parks and tennis courts, and some provide specialist chewing gum or graffiti removal services.

Although homeowners are a key market for a driveway and patio cleaning service, there are also contract opportunities with local authorities, property maintenance services and commercial property owners such as hoteliers and retailers. Construction firms, property developers and buy-to-let landlords also engage driveway and patio cleaning services before a property is put on the market.

Driveway and patio cleaning services must comply with strict regulations regarding the disposal of waste water and effluent produced in the cleaning process, along with the use and disposal of pesticides.

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

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