As a cleaning business owner, you want to clean more houses each day. It is the bread and butter of your cleaning business. If you are not cleaning houses, you are not making money.
This is why it is so important to clean as many homes in a day that you can. Now, I do not mean you are cleaning until 10 pm or that you are cutting corners to get to the next home. I mean, increase the number of homes you clean in a day, from 8 am – 4 pm, while still maintaining a Quality service.
When I starting my cleaning business my service was all over the place. There was little consistency and little focused. If someone was willing to pay me, I would clean when ever and where ever.
As I started taking on more clients I was not able to keep up. I was starting to loose money. Not because I wasn’t getting new clients. But because I could not clean enough houses in a day.
This is when I knew I needed to tighten up my service and my business. Before I hired my first employees I needed to create some serious efficiencies in how I ran my business.
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How I was able to clean more houses each day
Here are the steps that I took to creating systems in my business which allowed me to clean more homes in a day.
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Step 1: Proper Scheduling
Scheduling your cleaning clients appropriately will help you to clean more houses in a day. While scheduling seems like a no brainier, there is a bit of an art to it.
Schedule near by homes on the same day
If I was going to clean more houses in a day, I was going to have to do less driving in a day. No longer would I clean a home on a Wednesday because that was what a client wanted.
I re-looked at my schedule and rearranged my clients by locations. My goal was to clean homes in similar or close neighborhoods on the same day. After that, when a new client singed up, I told them what days we had available to clean their home.
If a client really wanted service on a day I was not cleaning in their area, I told them that day was not available. I told them the days I did have available in their area. I offered a ‘waiting list’ so that when a day opened up, they would have first choice.
Most of my clients signed up for bi-weekly service, so I would alternate days and weeks on when I would clean in a particular geographic area. This way I could offer cleanings on a certain rotations in the area’s we serviced on most days of the week.
I wrote a whole blog post on how to create a Cleaning Business Schedule. The article walks you through how to efficiently schedule your clients so that you can fit more in a day.
Step 2: Offer a Consistent Service
Offering a consistent cleaning service will help you to clean more homes in a day through repetition. Your first step to offering a consistent service is deciding on your cleaning niche, and know what kinds of cleaning services you will offer.
Once you choose a niche, stick to it and do not deviate. Other niche’s you could focus on could be, rental properties, foreclosures, move-in/move-out’s or foreclosures. In my company we focused on residential homes with regular, on going cleaning service
Find your Niche and Stick to it
When I first started out, I was wiling to clean anything. I would clean any type of property or offer any service a home owner was willing to pay me for. I was ssoooo excited just to get my first client, that I was willing to do anything they wanted!
But I started noticing I was becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. I was not specializing in anyone service. So I was not able to clean as fast. I was not able to create a plan for cleaning.
What needed to get done with move-in’s/move-out’s was way different than what needed to get done with on going cleaning services. It was difficult to stick to a check list, let alone get enough experience under my belt for all the different types of niches.
I started getting a grove with the on going cleaning services. I found, I was able to clean them quickly and very effectively. That’s when I had that AHA moment in my business. I had found my niche. So, I stopped taking any cleaning job and started focusing my marketing on regular scheduled house cleanings.
Once I choose my niche and started focusing on cleaning residential homes on a continuing service, I was able to create a plan to clean more efficiently. When I was able to focus on a consistent services for each home I cleaned, there were less surprises and more planning.
Step 3: Follow a Consistent Cleaning Routine
A consistent cleaning routine is where you follow the same steps with each clean and each house. Every space we cleaned in a home it was cleaned in the same order using the same steps.
I know you are thinking, ‘But Roberta, no home is alike. How can I create a consistent routine?’ Well, all homes have at least one bathroom and separate living spaces, right?
The order in which you clean these spaces is a routine. Once you build a routine you begin building repetition. The more repetition the better and faster you will become at cleaning. I teach this routine in my Maid Services Guide to Cleaning Professionally.
To create a consistent service to clean more houses:
- Decide what area’s of the home you will clean first.
- Develop a system of how each space will get cleaned.
- Build a cleaning checklist of what will be included in your service.
- Now, stick with it!
After I created my cleaning routine and stick to it, I was able to clean more houses. I would practice with each house I cleaned. When I arrived to a new home I knew exactly how I was going to clean it.
When you clean in the same order and in the same steps cleaning becomes automatic and second nature. There is no stopping and making decisions on the next task. You begin building muscle memory you transition from task to task easily and quickly.
Step 4: Use Speed Cleaning Tools
When I started my cleaning business, I was not familiar with the Speed Cleaning terminology.
I would read how companies would be able to clean several homes in a day. No matter how fast I moved while cleaning I never reached that point. The more research I did, the more I learned about it and the more I implemented the concepts into my cleaning routine.
What are speed cleaning tools?
Speed cleaning tools are any tools that assist in cleaning quickly. But also maintaining quality. They are any tool that helps you to clean faster and smarter.
Sample Speed Cleaning Tools
One thing I found that I was doing wrong, is I was not using the right tools. I was scrubbing and spending extra time on tasks, that there was no way I was never going to clean more homes in a day.
I found that speed cleaning tools did not cost that much, things like a scrapper or a whisk broom cost under $10, but saved me so much time in scrubbing.
Don’t spend extra time on mopping floors or scrubbing showers. If you use the right right tool, you can quickly remove soap scum or hard to remove sticky spots on the floor.
This blog post would be to long to get into all the tools that I used to help me and my cleaning business clean more houses in a day. I wrote a blog post on speed cleaning tools and how they can help you clean more houses.
Step 5: Use an Apron
Using a cleaning apron will help you to clean more houses in a day by reducing the amount of time you spend at a clients home. Using this tool will help you to clean houses faster.
Do you set cleaning supplies down and have to go hunt for them? Or do you have to run back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool? How about stuffing your pockets with cleaning towels or garbage you find while cleaning?
All reasons why you should clean with an apron. The number 1 benefit of using a cleaning apron is being able to carry all of your tools with you while you clean.
The Apron also stores extra towels for you to grab when one gets dirty. A good cleaning apron has multiple pockets and pocket sizes so that you can store all sorts of tools. Even use a pocket to place misc trash you may find laying around while cleaning.
What the Cleaning Apron does for you:
- Keep all your tools in arms reach
- Eliminates trips to a trash can to throw away trash
- Eliminates walking in circles looking for misplaced tools
- No more trips to grab more towels.
The point is to not have to stop cleaning, just to throw something away, grab a clean towel or grab a different cleaner. All of your cleaning supplies and tools will be right with you so that you can clean a space with out stopping.
A recap of what you need to do to clean more houses in a day:
- Proper Scheduling
- Offering a consistent service
- Following a consistent cleaning system
- Using Speed Cleaning Tools
- Using an Apron
Implementing these 5 tips will help you clean more houses in a day. That means more revenue for your cleaning business.
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