If you are planning to start your own janitorial business, instead of offering the normal services of window cleaning (since that can be done by a local company such as Performance Plus), carpet cleaning, dusting, etc., offer more specialized services along with these. This will allow you to get much more business. Below are two of these services and how to do them.
Clean Live and Artificial Plants
If the business you are cleaning has live and/or artificial plants, they can become dusty very quickly. To clean dust from artificial plants, use a feather duster or a handheld hairdryer on low. If you want to vacuum the dust, cover the opening of the hose with a stocking and secure it with a rubber band. This will ensure that too much air will not blow out onto the plants.
You can purchase a silk flower cleaning spray that is made to dissolve dust immediately. This way, you will not have to wipe any of the flowers or foliage.
To clean live plants, moisten a sponge with tepid water. This can take time, as you will need to clean one leaf at a time. Hold the leaf on your upturned hand, and gently wipe it off. Do your best to wipe off the other side of the leaf also. If the business has flowers that have hairy leaves, such as African violets, you should not clean them in this way. Instead. Use a feather duster or small brush to wipe off the leaves.
Clean Freshwater Fish Tanks
Some companies have fish tanks in their offices, and they may not know how to clean them. For this reason, you should learn how. Before you get started, gather together a temporary fish tank, water thermometer, aquarium salt, water conditioner, fish net, water siphon, and a large bucket.
Unplug any electrical devices, such as the heater, filter, and aerator. Remove all decorations and artificial plants from inside the tank. Next, put some of the original fish tank water into the temporary fish tank, remove the fish carefully with a net, and put them in the temporary tank.
Use the water thermometer to check the temperature of the water and write it down. Use the water siphon to clean the gravel and remove the dirty water. Get the large bucket ready to catch the water you remove. Move the siphon through the water. Move the siphon through the gravel many times to ensure you remove all fish food and waste. Read the manufacturer's instructions on how to use the siphon that you have if you do not know how to use it. You can leave a few inches of water in the bottom of the tank.
Wipe down the inside walls of the fish tank with a clean rag. You should not use any type of cleaner. Run some clear water over the decorations and artificial plants. Fill up the tank with tap water until it is about an inch or so from the top. Check the temperature to make sure it is at the same temperature that you wrote above. If not, you will have to wait unit it is. When you are finished, plug all electrical devices back in. Add the water conditioner and aquarium salt going by the directions for each one. Let the tank sit for about 30 minutes and then put the fish back in.
Make sure you put these two services on your business cards or any literature you hand out to potential clients.