Starting a Commercial Cleaning Business

The commercial cleaning business involves providing cleaning services to clients that are willing to pay to have their businesses or even households, cleaned.

There are several factors to consider before you can be able to start your own commercial cleaning business; these include the fact that one must at least have enough knowledge with regards to basic business management skills.

It is always important to have this skill to help you with the overall management of your business. If you do not have any basic knowledge you can always attend seminars, forums, take classes or do research on your own. Another important factor is to have basic knowledge regarding the actual business you wish to start. Again there are several options to choose from to garner this skill.

In the cleaning industry consider the two basic marketing groups which are the consumer and the commercial. Since you are interested in starting the commercial type of cleaning business this will consist mainly of janitorial services, maid services and a variety of other cleaners including those that clean carpets and windows specifically. It is important to choose and select the type of services you wish to offer to your clients. Have a scope of the type of equipment you will be using as well. Focus on your chosen market and be sure to develop and improve on your services focusing directly on this target market. Once your company has expanded may you then consider other target populace.

Upon listing the services and facilities you will then need to canvas the market for these similar types. From here you will be able to decide on how to price your services. Also keep a broad spectrum of choices. This will help you decide on the quality of goods you can purchase including the best deals available in the market. Since you are only beginning your business it would be best to stick with the basics before considering other options or upgrading equipment. Again, this may all be considered once your company has garnered more revenue throughout its operation. Otherwise you may want to consider franchising an existing commercial cleaning business if you do not wish to start your own one from scratch.

At this point you will have to consult with an attorney to assess the legalities of your business such as permits, licenses and certifications, and also an accountant, to draft a budget estimate and place an allotment for specific finances that you will be spending on your business which includes but is not limited to, location, equipment, marketing, advertisement, etc.

This type of business is one that is very profitable as long as you target all the essential aspects and provide quality services, enough to build your credibility in the business market. Many people will be involved in this type of business so remember that before you can build relationships with your clients you must first build relationships with your employees.


  • Jabulile said on March 11, 2011
    Hi! I am from South Africa and have a registered cleaning company, but I have difficulty in getting clients for my co. Do you have any advice for me on how to get the business off the ground as it has been almost 2 years now and no luck.
  • Beni said on December 7, 2011
    Just like Jubile i have set up a cleaning business which has been active for a year and has not signed up any contracts yet. I am focusing on commercial cleaning. What would be the best way to get clients?
  • Joseph Lefifi said on September 13, 2012
    South Africa, Pretoria: Is there a manual book that indicates how to start or conduct a cleaning services company?
  • Nombuso said on October 23, 2012
    Hi I'm nombuso from springs, what is the first step to take when registering a cleaning company, for example where do I go, what are the requirements to start a cleaning company from stretch.
  • Mosima Manganyi said on March 10, 2013
    I'm in Alberton South Africa. I'm on the verge of registering a Cleaning Service company which concentrates on both domestic and commercial cleaning. I need advise on how to get government funding and getting contracts. I have two partners in the business and I'm really passionate about it and wants to make it a success.
  • marriam said on April 18, 2013
    hi i need advise on how to open the cleaning company as its my dream to do it please help on what i should do and the courses i should take
  • motsamai lekau said on April 26, 2013
    i have registered a cleaning company but i'm looking for the best location in the CBD. So can you give advice on the kind of location it must be situated.
  • Ntsako said on June 9, 2013
    Good day, I would like to find out how much is a standard rate to clean an office.
  • Success Zimbaye said on August 2, 2013
    Hey guys. I'm looking for a Business Partner in this industry. Must be willing to start from scratch and have a bit of knowledge of the industry. Learnerships will be arranged to further our knowledge and qualifying in the industry. I'm situate in KZN and I prefer my prospect partner to be in, but not limited to KZN. The partner must be between 18 - 27 years of age. Contact me on 0766017266.
  • sandile Gotywa said on October 24, 2013
    Hi, I would like to start my own cleaning company but I don't know where to start and how to register, may you please help!
  • Alex Mtshali said on March 22, 2014
    Hi! I'm about to start my own cleaning company but I don't know what should I do, please help me guys if u do know, please email me at
  • siyamcela said on May 26, 2014
    hi i am siyamcela from south africa, eastern cape at east london, i want to register a cleaning company so where can i go to
  • nonceba madyibi said on June 8, 2014
    Hi! Am also interested in the cleaning industry, kindly help with starting the business up to the business management skills. Thank you!!
  • NOMAMA(NOMA) said on June 30, 2014
  • Blessing Manatse said on July 10, 2014
    I have a registered company for cleaning but I don't have knowledge on how to go for the services so plz tell me how I should price my services
  • Ntshiuwa said on November 3, 2014
    Hi my name is Ntshiuwa I want to open cleaning company where do I start I'm here in Bloemfontein
  • victor said on December 29, 2014
    hi my name is vic, i'm situated in johanesburg, my new year resolution will be to register a cleaning company, i have more experience in different cleaning, i am an assistant manager currently, my problem will be to find clients, i have one partner, anyone who wish to invest on our plan should call or email me on 0744974502/
  • prashant said on March 29, 2015
    please send me the details how can i start the business
  • Lebo Kgobe said on July 11, 2015
    Hi My name is Lebo m currently working for a cleaning services but would like to start my own Cleaning services company with my experience i know I am ready to start pls help
  • refiloe said on September 9, 2015
    Hi I would like to start a cloning company and I have no idea on how to do so please help ,I'm based in vereeniging
  • Viwe Maponya said on September 20, 2015
    Hi I would like to start a cleaning business i don't know where to start i want to open a commercial cleaning company if i can get a way how to do it
  • tommy said on January 1, 2016
    Hi my name is tommy i want to start my own cleaning company and i really need help.
  • Phindile Skosana said on January 14, 2016
    Hi my name is Phindile I'm a south African i reside in Pretoria I'm very keen to start my own cleaning company but I need more info on this industry and where to start when I register my company I'm interested in starting a commercial cleaning company , I'd like to know if it caters for construction as well.
  • kgothatso said on March 3, 2016
    S.A,limpopo i want to know what step should i take to start my own company.
  • Nci Tshiki said on March 12, 2016
    Hi, I manufacture cleaning products and looking at going into offering the service as well. What is the procedure for this and what are the requirements?
  • Patie said on April 25, 2016
    Hi team Please assist I would love to water a learning business also how do I start ?
  • Tsakani said on June 20, 2016
    hi my name is Tsakani from Limpopo currently staying in Tembisa, I would really love to start my own commercial and residential cleaning company but I don't know where to register my business, where to get funding and how to find clients please help.
  • Hlengiwe said on July 11, 2016
    hi my name is Hlengiwe im from jhb Northgate I've registered a cleaning company in 2009 since then i haven't done anything i need help on how to market my business and how to get it of the ground am doing residential and Commetial cleaning i need help please.
  • Blessing Sethabela said on November 29, 2016
    Hi I have a good business plan of clean but I don't know more information about cleaning company I have only plan A plz help me to start this business plz
  • Spho said on March 9, 2017
    Guys pls help me I want to do the certificate, 0780923395 whatsapp me with the information, for cleaning certificate
  • Mamaki Kheswa said on August 10, 2018
    i need to do cleaning certificate can you please email me the information and requierments. kind regards
  • Precious said on October 25, 2018
    Need to register a cleaning company


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