Cleaning Supplies Needed to Start a Cleaning Business

Getting the essential cleaning supplies is one of the most critical areas to address when setting up a profitable cleaning business.

Are you excited about starting your cleaning business? Great! It’s always a great thing to begin and to continue with that burst of excitement. Without further ado, let’s dig right into all the supplies that you will need to set up your first cleaning business.

Supplies to start cleaning business

  • Toilet brush
  • White cloth rags
  • A vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Latex gloves
  • Dry mop
  • Broom
  • Toothbrushes
  • Wet mop and bucket
  • Wet floor signs
  • Dust Pan and Brush
  • Extension Cord
  • Window Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Furniture Polish
  • SOS Pads
  • Soft Scrub for sinks
  • Soap scum remover
  • High Duster
  • Feather duster
  • A caddy with a handle to hold your supplies

Are these all the supplies you will need for your cleaning business?

No! There are more advanced supplies and tools you will need to sustain your cleaning business in the long run. These are just the essential supplies that you will need to start up your cleaning business. At least, you will need more supplies if you intend to work on more large scale projects.

You might even need a van one or two years from now to easily transport the bulk of your supplies from one cleaning location to another. But these are pretty much all you will need for now.

Also, sometime in the future, you might have to classify your cleaning supplies into the following categories:

  • Essential Cleaning Supplies
  • Marketing and office products and supplies
  • Common Cleaning Products

It all depends on how much you’re willing to expand your business in the long run.

Should you purchase all your supplies before you land an account?

If you can afford it, sure! It will be a really great idea to get all of your cleaning supplies at once- even before you get your first customer.

Who knows, you might even get a discount on them when you buy in bulk. But as we said, this is only if you can afford it.

Otherwise, there’s absolutely no reason to pressure yourself to get them. You most likely wouldn’t need most of these supplies on your first job anyway.

The funny thing is that most of the first clients you will get might want you to use their equipment for their cleanups.

How to decide on the essential cleaning supplies you need for now?

Don’t get it wrong! All the cleaning supplies mentioned in the previous sections are absolutely essential. The only thing is that you can do without a number of them on your first couple of jobs. The question, however, is: How do you decide on which supplies to get and which not to?

Well, it all depends on your first job. Yes, the basic idea when deciding on the essential cleaning supplies you need for your project is to bag the project, to begin with, then decide on what supplies are necessary to get it done.

Here are two factors that can help you to decide on what supplies to get after bagging your first cleaning job:

    • The nature of the job
    • The supplies the client already has on ground

1. The nature of the job:

If your first job is to clean windows, all the supplies you will need are stuff related to getting that done. It wouldn’t be the wisest thing to go about getting a vacuum cleaner or a toilet bowl cleaner just yet. Nah!

All you will need at the moment might not be more than latex gloves, a window cleaner, and maybe some white cloth rags. Smart, right?

What’s better? You can now use the money you make on your first job to get the supplies you might need for your next project. (Of course, this will only be after you know the nature of that job as well.)

It’s such a beautiful thing. One job sets you right in motion for the next. Gaining that momentum, and keeping up with it is what matters the most.

2. The supplies the client has on ground:

Now, this might not always be the case. However, there is every possibility that your client would rather have you use what he already has on ground.

For instance, when you get the job to clean a toilet, you might not need to get a toilet brush. 50% of the time, clients will prefer for you to use what they already have in their homes.

What this means is that you might not even need to buy everything that the nature of your first cleaning job dictates you to buy- just unavailable stuff! So visit the site if you can, and make a note of what supplies are available and the ones that are not.

(PS: We advise that you take all the supplies you might need on any project whenever you can. Even if you won’t need them, it gives that extra professional look. Plus, they are your tools, and you’d know how to use them perfectly. Working with new materials might not be so convenient.)

Get your first client!

What you need to focus on right now is getting your first job, then the next. This is what puts you in a good place to be able to afford all of these supplies you will need eventually. Therefore, we advise that you shouldn’t be afraid to start small. You can work your way up from there.

You might already have more than half of the equipment after your first three jobs- or almost all of them. It all depends on the nature of the jobs.

The most important thing, for now, is to get your first client and start working. It can only get easier. We wish you a profitable cleaning career. Cheers!


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