School’s out.
(My favourite time of day)
CrestClean are proud to clean
over 500 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 500 schools on our roll, and the industry’s best training for our personnel, we are definitely New Zealand’s best-educated school cleaners.

school support

CrestClean understands school cleaning. We have been a major provider of school cleaning services since 1996 and have over 500 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.

CrestClean is a Gold Business 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

June 2021
Manager at conference stand.

CrestClean supports Secondary Principals’ Association conference

Existing relationships were strengthened and new ones forged at the recent Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) conference in Blenheim. As a Bronze Sponsor, CrestClean was proud to host a stand, providing the opportunity to catch up with principals from throughout New Zealand and learn more about their schools’

Full Story
June 2021
Regional manager holding thank-you cards.

Regional manager makes cool contribution to school camp

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Kiwi Crushies! CrestClean’s Tauranga Regional Manager Jan Lichtwark donated 600 of the icy treats to Pillans Point School for their ‘Frozen Friday’ fundraiser — and received 70 thank-you cards! The Kiwi Crushies helped raise money for a Year 5 school camp and

Full Story
May 2021

Canterbury kids tidy their way to success with CrestClean’s Cleanest Classroom Awards

Pizza, ice blocks and plenty of smiles were the order of the day at 11 Canterbury primary and intermediate schools this term. The excited pupils received the tasty treats as part of CrestClean’s Cleanest Classroom programme. The programme, which is run at schools cleaned by CrestClean franchisees, rewards the classrooms

Full Story
May 2021
Cleaners and property manager standing outside school.

Cleaners lighten the load for primary school property manager

As the property manager of a large primary school, Martin Poulton has plenty of things on his ‘to-do’ list — but thanks to Ravinesh Prasad and Kanchal Rekha cleaning is not one of them! The CrestClean franchisees have been cleaning Murrays Bay Primary School since joining the company three years ago

Full Story
May 2021
School children eating ice creams.

New entrants show how it’s done by winning Cleanest Classroom award

They may have only just started school, but the pupils of Room 1 at Tokomaru School are cleaning up when it comes to having the tidiest classroom. The bunch of conscientious five-year-olds were treated to Goody Goody Gum Drops ice cream by CrestClean franchisee Nelson Vellattukudy Paulose after winning the

Full Story

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  • 100%
    New Zealand owned and locally operated in each region
  • 1996
    CrestClean has been serving happy customers since 1996
  • 665
    franchised business operators in
    New Zealand
  • 2012
    personnel in
    New Zealand alone
  • 5045
    business and education customers in
    New Zealand
  • 1,934,284
    Total hours worked in the last 12 months

Five steps to the best clean you’ve ever seen

  • Step 1


    Health & Safety

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

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  • Step 2

    Our Environment

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

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  • Step 3



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

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  • Step 4



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

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  • Step 5

    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


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