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Hands Cleaners 50 years old

Hands Cleaners are 50 years old!

Hands Cleaners Ltd are celebrating 50 glorious years providing Quality, Service and Value to a wide range of customers throughout the East Midlands. Our commitment to delivering guaranteed customer satisfaction to offices, factories, warehouses, schools and colleges to name but a few has deservedly placed us as the Region’s Leading Cleaning Team.

The Hands Cleaners story starts in 1968 when two friends, Bill Hargrave & David Swingler, took on a window cleaning round in Leicester. They called themselves H & S Cleaners. The cleaning business proved much harder than either of the two had envisaged. After 18 months of struggling, David resigned and returned to a regular job in order to support his family.

Bill Hargrave decided to battle on, cleaning windows during the week and deep cleaning of food factories at weekends using friends and relatives on a casual basis. One of these casuals was Bill’s brother, Edward, who seeing the potential of the business decided to join and help develop it.  They bought a van and arranged for it to be sign written “H&S Cleaners”. However, when the van was delivered, it had been painted “H and S Cleaners” and so it became known as “Hands Cleaners”. The business started to boom.

Hands Cleaners Ltd was formed in 1970, operating from a railway arch on Duns Lane in Leicester. Over the next 10 years the industrial cleaning service expanded dramatically and by 1980 we employed over 12 full-time industrial cleaning staff. The daily cleaning side also developed, employing both full-time and part-time daily office cleaners. The railway arch could not accommodate the administration service required to support operations.


Duns Lane Leicester

Duns Lane, Leicester

In 1980 the company acquired much larger premises on Humberstone Gate. Hands Janitorial Ltd occupied the ground floor. The first and second floors accommodated administration sales and support team with room for our training school. Our area of operation soon included contracts in Loughborough, Nottingham and Derby.


Humberstone Gate, Leicester

Humberstone Gate, Leicester


On 4th October 1993 we were awarded our ISO9002, and we hold this certification proudly to this day (now known as the ISO9001:2015). We see this accreditation as playing a significant part of remaining such a successful company.

In 2013 we felt it was the right time to relocate to a more central area within the East Midlands and moved to a premises just off the M1 Junction 23. An ideal base to access, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Derby.


Hands Office Panoramic View

Hands Cleaners Office

The company has grown every year by providing Quality, Value & Service to our customers and in our 50th year employ over 300 dedicated and loyal staff throughout the East Midlands. In fact our senior management team have over 135 years service between them within our Organisation.

We are a team that is determined to stay out in front. This can only be achieved by:

  • Understanding and satisfying our Customer’s Needs
  • Delivering a reliable Value for Money Service
  • Consistently Exceeding our Customer’s Expectations

We are excited to see what the next 50 years has in store for us!

If you would like to know more about how Hands Cleaners can help you, then please contact us or call 01509 501110 and speak to one of our friendly team for further information.