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Commercial umbrella insurance for cleaning and janitorial businesses

A commercial umbrella policy boosts the protection of your general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, and employer's liability insurance. Cleaning businesses may need this type of insurance if a client requires liability coverage in excess of $2 million.

Umbrella insurance boosts your coverage limits

The costs of a lawsuit against your cleaning business can quickly add up – even to the point where your insurance coverage isn’t enough to cover it.

Commercial umbrella insurance, similar to excess liability insurance, can pay for claims that exceed the limit on common liability policies.

A commercial umbrella policy can boost the coverage limits of your:

Most cleaning businesses purchase umbrella insurance to satisfy client contracts that require policy limits higher than $2 million.

How does umbrella insurance work for cleaning businesses?

Umbrella insurance activates when the limits are exhausted on an underlying cleaning business insurance policy.

For example, say a janitor or house cleaner fails to use a wet floor sign after mopping a client's floor. Your client slips and falls, suffering a serious head injury that leaves them unable to work for months. The client sues you for $2.5 million in damages.

If your cleaning business has general liability insurance with a $2 million per-occurrence limit, that policy would cover the first $2 million. Then your umbrella policy would kick in to cover the remaining $500,000.

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What coverage does umbrella insurance provide for cleaning businesses?

A commercial umbrella liability policy simply mirrors the coverage of the underlying policies. 

This includes:

General liability coverage

Umbrella insurance provides coverage after your general liability insurance reaches its policy limit. It can help cover legal costs related to:

This policy will also cover claims on the general liability portion of a business owner’s policy (BOP), which bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance at a discount.

Commercial auto insurance

The cost of a car accident involving multiple vehicles can go sky high if the other drivers sue for damages.

Umbrella insurance covers liability claims that exhaust the limits on your commercial auto insurance. It also extends coverage on hired and non-owned auto insurance for cleaners who drive their own vehicles for work purposes.

If you or one of your employees gets into an auto accident, an umbrella liability policy can cover legal costs related to:

  • Injuries caused to others
  • Damage to another person’s vehicle
  • Other third-party property damage

Employer’s liability insurance

Cleaning involves physical labor, which is why umbrella insurance is a recommended policy for professions like pressure washing, pool cleaning, and window cleaning. If one of your employees blames an injury on a lack of proper equipment or other negligence, they could sue.

When an employee lawsuit over an injury escalates and exceeds the limits on employer’s liability insurance (usually included in workers’ compensation insurance), umbrella insurance kicks in to cover the costs. It adds an extra layer of protection to your existing coverage.

Umbrella insurance does not cover:

How much does commercial umbrella insurance for cleaning businesses cost?

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Cleaning businesses pay an average of $67 per month, or $801 per year, for commercial umbrella insurance.

Cleaning business insurance costs are based on several factors, including:

  • Services offered, such as maid services
  • Cleaning equipment and property
  • Revenue
  • Location
  • Number of employees
  • Policy limits
  • Claims history

Other policies for cleaning and janitorial businesses

In addition to commercial umbrella insurance and its underlying policies, cleaning professionals should also consider:

Business owner's policy: A business owner's policy, or BOP, combines general liability insurance with commercial property insurance at a discount. Small, low-risk cleaning businesses are usually eligible. Small businesses can often add inland marine insurance to their BOP to protect cleaning equipment they bring to different job sites.

Janitorial bonds: Also known as employee dishonesty bonds, janitorial bonds protect your business against employee theft of client property. Many clients won’t hire a cleaning business that doesn’t have this coverage.

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Updated: February 23, 2024
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