About Us

The excel cleaning story

About Us

The Excel Cleaning Story

At Excel Cleaning our commitment to training has earned us industry accreditations ensuring that we can provide you with the peace of mind that our exterior cleaning work will be performed to the best possible standards, with a focus on safety, ecological practices and efficiency.

In the exterior cleaning industry it is common to find independent contractors operating as one-man band businesses, who may lack consistency and professionalism in their approach. They tend to adapt their services to their convenience, often wearing unconventional uniforms and offering makeshift solutions without proper training or qualifications.

our story

Excel Cleaning Contractors, an independent business rooted in Harrogate and built upon a legacy of over 30 years. Our journey began when our founder, Lee Akers, established the company with a primary focus on window cleaning for both domestic and commercial sectors.

Over the years, Lee's expertise and our team's dedication have propelled us beyond conventional boundaries. We have successfully undertaken prestigious projects involving iconic buildings in Leeds, York, Manchester, and various other locations. Excel Cleaning Contractors has become synonymous with tackling challenging heights through our specialization in high ropes access, consistently delivering exceptional results.

Driven by a relentless passion for excellence, Lee Akers continually expands the scope of our services to offer a comprehensive exterior building cleaning experience. Our evolution enables us to provide transformative solutions for roofs, cladding, render, driveways, patios, and more.

Our commitment to delivering high-quality service is unwavering. We invest significantly in the latest equipment and ensure our team undergoes extensive Softwash training. Excel Cleaning Contractors proudly stands as the only accredited contractor in the area, guaranteeing the use of the safest, most efficient, and environmentally-friendly cleaning methods.

With three decades of experience in the industry, Excel Cleaning Contractors has earned a strong reputation based on expertise and customer satisfaction. Many of our original clients, spanning the past 30 years, continue to entrust us with their cleaning needs, a testament to our team's consistent delivery of outstanding service.

Excel in Numbers

10
Years average tenure of each employee
30+
Years in business
0.03%
Annual complaint rate
800+
Annual repeat customers
5
Review rating
30
Years servicing the same client
I have had the privilege of working for Excel for the past five years, and it has been an incredible journey. The company's commitment to excellence has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. The supportive team environment and diverse range of projects have enriched my skills and experiences. I am proud to be part of this outstanding organisation and look forward to many more years of success.
Susanna Decker
Excel Employee

Excel through the years

Take a look at our journey from our humble beginnings to where we are today, and how our exterior cleaning services have evolved throughout our 30+ years in business.
1991
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Having performed window cleaning for years, we evolved our service by acquiring pole systems allowing us to reach greater heights.
2002
Window cleaning at Elland Road
Our journey through the years led us to the iconic Elland Road Stadium, the cherished home of Leeds United, where we tackled the West Stand windows with our exterior cleaning expertise.
2004
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We began offering platforms for high-access cleaning, and one memorable night was spent cleaning in Leeds City Centre.
2004
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An exterior window clean using a platform. Featuring Gavin, a valued member of our team who continues to work with us today!
2006
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We proudly recall the time when we undertook the task of cleaning the exterior windows of Beetham Tower in Manchester, which stood as the UK's highest residential building at the time, ranking third among all buildings in height.
2008
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After an museum refurbishment, we were entrusted with the delicate task of cleaning the internal glass surfaces around some of the most iconic railway trains, including the Mallard.
2009
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Our excitement peaked when we acquired state-of-the-art gutter vacuums, marking a significant milestone in our equipment arsenal.
2009
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The introduction of pressure washing systems marked a pivotal moment for us as we ventured into cleaning supermarket bin stores for the very first time.
2010
High level window cleaning
Our abseiling expertise shone as we carried out window cleaning at Horbeam Park, specifically at The Inspire building—an ongoing commitment we continue to uphold.
2013
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Our journey through Leeds brought us to Thorton Arcade, where we undertook high-level cleaning and installed pigeon spiking, demonstrating our dedication to maintaining pristine exteriors.
2020
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We engaged in touchpoint sanitising and conducted ATP testing as part of our preparations for the reopening of the Jorvik Viking Centre post COVID 19.
2021
Roof Cleaning, Soft Washing York
As we expanded our business into the realm of domestic roof cleaning, we reached a significant milestone by acquiring our second soft wash system and a cherry picker. This expansion marked a pivotal moment in our journey.

    meet the team

    Managing Director Lee Akers
    Lee Akers
    Managing Director
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    Roseanna Mace
    Operations Manager
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    Susanna Decker
    Accounts / Customer Service
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    Ash Jackson
    Sales Manager
    Marketing Manger Curtis Hicks
    Curtis Hicks
    Marketing Manager
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    Neil Grayston
    Team Leader
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    Gavin Sheridan
    Technician
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    Connor Crossley
    Technician
    Technician Matthew Calvert
    Matthew Calvert
    Technician
    Technician David Redman
    David Redman
    Technician
    Leaflet Distributor Rob Lynley
    Rob Lynley
    LEAFLET DISTRIBUTER

    As employers we provide

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    public liability insurance
    10 Million pounds in liability coverage and more available if needed.
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    Employees Insurance
    All employees are covered with a full, verifiable worker’s compensation policy.
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    Continuing Education Unit
    Annual SoftWash Systems continuing education program.

    Accreditations

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