What Is the Income Potential of a Commercial Restaurant Cleaning Service?

by Luke Arthur - Updated September 26, 2017

If you want to start a business with high income potential, a restaurant cleaning service could be something to consider. With this type of business, you can make an unlimited amount of income if you are good at what you do. Your income will depend on how many customers you can get and how many employees you bring on.

Restaurant Cleaning

When you clean restaurants, you may have to clean a number of different items. For example, this business could include mopping floors, stripping and waxing, cleaning appliances, taking out the trash and cleaning the bathrooms. In the food service industry, restaurants must be kept very clean in order to meet strict standards and to seem attractive to potential customers. Most restaurants must be cleaned daily in order to keep them up to an acceptable level of cleanliness.

Per Square Foot

Many commercial cleaning services charge a certain amount by the square foot. When you charge in this way, you must measure the square footage of the entire restaurant building that you will be cleaning. As of June 2011, the average figure for this type of pricing is between $.25 and $.50 per square foot for nightly service. For example, if you are cleaning a 3,000-square-foot restaurant, you could charge somewhere between $750 and $1,500 per month. The size of the building has a major effect on how much you can charge.

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Extra Items

When cleaning restaurants, you may have to charge for extra items besides basic cleaning. For example, in most restaurants, you have several appliances that must be cleaned frequently in order to eliminate grease. You will usually have to charge a certain amount per appliance that you clean. For instance, you may need to charge $10 to $30 per appliance. If you have to clean carpets or hardwood floors, you may need to charge an additional amount.


The income potential for your restaurant cleaning business is only limited by how many clients you can service. For example, for each client you service, you could charge somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 per month. If you did five clients per day, this would bring in somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 per month. When you bring on extra crews, you can increase the total revenue, but you will also have to spend more on wages.

About the Author

Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.

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