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How to Start a Commercial Cleaning Business

Starting your own commercial cleaning business gives you the freedom to be your own boss, work on your own schedule and do the type of cleaning that you love to do.

However, starting any business is a challenge, and there are many factors you’ll need to consider before you start.

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In this guide, we explore how to start a cleaning business, including planning your finances, conducting market research and acquiring the right equipment.

Make a plan

Every great business starts with a plan. This plan will consist of many elements, all coming together to produce a complete blueprint for your business. Some of the most important elements of a plan include finances, market research, qualifications and equipment.

Sort out your finances

It’s important to estimate how much money you will need to invest to get your business off the ground. This figure can be difficult to calculate so you may need to give it your best guess.

You’ll need to keep in mind equipment costs, employee salaries if you intend on hiring other cleaners, storage costs, training costs, uniform costs and more.

Equally as important is roughly calculating your revenue and profits. The money you make from your customers should exceed the money you are putting into the business. How much you charge may depend on the location of your business and the type of cleaning your business offers.

This brings us to the next important element of your plan: market research.

Conduct market research

Conducting market research is the best way to find out about your potential clients and your competitors. It will give you an insight into the other options that are out there and whether there is a gap in the market for a particular type or style of cleaning.

Market research will also allow you to identify the average price for professional cleaning in your area. Market research may be as passive as browsing the web or it could entail being more active in the community by carrying out surveys.

Brush up on your qualifications

Though domestic cleaners don’t generally require any qualifications, you may need to acquire some if your business intends to offer more specialised cleaning services. Check online whether any of the services you provide require qualifications.

Even if they’re not required, cleaning qualifications can demonstrate the quality of your services and help your business to stand out from its competitors.

Get the right equipment

A key part of your plan will be deciding which equipment you’ll need. This will generally depend on the areas you are cleaning and the specialist cleaning services you offer. However, there are a few types of equipment that every cleaning business would expect to own. These include;

  • Cleaning buckets
  • Disinfectant
  • Scrub pads
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mops
  • Glass cleaner
  • Grout brushes

The equipment you use must be factors into your finances. In addition to the above standard equipment, you’ll also need to consider more powerful cleaning equipment and their corresponding prices. This includes:

The cost of these machines can be a little daunting, but there are ways around them. Instead of purchasing a machine outright, why not hire your machines on a flexible contract?

See all our commercial equipment for hire, or use the links above to go directly to each category.

Tennant CS16 Micro Walk Behind Floor Scrubber Dryer

For example, the Tennant CS16 Micro Walk Behind Floor Scrubber Dryer is ideal for small indoor areas.

Flexible hire contracts with Alpha Power Cleaners

Flexible hire contracts allow you to use the machines whenever you need them but at a fraction of the cost.

At Alpha Power Cleaners, we offer hire contracts as short as one day or as long as five years. Plus, we provide maintenance and repair services on all our machines to ensure downtime is kept to a minimum. For a competitive price, you can acquire all the equipment you need for your commercial cleaning business.

Check out our vast range of products — we’re a Tenant-authorised partner and Karcher premier-servicing dealer, so we have access to all the latest cleaning equipment. Take advantage of all our products to get ahead of your competitors.

We provide cleaning equipment throughout the West Midlands and East Midlands, including Loughborough, Derby, Nottingham and beyond. Hire your cleaning equipment today by contacting our team.

Give us a call on 0808 169 8529 for a free quote!

Why choose us

80+ Years of Experience

From hot pressure washers to floor scrubber dryers - we know our cleaning equipment, and can help you make the right decision.

Free Site Surveys & Quotations

Our team offer free site surveys and quotes for all our machines. If you are not too sure what you need, or even if you don't know how to clean the area in question, we can help!

Fully Guaranteed Work

All our work is fully guaranteed, we maintain all our machines to the highest standard and ensure that every machine we hire out is fit for purpose.

Same Day or Next Day Delivery

We cover the Midlands and beyond, we are proud to say that we offer next day, or same day delivery across most of our machines for hire.

Karcher Premier Servicing Dealer

Being a Karcher premier servicing dealer, we have access to the latest machines and equipment. This also means that we are experts in everything Karcher.

Tennant Authorised Partners

We are now Tennant Authorised Partners across the East Midlands, this means we have access to the latest machines and parts.

Free Training

We provide free training for all our hire machines. No matter if you have never used one, we will show you how to use it and set it up on-site - so you are ready to go!

Fast Breakdown Repair & Servicing

If you have a machine with us, or one of your own - we provide breakdown repair and servicing across the Midlands. Need help? Contact one of our team today!

Flexible Hire Options

If you need a machine for one day, one week, or one month, we can sort out what is best for you. With several options for hire contracts, we have something suitable for everyone.

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Contact our team

Contact us to speak to one of our team, and tell us what you need. We have something for every situation, our team are experts and can tell you exactly what will work best.


Get valuable advice

We will advise what machine is best for you and your situation, taking into account the size and type. Then we can give you a quote over the phone.


Confirm your order

Confirm what day you would like your machine to be delivered, and your location - delivery is free of charge and we cover across the Midlands.



On the day we deliver your machine, we will ensure you are happy and we can then provide training for you, so you are confident using the machine.

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