How to Set Up an Industrial Cleaning Business

by Lindsay Zortman; Updated September 26, 2017

Industrial locations need to maintain a clean work space and usually hire nightly, semi-weekly or weekly cleaning crews. Providing industrial cleaning services can be as simple as vacuuming, mopping and cleaning restrooms. Some industrial locations will require hosing down large machinery or possibly cleaning up animal remains from a meat production business. Industrial cleaning is a business and needs to be set up properly to attract repeat customers.

Items you will need

  • Licensed business
  • Liability Insurance
  • Employer identification number
Step 1

Purchases necessary equipment. Industrial cleaning is different from an office cleaning business. As an industrial cleaner, you will be working around large machines and warehouses instead of carpeted offices and retailers. Although much of the equipment will be provided for you at the work site, you may need to purchase an air compressor to run your power sprayer and other cleaning solutions to clean machines. Some companies will prefer to provide you will the cleaning equipment and solutions so they own the equipment and it is easier for a new cleaning crew to take over when you leave.

Step 2

Apply for a Tax Payer Identification Number or Employer Identification Number. As a business entity, you must have a TIN or EIN for tax purposes. If you will be working alone, you can get the Tax Payer Identification Number, or TIN. If you will be hiring staff, you will need to get the Employer Identification Number, or EIN. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues these numbers either through their website or by calling them directly at 1-800-829-4933.

Step 3

Apply for a state-issued business license and liability insurance. You will need a business license to operate your industrial cleaning business. Unlike house cleaners, industrial cleaners only work with businesses and those businesses will want to see your license information. Many businesses will also require you hold your own liability insurance. Most insurance carriers who do homeowner's policies will be able to quote you a price for your business liability insurance.

Step 4

Print business cards. You have to look professional when meeting with potential clients. Whether you choose to make your own business cards or pay to have someone help make them, it is important to have a professional appearance when contacting clients. Your business cards need to contain all your contact information and any pertinent business service information you want your potential clients to know.

Step 5

Meet with potential clients. Call local warehouses, packing houses and other industrial businesses to set up an appointment. During your appointment, you will want to share your experience as a cleaner and your ability to clean their type of industrial business. Avoid bringing up fees unless the potential client specifically asks to see your fee sheet.

About the Author

Lindsay Zortman has worked as a writer since 2001. Her work focuses on topics about cancer, children, chemical dependency, real estate, finance, family issues and other health-related topics. She is a featured writer with the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Zortman is a nationally certified counselor and holds a Master of Arts in counseling from the University of South Dakota.