Over my years in the cleaning business I’ve relied on just the most basic set of cleaning supplies. Nothing fancy, just the basics!
A little bit of glass cleaner, disinfectant cleaner, regular toilet bowl cleaner and paper towels gives you what you need to do the job the vast majority of the time.
This doesn’t mean you won’t need specialty cleaners from time to time. It really depends on the job in question. I’ve accumulated all types of solutions that do this or do that. I don’t bring them on every job, but they are nice to have.
So for today’s post I decided to share with you some other cleaning products that you may not need to use all the time, but come in handy. Though I don’t keep these in my primary cleaning bin, they are “on the truck” in case I need them.
5 Must Have Cleaning Products
High Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Badly soiled toilets and urinals need special attention and this product is my secret weapon to get the “worst of the worst” to look better. It works well primarily due to the fact it contains hydrochloric acid.
If this product can’t make a difference then the customer probably needs a new toilet altogether. It’s good for quickly removing rust, dissolving organic stains and eliminating hard water residue.
Just be careful when using this solution as its pretty toxic. Some brands are so potent they actually create a “smoke cloud” that rises from the toilet when applied. Needless to say you’ll want to avoid breathing that in!
TIP: Different vendors sell different “strength” solutions so pay close attention to what you are purchasing. Some may contain 10% hydrochloric acid while others have up to 23% included. Stronger works better but may be over-kill at times depending upon your needs.
Goof Off – Need to get something sticky off a window. How about some latex paint off concrete? This product is a miracle worker for anyone in the cleaning business as far as I’m concerned.
I was simply amazed at how fast, easy and powerfully this product works at removing everything from old dried paint to gummy, sticky messes. Even tough to remove stains like grease, tar, ink can be removed in some situations.
This product is good for use on concrete, brick, metal, vinyl, siding, glass, fiberglass and wood. It’s also an option on “fully cured”, varnished and oil based painted surfaces. Avoid using this product on any plastics surfaces.
TIP: Always pretest small area before going “all in”, as the product can ruin some finishes. Manufacturer claims it can damage “most” plastic but I personally would avoid using it on any such surface you think is plastic.
Soap Scum Remover – Does your company clean lots of bathrooms where the soap buildup on the shower or soap dish is just unbearable to clean? If so you need some industrial strength soap scum remover.
When we were cleaning tons of houses having some effective soap scum remover saved us a tremendous amount of time and energy. Cleaning bathrooms can be time-consuming but having the right products can cut that time in half in some cases.
TIP: Go to a janitorial supply house and ask for a gallon of concentrate then make your own mix. Over the counter remedies not only cost too much but they don’t work all that well in comparison.
Milsek Furniture Polish – What’s nice about this product is that it doesn’t leave behind a waxy or silicone build-up like many other types of spray-on furniture polishes do. Instead it polishes the wood through the use of natural oils.
This makes a big difference as it only leaves behind a beautiful shine, no greasy finish whatsoever. We found it to be a good product for polishing and protecting wood furniture and trim in the home.
TIP: You don’t need to use all that much as a little goes a long way. Works well on kitchen cabinets too.
Stainless Steel Cleaner – Virtually all homes (and even some commercial properties) have stainless steel appliances that need to be cleaned. This can be troublesome because cleaning them tends to be harder due to the fact fingerprints and smudges stand out more.
One place we clean is a pizza place that has about twenty different freezers, tables, ovens and sinks that are all stainless steel, and our main job is getting it all to look clean after a whole week of employees with pizza sauce touching it all.
Your job is to make things shine, and a good stainless steel cleaner does that for you. Check with your local janitorial supply house to find a brand that you are comfortable with.
TIP: Stainless steel cleaners come in two varieties. One is oil based and the other is water based. We’ve used both and prefer oil based cleaners, but try both for yourself to see what works best for you.
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