Thinking About A Career In Cleaning?

Can Cleaning Be A Viable Long-Term Career Option?

Yes! But you didn’t venture over here for the short answer, did you? Let’s face it, when you consider careers, cleaning probably isn’t at the top of your list. After all, is more like a chore than a career, isn’t it? That’s not always the case. Having a career in cleaning can be a viable long-term career opportunity. Let me tell you why…

What Does It Involve?

Cleaning jobs are stereotypically viewed as an activity performed by financially struggling students or mothers determined to generate a reliable source of income in order to raise their children. While the supply of dirty homes is high, the payment for cleaning them might not be – or so the story goes. Logically, this makes sense. While cleaning comes with an undying stamina and a willingness to work hard, it does not require any formal education. Most of the time on the job training will be provided to you.

Each cleaning job varies by a number of factors including location and whether it’s residential or commercial. Some cleaning jobs don’t involve actual cleaning, you just organize things. I’ve cleaned Doctor’s offices, pet clinics, homes, oil changing places, cars, and even closets alone. There are so many things you can do when it comes to cleaning that most people don’t realize. People tend to put cleaners in this category of ‘not being good enough.’ When in all actuality we are the ones that make the world go around.

So part of the job, unfortunately, will involve unnecessary hatefulness from certain clients and/or accounts who feel they are entitled to have you polish their shoes so to speak. But that shouldn’t shy you away from having a career in cleaning. A lot of people acknowledge your hard work and tip you very good money. There’s good and there’s bad. But doesn’t every job have that? Every job I’ve ever had has.

What Makes A Good Cleaner?

There is no doubt about it, cleaning is a tough business. A lot of people think it’s easy to be a cleaner. I mean all you have to do is scrub toilets, right? Wrong. In order to be a good cleaner, you’ll need an eye for detail, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to fix your mistakes.

In order to be a good cleaner, you need to clean. It’s not enough to just do the obvious, or what’s right in front of your face. You need to be able to do more than what’s expected of you. Grab that cobweb in the corner that your client may not see. Be able to go the extra mile. That’s what makes a good cleaner.

Is There Room For Growth?

Depending on the company you choose to work for when starting your career in cleaning there may be room for growth. Some companies don’t need to promote their cleaners on behalf of their business needs. Let’s say you start cleaning at a hotel or residential house cleaning company as a housekeeper. As you learn and grow with that company you may have an opportunity to be promoted to housekeeping manager or scheduler. But if you were to start cleaning houses, let’s say on, potential growth is probably not something that’s going to happen for you there.

On the flip side, if you choose to go into freelance cleaning ( cleaning houses on your own) , there is room for you to grow and build your business by gaining positive reviews and spreading the word. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have your own cleaning business one day.

Maid Sailors

Here at Maid Sailors, we are always looking for good reliable cleaners. If you would like to join our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You must have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check. And aside from that you must be 100% reliable , dependable , have a good work ethic , have a strong work history, and be able to obtain your own cleaning products ( products from the Honest Company or Method are strongly preferred.)

Does this sound like something that interests you? Contact us today!


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    Thank you for this blog. I just started a job as a cleaner full time and have great hours. I am really enjoying my role but felt guilty because of the stigma around it not being a viable long term job or that makes me lesser of a person. But the people I work for love my work and makes me feel good.

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