Every structure whether residential or commercial has a kitchen. All kitchens have kitchen hoods installed because of the many benefits it gives to the owner. Businessmen owning food businesses are mandated by law (NFPA-96 Standard) to have their kitchen hoods regularly cleaned and inspected. Therefore, putting up a hood cleaning business can be a good business venture. Other establishments like schools, hotels, hospitals, malls and airports also need this service. You can have a lot of potential clients when you think about it. These establishments are willing to pay for hood cleaning not only to be law-abiding business but also because of the numerous advantages it can give to them- minimizing fire hazards, improving air circulation inside their kitchens and many more.
What will you need?
The following are the things you need to put up your own hood cleaning business.
- Liability insurance
- Business license
- Pressure Washer
- Caustic Chemicals
How to start a hood cleaning business?
- Enrol in a course offered by the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) to become a certified hood cleaner. You need to study and learn by heart the NFPA-96 Standard and all its sections. This is the existing standard for all kitchen hood cleaning business. in addition to cleaning and polishing the hood, you need to clean the surrounding area, contain the grease, degrease filters, clean out air ducts and repair and install fans, motors, panels, or filters.
- Go to your local city licensing department. Operating as kitchen hood cleaning contractor requires you to obtain a business license to operate. Apply for your license and purchase liability insurance for your business.
- Purchase necessary equipment that you need: access panels, repair tools, protective sheet for covering kitchen appliances, degreasers, filters, pumps, hood stickers, cleaning buckets, caustic chemicals, pressure washer, rubber gloves, boots, and others. Try to purchase a vehicle and register it under your business.
- Rent a place which will serve as your office. If you do not have yet the sufficient capital to rent an office, you can use a portion of your house to serve as your temporary office. When you saved up the amount you need, you can rent your own office.
- Hire people to do the cleaning job. Send them in trainings so they can be qualified. Purchase uniforms for them and give them the proper compensation.
- Learn how to bid on commercial or government contracts as this will give you sure jobs. However, you need to make sure that you have the right manpower and the right equipment to perform these contracts.
- Study the market and set your hood cleaning rates based on the current market rates in your area. You may choose to be paid on a per hour basis or on a flat rate basis. If you are new to the hood cleaning industry, you need to work hard especially on your first project. This will give them the impression that you are serious on this job and they may recommend you to other people who need hood cleaning. You may also offer discounts and promos to your loyal customers.