Specialty Cleaning Items That Come In Handy

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by Tom Watson on April 2, 2017

Whenever you own any type of business you are going to collect some tools of the trade.

In the cleaning business that means you have a basic list of items needed to start a cleaning business.

In the beginning you won’t have much beyond the bare minimum, but over time you’ll collect more and more cleaning related equipment becasue some items are just worth having. They may not be needed all that often, but having them available SAVES THE DAY every now and again when they are needed.

So that’s the idea behind today’s post! Basically I wanted to share some of the specialty cleaning items that I had in my cleaning business. Some items were so valuable I purchased several of them so that I one in each work vehicle, while others were just sitting around the shop “just in case”. With all that said…

Long Reach Telescoping Duster: I started out with just one, then quickly bought one for most commercial accounts (plus each house cleaning crew).

Bulb Changer Kit with Pole (regular bulbs): Some commercial accounts may ask if you change bulbs. When they did, I said “YES for only a few dollars more we can do that!”

Bulb changing kit (LED): Some accounts may have specialty lighting kits.

16 foot extension pole: Priceless tool for hard to reach areas.

Tub O Towels Heavy-Duty Cleaning Wipes: Didn’t use these a lot, but they were AWESOME for certain situations.

Goo Gone: Never lest the office without this item when performing construction clean up.

CLR CGS-12 Stone Cleaner: Nice product to have in certain situations.

Diversey Easy Paks Toilet Bowl Cleaner Packets: Some high volume accounts may have a need for this product.

Water Spot Remover: Never had this item, but that’s only because I never knew it existed. I certainly would have given it a try due to how many times I was asked about water stains.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray Citrus Meadows: For accounts where the manager wants it to “smell nice” while you are cleaning when the staff is still there.

3M Gum Remover Ready-to-Use: Who hasn’t been asked to remove gum? 

Scotch-Brite Dobie All-Purpose Pads: One of those “must have” products (in my opinion anyway).

Well, there you have it, a selection of items that will probably come in handy at some point in your cleaning business career. I had a LOT MORE than that, but for today I think we got the basics covered. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments!

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1 gary April 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

Long Reach Telescoping Duster

I use a swimming pool telescoping pole.

2 Brenda April 2, 2017 at 10:44 am

Is there anything I can spray in hallways that is lasting and make the hallways smell good
Thank you

3 Tom Watson April 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

This product has a lot of good reviews. Users indicate you put it in a spray bottle and it’s ready to use (no diluting). http://amzn.to/2n1A5wr

4 Tom Watson April 2, 2017 at 11:30 am


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