The Benefits of Being a Cleaning Technician

If you're on the job hunt, you may be asking yourself several questions. What skills are needed to be a cleaning technician? How much can you expect to make as a cleaning technician? How can you find the right job as a cleaning technician? Where do I start? We have the answers to get you started on the path to becoming a cleaning technician. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Become a Cleaning Technician

There are many benefits to being a cleaning technician. Since it is an entry-level job, it is easy to start a new career in cleaning. The job search can be intense for first-time employees, but with proper training, you will have plenty of opportunities to get your foot in the door. If you are interested in what it takes to become a cleaning technician, then read on!

First, make sure working as a cleaning technician is right for you. A job as a cleaning technician involves physical labor for extended periods of time. If you enjoy being physically active and on your feet, this job might be right for you! Next, you have to have good attention to detail and patience while working on cleaning the client's homes. And lastly- you have to like to clean!

Secondly, find a cleaning company that shares your values. At Sponge & Sparkle, you are valued and celebrated as a cleaning technician on the team, aka a 'Sparkler'. Sponge & Sparkle values positive, energetic workers who have a great work ethic. If the company you work for doesn't share your same values, you will be dissatisfied with your work and will no longer enjoy going to work every day. At Sponge & Sparkle, we foster a positive and happy work environment so that every day brings you up and increases your happiness instead of bringing you down!

How Much Can You Earn as a Cleaning Technician?

Typically, cleaning technicians are paid by the hour. The pay for this type of job is based on your skill level, location, and the company you work for. At Sponge & Sparkle, the pay ranges from $18 to $21 per hour, and there are full-time or part-time positions available. Some great perks of working as a cleaning technician with Sponge & Sparkle are that you will never have to work nights or weekends and you have the ability to receive paid time off and holiday pay. 

Even more benefits to working for Sponge & Sparkle include the possibility of monthly bonuses- even more incentive to apply today! Also, Sponge & Sparkle will reimburse gas costs for its cleaning technicians, so you have one less thing to worry about. 

What are the Duties of a Cleaning Technician?

Most cleaning companies offer a variety of services to their clients. This typically includes residential cleaning, commercial cleaning, deep cleaning, and move-in and move-out cleaning. There are many other additional services that some companies can offer, but these are offerings typically found at every maid service. 

At Sponge & Sparkle, we offer either a 'Basic' cleaning service or a 'Detail' cleaning on a weekly or biweekly schedule, as well as the move-in and move-out cleaning service. As a cleaning technician, you will be responsible for going on-site to the customer's home to clean their space. This will likely include the following:

  • Polishing furniture
  • Dusting blinds, ceiling fans, picture frames, and decorative items
  • Windexing glass surfaces, TV screens
  • Vacuuming carpets, rugs, and hard surface floors
  • Changing linens on the beds
  • Collecting and emptying all trash and garbage
  • Disinfecting & scrubbing down bathrooms; including sink, mirrors, toilets, shower, & tub
  • Wipe down all kitchen appliance exteriors, countertops, and inside of the microwave
  • Clean the sink & wipe down anything sitting out such as canisters or toasters
  • Mop kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Clean cobwebs

This list does not include every single cleaning duty that a cleaning technician may have, but it is a great start to understanding what the job as a cleaning technician will entail.

Is This Career Suitable for Me?

If you are searching for an entry-level position in that you need no experience, then this is the job for you! Sponge & Sparkle is in high demand and does not discriminate against job seekers who lack experience. If you’re interested in being a cleaning technician but have never worked as one before, then this is your opportunity! We train you on everything you need to know in order to do the job right and leave the customer's homes sparkling clean.

When applying to our company it doesn’t matter how many jobs or responsibilities you’ve had in your life. To apply simply go to After filling out the basic information about yourself, we ask open-ended questions about your work ethic to see if you are a good fit with the company. These questions include "Please describe what kind of worker you are:", "Why should we hire you?", and "Do you have attention to detail”. These questions help us to determine if you are a good fit for the positive and uplifting work environment Sponge & Sparkle is proud to uphold.

What Will I Learn by Becoming a Cleaning Technician?

There are many skills you will learn as a cleaning technician that is transferable to the rest of your life and career.  You’ll discover you need patience, attention to detail, adaptability, and persistence while working as a cleaning technician – all important attributes in any job or career path.  And if you move up in the company from a cleaning technician to a supervisor, this opens up a whole new set of skills that you will learn! 

Most importantly, you can earn a living by helping others feel happy and cozy in their home! You will learn to be adaptable to the type of home you are cleaning and to the specific needs of the customers, and adaptability is a vital skill to have in your life and career.

What Kind of Training Should I Expect?

Entry-level cleaning jobs usually don’t require special training, since most companies train their own employees. However, if you’re applying to work for a third-party company that hires out to multiple businesses, they may expect you to have some prior experience or specialized training. If you do have prior experience in janitorial services or another service industry with similar tasks and skillsets, your experience will speak for itself!

At Sponge and Sparkle, you will be trained thoroughly on how to provide high-quality service to the customers. You will be trained to provide excellent cleaning services using eco-friendly cleaning products, including training on keeping yourself and the customer safe through the best cleaning practices. 

Why Sponge & Sparkle?

If you’re looking for an entry-level job or are looking for a role that gives you time with your family, consider working as a cleaning technician with Sponge & Sparkle. You will be joining a team of positive and energetic individuals who make you happy and excited to come to work each day! This is not just an entry-level job — joining Sponge & Sparkle is about joining a family!

Sponge & Sparkle has been in the cleaning business since 1981, longer than any other cleaning company in Atlanta, so you know that you are working for the best of the best. Raina Raflo, the owner of Sponge & Sparkle, provides top-tier training for you, so past work experience is not necessary! All you need to bring to the table is a positive attitude and a good work ethic.

Apply today at and being your career with a team that wants to see you thrive!  You can make a difference at Sponge & Sparkle, both in the lives of the customers whose homes you are transforming and also in the lives of the other Sparklers on the Sponge & Sparkle team!

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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