We often get asked how to become an office cleaner and get into the cleaning business, often being seen as good regular work with commercial office premises.
However, you will of course see a reduction in costs if people can complete themselves rather than outsourcing to a cleaning contractor.
Either way, here are three key issues to consider when looking at how to become an office cleaner and how to get jobs in the office cleaning business.
1. What is an Office Cleaner?
You first need to clarify the context of the office cleaning post that you're looking into.
For example, you might be an individual cleaner looking to increase the number of customers, or often a larger cleaning contractor who wants to develop into commercial cleaning contracts from usual domestic cleaning services.
This might even include a non-cleaning contractor who ventures into related services like deep cleaning after renovation works, or window cleaning, and is now looking to start a specific office cleaning part of the business.
However, you could be just an employee or even a volunteer of a business and organisation.
By looking into how individuals come to carry out office cleaning duties, often at the end of a working day, this can see notable cost savings than employing an external office cleaning contractor.
Also, when you look at who an office cleaner is, it's worth considering the different names you can often call, such as caretaker or concierge, with a post here with more details on these.
2. What are the Duties of an Office Cleaner?
The bread-and-butter duty of a good local office cleaner worth their weight in gold is regular and consistent cleaning of the office-occupied areas. This is often on a daily basis Monday to Friday for well-used offices or can be down to every few days or even weekly.
This will, of course, include a basic vacuum clean of floors or mopping, wiping of a desk and other surfaces, and focusing on key areas such as reception desks and meeting rooms.
This can also include other housekeeping roles such as tidying up paperwork and desks, although being careful of security and GDPR requirements.
This may also need to include welfare facilities where drinks and food are made and even, of course, toilet areas.
In addition, there can also be a whole range of one-off services either as part of the main office cleaning contract or support. Examples include one-off deep or spring cleaning, a builder's clean after any major renovations of the office area, full carpet cleaning, and window cleaning inside and outside the office block.
3. How to Source Office Cleaning Jobs
Once you understand the role of the office cleaner that you need and the specific duties they need to complete, you then need to look at the practicalities of getting the job completed. This might be on some form of regular contract basis with, say, a month's notice or more ad hoc with one-off visits.
The three key methods to do this, all beginning with the letter A, are:
1. To Advertise
Whether online paid advertising, good internet marketing, or offline leaflets and adverts. This will certainly help get your name out to local businesses seeking a new office cleaning service.
2. The Approach to People
Because office owners or occupiers are often larger customers, more business-focused than, say, domestic cleaning, then it's worth that personal approach to people.
By carefully researching a local area to see who potential customers could be, a simple, friendly phone call, email, or even calling into the office can help make good contact.
3. To Add Value
Again, this sounds very simple, but it's actually the best method tried and tested over the years.
Once you do a good job of office cleaning and add value for clients, including going the extra mile, resolving emergencies, and easily carrying out extra office cleaning services they will often naturally spread the word about you to other businesses they come across.
Becoming an Office Cleaner and Landing the Jobs
Therefore, as you look at how to become an office cleaner and how to get such commercial cleaning services completed, then these three points will hopefully help in the process.
After understanding the role and who a specific office cleaner is, you can then look at the unique duties they need to do and then the practicalities of securing the office cleaning job through advertising, approaching parties, and adding value to existing customers.
Finally, you'll need to get into the detail of looking at the appropriate price and hourly or contractual rate, and then all the little extras of the service, including access to the office block and cleaning items being used.