School’s out.
(My favourite time of day)
CrestClean are proud to clean
over 430 schools.
We’re on a roll…

NZ’s Best Educated School Cleaners

Kids love a mess…

We’re right behind them, providing a full service to schools including day-to-day cleaning, hard floor care, term break cleaning, windows and more.

With over 430 schools on our roll, and the industry’s best training for our personnel, we are definitely New Zealand’s best-educated school cleaners.

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CrestClean understands school cleaning. We have been a major provider of school cleaning services since 1996 and have over 430 customers, including primary, intermediate and secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

“Consistency” is the word that sums up what we believe schools need most from their cleaning provider. That means a consistent level of cleaning, a consistent level of account management and term cleans performed consistently to the required standard on time.

Average staff turnover in the New Zealand cleaning industry ranges between 70% and 120% annually. For long-established institutions and schools that require reliable veteran staff, this raises issues with security and Health and Safety compliance.

At CrestClean, our average tenure is more than five years, which means our personnel have made a career choice and are sticking with it. They’re trained industry experts who have financially invested in their own businesses and know that maintaining excellent customer relationships is critical to their success.

We’re known as New Zealand’s best-educated school cleaners – All our personnel undertake formal training programmes including practical cleaning training, proficiency assessments and annual upskilling throughout their CrestClean careers. Our personnel are trained by The Master Cleaners Training Institute, a respected training organisation that has delivered internationally recognised programmes including courses accredited by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc).

More than 500 CrestClean cleaners have gained the BICSc Professional Skills Suite Certificate. This course was validated by an NZQA accredited Industry Training Organisation that moderated our course content. Each year we host more than 200 training events for our personnel nationwide. We’ve invested in comprehensive training for all personnel which covers cleaning skills and processes, Health and Safety, and hygienic practices. But it’s important we get the best grades from you — feedback is requested through routine Customer Quality Surveys and our Regional Managers audit our cleaning equipment and personnel biannually to ensure consistency and quality standards are being met.

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CrestClean is a Gold Partner to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation and a partner since 2008.

CrestClean offers:

  • Stable and secure workforce of owner-operators
  • A detailed specification for your school cleaning
  • Programmed term cleans
  • Scheduled quality audits
  • Security Vetted personnel in uniforms and photo IDs
  • Vast experience with schools and colleges
  • A very competitive price – value for money

Employment Issues

Employing cleaners directly creates a management headache by having to supervise staff performance and deal with issues like absenteeism. It also exposes the school to risk with Employment Relations issues. Legal processes can make it extremely difficult to get rid of a worker who is not performing.

CrestClean’s cleaning services operate under a contract negotiated with the school. As part of our proposal and quotation we prepare a detailed specification of the duties to be performed. The specification forms the basis of the contract – it includes all cleaning, chemicals and cleaning equipment. The contractual relationship allows the school to organise the cleaning programme in a business-like manner, and maintain a fixed cost financial control with the cleaning operating to a budget as per the contract.

CrestClean is responsible for making sure that the cleaning service operates in accordance with the contract. If the school is unhappy with the service or with the personnel, changes can be made. Because CrestClean’s personnel are self-employed, we are not bound by employment regulations, and changes can be made promptly at the school’s request.

We endeavour to build long-term relationships with our school customers. Our franchisees become valuable ‘team members’ taking good care of the cleaning and hygiene and contributing to the smooth running of the school. Our contract cleaning services include full site management. We take care of school hygiene and presentation requirements without the headaches of supervision or the Employment Relations issues of employing cleaners directly.

School Cleaning News

July 2020

Cleanest Classroom competition a win-win for school

The Cleanest Classroom competition is proving extremely popular at Ashburton Intermediate School. As a reward for ensuring their workspace is the cleanest, students were treated to pizza delivered by their cleaner, CrestClean business owner Joy Pombo. Principal Brent Gray says the competition, that’s also run by CrestClean at hundreds of

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July 2020

Delight at CrestClean business owner’s ice cream treat to school

When CrestClean’s Karthik Naidu decided to treat a school to ice cream he was following a family tradition of making a birthday a time to focus on others. He got a big thumbs up from children and staff at Moturoa School when he arrived with large box of ice cream

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June 2020
School principal Justin Neal looks the part as he dresses up as a CrestClean cleaner.

Principal becomes a school cleaner to celebrate Superheroes Day

When he decided to become a cleaner for the day school principal Justin Neal got well and truly swept along by the role. He really looked the part in a CrestClean top as he joined children and fellow staff members for a Superheroes Day at Nelson’s Appleby School. But after

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June 2020
Edward Irving and Kelvin Walker pitched in to help after a local school was vandalised.

CrestClean team quick to help after vandals wreck classrooms

CrestClean’s Edward Irving didn’t have to think twice when a Whangarei school called for help after vandals broke in and wrecked two classrooms. Along with franchisee Kelvin Walker, who looks after the cleaning at Morningside Primary School, Edward rushed to the school to see what could be done. Teachers, who

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June 2020
Kelly and Tim O’Leary.

Switch of careers sees couple lead successful cleaning professionals

She’s stepped out of her principal’s shoes to focus on spending more time with their two young children. But Kelly O’Leary remembers only too well the importance of having a clean and healthy school and how quickly things can go downhill when problems occur with the cleaners. As well as

Full Story

All Education News

  • Cleanest Classroom competition a win-win for s...

    Joy Pombo is popular with students as she hands out pizza at Ashburton Intermediate School. The Cleanest Classroom competition is proving extremely popular at Ashburton Intermediate School. As a reward for ensuring their workspace is the cleanest, students were ...

    FULL STORY
  • Delight at CrestClean business owner’s ice c...

    Karthik and Jashma Naidu purchased a spacious Toyota Hiace when they started with CrestClean. It means they will have plenty of room for equipment when they expand their business. When CrestClean’s Karthik Naidu decided to treat a school to ice cream he was ...

    FULL STORY
  • Principal becomes a school cleaner to celebrat...

    School principal Justin Neal looks the part as he dresses up as a CrestClean cleaner.

    School principal Justin Neal looks the part as he dresses up as a CrestClean cleaner. When he decided to become a cleaner for the day school principal Justin Neal got well and truly swept along by the role. He really looked the part in a CrestClean top as he joined ...

    FULL STORY
  • CrestClean team quick to help after vandals wr...

    Edward Irving and Kelvin Walker pitched in to help after a local school was vandalised.

    Edward Irving and Kelvin Walker pitched in to help after a local school was vandalised. CrestClean’s Edward Irving didn’t have to think twice when a Whangarei school called for help after vandals broke in and wrecked two classrooms. Along with franchisee Kelvin ...

    FULL STORY
  • Switch of careers sees couple lead successful ...

    Kelly and Tim O’Leary.

    Kelly and Tim O’Leary. She’s stepped out of her principal’s shoes to focus on spending more time with their two young children. But Kelly O’Leary remembers only too well the importance of having a clean and healthy school and how quickly things can go ...

    FULL STORY
  • Citizenship another goal achieved for successf...

    Barbora Opavova and Dominik Drahoninsky have become New Zealand Citizens.

    Barbora Opavova and Dominik Drahoninsky have become New Zealand Citizens. The photo says it all. Their radiant smiles reflect the pride of officially becoming New Zealand Citizens. But minutes after posing for a keepsake snap of their happy moment, it was off with ...

    FULL STORY
  • TV3 news features CrestClean team as schools p...

    CrestClean Sanitisating School

    CrestClean personnel have appeared in a TV3 news story covering preparations for the planned reopening next week of the nation’s schools. Newshub reporter Tom McRae filmed CrestClean business owner Anmol Prasad and his wife Vikashni Devi in a classroom at Howick ...

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  • Athlete’s surprise visit a highlight for stu...

    Sam O’Dea with students Cassidy Cooper, Layla McKinstry, Coco Edwards and Alpha Rae-Flick.

    Sam O’Dea with students Cassidy Cooper, Layla McKinstry, Coco Edwards and Alpha Rae-Flick. Students who have been promoting RecycleKiwi at their school had a big surprise when Commonwealth Games athlete Sam O’Dea popped in. Sam decided to see for himself how ...

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  • American academic’s delight at winning Crest...

    Glenn Cockroft presents CrestClean rugby balls to Sister Laurie Brink and Sister Betsy Pawlicki during their visit to Invercargill.

    Glenn Cockroft presents CrestClean rugby balls to Sister Laurie Brink and Sister Betsy Pawlicki during their visit to Invercargill. CrestClean’s Glenn Cockroft found himself unexpectedly fielding questions about our national game from curious Americans attending an ...

    FULL STORY
  • Students’ delight as cleaner brings in newly...

    CrestClean’s Salendra Chetty shows youngsters how to handle the hen and chicks.

    CrestClean’s Salendra Chetty shows youngsters how to handle the hen and chicks. Going the extra mile is something Salendra Chetty does without a second thought. The CrestClean business owner loves working at Maunu Primary School, where he’s treated like a member ...

    FULL STORY
  • Students thanked for designing CrestClean’s ...

    Marmalade jars were presented in packaging designed by the Avondale students.

    CrestClean’s Caroline Wedding with students Sylvia Douglas, Mia Pannabecker, Phoebe Gibbs, Kalolo Malimali, Alexis Perkins and Wilsen Tuaua. CrestClean customers have been “blown away” by a specially-commissioned Christmas gift from Auckland West Regional ...

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  • Couple take floor care in their stride with ne...

    Joy and Nilo Pombo doing a great job at Ashburton Intermediate School. Cleaning grubby floors from heavy foot traffic goes with the territory when you’re a school cleaner. But the extra effort put in by CrestClean couple Joy and Nilo Pombo to bring back a shine to ...

    FULL STORY
  • 100%
    100% New Zealand owned and locally operated in each region.
  • 1996
    Crest has been serving happy customers since 1996.
  • 626
    626 franchised business operators in New Zealand.
  • 1842
    1842 personnel in New Zealand alone.
  • 4848
    4848 business and education customers in New Zealand.
  • 1,934,284
    Total hours worked in the last 12 months

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    Health & Safety

    How we work with you to meet your Health and Safety Compliances.

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    Our Environment

    Environmental Choice approved cleaning services that let us all breathe easy.

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    Training

    We’ve raised cleaning standards through our training and skills development.

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    Security

    We provide security vetted personnel who respect your premises and property.

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    Customer Care

    Our service is consistent and reliable, with local regional managers.

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Crest Commercial Cleaning Ltd

P O Box 740
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Telephone: +64-3-477 1126
Fax: +64-3-477 1194

Email: service@crestclean.co.nz

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