When you are starting your own business, you may feel overwhelmed and confused as to what you need because there are many specialized supplies and tools in the market. Have no fear! Here’s a list of cleaning tools to get you started. We will talk about supplies in one of our next articles.
1) Microfiber cloths – Can be used dry or dampened with water or cleanser. When used damp, these are effective in removing stains and dirt. Microfiber cleaning cloths are also machine washable. When cared for properly, expect to get hundreds of washings out of these cloths.
2) Sponge – There are many types of sponges such as cellulose sponge, abrasive sponge, natural sponges, and dry sponges. Make sure to select non-scratching sponge to avoid scratching surfaces. Bring at least two with you to separate the one used for the bathroom and for the kitchen.
3) Toothbrush – Use any old toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas. Make sure to disinfect the toothbrush after every use.
4) Paper towels – These are great for cleaning toilets, kitchen tops, and bacteria-heavy areas. Get the sturdy and ultra-absorbent paper towels.
5) Rubber gloves – Find a durable pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from household chemicals, hot water, and grease. Bonus tip: for leak-resistant gloves, put a cotton ball at your fingertip so your nails do not tear the rubber.
6) Spray bottles – Use spray bottles to dispense water, cleaning chemicals or insecticides. Get bottles that have an adjustable spray nozzle, measurement markings on the side, and labels.
7) Vacuum cleaner – There are many vacuum cleaner models out there. Review your requirements and select the right vacuum cleaner based on criteria such as height, weight, power, and size. Other consideration are: filters, bag-free vacuums, and pet hair features.
8) Sponge mop and bucket – Sponge mops are very effective on textured and tiled floors. Compared to other mops, these are easier to use. Only disadvantage is the longevity of sponge mops. Replace them once the sponge begins to come apart or smell.
9) Dust mop – Dust mops attract and collect dirt on surfaces. These work especially well on hardwood floors. Before, covers were made of cotton but microfiber materials are increasingly being used. Covers can be removed, cleaned, and reused before replacing.
10) Broom and dustpan – Brooms are very basic and is a must-have in your arsenal. Selecting the appropriate broom depends on the type of space (indoors vs outdoors), the floor type, the debris you are trying to clean, and whether there are tight spaces and corners
I know this article is a list of “10” cleaning tools but as a bonus, you should also get a supply caddy. It is worthwhile to invest in a supply caddy to store and transport your supplies. Get a supply caddy that is durable, has a comfortable handle, and lots of compartments and pockets.
If you think these are pricey, that’s why it’s important to understand your pricing strategy from the start! Check Part 1 of our pricing strategy here.
Are there any tools that you like to use? Comment below and let us know!