How to Start a Disinfecting Business in 9 Steps
If you’re considering starting a disinfecting business, this article will provide some helpful tips for how to get started. Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces is a task that many people want done so that they can relax and spend time with their families.
A disinfecting business will do the dirty work so the customers don’t have to! Disinfectant companies typically provide their own equipment and use techniques like bleaching, wet-mopping, or vacuuming with an attached HEPA vacuum cleaner in order to disinfect floors and other surfaces. The following steps outline how you can feasibly start your own successful cleaning business.
1. Research equipment and supplies:
1.1 Determine which supplies you will need to start your business, as well as what customers will expect to receive from you. You’ll have to come up with a uniform that all of your employees wear and make sure that they have all of the necessary cleaning equipment and supplies (such as brooms, rags, disinfecting solutions and cleaning chemicals). You’ll also need a company vehicle or vans, business cards, insurance and a professional looking office or storefront.
2. Hire employees once you get clients:
2.1 Once you have adequate equipment and supplies, it is time to hire your employees. Plan on training them at least on the basics of cleaning. If they work at a large corporation, their hands may be too dirty to begin with, so it will be important to show them what the proper procedures are for cleaning and disinfecting. You should also provide them with instructions on how you expect them to clean and disinfect various surfaces throughout the house or facility.
3. Create a schedule:
3.1 You’ll need to set up a schedule which includes when you’re going to clean each specific room in your home or business facility. Be sure to set aside a certain chunk of time to clean each room, so that you’ll be prepared to answer questions from your clients as they are coming in. If you’re planning to hold open cleaning visits, you have to be able to answer the telephone and deal with any minor problems right away. It’s best if you are free on the weekends so that you can plan the time that you will spend cleaning when the appointments come in.
4. Designate a “clean area”:
4.1 You’ll want to designate a certain room in the facility as the clean area. This will be the area where you keep all of your cleaning supplies, disinfectant chemicals and equipment. If you are using a stand-up vacuum cleaner, make sure that it is stored outside of the clean room so that it doesn’t become clogged up with debris.
5. Set up a schedule:
5.1 Get into the habit of setting aside certain times during each week or month when you know that you will be busy enough to handle your client appointments and work on your business plan for setting up another client between those visits. Make sure that you have enough time to go over the receipts and schedule your new appointments.
6. Start with contracts:
6.1 Make sure that you have a contract ready when you are meeting with potential clients and their facilities. Have your whole team sign off on the contract so that everyone knows what their responsibilities are and what they’re going to get in return for working at your organization. Don’t forget to create a client contract for each job before commencing work, and make sure that it is easy to read and understand for all parties involved.
7. Be prepared:
7.1 Have a complete list of all of the chemicals and equipment that you’ll be bringing with you to the job site, as well as a checklist for after you are finished cleaning. Make sure that your team has their own sets of gloves, booties and other forms of personal protection equipment so that they know how to properly touch surfaces without contaminating them too much or spreading germs or disease onto them. You’ll also need to make sure that everyone doesn’t forget anything, such as new rags or disinfecting solutions.
7.2 Be sure to protect your employees from diseases as well from the possibility of contracting them from other people or animals. Make sure that they have been vaccinated and have their own personal protection equipment (PPE) with them.
7.3 Always have a list of all the chemicals that you’re going to use in case your clients ask you what those are.
8. Cleaning tips:
8.1 If you’ve got a lot of work to do in a short period of time, you have to be able to clean thoroughly. Use the right products so that your staff will be able to disinfect while they are scrubbing. There are certain products that can help you clean large areas like couches and floors. You can use a spotter spray to do the work for you, but some people prefer doing it themselves. Disinfectants can also help with keeping your home fresh by killing bacteria and organisms on surfaces, and they’ll keep out all kinds of germs, including viruses
9. Don’t forget about the little things:
9.1 Keep your clients updated on the new schedule, because it will help to keep them from getting impatient. You’ll have to come up with a way to let them know about your new client schedule as soon as you get the first appointment. Make sure that they know that you are working around their schedule, and don’t place too many appointments at once so that you can actually handle each one individually.
9.2 Clean out the trash in your facility before closing each day, so that it is ready for the next day if there are any unexpected costs or problems with cleaning the prior day.