Need to hire someone? Find out how to write a commercial cleaner job description that brings in qualified candidates (+ use this free template!)

Your commercial cleaner job description isn’t working. You just sorted through three dozen applications, and not a single one made you want to pick up the phone and call someone in for an interview. One applicant lives in another state, and another only wanted part-time work. And those were the good applications. 

What went wrong? We certainly can’t claim to know what goes through someone’s mind when they fill out a job application, but one place you can look is at your job listing. Did you specify the location of your company? Were you clear that you needed a full-time employee? 

There are a lot of different ways you can write your commercial cleaner job description, but the best ones all have some things in common. 

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Commercial Cleaner Job Description

What your commercial cleaner job description needs if you want it to be successful

Hiring a new employee is always a little bit of a risk. The next person you hire could be your dream employee, or they might not show up for their first shift. And there’s the already mentioned issue of going through a pile of applications in hopes of finding someone you think can do the job. 

The first place you have some control over this is in the commercial cleaner job description you publish. It will take a little work to get this right, but the good news is that you won’t have to do it again once it’s done. You can reuse it, making small alterations as needed, anytime you need to hire a new person. 

So, where to begin? Write down everything important first. This doesn’t have to be pretty. You can put it all together later. For now, just get the information down.

Let’s start with the basics. Who are you, where are you located, and what position are you hiring for? Some critical points will be if you want someone full-time, part-time, temporary, or long-term and also the shift, such as weekends, weekdays, overnight, etc. 

It’s not always necessary, but it can help describe the clients you work with or the type of work you do. Aramark, for example, works with “the world’s leading educational institutions.” BlueChip Pros, which has commercial cleaning operations in 37 states, follows “medical-grade sanitation practice.” Some companies include the rate of pay, as well. 

This would be an excellent place to include and highlight any specialized cleaning your company performs, such as full-scale decontamination or working in a controlled environment. 

Next, write down the duties you expect your new employee to perform. For most general cleaning positions, there won’t be too much unexpected here: Clean and disinfect sinks, countertops, restrooms, door handles, and so on. Replenish supplies in break rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Wipe down doors, baseboards, vents, and empty trash and recycling bins. The Dust Collectors, LLC, in Gloucester and Camden Counties, NJ, sum it up nicely in their commercial cleaning job description by saying that their janitors must follow a customized checklist, “to perform all tasks to the standards established by The Dust Collectors.” 

Depending on how detailed you want to be, you can also include things like minimum experience requirements, education requirements, and  the expectation of a background check. 

It’s essential to include a section on qualifications, as well, such as how much employees will be required to lift, whether or not they need their own transportation, and what kind of equipment they may be working with, such as floor buffers. 

Once you have this information, you can add the things you would like in a new employee or share the type of work culture you’re trying to create or maintain. For instance, on a recent job posting, Atlanta, Georgia-based Kimco Services mentions that the job they have listed is ideal for employees who are dependable, people-oriented, and independent. 

Putting it all together: How to create a commercial cleaner job description that gets the job done

Now that you have the information you want in the job description, it’s time to put it all together. Here’s a template you can use to create your own. This one is necessarily general, so it’s easier to customize, but feel free to add as much detail as you want in yours. 

JM Services is hiring a commercial cleaner

JM is a full-service commercial cleaning company operating in the greater Toledo, Ohio area. Since 2014, we’ve provided high-quality, professional cleaning services to financial institutions, corporate offices, medical facilities, and small businesses. 

We’re hiring a full-time commercial cleaner to work weekdays at several client facilities in the downtown area of Toledo.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Follow our detailed cleaning checklists for all clients
    • Sweep, mop, and vacuum floors using professional janitorial equipment
    • Clean and disinfect sinks, countertops, and restrooms
    • Refill paper products
    • Empty trash and recycling and replace liners
    • Follow safety regulations
    • Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor


    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion
    • Ability to walk, stand, and bend for extended periods
    • Must be prompt and professional
    • Must have reliable transportation to reach client locations on time (most sites are on popular bus routes)
    • Previous experience preferred, but not required
    • Must pass a background check
    • Must be able to keep information confidential, as we work with financial and medical industry clients who handle sensitive data


$15-18/hr depending on experience 


Benefits include paid time off for national holidays, two weeks of vacation time per year (after six months of employment), and medical and dental insurance.

There you have it. It really is that easy to write a commercial cleaner job description. 

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