One of the nice things about starting a cleaning business is that you don’t need to purchase a lot of supplies to get started. In most cases everything you need can fit in just about any vehicle.
This is because the vast majority of jobs you will land in the beginning stages of your business will be of the smaller variety, allowing for a minimal amount of supplies that will be needed.
When I started my cleaning business I didn’t have a large car, so I had to make do with my trusty Ford Probe. For those of you who don’t know, that particular car is on the small side. It was a two door with a hatchback, and it worked just fine.
When you first start out, you may have only one set of supplies that you cart around from job to job. As you grow, and bring in more money, you can purchase more supplies. For instance I only had one set of supplies until I landed four or five accounts, and I moved them from job to job.
That works fine on the house cleaning side of the business, as you’ll generally never keep your supplies at someone’s home. In fact some homeowners want you to use their cleaning supplies, as they prefer to use their favorite solutions.
But once you start collecting commercial cleaning accounts, if you go that route, you’ll soon get tired of that setup. It will work at accounts you only clean once a week, or every two weeks for that matter. However once you start going several nights per week to the same account you might as well keep everything on location.
Getting back to what you need as far as supplies go, the list I’ll provide below will cover the majority of accounts you will run into when you first get started. Just keep in mind that you may need to adjust your supply list depending on what type of accounts you land early on.
Supplies to start cleaning business
- White cloth rags
- Paper Towels
- Toilet brush
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Dust pan & brush
- Dry mop
- Wet mop & bucket
- Latex gloves
- Wet floor signs
- Extension cord
- Window cleaner
- Disinfectant cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Soft Scrub product for sinks
- SOS pads
- Feather duster
- High duster
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments
- Caddy with handle to keep your supplies in
One thing to keep in mind is that you really don’t want to purchase any supplies until you land an account. If you think about it, it makes sense. Why spend a dime BEFORE you even land an account? Generally, any money spent in the beginning of your cleaning business should be focused only on landing accounts.
As to where to purchase the supplies, that is up to you. In the beginning I either went to a local store or checked online to find what I needed. The best case scenario is for you to find a local cleaning or janitorial supplier you can actually visit. This allows you to build a relationship with someone who can help guide you as you grow your business.
If you want to go the online route, then you may want to check out a company called ReStockIt as they offer a ton of discount cleaning supplies all under one roof. Just remember to stick to only what you need when first getting started, as there is no use buying supplies that will just sit un-used.
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