18 Successful Cleaning Business Stories & Case Studies [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Cleaning Business

Starting a cleaning business is an excellent opportunity to be your boss and make money doing what you love. This business is relatively easy to create and does not require much equipment or funds.

There are many cleaning services, so deciding what services (or combination of services) you will offer and what hours of the day or week those services will be available is essential.

To start cleaning service, you’ll want to consider investing in professional cleaning equipment such as a vacuum cleaner, a quality mop, and a good cleaning bucket. You will also need to buy environment-friendly cleaning products such as detergent, bleach, paper towels, and trash bags.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a cleaning business to help you get started with your own:

1. MaidThis Franchise ($1.2M/year)

Neel Parekh started MaidThis as a side hustle while working at a private equity investment firm. After stumbling across a post on Reddit from someone who started a cleaning company, he decided to give it a shot and specialize in Airbnb and residential cleanings. MaidThis has since generated over $10 million in revenue and is now launching MaidThis Franchise, the first cleaning franchise specializing in vacation rental cleanings.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $800
Current team size: 9

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How I Started A $100K+/Month Home Cleaning Service For Busy Individuals And Airbnb Hosts

MaidThis®, launched by Neel Parekh in Los Angeles with just one cleaner in 2013, has achieved over $10 million in total revenue by focusing on cleaning Airbnbs and vacation rentals, thanks to its successful remote business model and new-age marketing tactics, and has now launched MaidThis Franchise to expand the business further.

About
Neel started MaidThis Franchise over 10 years ago
Revenue
Neel grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Neel $800 to start the business
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2. The BBQ Cleaner ($900K/year)

Jeffrey Krentzman started The BBQ Cleaner in 2009 after cleaning BBQ grills in Northern New Jersey for four years and realizing the potential for replication in other markets. With over 240 locations across the United States, The BBQ Cleaner is the largest and most successful grill cleaning business opportunity, boasting a 99% and higher customer satisfaction rate. They have attracted and retained customers through word-of-mouth and referrals, eliminating the need for advertising since 2008. They continue to experience success and growth, with plans to expand their nationwide reach in the future.

How much they make: $900K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $75K/Month BBQ Cleaning Service And Grew It To 240 Locations

Grew BBQ cleaning service to 240 US locations with multi-unit businesses making six figures and boasting 99%+ customer satisfaction rate.

About
Jeffrey started The BBQ Cleaner about 15 years ago
Revenue
Jeffrey grew the business to $75K/month
Costs
It cost Jeffrey $49995 to start the business
Read by 5,954 founders

So... can you actually make money with a cleaning business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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3. Omegasonics ($8.5M/year)

Frank and Sandy Pedeflous purchased a small business called Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning Systems and transformed it into Omegasonics, a company that manufactures industrial ultrasonic equipment for environmentally-friendly cleaning. With annual revenues of approximately $10 million, the couple has found success in various industries, including Indy race car teams, the military, aerospace, and the PPE market. Their early adoption of internet marketing and strategic advertising have contributed to their growth and market share.

How much they make: $8.5M/year
How much did it cost to start: $700K
Current team size: 25

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This Couple Bought A Cleaning Equipment Business For $535K And Grew It To $8.5M/Year

This case study follows the story of a couple who bought a profitable but limited manufacturing company for $535,000, revamped it, and took it in a new direction to grow their annual revenues to approximately $10,000,000 by developing ultrasonic equipment that addressed industrial cleaning using water-based detergents instead of environmentally toxic solvents.

About
Frank started Omegasonics over 27 years ago
Revenue
Frank grew the business to $708K/month
Costs
It cost Frank $700000 to start the business
Read by 4,170 founders

4. DeluxeMaid ($1.2M/year)

How much they make: $1.2M/year
Current team size:

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Transitioning From Desk Job to Building a $60k/mo Cleaning Business

Engineer turned entrepreneur launches local house cleaning business and achieves $60,000 in monthly revenue within a short launch period of 27 days.

Revenue
They grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 733 founders

So... can you actually make money with a cleaning business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

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5. Two Maids & A Mop ($7.2M/year)

After seven years of saving $150K, Ron Holt decided to enter the residential cleaning industry and open Two Maids & A Mop in Pensacola, FL. Recognizing the stagnant nature of the industry and the lack of standout national cleaning brands, Ron saw an opportunity to disrupt the market and provide a much-needed service to homeowners. Today, Two Maids & A Mop operates in 82 markets across the country and generates over $25M in annual revenues.

How much they make: $7.2M/year
Current team size: 500

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How Warren Buffett Inspired My Lifelong Journey Creating A $25M Cleaning Empire

A cleaning business founder, inspired by Warren Buffett, shares how he turned a $150K savings into Two Maids & A Mop, generating $25M in annual revenues, with 82 locations and almost 400,000 homes cleaned last year, by outworking and outpassioning others, and creating a customer feedback system that directly controls employee wages.

About
Ron started Two Maids & A Mop about 21 years ago
Revenue
Ron grew the business to $600K/month
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6. CleanLots.com ($720K/year)

Brian Winch, the founder of Cleanlots, started his business in 1981 as a side hustle with little money, education, and skills. He came up with the idea after remembering his dad's side gig of cleaning up litter outside a shopping plaza, which he found easy and enjoyable. This led him to test the market for this service and eventually grow it into a successful full-time 6-figure business that keeps his city litter-free.

How much they make: $720K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $40K/Month Commercial Litter Cleaning Service

This case study follows Brian Winch, who started Cleanlots in 1981 as a side hustle for $250 startup capital and now generates over $500,000 yearly revenue cleaning 150 cities' commercial properties, sharing his experience through his book Cleanlots – America’s Simplest Business (https://cleanlots.com/).

About
Brian started CleanLots.com over 42 years ago
Revenue
Brian grew the business to $60K/month
Read by 15,821 founders

So... can you actually make money with a cleaning business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Go Green Cleaning & Maintenance Services ($360K/year)

Nicholas Ciano, founder of Go Green Cleaning & Maintenance, started his exterior home cleaning company after working in the industry for a few years. Realizing he could contribute a lot to the industry and wanting to focus on environmentally responsible and customer service-based services, he combined what he liked about his previous employer's business with his own ideas. With a small advertising budget and a truck, he started the business and has since grown it to generate an average of $20,000/month.

How much they make: $360K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 3

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How I Started A $20K/Month Exterior Home Cleaning Service Company

Aiming to be environmentally responsible and customer-focused, Nicholas Ciano's exterior home cleaning company averaged around $20,000/month after incorporating all the aspects he liked with a previous employer, so he set out to do it better with a small advertising budget and a truck, offeringspecials and discounts for first-time customers as well as offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee with all services.

About
Nicholas started Go Green Cleaning & Maintenance Services over 7 years ago
Revenue
Nicholas grew the business to $30K/month
Costs
It cost Nicholas $50000 to start the business
Read by 8,300 founders

8. Hangover Helpers ($36K/year)

James Hookway, a qualified CPA accountant, and his wife came up with the idea for Hangover Helpers after hosting an event at their apartment and waking up to a messy space. They thought it would be great to have someone come in and clean up the mess while also bringing them breakfast and a Powerade. After researching the market and finding a niche for party cleaners, they launched their business, which quickly gained attention through word-of-mouth and media coverage. Despite being a side hustle, Hangover Helpers has been profitable, with a high rate of repeat business and a strong reputation for their friendly and fun service.

How much they make: $36K/year
How much did it cost to start: $20K
Current team size: 2

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How I Started A $3K/Month Side Business Offering After-Party Cleaning Services

Learn how Hangover Helpers, an after-party cleaning company, started as a side business and generated monthly revenue of $3k with some months up to $7k during the busy summer period, attracting 60% repeat business with a self-described clean, friendly, and fun brand.

About
James started Hangover Helpers over 9 years ago
Revenue
James grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost James $20000 to start the business
Read by 8,669 founders

9. Dermestidarium ($24K/year)

Carla Brauer, the founder of Dermestidarium, came up with the idea of using flesh-eating beetles to clean animal bones after attempting to clean a goat skull during an internship at a goat meat ranch. Despite initial doubts from others, word spread about her unique business and she has since grown her client base, been featured in various media outlets, and even gave a TEDx talk on her journey.

How much they make: $24K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A Successful Side Business Cleaning Animal Skulls

Dermestidarium is a successful side business that uses flesh-eating beetles to clean animal bones for display, started by Carla Brauer who had no hopes of it turning into a business, but grew it into a busy side-hustle and more recently a primary work with client base growing each year.

About
Carla started Dermestidarium over 10 years ago
Revenue
Carla grew the business to $2K/month
Read by 8,370 founders

10. Go 2 Girls ($996K/year)

How much they make: $996K/year
Current team size:

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One Maid Service Owner's Journey to a $1-million dollar business - Crystal Hamm

Go 2 Girls is a woman-founded, women-operated house cleaning service in Wake County, NC that supports nonprofits, offers free cleanings to women undergoing cancer treatments, and prioritizes client and staff satisfaction.

About
They started Go 2 Girls over 6 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $83K/month
Read by 666 founders

11. Mrs Buckét ($3M/year)

How much they make: $3M/year
How much did it cost to start: $23
Current team size: 48

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How I created a multi-million pound company despite A-Level failure

Discover how this founder turned a humble £20 investment in a hoover and some flyers into a multimillion-pound company winning multiple awards and servicing commercial buildings and educational institutions across south Wales and Bristol.

About
They started Mrs Buckét over 19 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $250K/month
Costs
It cost $23 to start the business
Read by 997 founders

12. Bright & Beautiful ($5M/year)

How much they make: $5M/year
Current team size: 800

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The career woman who employs hundreds of people in a £5m cleaning franchise

Bright & Beautiful is a UK-based professional housekeeping franchise with over 50 locations, founded by Rachel Ray in 2007 after quitting her consulting job to meet a need for eco-friendly cleaning products.

About
They started Bright & Beautiful over 17 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $417K/month
Read by 686 founders

13. Wolf's Auto Detailing ($36K/year)

Joey Sanchez, the founder of Wolf's Auto Detailing, came up with the idea for his business while working for a company that overworked him. Realizing his passion for cars and the satisfaction he got from detailing them, he decided to quit his job and start his own auto detailing business. With a focus on quality work and convenience, Wolf's Auto Detailing has achieved success, making $3,000 a month by working only three days a week.

How much they make: $36K/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $36K/Year Auto Detailing Business Working 3 Days Per Week

Joey Sanchez turned his love for car detailing and buying and selling cars into a successful mobile auto detailing business in Phoenix, Arizona, making $3K a month working only 3 days a week, with plans to eventually open a shop location.

About
Joseph started Wolf's Auto Detailing almost 3 years ago
Revenue
Joseph grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Joseph $5000 to start the business
Read by 3,021 founders

14. Queen Bee Cleaning Service ($1.5M/year)

In 2015, Cristobal Mondragon and his wife decided to start a cleaning business despite having no experience in the industry. Within just three months, they generated an impressive $26,576. Today, Queen Bee Cleaning Service has made over $5.8 million in sales and generates $1.5 million per year.

How much they make: $1.5M/year
How much did it cost to start: $2K
Current team size: 25

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How I Started My $1.5M/Year House Cleaning Business In Seattle

From humble beginnings with only $1,000, Queen Bee Cleaning Service went on to generate $26,576 in just 3 months, and now boasts over $5.8 million in sales per year,offering Airbnb and housecleaning services under the guidance of Cristobal Mondragon.

About
Chris started Queen Bee Cleaning Service over 9 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $125K/month
Costs
It cost Chris $2000 to start the business
Read by 2,226 founders