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Essential Equipment for Starting a Cleaning Business

If you have considered starting a cleaning business, an important initial decision is determining what type of equipment is needed. What are some of the tools of the trade that you and others will need to be successful on the job each day?

Although there will be a certain amount of financial investment to purchase this equipment, keep in mind tools and materials are an essential part of starting any business. While many people assume it can be very costly to buy these products, the good news is that it requires less money to purchase equipment for a cleaning business than many other ventures.

The amount and type of cleaning equipment varies based on several factors. Are you operating a commercial or residential cleaning business? What is the size and scope of your company? What areas of a home or commercial facility will you be cleaning?

The Basics

Let’s start with the basics. To clean most floors and hard surfaces, you will need brooms, brushes, a dustpan and set of mops and buckets. This work also requires trash bags and multipurpose cleaners. Additional supplies may include microfiber cloths, sponges, glass cleaning solutions and protective gloves. A rolling janitorial cart is often necessary to store and transport these items.

Larger floor cleaning jobs will often require a commercial backpack vacuum or upright machines. If your business calls for you to clean large floor areas and hallways, a walk-behind auto scrubber is recommended. Some cleaning businesses also have specialized tools such as tile and grout cleaners or steam-cleaning equipment.

The Nitty Gritty

Restroom hygiene service companies such as Enviro-Master have a unique set of materials and products needed to eliminate viruses and bacteria found in public restrooms, on floors and throughout common areas. Disinfecting solutions, electrostatic sprayers and cleaners are essential in keeping surfaces sanitized in these areas. Other scrubbing equipment and cleaning systems are needed to prevent the buildup of soap scum, rust, limescale and hard water materials. These companies also stock items such as soap, toilet paper, paper towels, urinal screens and air fresheners.

Certain companies may handle the cleaning and maintenance of areas such as restrooms, sinks and showers, which require additional specialized products. For these jobs, you may need scrubbing pads, grout brushes, plastic scrapers and an assortment of microfiber cloths. Many people find it helpful to invest in some “protective” equipment for this type of work — disposable gloves, shoe covers and knee pads.

Another requirement that could fall under the category of equipment for a commercial cleaning business would be transportation. As an owner, you will be bringing your business directly to the customer. Some locations may have a janitorial closet to store some items, but in many cases, you will bring your equipment with you. Will you use your own car, or will you purchase a company van; and professionally wrap it to promote your business? You will also need to account for gas mileage and periodic vehicle maintenance as expenses for your business.

One of the benefits of starting a cleaning business with a franchise is knowing exactly what equipment is required for the job. The services are consistent across all locations, and the franchisor will provide you with a complete checklist of everything you need to be successful. Enviro-Master is a leading commercial cleaning and hygiene franchise organization. To learn more about a unique business focused on protecting the health and safety of customers and employees, click here to find out about Enviro-Master franchise opportunities.