Professional Cleaning Services in Irvington
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Irvington office or store you’re probably used to coming in every morning and seeing clean carpets, empty ashtrays and freshly mopped woodwork. In fact, most Irvington stores and offices would be pretty dreary places to work if you didn’t see them sparkling clean every day.
The equipment you need to start this business is minimal: a good vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, buckets and a few different types of detergents and grease-cutting fluids. If this list sounds familiar, it should. These are the same cleaning tools found in almost every household, and there’s no reason you can’t use what you already probably own – at least for starters.
There are several ways to acquire customers: small ads in your local Irvington newspaper, a listing in the Yellow Pages (under “Janitor Service” and/or “House Cleaning”), printed circulars. But the most effective way to get customers is through personal solicitation. Always remember that you are offering a service, and that means servicing your Irvington clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Irvington is that the work is done at night. You could do the whole thing yourself, without any employees, during the trial period, and still keep your day job. When you are ready to hire people in Irvington, you have a rich source of employees from college students who want part-time work after classes, as well as men and women who want to supplement their incomes but can only work at night.
Irvington Janitorial Services
What to do when cleaning a window? What tools are we supposed to use? Did you leave streaks when washing your window? How do the professional cleaners do it? Dust particles are just sitting there in our window. It can cause asthma and allergies. It isn't right to just let it sit there.
Before anything else, let us take a look at the history of the most popular glass cleaning tool, the squeegee.
The History of the Squeegee
A squeegee is a tool with a flat and smooth rubber blade. It was first used as a wooden bladed tool with long handles by fishermen to scrape fish blood, scales, and to push water off the boat deck.
During the 20th century, people needed a more efficient tool for cleaning windows. That's when the window squeegee was invented. The first squeegee used by the professional window cleaners was a heavy "Chicago squeegee". It is a bulky tool with two heavy rubber blades and 12 screws.
How to Clean Your Window
1. Using a washer, wash the window with your preferred choice of cleaning solution.
2. Wipe the surface with a squeegee. There are different wiping motions when using a squeegee: the left to right motion and the most commonly used is the fan method.
3. As you wipe along, clean the rubber blades with a lint free cloth.
4. Then clean the window with a cleaning cloth, recommended is a chamois cloth.
Remember, check to see if the materials you are going to use has no defects. A poorly made squeegee can scratch your window, which can cause you tons of money. Wiping your window doesn't help in cleaning. It will only push the dirt to the corner. If you don't have time to clean your windows, contact your local window cleaners.
Starting a Professional Cleaning Service
Even though it is possible to hire the heavy equipment required to self-clean the carpets, it often benefits to use the services of a professional cleaning contractor to make certain the work is completed to a high standard. While hiring a professional service saves a lot of time and effort, there are still several things which might need to be done to make sure the cleaning process goes as smooth as possible. Here are some of the key points to consider in hiring a professional carpet cleaning service:
Experience: A first point to establish is the training and experience of a particular cleaning company. It is essential to only contract the services of a skilled carpet cleaning company who have already completed a very stringent training program, which covers everything in relation to cleaning carpets, including the different techniques used, types of cleaning solutions, and the best course of action to clean a particular carpet or stain. It also helps if you're able to show that the cleaning company keeps up-to-date with the latest cleaning techniques and developments.
Guarantee: it is also worth checking that the company is able to stand behind their workmanship and offer a full guarantee on any cleaning service which might be provided. In the event that the work isn't completed to a high standard which you might expect, you want a company to be willing to offer a free re-clean or a 100% refund.
Office Cleaners in Irvington
Probably one of the greatest mysteries for the new self-employed window cleaner is knowing what to charge for your window cleaning services. First you must remember that you are becoming a business and as such, your earnings go towards the cost of running a business as well as putting food on your kitchen table and a roof over your head. Now I've made mention on the home page about window cleaners earning $50/hr and up but you may be wondering how one prices actual jobs so that you can earn this kind of money from them.
Target Earning Goal
I usually tell beginners to set an earning goal of around 50$/hr for their first few months (up to a year) in the biz. If a new window cleaner can achieve this consistently, then they are well on their way to earning $60-$70/hr by their second year. Here's why. Even after you've calculated what to charge per window/job in order for you to achieve the return of $50/hr, you will be earning this as an unskilled window cleaner. That's right, until you've been cleaning windows for a while; technically you're still unskilled. But after you've acquired the skills to clean windows more professionally and quickly, your hourly return rate will increase.
I tell a story on my window cleaning tutorial DVD of when I first started out window cleaning and priced out a job where I ended up only making around $35/hr. The following year I returned to do a repeat clean at the same bid price but because of the improvements in my technique, my earnings on that job increased to $70/hr. Simply because I was now cleaning more windows per hour.
Is Your Pricing Too Low/High?
A window cleaner who had been in the business for many years once told me that you should aim for landing around 70% of your bids. If you consistently win more bids than that then your prices are probably too low. Likewise, if you consistently land fewer bids than 70% then your prices may be too high. I would say this is very true when it comes to residential jobs and larger commercial jobs. The only time one should ignore this rule is when bidding storefront. Storefront is the most competitive area in window cleaning and many small businesses are price shoppers so be prepared to hear a lot of "no's" while canvassing for clients. Homeowners can be price shoppers too but don't feel bad if you lower your price to land some jobs in the early stages of your business. You gotta eat right? Plus, you can chalk everything up to experience in the long run.
Don't be afraid to network with other local window cleaning companies. The good ones won't be afraid to share information with you and will encourage a healthy marketplace for everyone. But stay clear of those competitors that offer rock bottom prices. They may appear to be constantly busy but what's the point if they're not profitable, right?