How To Become A Commercial Cleaner in the UK

Becoming and working as a commercial cleaner in the UK gives you the benefit of starting straight into a job without needing any previous qualifications or special training. You will of course be expected to work with some potentially hazardous chemicals and different cleaning products. If you are thinking of becoming a commercial cleaner, the first thing you need to know is what a commercial cleaner actually is, what you will be doing as a cleaner of this nature and why it may be a fantastic career move. 

What is a Commercial Cleaner? 

As a commercial cleaner, your focus will, by the very nature of the job, be non-domestic properties, i.e. not residential premises and people’s homes (read more about residential vs commercial cleaning). You will find yourself working in office buildings, hotels, gyms, hospitals, airports, restaurants or schools instead of private homes. Your role as a cleaner is to wash and tidy the environment leaving things spotlessly clean and ready for use thereafter.

What are the Responsibilities of a Commercial Cleaner?

Your primary responsibilities a a cleaner of commercial premises and buildings will include the sanitation and tidiness of a given area, building or environment. Your regular duties will typically involve dusting, hoovering, sweeping, mopping floors, wiping down and polishing surfaces, emptying dustbins and cleaning bathrooms. In hotels, you may also change bed linens and replace towels and other items. You may also be responsible for keeping an eye on the stock cupboard and supplies of cleaning products so that you can tell your manager when you are running low. 

Remember, your cleaning role as a commercial cleaner may include (but will not be limited to):

  • Lifting heavy things
  • Climbing to clean higher surfaces
  • Bending down frequently
  • Being on your feet for long periods

Be sure that you are in good enough health before starting a job as a commercial cleaner! 

Do I Need Qualifications to Become a Commercial Cleaner in the UK?

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a commercial cleaner and there are no set requirements or education needed for this kind of employment. Your supervisor or line manager should provide you with any work-related training you will need on the job. 

However, if you have first-Aid training, a COSHH certificate (control of substances hazardous to health) or a driver’s license, you should include it on your CV when applying for a position. You should also make sure to include any previous related work experience when applying.

What Skills do I Need for Commercial Cleaning?

Commercial cleaning is a job that does not necessarily require any specific skills. However, there are various skills and abilities which will make you much better suited to the job and role and which will help you become better at the work you do. Moreover, many commercial cleaning companies do allow for career progression and thus, those that perform their duties well and efficiently will be more likely to progress in their respective cleaning company. Desirable skills of a commercial cleaner include:

  • A keen eye for detail
  • Capable of working methodically through cleaning
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Self-motivated to work without supervision
  • Good communication skills 
  • Being friendly
  • Good Health

How do I Find a Job as a Commercial Cleaner?

The commercial cleaning sector is enormous! According to the British Cleaning Council, it is worth over £24 billion annually and employs over 700,000 people. The industry is continuing to grow, which means that there are more and more jobs available. Have a look online for postings about jobs in your area. 

On average, cleaners in the UK earn £19,573 per year and, as full-time employees, work 38 to 40 hours a week. It is also possible to be paid an hourly rate or work part-time with many commercial cleaning companies.

How Can I Progress in a Career as a Commercial Cleaner?

You may, after getting some experience under your belt, decide to apply to become a supervisor. Being a supervisor gives you added responsibility as you lead a cleaning team. It is an excellent step in working your way up to becoming a manager.

The added responsibilities often include:

  • Training staff.
  • Allocating shifts.
  • Assuring health and safety measures.
  • Ensuring hygiene standards are achieved.

You will also receive a pay rise with the promotion. If you want to become a supervisor or manager, you should try to show good people management and leadership skills as an employee. 

Advantages of Being a Commercial Cleaner

There are, much like with all other jobs, some very distinctive and desirable advantages when it comes to working as a commercial cleaner. You will find that once you get your head around the work required, in cleaning commercial premises, you can enjoy a whole host of benefits, which may include:

  • Learning skills on the job
  • No set qualifications required
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Not stuck at a desk all day
  • It is satisfying to tidy spaces and cleanse dirty areas
  • Flexible hours to work around other commitments
  • Possible employee benefits at hotels or restaurants
  • Can be temporary work or extra funds while studying
  • Extra shifts or overtime in busy seasons like Christmas
  • Opportunities to progress to management roles

Can I Run My Own Commercial Cleaning Business?

You may be thinking about running your own commercial cleaning business. This could be a significant step in your career, but there are lots of factors to consider. 

When establishing a small business, you have to make sure that you will be able to deal with all sides of the company. You may not be familiar with accounting and finances, but it is essential to have a good understanding before diving in. You will also need to think about how you will purchase your equipment (as wholesale cleaning products will be important to find at a reasonable cost), market your cleaning services, and coordinate with clients. You might want to start by cleaning private homes or an individual commercial space and gaining experience before building into a larger commercial cleaning company.