Are you ready to make your mark on the world – or, more importantly, the living room wall? Cleaning apartment buildings can be a great way for entrepreneurs and investors to get their start in business ownership. Not only does it offer great earning potential and flexibility when it comes to hours and workload, but starting an apartment cleaning business can also provide a sense of fulfillment like no other. So if you think you’re up for the challenge of providing top-notch hygiene services (and disposing of old pizza boxes) while still making a tidy profit, read on!

Research Your Market - Assess the needs of your potential customers and find out what they expect from a cleaning service.

Do your research and make a list of what your customers need from a cleaning service! Ask as many questions as you can to get inside their heads and understand exactly what they expect. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover something that will help you stand out from the competition! Let’s get snooping! 

Once you have all the information you need, it’s time to start planning how you can use it to your advantage. Think about what services or products you can offer that will make your clients feel like they’re getting great value for their money. Whether it’s a special package deal or extra attention to detail, make sure you have something that will set you apart from the crowd and keep your clients coming back for more! 

If you choose to franchise instead of starting from scratch, REFRESH JANITORIAL has National accounts which means you could have customers from day one! And don’t forget, customer satisfaction is key. Make sure your services are tailored to meet their needs and they won’t be disappointed! 

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Set Up Your Business Structure - Decide on your business structure (i.e., sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) and register it with your state’s secretary of state office.

If you choose to partner with REFRESH as a Franchisee, we can walk you through all the steps it takes to get your business opened usually about 3 months from the point you sign up.

Now that you have your great business idea all sorted out, it’s time to make sure it’s properly registered and organized. Think of this process like getting married – except without the whole party planning rigmarole (although we definitely won’t judge if you want to throw a shindig for the occasion!). 

When deciding on your business structure, there are a few different options to consider – sole proprietorship, LLC, etc. Once you’ve made your selection, be sure to file the necessary paperwork and register it with your state’s secretary of state office. Boom! Now you’re officially married… errr… we mean organized! 

Identify Necessary Supplies & Equipment - Consider the necessary cleaning supplies and equipment that you will need to get started.

Once you have identified the areas that need cleaning, it’s time to get the necessary supplies and equipment for the task. You might be thinking, “What do I even need?” Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Make sure to stock up on all your must-haves – mops, buckets, towels, sponges, cleaning agents, and more – so you can be ready to tackle all that grime. With the right tools in hand, you’ll be ready to make your space sparkle in no time!  Happy cleaning! 

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Hire Employees - Find an experienced team to help you with your cleaning services; make sure you keep records of their background checks, wages, and insurance information.

Make sure you pick a top-notch team for your cleaning services! As a REFRESH Franchisee, we help you find your team through our centralized job portal. You want people who can do the job right, and keep your customers happy. Do some background checks to make sure they’re up to snuff, and keep records of their wages and insurance information – it’s important to be organized from the get-go. And hey, why not have some fun while you’re at it? Get creative with team bonding activities or inventories of cleaning supplies; anything to help everyone work as a cohesive unit. With the right crew in place, your cleaning services will shine! 

Happy hiring!

Implement Quality Control System - Determine how you will check for quality control in order to ensure that the job is done right every time.

When it comes to quality control, why take a chance? We’ve got your back! At REFRESH, we have an extensive system in place to make sure that every job is done right the first time. Our rigorous process of checks and balances ensures that nothing falls through the cracks. From double-checking measurements to ensuring all components meet industry standards, we go above and beyond to ensure accuracy and reliability for our clients. So rest assured knowing that when you work with us, you’re getting top-notch service every time! 

That’s why at REFRESH, quality control isn’t just something we talk about – it’s something we actually do. Whether you’re looking for precision or perfection – or both – you can count on us to deliver! So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started and make sure your project is done right the first time. 

At REFRESH, quality control isn’t just something we prioritize – it’s something we promise. Put your mind at ease and let us handle the details so that you can stay focused on what matters most. We’ll take care of the rest! 

Advertise Your Services

Get the word out about your apartment cleaning business by utilizing both traditional (newspaper ads) and digital (social media marketing) marketing strategies.

With REFRESH, you can utilize our media library and create amazing ads with copy like this one: 

“Attention all apartment dwellers! Are you drowning in piles of laundry and dishes, not to mention the dust bunnies that keep multiplying? Have no fear, your knight in shining armor has arrived! Let us take the reins with our professional apartment cleaning services. We’ll whip your humble abode into shape in no time so you can get back to living life worry-free. 

But wait, how does one find such a service? Easy – spread the word about our top-notch cleaning abilities! Our savvy marketing team is well-equipped to handle both traditional (think newspaper ads) and digital (hello social media!) strategies for maximum coverage. Get ready for your place to shine brighter than ever before!”


No matter how you slice it, training new employees is a lot of work. As an independent janitorial service owner, you might be feeling overwhelmed about the thought of onboarding someone new. With franchisees, there’s assistance and guidance to help with the process — but when you’re on your own, it can seem like a daunting task!

But don’t worry – even if you don’t have a manual to follow or a big team helping you out, you can still ensure that your new hire has all the information they need before starting their first shift. Start by taking inventory of all the tasks and responsibilities required for the job — from customer service to legal compliance — then create a plan for how you’ll present this information to your new employee. Make sure you have all the materials on hand and are ready to answer any questions that come up. With the right preparation, you’ll have a new hire who is raring to go in no time!

At the end of the day, training new employees is an essential part of running a successful janitorial service — so take a deep breath and get started today! Before long, you’ll be feeling confident about onboarding someone new and taking your business to the next level. Good luck!

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Innovations occur throughout all industries, and the cleaning industry is no different. While franchises may not be at the forefront of designing new products, they do have the opportunity to take advantage of the latest innovations and have assistance keeping up with recent changes in the industry. At Refresh, our ROS system was built from scratch specifically to innovate and change the way problems and scheduling are dealt with in the apartment turn/make ready industry.


It’s crucial to consider the likelihood of success when launching a cleaning business or buying into a franchise. In general, most startups will fail within the first five years. The top reasons for failure include running out of cash, developing a product or service where there is no need, or losing to a competitor. Though every business has the potential to run out of cash, franchise owners do have help available to manage the funds properly, reducing this risk. There is a high demand for janitorial services, so depending on the location, that may not be a concern. With a franchise, losing to a competitor is a smaller concern, as well, since brand awareness is already developed, and marketing help is available.

Launching a new cleaning business allows you to make money and become the boss instead of working for someone else. Both an independently owned business and a franchise provide this opportunity, so consider what’s right for you. Keep in mind the benefits a franchise can offer, like giving you the opportunity to become a part of something successful from the start and making it easier to get the company up and running. You may have a higher chance of success in the long run. A Refresh Janitorial Systems franchise can help you start a business with lower upfront costs, more opportunities for long-term success, and a supportive and knowledgeable team looking out for you and your business along the way. Contact us today to learn how Refresh can help you become a business owner.


Starting your own apartment cleaning business isn’t for everyone – but if you feel up for the challenge, it can be an incredibly fulfilling experience. Not only do you get to be your own boss, but you can make some serious income to boot! Whether you’re looking to turn a quick profit or turn an idea into a full-fledged business venture, apartment cleaning can provide you with a lot of different options. So if you think you have what it takes to keep apartments spic and span, check out REFRESH JANITORIAL and see what this new franchise has to offer. Don’t underestimate the power of unclogging drains and disposing of old pizza boxes – in fact, they may just lead to the success that entrepreneurial dreams are made of!  So take that first step on your journey into apartment cleaning today – who knows where it might take you!