List of the supplies you’ll need to get started

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by Tom Watson on January 23, 2013

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

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 Amazon 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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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Clarence April 14, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Interesting and helpful

2 Lerato August 31, 2016 at 9:59 am

It’s really amazing and need more info

3 Tom Watson September 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Hi Lerato! Did you sign up for my mailing list?

4 Tumisang October 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

Hi, Thanks very much for the info
This is really amazing information specially to the people who are starting like us. Please keep updating more details for us in cleaning business.


5 Jessica Cooper November 9, 2016 at 2:15 am

This was very very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing things you have learned!

6 Sindiso November 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Awesome info for me as I look to start up my business

7 Ndukwu Martins November 17, 2016 at 4:18 am

wow!! this is exactly what I needed to get started… I really appreciate this your kind gesture.. keep it up!!

8 Roe December 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm

This is the best information I’ve gotten all day!

9 Jacqualine Loveless December 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Awesome tips! I definitely will be following up on checking out sites listed above. Thanks!

10 Zee January 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Thank you great help

11 Cutina January 16, 2017 at 3:48 am

I do thank you for the information it do help for me to get started on my business

12 STEPHANIE INMAN January 18, 2017 at 12:50 am


13 Charmaine February 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

Thank you very helpful looking to start my own cleaning business, this is exactly what I was looking for great information.

14 Brenda Hill March 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Great I have been doing my business for a couple years. I still thank you for this helpful information. I have good and bad months. . Thanks.

15 April Simpson April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Really helpful , Thanks!!

16 Ofentse Kgaogano April 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm

it really teaches me alot…

17 Shakiva July 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Thank yor for your resourceful information you provided. All this time I have my cleaning business name & business cards, but not enough finance to get supplies right now; so I held up releasing business out. But as you said focus on land an account first really motivated me to get out there. Once again Thank you.

18 Arlene August 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Very informative and right to the point.

19 Joana Holdbrooke August 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

Veryinformative. Thankyou

20 olaha August 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

Was really helpful

21 Joan Baker September 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Thank you for this article. I am starting my cleaning service business. I need all the advise that you have to share. I want a successful business. That is my goal. I worked for a cleaning service for 2 years. It is a job that I love to do. But the way the business was operated just didn’t go right with me. I thought she could have done better. But I know I can do better.

22 Tryness September 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

That’s wonderful thank you for tort resourceful information you provided

23 Siphiwe November 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

Thanks this is the kind of answers I was seeking

24 Ronnie O Jackson December 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Awesome information me & wife are just about to start ur cleaning business and just needed the ins & outs.

25 Pamela Turner January 24, 2018 at 5:15 am

Great advice thanks

26 Opogu obiajulu January 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

I’m just to start a cleaning business and I’m in need of guidelines and help on equipments to buy

27 Hazel January 29, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Wow this information is very helpful…

28 Hazel January 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Wow this information is very helpful… Thanks a lot for sharing .

29 thomas February 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

this was informational for me. i have been struggling with my own company but after reading your post it has allowed me to see more into what is necessary for my on business. i thank you for helping me refocus, not only on what was needed but also by helping me simplify it.


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