The cleaning industry in London covers all types of cleaning, from dusting and vacuuming a small flat or house, to cleaning hospitals, and large commercial premises in the City. There are domestic cleaners, school cleaners, office cleaners, and other specialities such as window, oven, and carpet cleaners.
A cleaning business is a popular choice as a start up business. In theory all you need are some cloths, an apron, a bottle of detergent, and some elbow grease. However, the reality is often more complex.
Take, for example, the price of a professional cleaning service. The price of a cleaning job, whether it is one cleaner with a few domestic homes to clean every week, or a large commercial cleaning company with thousands of staff, will typically be made up of the following:
The cleaner’s wages and benefits, including holiday pay, and sick pay.
Employer’s National Insurance contributions.
Consumables such as cloths and cleaning chemicals.
Public Liability insurance, which covers accidents and injury to persons and property.
Employers Liability insurance, which covers accidents and injury to employees.
Product Liability insurance to cover the value of the customers goods that are being cleaned.
Vehicle costs such as fuel, servicing, MOT, road tax, insurance, and wear and tear.
Equipment costs such as machinery, servicing, and regular cleaning and care of the cleaner’s tools and equipment.
Administration, marketing, customer care, and consumer information.
HR costs including recruitment, training, and development of the cleaner.
Tax including VAT, Income Tax, and Corporation Tax.
Last but not least every cleaning business, large or small, has to make a reasonable amount of profit.
If the price you have been quoted for a professional cleaning job seems expensive you may understand why if you take into account most, if not all, of the above essential factors.
If, on the other hand, the job appears cheap then your cleaning business is unlikely to be a squeaky clean business.
Starlet Cleaning is a professional cleaning company offering end of tenancy cleaning, domestic, carpet, office, and commercial cleaning London wide.