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BECOMING A COMMERCIAL CLEANER

Author: Richard Snarey

Published date: 2020/01

Commercial Jobs

​Commercial cleaning is a service that caters to business owners. Cleaning companies under this category deal with sites and premises where business transactions take place. The most common types of commercial cleaning include the cleaning of offices, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, medical facilities, gyms, schools and childcare centres. Are you considering a career in the cleaning industry? PRS Jobs is the UK’s leading agency for commercial cleaning jobs and office cleaning positions. Here’s our guide to becoming a commercial cleaner. 

What Does a Commercial Cleaner Do?

A commercial cleaner provides cleaning services for businesses such as offices, shops, factories, bars and restaurants. Cleaning services offered will vary but most commercial cleaners will have the equipment to carry out everything from dusting desks and emptying bins to industrial carpet cleaning and window cleaning. Some businesses may request a weekly window clean and floor clean while others will require a detailed cleaning schedule to be followed on a daily, weekly, monthly and 6-monthly basis.

Most commercial cleaners will also offer ad hoc services such as:

- End of tenancy deep cleaning services
- Graffiti removal
- After building works cleaning

What is the Difference Between Domestic and Commercial Cleaning?

Many people might think that cleaning a business is just the same as cleaning a home. However, there are some key differences between how a business is cleaned and how you might clean a house. One of the biggest differences is the amount of space to be cleaned – a suburban house differs a lot from cleaning a multi-level office space or large hotel. Because of this, commercial cleaning uses heavier, industrial methods and machinery for getting things cleaner, quicker.  

Commercial Cleaning Jobs and Office Cleaning Positions

What are the Main Responsibilities?

This job entails performing several important duties including:   
- Cleaning, stocking and supplying designated facility areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning)
- Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities
- Replenishing paper goods and detergents 
- Carrying out heavy-duty cleaning tasks and special projects
- Removing rubbish and replacing the bags when and where necessary
- Notifying management of needs for repairs  
- Stocking and maintaining supply rooms 
- Following all health and safety regulations

What are the Requirements?

While no formal education is required to become a commercial cleaner there are a few attributes that will help you secure a commercial cleaning position:   
- Proven working experience as a cleaner is highly desirable  
- The ability to handle heavy equipment and machinery 
- Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies
- Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets
- The ability to work quickly and efficiently
- Well-developed physical fitness

What are Working Conditions?

Commercial cleaners tend to work irregular hours such as early mornings, evenings and late nights in order to clean the entire building or space when it is vacant. Generally, they work Mondays to Fridays, but may also be required to work on weekends to provide additional heavy cleaning that is hard to get to during the regular week. Commercial cleaning professionals spend long periods of time their feet and must be able to handle large machinery and tolerate unpleasant circumstances while cleaning. Depending on the role, cleaners may work outside (cleaning graffiti) or inside (cleaning offices).

 Every business requires cleaning so commercial cleaning staff are always in demand. If you are looking for a stable, ongoing role that involves a broad range of cleaning duties such as tidying, scrubbing, wiping, washing, dusting, vacuuming and polishing then commercial cleaning may be the career path for you. Contact PRS Jobs today on 0207 553 5660 or email your interest to info@prsjobs.com.