If you are just starting out as a housekeeper, you will need to gather the essential cleaning products and tools before cleaning any spaces. Walking down the cleaning aisle of your local grocery store can be daunting. But, whether you are offering commercial or residential cleaning, start with the following product and tools.
Housekeeper. com has comprised a guide for what products and tools are necessary to get your business up and running.
Cleaning products you need:
All-purpose cleaner: if you are only going to buy one product, make it an all-purpose cleaner. These cleaners can be used throughout a space, on various surfaces and floors.
Don’t forget that you can make your own all-purpose cleaner by simply using water and vinegar! In a spray bottle, mix one-part white vinegar and two parts water and shake it up. You can even add in one part lemon juice or some essential oils. Vinegar can remove tough, stuck-on grime, clean floors and glass, and even as a disinfectant. Learn more on cleaning with vinegar
Glass cleaner: while glass cleaner is excellent for cleaning, well, glass, it can be used for various things! Reach for glass cleaner to de-gunk showers, wipe down sticky countertops, pre-treat stained laundry, polish doorknobs, faucets, and even jewelry.
Disinfectant: created to kill germs and bacteria, disinfectant is essential in stopping the spread of viruses and illnesses. Use in high travelled, high-touch areas, like doorknobs, toilet seats, and facets.
Quality vacuum cleaner: when choosing a vacuum cleaner, you want to think about how easy it is to maneuver, how good the suction is, and the accessories it comes with.
Next, do you want a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner? Bagless models can save you money because you don’t have to buy replacement bags; however, they can be messy when being emptied. Both bagged and bagless machines require filter replacements from time to time.
And, lastly, will you choose a corded or cordless machine? Think about the spaces you are moving around. Will a cord get in the way? Will children or pets trip over it? Will you forget to charge your cordless machine?
Mop and bucket: when choosing a mop, consider the different types of mop heads and the mop head materials used. There are four types of mop heads:
- Loose-ends mops are best for heavy-duty mopping because of the loose ends. They add weight to the ends of the mop head and help remove dirt and grime from the floor’s surface.
- Cut-end mops are most commonly used for general floor cleaning and mopping up spills around the house.
- Microfiber mops are flat mop head that attracts and holds the debris as you mop around. This mop head is excellent for picking up things like hair, fur, and dust bunnies.
- Dust mops are for those hard-to-reach spots around the house, such as the ceiling fan, under the bed, the cob-webs in the corner, etc.
Mop head materials:
- Rayon can be used for all wet mopping and applying wax and other floor finishes. Rayon mop heads are durable, quick-drying, and resist the smelly mildew smell that some mop heads get.
- Cotton is perfect for general moping around the house due to its high absorbance and being lightweight.
- Sponge, being super absorbent, sponge mop heads are ideal for mopping up spills and wet messes.
- Polycotton is similar to cotton mop heads but more durable due to the poly-cotton blend.
When it comes to buckets, make sure you choose something that supports your mop and is a bucket/wringer combination, so you can easily rinse your mop’s head as you clean.
- Microfiber cloths: these are super absorbent and, like the microfiber mop heads above, attract and hold the messes, making for easier cleanup.
- Scrub brush: these brushes are Important for the grunge busting jobs that a sponge or microfiber clothes may not be strong enough to tackle.
When choosing a scrub brush, pay attention to the type of bristles. This is important because the bristles play an essential part in the longevity of your scrub brush and its capabilities.
- Synthetic bristles can be used on various surfaces for general cleaning. Synthetic bristles have a medium softness, are quick-drying, and are easy to clean.
- Animal hair bristles due to the soft bristles, these scrub brushes are best used for light cleaning and dusting.
- Vegetable fibre bristles, with its stiff bristles, this scrub brush is perfect for stuck-on messes on the floor, countertop, or grimy faucets.
- Wire bristles are most commonly used to remove heavy soil and grout.
You don’t need everything, just the basics! Don’t get tied up in all the cleaning products and tools you see when you visit the cleaning aisle, create a list, and bring it with you when shopping. This will help you stay focused and not purchase anything unnecessary.
As your cleaning business grows, you can evolve your list of services and expand the products and tools you use. Maybe you will decide to use only environmentally friendly products, or you will start making your own products and wind up with even more opportunities to grow your business. This is just the beginning, so it’s okay to start with the basics.