Before and After Work images

Everyone loves a before and after shot. Images of a commercial property, cladding and canopies cleaned and gutters cleared.


PRESS RELEASE: SafeContractor Approved

Sharp Cleaning Services

Press Release
Top Safety Accreditation for Sharp Cleaning Services.

Local business Sharp Cleaning Services has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
Sharp Cleaning Services is principally involved in the Cleaning sector, specialising in commercial window cleaning & external services. Their most recent clients have included major players such as Lambert Smith Hampton.

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.



Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place."
"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Sharp Cleaning Services has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Joel Sharp, manager at Sharp Cleaning Services said "This marks a great day in the business. When we began in 2012 we had ambition but were yet to reach that bonafide reputation that we aspired to. Today is a major milestone in the pursuit of excellence."

For further information, contact:
Lauri Sharp
01325 494 066 - 07794 685 377

Cleaning blogs: What we're into

Pretty much everyone wants to spend as little time cleaning their home, but be left with the best results possible. 

When we clean offices and other commercial premises this is simply efficient use of time and skills. But sometimes in the home we stick with the traditional wisdom that's always been used. 

With this in mind we've collated some of our favourite blogs to help get you inspired. Spend less time cleaning, get great results and have more time to put your feet up glass of wine in hand. 

apartment therapy cleaning blog


This is first because it focuses on organisation a lot of the time. Get organised first, clean second.

The way the article are written is witty too. 


We love the Clean Mama blog. We've linked especially to the printable checklists. It's great having the internet at your fingertips, but what happens when you're meant to be cleaning, then every time you look at your checklist you get kidnapped by Facebook, Instagram or videos of cats. Check out everything on this site, you've struck GOLD.

bowl of lemons cleaning blog


This blog is great for this. That long week at work, when you get in and realise you've got friends visiting in T minus 12 hours.

We particularly liked the 7 Steps of cleaning the home. It tells you where to start and what to do. It's idiot proof, which is an absolute relief for me....

This blog looks great, and gives a ton of great advice. Jillee has a huge range of topics she covers, but we especially liked the cleaning blog posts on things like; Cleaning glass lamp fittings, 10 cleaning do not's and cleaners homemade vs. store bought. 

These blogs are just a few of our highlights, but if you'd like any more to look at, just ask. 

Lauri: A new adventure

November, a prime time to start window cleaning... I have officially joined the ranks of Sharp Cleaning Services. I've gone from the warmth and comfort of a 9 to 5 office job to, very early mornings, cold (usually muddy) hands, and far fewer tea breaks. However, I'm enjoying the new challenge immensely. After 8 years of working in an office environment in Darlington, I decided that I'd like a change and so after a lot of thought and preparation, here we are.


So far, apart from a few achy muscles, it's going well. There were a few furrowed brows when I told people of the decision to work with Joel, but thankfully we're loving working together and I haven't wrung his neck! Yet.

I'd now happily tell anyone that if you have the opportunity to work for yourself, do it! There's so much freedom and satisfaction within self employment, I wish I'd made the decision sooner. Cleaning windows and gutters may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but with a VERY much improved hourly rate and more time to spend doing what I love, who cares! 

We will continue commercial cleaning, pressure washing and window cleaning throughout the County Durham area as a team until further notice! Or until Joel gets tired of my constant humming and whistling... Who knows.



Window Cleaning for Schools

 School window cleaning in Newton Aycliffe

School window cleaning in Newton Aycliffe

We provide a professional window cleaning service for schools and colleges in County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland & North Yorkshire.  

Our tailored service comprises: 

  • Expert ladder free window cleaning techniques
  • DBS checked staff (formally CRB check)
  • £5 million Public Liability Insurance
  • Uniformed & competently trained operatives 
  • Method Statements & Risk Assessments as standard
  • Service booked at a time to suit school terms and holidays

We'd love to help you keep your school or college windows clean.

Feel free to call or email and we will be sure to arrange a quote in the next 2-3 days. 


What we're working on: AUGUST 2016

Pressure Washing and restoring paving is dirty work. But it's rewarding. For this project we were working in Wolsingham, County Durham. 

Whilst most pressure washing contractors will do a thorough job of the cleaning itself, it's the aftercare that is most important. Re-sanding then sealing is vital to guarantee that the drive looks great today, tomorrow and in a years time. 

 Before & After: Block Paving restoration

Before & After: Block Paving restoration

Pressure Washing can transform a driveway to look like new. 

 Pressure washed, resanded and resealed

Pressure washed, resanded and resealed


We only carry out work to our high standards. If you'd like to see more examples of pressure washing check out our other blog posts.

What we're working on: JULY 2016 -Block Paving Restoration

We've recently had the pleasure of working with a customer based in Darlington to restore their block paving.

We use a tried and tested method of:

  1. Pressure Washing paving thoroughly
  2. Spraying weed killer to all joints
  3. Sealing each block with a Matt anti-moss sealant  
  4. Re-sanding the whole area with kiln dried silica sand

We were happy that the hard work paid off. Check out the results.  


 Pressure washing to block paving in Darlington

Pressure washing to block paving in Darlington

 Pressure Washing project in Darlington

Pressure Washing project in Darlington

 Before & After - Pressure Washing

Before & After - Pressure Washing

A most ingenious town

Darlington, 'the birthplace of the railways'. So says anyone trying to improve the calibre of this town to a guest or visitor. 

But had it not been for the experiment that was steam locomotion on the Darlington & Stockton Railway, we may not have had the rail network the world has today.

Aside from considering the butterfly effect of George Stephenson and Edward Pease meeting to discuss the railway, it is worthy to consider the industry that still graces Darlington today. Engineering expertise to service based businesses and telecoms. 

Considering this. We are delighted to announce we are on board with Ingenious Darlington in every way possible. Proud to be part of the town, it's economy and it's culture. We're looking forward to working with Ingeniuous Darlington and the businesses associated with it to try and make Darlington stand out. 

Whilst we operate in a simple industry (we make things cleaner), our aim is to try and find ingenious ways of doing our work and dealing with our amazing customers. We're hoping to see more of Ingenious Darlington branding when we're travelling around town window cleaning, pressure washing or clearing gutters etc.  

If you would like to get involved or find out more info just click


Commercial window cleaning

Commercial Window Cleaning shouldn't be your main concern.

It should be ours.  

In many industries,one of the first impressions a potential client will have, is your shop front, office or workplace. One of the easiest, most affordable ways of maintaining your commercial premises is Window Cleaning. Using modern techniques the whole façade can be cleaned each time to ensure signage, window frames, doors etc are always clean and representing your business in the correct manner. 

Ever since we began operating, we've set the goal to give our commercial window cleaning clients 5 Star service. This means that we will endeavour to clean your windows at a time that suits you, often early in the morning, so that when you arrive, our work is done. We offer invoicing that does not hassle members of staff and always ensure your satisfaction. 

We operate throughout the North East including Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Darlington and anywhere in between. 

We're proud of the customers we work with, such as:

  • Hotels 
  • Service Stations 
  • Supermarkets 
  • Radio Stations
  • Café
  • Factories
  • Retail Stores
  • Estate Agents
  • Offices 
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs 
  • Charities 
  • Solicitors
  • Care Homes 
  • Farms
  • Education facilities

If you would like to set up a trial with your new commercial window cleaner, Just Call.

Internal window cleaning

We provide a service to clean windows internally. Often people don't put 2+2 together that what we do outside we can do in.

Your windows are only as clean as the dirtiest piece of glass, so why wouldn't the insides be kept up to scratch.

It's often surprising the amount that dirt can build up over the months as seen by the following images.



So we decided at the end of last year to invest in pressure washing equipment to be able to give our customers more quality services. 

Since then we've been busy using this machinery to get the best results possible, and here they are. This project was to clean rendering and paving at a local retail/residential development built around 10 years ago. We've been working on projects like this in Darlington, Middlesbrough and throughout the North East England. 

We're really happy with the results and are starting to help more businesses and home owners to get their properties ready for summer after a long long winter. 


What we're working on: DEC 2015

Just a quick blog in this busy time of the year to show off the brilliant results we're having pressure washing. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. So he's 4000 words of us bragging.

This large project in Middlesbrough was to pressure wash large areas of Concrete and block paving.

See you in the new year.

Before & After: uPVC Cleaning

Just a short post today to show the results of some of our work. 

We were asked to try and clean the window frames of this property to get them back to look good as new. Normally our window cleaning takes a matter of minutes, but after hours of different techniques, were proud of the results of our cleaning endeavours. 

Have window frames that could do with sprucing up? Try a tried and tested company. 

Call Joel on 07794 685 377


Is there any point in a uniform?

Since the recession, the service industry has never been more crowded. But we're in a time where choosing a professional to provide a service at your home is more difficult than ever. Why? Not everyone takes business seriously. 

It's the 21st century and let's face it, we want to know who is in or around our property and who we're handing our money over to.

Basically, by this point in human history, we should be trying to be good at what we do. 

In this blog I just want to look at one detail of spotting a good professional.

Most shops you go into, most large organisations, pizza shops (and of course stag and hen do's) all have uniforms. So why don't all trades catch on.

I come across a lot of people that are great tradesman, and who are experts at what they do. But how will people know if they've got no idea what they do or why they are there? Should plumbers really be able to wear crocs? Should your gardener be allowed to wear cut off jeans? Should every day be dress down Friday? 

From the start I instituted smart professional apparel with clear branding that makes each member of staff recognisable to our customers. I don't think this is any form of self-righteousness on my part, this is the norm. This should be standard shouldn't it?

The feedback we get back from our customers, is that we appear to be professional, trustworthy and easy to identify.

What do you think? Does it really matter?