How to Start a Cleaning Business

So you want to learn how to start a cleaning business? The Janitorial Store provides all the tools and resources you need in one place so you can grow your cleaning business and help it thrive.

Running a cleaning business is not easy. We know, because we've done it twice! As owners of two commercial cleaning companies, we've been where you are and had the same challenges to overcome. After starting our second cleaning business we decided to do it better the second time around, and apply what we'd learned over the years. And the result is that we grew the second business twice as fast as the first!

That's why we started The Janitorial Store in 2005 -- to help cleaning business owners who are struggling to grow their business and who need mentors who have been where they are. 

The Results You Can Expect by Joining The Janitorial Store

When you join The Janitorial Store as a member, you'll gain immediate access to proven strategies for starting, building and managing your cleaning business. You'll find a wealth of information including hundreds of janitorial and bidding forms, information-packed eBooks, how-to articles, bidding calculators, audio interviews with experts and more! Plus get discounts on training programs, DVD's, newsletters and more.

Join our community of cleaning business owners who are learning new skills, making better business decisions, using new tools and improving their results.

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Featured Resources
InspectaClean Mobile App for Janitorial Cleaning Inspections InspectaClean Mobile App for Janitorial Cleaning Inspections
InspectaClean is the mobile app you're been waiting for! Inspecting your janitorial cleaning accounts has never been easier or more affordable than with the InspectaClean mobile app. Not only can you do inspections for all the cleaning packages you offer but you can create customized inspections such as carpet cleaning, window washing, floor care, etc. -- all for one low price. You won't find another full-featured inspection app of this kind for this price anywhere else. keep reading

How to Start a Cleaning Business - Part 1 (Free Article Series) How to Start a Cleaning Business - Part 1 (Free Article Series)
Jean Hanson
If you're wondering how to start a cleaning business, this article will get you on the right path. This is the first in a series of in-depth articles that will help you successfully start a cleaning business. keep reading

Jani Bid App - Available on iTunes and Google Play Jani Bid App - Available on iTunes and Google Play
Finally! The janitorial bidding app you've been searching for! Pricing your prospects' locations has never been easier and more accurate than with the Jani Bid Mobile App. Not only will you present an accurate price, you'll know that it's priced profitably for YOUR business. You won't find another full-featured app of this kind anywhere else. Available on iTunes and Google Play. Click here to learn more and watch the Video Tutorials. keep reading

6-CD SET: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies 6-CD SET: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies
This is a 6-CD Set filled with documents that you can use to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for your cleaning company. You can also use the documents to qualify for CIMS Certification. You also receive a BONUS One Year Membership to The Janitorial Store with purchase. Active members will receive an extra year added onto their membership. keep reading

NEWSLETTERS for Commercial Cleaning Companies NEWSLETTERS for Commercial Cleaning Companies
AUGUST ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE! Sending monthly newsletters is the #1 way to stay in front of your clients and prospects. The best part is, WE do all the work of creating the content! All you have to do is personalize it for your business by adding special offers and company updates. Then take it to your local printer or upload it to an online printer. You can even upload it to your website for online reading. NewzBreak is a 4-page, full color newsletter. You will have it printed on 11x17 paper, folded in half. New issues every month! Order monthly or buy an entire year for a discounted price. Click here to see sample issues. keep reading

DEAL OF THE WEEK! Wood Floor Training Program (PDF Download) DEAL OF THE WEEK! Wood Floor Training Program (PDF Download)
This Wood Floor Training Program will give you the know-how to identify the type of wood floor and how to determine the type of finish the wood floor might have on it. It will also outline the general maintenance, cleaning and restorative process that can be done to extend the life of the wood floor before an expensive sanding; staining and re-coating would need to be done. keep reading

What's New
Episode 98: Look For These 5 Skills When Hiring Cleaning Technicians Episode 98: Look For These 5 Skills When Hiring Cleaning Technicians
Jean Hanson
Finding good cleaning technicians is a huge challenge for cleaning business owners these days. Hard-working people are in short supply. But sometimes it's our own fault that we've hired "warm bodies" instead of people we can groom into great employees. keep reading

Co-founder Jean Hanson's Speaking Schedule at ISSA Convention Co-founder Jean Hanson's Speaking Schedule at ISSA Convention
Co-founder Jean Hanson, I.C.E., will be speaking 5 times at this year's ISSA Convention! She'll be presenting marketing topics for ISSA, BSCAI and ARCSI associations. If you're planning on going she'd love for you to attend one of her sessions and then introduce yourself. She and Steve love meeting members! keep reading

The Guide to Effective Supervision, by Dick Ollek (Hardcover Book) The Guide to Effective Supervision, by Dick Ollek (Hardcover Book)
CBSE, RGC, a 50+ year veteran of the Building Services Contracting industry -Dick Ollek. The book is composed of 12 lessons that can be taught as a supervisor's class or individual study so that after completing all 12 lessons, the reader (student) has the tools to become an effective supervisor. keep reading

What is Your Top Marketing Tactic for Your Cleaning Business? What is Your Top Marketing Tactic for Your Cleaning Business?
We asked cleaning business owners to share their Top Marketing Tactic, and here are their responses. The author of the best tip won a Lifetime Membership to The Janitorial Store. Check out all the tips left by cleaning business owners to see if there's a marketing tactic you should be implementing in your business! keep reading

The Janitorial Store Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary The Janitorial Store Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
In October of 2015 we mark The Janitorial Store's 10 Year Anniversary, but we decided to start the celebration early! From now through the end of the year, we'll be having special offers on products and services. In fact every month we'll be giving away a Lifetime Membership! Also check out the Infographic keep reading

Episode 97: Getting To The Bottom Of Your Cleaning Prospects Frustrations Episode 97: Getting To The Bottom Of Your Cleaning Prospects Frustrations
Jean Hanson
When you have the opportunity to meet with a cleaning prospect, it's your chance to demonstrate your understanding of their frustrations. But rather than monopolizing the conversation with your expertise at cleaning, ask a specific question that gets to the bottom of their true frustrations with the companies they've worked with in the past. keep reading

Providing Post Construction Clean Up Services Providing Post Construction Clean Up Services
Steve Hanson
With the economy in an upswing, there are more businesses today remodeling or building new additions to their current office or commercial spaces. This means more opportunities are available for commercial cleaning companies when it comes to providing post construction clean up services. This article offers tips for providing this type of cleaning service. keep reading

How Much Time Will it Take to Clean? How Much Time Will it Take to Clean?
Jean Hanson
Cleaning business owners ask themselves how much time it will take to clean a building all the time. After all, how can you know how much to charge if you don't know how long it takes to clean? keep reading

Episode 96: Owning a Successful Cleaning Business is NOT About Cleaning Episode 96: Owning a Successful Cleaning Business is NOT About Cleaning
Jean Hanson
When your cleaning company provides consistent services, your clients will continue to do business with you because they can count on you to deliver on the promises you make. If you want to ensure the success of your cleaning company, you might want to borrow a page from McDonalds by putting systems into place that will ensure you deliver consistent, "quality" service. THAT is what will lead to more customer satisfaction. keep reading

7 Ways to Prevent Injuries When Cleaning 7 Ways to Prevent Injuries When Cleaning
Jean Hanson
There are many ways you or your cleaning workers can become injured on the job. By taking a few precautions and spending time on safety training, you can save your cleaning company money by preventing accidents from happening. Here are a few tips for preventing injuries: keep reading

Offering Green Cleaning Services Requires the Use of Sustainable Green Cleaning Equipment Offering Green Cleaning Services Requires the Use of Sustainable Green Cleaning Equipment
Jean Hanson
Providing green cleaning services to your customers requires more than just using green chemicals, it also requires the use of sustainable green cleaning equipment. Following the guidelines established by various independent organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, that meet the green requirements for chemicals and equipment should be included as part of your green cleaning program. keep reading

Learn How to Market a Cleaning Business Learn How to Market a Cleaning Business
Jean Hanson
One of the biggest challenges for any cleaning business is learning how to market the business effectively. Today's technology has spawned a new era of marketing tactics and today's business owners need to stay on top in order to maintain the upper hand on the competition. This means reaching out and attracting new customers and keeping those customers coming back. keep reading

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