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South Lakes Services formerly known as ‘Wipe Away cleaning services’ was founded by Keith Dobson, after re-locating to Cumbria. Wipe Away was originally a window cleaning service, but within a relatively short time, recognising an opportunity, soon got involved in the cleaning of schools, businesses and holiday properties.

 As the business grew in 2010 Keith joined forces with Adrian Barker as business partners (who had also recently relocated to Cumbria), which is when Wipe Away was rebranded to ‘South Lakes Services’. They continued to grow the holiday property business whilst at the same time diversifying into school grounds maintenance, which has increased on a yearly basis to where we now provide either a cleaning or/and grounds maintenance service to over 80 schools and businesses; while at the same time developing the linen hire/laundry department which to date services over 60 establishments as well as holiday properties.

 Recognising that a full maintenance service was required, we now provide a 24/7 service where our clients can have the reassurance that they can contact us for any emergency issues that might occur with their property, regardless if a holiday property or a school, we have the facility to aid them where ever possible.

In 2016 South Lakes Services was sold to Orian Solutions Group, a Carlisle based company specialising in cleaning, catering, schools catering and safety services throughout the North West and North East. Since being under the new ownership of Orian, we have obtained a separate business within Wigton (North Cumbria) called VS Cleaning, which has been rebranded North Lakes Services and will provide the same services found at South Lakes Services.

The future is looking strong for South Lakes Services, with Orian’s support and guidance our aim is to continue to grow within each department, allowing further opportunities to our clients.


Every client has different needs and priorities and we aim to give you the service you require. Clients will usually have a dedicated cleaner, or cleaning team with cover for sickness or holidays, so that you know who to expect and what to expect. We support our cleaning operatives and maintenance staff by visiting clients regularly to make sure they are happy with our work.

All South Lakes Services staff are fully insured, operate within our agreed health and safety policy, carry out relevant risk assessments and can provide references upon request.


We provide all cleaning equipment and relevant ground maintenance equipment, including floor polishers, jet washers and commercial lawnmowers for speedy grounds maintenance.

South Lakes Services has 2 industrial units at Lindale near Grange-Over-Sands in Cumbria and we typically work within a 25 mile radius.

Please contact us for more information on any of our services.