How To Start A Commercial Restroom Cleaning Business

You’ve worked for other people for years now, but you’ve been thinking about branching out on your own to start a commercial restroom cleaning business. While this sector of cleaning services has a lot of opportunities, starting out on your own can be overwhelming and you may not even know where to start!


After years of experience and countless franchises all over Canada, we have a few tips and tricks to help guide you in starting your own commercial restroom cleaning business.

1. Get Started by Registering Your Business


In order for your business to operate legally within Canada, it’s necessary to register your business as the appropriate business type. This typically requires one or more permits to operate, as well as some dictated guidelines for the kinds of products that you are able to use for your business.


Many legal considerations must be made when starting and owning a business, such as insurance, employees and equipment. Instead of figuring out all of these elements by yourself, becoming a franchised business owner allows you to have the best of both worlds – your own business, but with a roadmap to all the necessary business must-haves.

 2.   Create a Business Plan and Budget


A business plan outlines the many strategies and goals that comprise your business – everything from your target market to marketing plan to staffing. Of course, when your business brings in money, it’s necessary to account for your revenue – and the same goes for all your expenses. This is why a budget is crucial to owning a business, especially a commercial restroom cleaning business.


If the thought of creating a business plan and budget from scratch is too much, the option of owning a franchise eliminates a large portion of this necessary part of starting a commercial restroom cleaning business.

3.   Outline Cleaning Procedures


When faced with a dirty bathroom, many people would start in different places and tackle different aspects of the restroom. However, when you own a business, your quality of work and reputation is important which is why you must create a cleaning procedure that ensures you and your staff cover all the bases and leave you with a happy customer.


Some steps that your cleaning procedure should include:


  • Post wet floor signs
  • Dust, sweep, and empty trash
  • Refill consumables, such as toilet paper, paper towels, and soap.
  • Clean surfaces, including walls, sinks, and fixtures
  • Mop the floors and remove the wet floor sign once dry


Ensuring that all touchpoints in your client’s bathroom have been attended to is the ultimate goal of this procedure checklist. Depending on your style of cleaning, you may feel that there are added touches that you want every cleaning service to include.

4.   Determine What Sets You Apart


There are plenty of commercial restroom cleaning businesses out there, but none quite like yours. What sets your business apart from the rest? This is the question that you have to ask yourself when putting together your business plan and selling your services to potential clients. This unique aspect of your business is commonly referred to as your “Unique Selling Proposition” which essentially guides your conversations with customers so they know why it’s important to choose you.

5.   Find Consumers and Market Your Business


Speaking of customers, the absolutely pivotal part of your business are your clients. This is, for most businesses, a continuous effort over the course of the business’s lifetime. The first step is to identify, of all the individuals that could potentially be your customer, the consumers that are most likely to sign up for your commercial restroom cleaning services.


Marketing your business takes careful thought to get inside the minds of your consumer and market directly to their needs and wants. To do this, most marketing professionals would recommend educating your customers on the benefits of commercial restroom cleaning.


Once you’ve found customers, there are a few tactics that you can use to encourage more customers. These methods include a referral program and, of course, encouraging repeat customers with your memorable commercial cleaning services.

Take The Guesswork Out of Business


Starting your own commercial cleaning business can help you gain more freedom in your work and expand possibilities both professionally and personally, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to begin your business from scratch. Instead, JAN-PRO offers a franchise business that helps you with many of the aspects of a business that can be daunting.


To learn more about becoming your own boss and JAN-PRO franchise owner, contact us here or call us for more information at 1-888-724-1906.

  • Share this article