Interview with Intizar Ahmed from Züriclean GmbH

Intizar Ahmed

Switzerland is known for it's cleanliness. How does that effect homes and offices?

There's an art to cleaning, and nowhere is this art more respected than in Switzerland - not least when you move back home and leave your accommodations. For green cleaning that meets these exacting demands, you need to turn to the experts.

For foreigners who struggle with Switzerland’s draconian cleaning laws when moving out of a property, or for those who simply want a weekly clean to whip their home or office into shape, Züriclean offers a one-stop-shop cleaning service. And an added bonus: it’s all done in an environmentally friendly way using eco-friendly Swiss-made cleaning products.

Sometimes in Switzerland it’s hard to know if it’s tougher to be a landlord or a tenant due to its stringent rules governing the state a property needs to be in when you hand over the keys to your landlord or agent. While this guarantees that you always move into a spanking clean property; it can also pose a serious headache for those moving out.

Removing the rubbish, doing a quick spin around with the vacuum cleaner and a splash around the sink won’t be well received by your landlord or agent who will probably take a chunk of your deposit to pay a professional cleaning company to finish the job on your behalf. 

The agency or landlord will check EVERY MILLIMETER of the property … sometimes they even comb through it with white gloves. And, if any little millimeter is not thoroughly cleaned you won’t get your entire deposit back.

What cleaning services do you provide?

With a master’s degree in physics, and a strong interest in environmentally friendly cleaning solutions such as nanotechnology, I saw a golden opportunity to offer private and corporate clients a one-stop-shop for cleaning services. 

Over ten years ago, I set up Züriclean; today it is a multilingual team of 12, speaking English, German, Italian and Spanish. I have also expanded our reach to towns within a 100-kilometer radius of Zurich and opened branches in Zug and Lucerne.   

Züriclean offers pretty much every type of cleaning service imaginable from building, façade and event cleaning to pest control, building maintenance and relocation cleaning as well as residential cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning and moving out cleaning. We also take care of recycling needs and furniture and bulky waste disposal.

Why did you choose Zurich to launch your business?

Switzerland – and Zurich in particular - has very high standards of cleanliness and quality. People living here are used to getting their property or offices cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

Forget the idea that cleaning is just about buckets and mops. It’s also about the plastic used to make these items and the chemicals that go into our cleaning products. I want to limit the impact of cleaning on our environment. That’s what motivates me.

In addtion to Zurich, professional office cleaning is also available in the Zug and Lucerne areas.

Are cleaning products an issue?

While most people are just happy to have a clean home or office, they often forget what is used to get this result. I believe it’s very important to know which products your cleaner uses and the quantity to use. I have seen other companies that have no clue about what they are using and how much they need to use.

Cleaning products have a high concentration of toxic substances. The water used for cleaning flows back into our groundwater and contaminates it so it’s important not to use too much; if you do use too much it takes thousands of liters of water to neutralize it.

At Züriclean, when we wash a floor we check first how dirty it is. Based on that we decide what PH value the cleaning product should have, to avoid the groundwater damage. The products we use have a maximum PH of 7, which is almost neutral. After washing the floor we neutralize it just with water several times so that the floor is completely neutralized and anybody - kids or pets - can walk on it without any risk.

Based in a country where cleanliness, sustainability and quality are keywords, it’s not surprising that all the products Züriclean uses are Swiss-made.  

How do you go about the final cleaning of a home when an expat moves away from Switzerland?

While routine cleaning of private homes and offices are a large part of its business, Züriclean’s relocation cleaning service is proving extremely popular with expats in Switzerland who often find the cleaning process before the key handover process an additional headache to the stress of packing up and moving. 

It’s easy. Züriclean visits your property, gives you a quotation, organizes all the cleaning and maintenance and then carries out the cleaning inspection with the tenant and/or landlord or agent. Should something not be in order, we take care of it right away.

You are interested in nanotechnology?

Besides its popular routine cleaning and relocation cleaning services, Züriclean has also branched out into another area of interest: nanotechnology. Züriclean uses nanotechnology sealants for all types of flooring as well as to seal and protect antique, upholstered and outdoor furniture, as well as applying it to items like bathtubs, sinks, mirrors and windows, which makes it easier to keep them clean. He’s also offering a nanotechnology service for solar panels to protect them from excess dirt which helps to optimize their productivity. 

And, if the thoughts of coming home to a sparkling clean home, cleaned with eco-friendly products, is not enough to convince you, another bonus is that cleaning services in Switzerland are tax-deductable so simply save up your receipts and file with your tax return.

Overview of Services 

Domestic cleaning, Residential cleaning, Weekly cleaning, Monthly cleaning, One-off cleaning, Relocation cleaning, Apartment cleaning with handover guarantee, Move out cleaning, Housecleaning, Jet wash cleaning, Office cleaning, Windows cleaning, Terrace cleaning, Floor cleaning and floor sealing, Carpet and rug cleaning, Event cleaning, Christmas cleaning, Easter cleaning, Spring cleaning


Züriclean GmbH

Schaffhauserstrasse 380, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

T: +41 (0)43 538 56 80   Mobile: +41 (0)76 413 61 83

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We offer professional cleaning services, cleaning and maintenance, nano technology and solar cleaning in Zurich, Zug and Lucerne area for move out cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, relocation cleaning, residential cleaning...etc.

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