Professional House Cleaning Supplies List

House Cleaning Supplies ChecklistA comprehensive professional house cleaning supplies list.

Are you new to house cleaning and need a list of supplies to clean houses? Don’t show up to a clients home without the needed cleaning supplies to clean a home.

Professional cleaning services provide the cleaning supplies needed to clean a home. When pricing cleaning jobs companies should take into account the cost of these supplies.

Choose equipment and supplies that will work for you so that you spend less time scrubbing. With the right supplies you can clean faster, while still maintaining a high quality clean.



A few rules to follow when bringing the house cleaning supplies.

#1  Always use the same supplies.

All cleaning supplies work differently and leave a different clean. By using the same supplies, you’ll become very familiar in how to use them. And secondly, you will provide a consistent clean.


#2  Always keep back up cleaning supplies.

You don’t want to arrive to a job and run out of toilet bowl cleaner half way through the job. When we cleaned houses, we always kept back up cleaning supplies in the car. This way when we arrived to a house to clean, we would fill up our cleaning bottles before we went into the house.


#3  Use quality products.

Stay away from dollar store cleaners or off brands. They do not clean as well as premium cleaning supplies.

By buying quality house cleaning supplies you will provide a better clean for your clients. Plus you will have to do less scrubbing, because the cleaning products will work better at cutting through soap scum, grease and grim.


Professional House Cleaning Supplies List

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  • Vacuum, use for carpet and hard floors
  • Steam Clean Mop – used to mop hard floors
  • Spray Mop – used to mop Wood and Laminate floors
  • Broom – used to sweep outside areas (porches, walk-ways)
  • Long Duster – used to dust ceilings, ceiling fans, high to reach wall hangings, and baseboards
  • Apron – used to carry cleaning supplies on you as you clean
  • Cleaning Caddy – used to carry all cleaning supplies into a home
  • Small Hand Duster – used to dust small objects such as lamps and picture frames, and furniture surfaces
  • Razor Blade – used to scrap stuck on goo or heavily built up soap scum. Great for use on glass or tile
  • Plastic Scrapper – used to scrap up stuck on grime, usually when mopping with food stuck on floors
  • Large Scrub Brush – used in showers and tubs
  • Small Scrub Brush – used to clean grout lines, around sinks and faucets. Best to get 2 colors (1 for kitchen and 1 for bathroom)
  • Whisk Broom – used in hard to reach areas and to brush animal hair and dust of furniture and lamp shades
  • Plastic Cups – to rinse showers and bathtubs down when client does not have a removable shower head
  • Disposable Gloves
  • 50 foot extension cord – used to plug in vacuum and steam mop so that you can vacuum larger area’s without having to find another outlet
  • 5 & 10 Gallon plastic bags – used to line bathroom garbage cans. Client loves it and makes it easier to empty and keep cans clean
  • 2 step step stool – used to reach high area’s in a home. Usually, liability insurance will not allow higher than a 2 step ladder. Check your insurance if you decide to go with a larger one.
  • All Purpose Cleaner – used on most bathroom and kitchen surfaces
  • Heavy Duty Cleaner – used for tough jobs. Great for build up in showers and bathrooms
  • Glass Cleaner – Any glass cleaner will work. We diluted an essential oil cleaner and worked awesome and smelled great.
  • Bar Keepers Friend – used for porcelain sinks or stainless steel. This was the best way we found to get porcelain sinks to look brand new
  • Wood polish/cleaner – used on wood furniture only when client requested it. This is a light cleaner that can be sprayed directly on your microfiber dusting cloth and does not take much buffing.
  • Stainless steal cleaner – used in the kitchen on stainless steal appliance surfaces
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths – used to clean all surfaces. Get 4 separate colors each for bathrooms, kitchens, dusting, glass cleaning
  • Terry Cloth towels – used to buff out glass and mirrors.
  • Toilet bowl brush – I highly recommend you use your clients. It is not fun carting around a used toilet brush. If you do though, purchase one with a sealed lid like the one shown in the link.



Best Steam Cleaner for Cleaning Business

Best Steam Cleaner for Cleaning Business

If you are reading this article, then you may have decided it was time to start using a Steam Cleaner for your House Cleaning Business. Your next step is to figure out which Steam mop is best for your house cleaning business. The are several different steam cleaners to choose from. All with varying prices and capabilities which make it difficult to know which steamer is right for your business.


How Steam Cleaning Works

Steam Cleaning works by breaking down the dirt and grime and then the dirt is wiped up with the pad on the Steam mop. The high temperature of the steam is what makes this happen.

When you purchase a high-quality steam cleaner, your cleaning business will be cleaning floors quicker and better. It is amazing how dirt and grim melt under high powered temperatures of steam mops, taking less effort on your part in mopping your client’s homes.


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The benefits of steam cleaning for cleaning businesses.

  • You’ll never have to rinse cleaner off of the floors
  • No cleaning a mop heads any more
  • Never have to buy floor cleaner
  • No need to rinse floors or wait for a cleaner to ‘work since you will not be using any
  • Dries quickly, and if you get the right steamer, will dry streak free
  • No more sticky floors after mopping (cleaners can leave residue which creates that sticky film on the floor)
  • Steam cleaning kills allergens such as dust mites, which make them a great alternative to chemical mopping


When not to use steam cleaning

Steam cleaning is awesome with its disinfecting power and the need to not use chemicals. But there are a few flooring types I do not recommend you use your steam cleaner on. Those include….

Hardwood Floors

Now most steam cleaners you purchase will say that it is safe on hardwood floors. And it may be, for some that are properly sealed. But you will be cleaning for lots of different homes and you will not always know if steam cleaning will be safe with the flooring or the finish. So as tempting as it may be, do not mop hardwood floors with a steam cleaner. Make sure you are using a safe and effective cleaner instead.

Laminate flooring

Similar to hardwood, laminate flooring can be sensitive to high steam causing boards to warp or damage the finish. It is safe to stay away from steam cleaning this type of floor and instead use a safe effective cleaner for laminate flooring.

Cork flooring

Believe it or not, cork flooring is a thing. We cleaned for a beautiful home that had several types of flooring and cork was one. We learned the hard way that even on the lowest setting steam cleaning ended up lifting the flooring tiles. Stay clear of steam mopping for these types of floors. 


Features to look for when buying a Steam Cleaner for your Cleaning Business


Continuous Refill

Continuous refill allows you to add water to the Steam Cleaner while you are mopping. If the unit does not have continuous refill, then you will need to wait for the Steamer to cool down prior to adding more water to continue mopping. This is important if you are mopping for larger homes. Without a continuous refill canister, you will either waste time waiting for the equipment to cool, or you will have to mop in small batches. Which this is not an efficient way to clean.

Your upright steam cleaners will not have continuous fill capabilities. You will find this feature in high end, commercial steam cleaners. I have not included them in this review as they are priced well over $1000 and do not make economic sense when running a house cleaning business.

Heat up time

A faster heat up time will help you to clean a home faster. Your upright steam cleaners will have faster heat up times than the canister steamers. This is because they have smaller water canisters and do not reach as high of temperatures as the canister steam cleaners do.

When choosing a steam cleaner look for a shorter heat up time compared to similar models so that when you are cleaning a home, you will not have to wait for the mop to heat up. There are ways to get around this. If you decide to go with a canister steam cleaner you will be able to set up your steam cleaner just before you start vacuuming. This will give plenty of time for the machine to heat up so that you can start mopping as soon as you done vacuuming.

Steam Pressure

Steam pressure is the rate at which steam is projected from the steam cleaner. The higher the pressure the faster the steam is produced. This can improve the clean and how quickly dirt and grim is removed from the floor. The more steam that is being produced the faster the steam cleaner will pick of dirt and debris. The higher the steam pressure, the faster you will be able to mop floors in a home. Because time is money, I highly recommend investing in a steam cleaner with a higher steam pressure. As this will save you money in the long run because you will not be spending as much time mopping floors.

Steam Control

Choose a steam cleaner that allows you to control the amount of steam that comes out of the steam cleaner. You will be cleaning all sorts of homes with more than likely an aware of flooring types. Some flooring may be sensitive to high levels of steam such as linoleum and a lower steam level will be best for cleaning them. Tile floor on the other hand can be cleaned with a higher amount of steam.

Steam. If you are wanting to disinfect, you will need a steam cleaner that reaches at a minimum 175 degrees Fahrenheit.


Best steam cleaner for house cleaning business


Steam Cleaner Options


The Upright Steam Cleaner for your Cleaning Business

Upright Steam Mops are very popular for homeowners. They are generally lightweight and easy to use with out a lot of complicated set up. These steam cleaners may not be the best match for your business if you clean largest homes with hard flooring through out. But if the majority of the homes you clean do not have large area’s of hard flooring, these will be your best bet.

The Pro’s of using an Upright Steam Cleaner for your House Cleaning Business
  • Less expensive
  • Easy to carry in your car and easy to carry into homes with your other cleaning supplies
  • Great for smaller spaces. Because upright steamers are smaller and lighter, they are great for homes that have carpet in most of the living spaces, but hard floors in the kitchen, foyer, and bathrooms.
  • Upright steamers tend to heat up in less time, less than 1 minute.
The Con’s of using an Upright Steam Cleaner for your House Cleaning Business
  • Upright steamers do not get as hot as most canister steamers meaning they will not be able to clean as efficient or effective as a canister steam cleaner.
  • Don’t always use dry heat. What this means is the upright steamer can leave floors wet after mopping especially if a higher steam level is used.
  • Mop heads are smaller and are not as efficient at cleaning larger areas as fast
  • Water reservoir is usually smaller, causing you have to refill water


The Canister Steam Cleaner for your Cleaning Business

The canister steam cleaners will be your best choice for cleaning larger homes with hard flooring. These steam cleaners reach super high temperatures and have higher powered steam production making them the best. Purchasing a canister steam cleaner will take your cleaning service up a notch by providing the best floor mopping in your area.

The Pro’s of using Canister Steam Cleaners for your House Cleaning Business
  • The most powerful clean
  • Uses very little water, leaving surfaces dry.
  • High temps sanitize surfaces
  • High temps pick up dirt and grim much faster than other types of steamers
  • These steam cleaners tend to have the highest heat temperature and highest steam pressure making them power houses in steam cleaning. When I made the switch to a canister steam cleaner my cleaning times were improved. But what really sold me, was my customers noticed the difference! That was a huge win. We had clients who said they would never switch companies because their floors had never been cleaner. I used this in my marketing and made sure to get reviews from those clients so that I could use that in my sales pitch.
The Con’s of using Canister Steam Cleaners for your House Cleaning Business
  • High price points.
  • Can be cumbersome to carry into homes. (The steam cleaner I first purchased for my house cleaning business was very heavy and difficult to carry into a home. We cleaned a condo that was on the 14th We had to park away from the building and carry the steam cleaner from the vehicle. My arms were sore after this each time.)
  • Can be cumbersome to clean with. You will want to be mindful of where the machine is moving along with you as you clean. Be careful not to pull be the cleaning hose. I had a cleaning team do this and damage the hose. It cost $50 to replace the hose and I was not happy.

My Recommendations for buying a Steam Cleaner for your Cleaning Business:


BISSELL Power Fresh Steam Mop – Less than $100 option


Best upright steam cleaner for cleaning business


The Bissell Power Fresh Steam Mop is a great Upright Steam mop option for your house cleaning business. It has a low price point yet still provides a quality clean for smaller homes and hard floor areas. If you have a lower budget, this is a great option to start steam cleaning floors in your house cleaning services.

What I like about the Steam Mop:
  • It’s Price. You can get the steamer for under $100 making it easier to purchase for house cleaning businesses with lower budgets or who are first starting out.
  • There are 3 Steam setting. Low for delicate floors, medium for regular cleaning levels, and high for dirtier surfaces. In some of the review’s customers made comment that the higher steam setting left floors damp. This would be caused by the higher pressure; higher pressure means more steam is produced.
  • Heat up time. The steamer heats up in 30 seconds, making it a good tool for speed cleaning.
Some of the downfalls in the reviews
  • The knob on the water tank tends to split after some time. But you are able to purchase new knobs.
  • Make sure to use distilled water. Tap water contains minerals deposits that will clog up the steam holes and make the steam cleaner useless.
  • Users complained that the mop pads do not come completely white after washing.
What you may want to consider:

You will not be able to purchase mop pads from other retailers, such as microfiber wholesale. You will have to purchase the pads specifically made for the mop. This can be pricy as you will want to have at least 3 clean pads for each home you clean each day. You can purchase an 8 pack for about $25 on Amazon.


Dupray Neat – About $150

Most affordable canister steam cleaner for cleaning business

The Dupray Neat is the best affordable canister steam cleaner option for house cleaning services. It is a powerful multipurpose heavy duty steam cleaner. It does not have the highest power that other canisters carry, but it does trick when cleaning homes.

Dupray Neat features:
  • Heats up to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cleans up to 50 minutes of steam cleaning
  • Heat up time is 7 minutes
  • Weighs 9 pounds
  • Steam pressure, up to 50 psi.
  • Your able to use tap water and do not have to use distilled water.
  • Comes with 18-piece kit that includes a Floor Tool, Window tool, small triangle tool for smaller surfaces, attachment for small brushed used for detail cleaning such as grout.
What I like about the Steam Mop:
  • Heats up in 7 minutes, which is better than most canister steam cleaners. Though this could be due to its lower temperature point.
  • Small, light weight and compact. Coming in at just 9 pounds. This steam cleaner will be easier to carry from your vehicle and into your client’s homes.
  • High continuous temperatures with 50 minutes of cleaning time. This should be plenty of time for you to mop the floors at your client’s home. My recommendation is to leave the mopping for last (with the exception of the bathrooms) when cleaning your client’s homes. It is more efficient this way. You will only have to heat up your steam cleaner 1 time and the 50 minutes of clean time should be sufficient in completing this task.
Some of the downfalls of the cleaner
  • When reading through the reviews many customers commented on water being left behind on the floors. This could be due to the lower temperature point of the machine. I would not use on wood flooring because of the extra moisture left behind.
  • The mop head has limited flexibility. This makes it a little more challenging to get around and under furniture. The mop head does not get completely flat because of this.
  • The cord storage is underneath the unit and not great. It makes it more difficult to wrap the cord up after usage and can be difficult in transporting from your vehicle to the home.
  • Not a continuous fill canister


Take away notes:

Overall, this steam cleaner is more powerful than an upright steam cleaner but does not have all of the powerful functionality that can come with other canister steam cleaners. If your budget is less than $200 this is a great steam cleaner. It will mop floors more efficiently than an upright steam cleaner picking up dirt and grim.


Dupray One – About $550.00

Best overall steam cleaner for cleaning business

The Dupray One steam cleaner is the step up of the Dupray Neat. It boasts higher temperatures and a more powerful clean. The grim and dirt on floors literally melt away with quicker mopping and without having to hoover too long over any one area. If you clean homes with lots of tile, stone or linoleum flooring this steam cleaner is going to really up your game in cleaning. You will be able to mop floors faster and better than other house cleaning companies in your area.

It’s features:
  • Low moisture steam which reaches up to 303 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Up to 50 minutes of cleaning
  • Adjustable steam control
  • Heats up in 8 minutes
  • Steam pressure 50.8 PSI
  • Weight – 10.5 pounds
  • Your able to use tap water and do not have to use distilled water.
  • Comes with Floor Tool, Window tool, small triangle tool for smaller surfaces, attachment for small brushed used for detail cleaning such as grout.


What I like about the Steam Mop:
  • Higher temperatures. The higher temperatures in this steam cleaner make for a faster, yet better clean.
  • Adjustable steam power. This allows you to lower the steam setting for more delicate surfaces.
  • It is still relatively light weight for carrying around.
  • The heat up time, is quicker than other brands.


Some of the downfalls of the cleaner

The price is higher. If you do not have the budget, I recommend getting a less expensive steam cleaner. But then save up for this one.


Maid service guide to buying a steam cleaner for house cleaning


Other Considerations when purchasing a Steam Cleaner for your House Cleaning Business.


What will you be cleaning with your Steam Cleaner?

Are you planning on just using the steam cleaner to mop floors in your regular cleaning services? If so you do not need to purchase a steam cleaner for your house cleaning business with tones of tools and attachments. There is no need to spend extra money on the tools and attachments if you will not be using them while cleaning houses.

Are you planning on using the steam cleaner to clean grout?

If you are planning on offering grout cleaning with your house cleaning business, you will want to purchase a steam cleaner that includes a grout cleaner attachment. You will also want to purchase a steam cleaner with higher steam pressure. This will push the most steam into the grout to allow for a deeper and more effective clean. Keep in mind you will probably pay a higher price for your steam cleaner.

Are you planning on cleaning surfaces around the home such as bathroom and kitchen surfaces?

If you are planning on cleaning surfaces around the home such as bathroom and kitchen surfaces you will need to look for a steam cleaner that has the attachments that allow you to do this. Not all steam cleaners come with these attachments.


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    How to Clean More houses in a Day, for Maid Services.

    How to Clean More houses in a Day, for Maid Services.

    As a cleaning business owner, you want to clean more houses each day. It is the bread and butter of your cleaning business. If you are not cleaning houses, you are not making money.

    This is why it is so important to clean as many homes in a day that you can. Now, I do not mean you are cleaning until 10 pm or that you are cutting corners to get to the next home. I mean, increase the number of homes you clean in a day, from 8 am – 4 pm, while still maintaining a Quality service.

    When I starting my cleaning business my service was all over the place. There was little consistency and little focused. If someone was willing to pay me, I would clean when ever and where ever.

    As I started taking on more clients I was not able to keep up. I was starting to loose money. Not because I wasn’t getting new clients. But because I could not clean enough houses in a day.

    This is when I knew I needed to tighten up my service and my business. Before I hired my first employees I needed to create some serious efficiencies in how I ran my business.

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    How I was able to clean more houses each day

    Here are the steps that I took to creating systems in my business which allowed me to clean more homes in a day.

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    5 tips to implement in your Cleaning Business so you can clean more houses in a day.


    Step 1: Proper Scheduling

    Scheduling your cleaning clients appropriately will help you to clean more houses in a day. While scheduling seems like a no brainier, there is a bit of an art to it.

    Schedule near by homes on the same day

    If I was going to clean more houses in a day, I was going to have to do less driving in a day. No longer would I clean a home on a Wednesday because that was what a client wanted.

    I re-looked at my schedule and rearranged my clients by locations. My goal was to clean homes in similar or close neighborhoods on the same day. After that, when a new client singed up, I told them what days we had available to clean their home.

    If a client really wanted service on a day I was not cleaning in their area, I told them that day was not available. I told them the days I did have available in their area. I offered a ‘waiting list’ so that when a day opened up, they would have first choice.

    Most of my clients signed up for bi-weekly service, so I would alternate days and weeks on when I would clean in a particular geographic area. This way I could offer cleanings on a certain rotations in the area’s we serviced on most days of the week.

    I wrote a whole blog post on how to create a Cleaning Business Schedule. The article walks you through how to efficiently schedule your clients so that you can fit more in a day. 


    Step 2: Offer a Consistent Service

    Offering a consistent cleaning service will help you to clean more homes in a day through repetition. Your first step to offering a consistent service is deciding on your cleaning niche, and know what kinds of cleaning services you will offer.

    Once you choose a niche, stick to it and do not deviate. Other niche’s you could focus on could be, rental properties, foreclosures, move-in/move-out’s or foreclosures. In my company we focused on residential homes with regular, on going cleaning service


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    Find your Niche and Stick to it

    When I first started out, I was wiling to clean anything. I would clean any type of property or offer any service a home owner was willing to pay me for. I was ssoooo excited just to get my first client, that I was willing to do anything they wanted!

    But I started noticing I was becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. I was not specializing in anyone service. So I was not able to clean as fast. I was not able to create a plan for cleaning.

    What needed to get done with move-in’s/move-out’s was way different than what needed to get done with on going cleaning services. It was difficult to stick to a check list, let alone get enough experience under my belt for all the different types of niches.

    I started getting a grove with the on going cleaning services. I found, I was able to clean them quickly and very effectively. That’s when I had that AHA moment in my business. I had found my niche. So, I stopped taking any cleaning job and started focusing my marketing on regular scheduled house cleanings.

    Once I choose my niche and started focusing on cleaning residential homes on a continuing service, I was able to create a plan to clean more efficiently. When I was able to focus on a consistent services for each home I cleaned, there were less surprises and more planning.


    Step 3: Follow a Consistent Cleaning Routine

    A consistent cleaning routine is where you follow the same steps with each clean and each house. Every space we cleaned in a home it was cleaned in the same order using the same steps.

    I know you are thinking, ‘But Roberta, no home is alike. How can I create a consistent routine?’ Well, all homes have at least one bathroom and separate living spaces, right?

    The order in which you clean these spaces is a routine. Once you build a routine you begin building repetition. The more repetition the better and faster you will become at cleaning. I teach this routine in my Maid Services Guide to Cleaning Professionally.

    To create a consistent service to clean more houses:
    1. Decide what area’s of the home you will clean first.
    2. Develop a system of how each space will get cleaned.
    3. Build a cleaning checklist of what will be included in your service.
    4. Now, stick with it!

    After I created my cleaning routine and stick to it, I was able to clean more houses. I would practice with each house I cleaned. When I arrived to a new home I knew exactly how I was going to clean it.

    When you clean in the same order and in the same steps cleaning becomes automatic and second nature. There is no stopping and making decisions on the next task. You begin building muscle memory you transition from task to task easily and quickly.


    Step 4: Use Speed Cleaning Tools

    When I started my cleaning business, I was not familiar with the Speed Cleaning terminology.

    I would read how companies would be able to clean several homes in a day. No matter how fast I moved while cleaning I never reached that point. The more research I did, the more I learned about it and the more I implemented the concepts into my cleaning routine.

    What are speed cleaning tools?

    Speed cleaning tools are any tools that assist in cleaning quickly. But also maintaining quality. They are any tool that helps you to clean faster and smarter.

    Sample Speed Cleaning Tools

    Whisk Broom

    Razor Blade

    speed cleaning tools, scrapper

    Short Duster
    speed cleaning tools, small duster


    One thing I found that I was doing wrong, is I was not using the right tools. I was scrubbing and spending extra time on tasks, that there was no way I was never going to clean more homes in a day.

    I found that speed cleaning tools did not cost that much, things like a scrapper or a whisk broom cost under $10, but saved me so much time in scrubbing.

    Don’t spend extra time on mopping floors or scrubbing showers. If you use the right right tool, you can quickly remove soap scum or hard to remove sticky spots on the floor.

    This blog post would be to long to get into all the tools that I used to help me and my cleaning business clean more houses in a day. I wrote a blog post on speed cleaning tools and how they can help you clean more houses


    Step 5: Use an Apron

    Using a cleaning apron will help you to clean more houses in a day by reducing the amount of time you spend at a clients home. Using this tool will help you to clean houses faster.

    House Cleaning ApronDo you set cleaning supplies down and have to go hunt for them? Or do you have to run back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool? How about stuffing your pockets with cleaning towels or garbage you find while cleaning?

    All reasons why you should clean with an apron. The number 1 benefit of using a cleaning apron is being able to carry all of your tools with you while you clean.

    The Apron also stores extra towels for you to grab when one gets dirty. A good cleaning apron has multiple pockets and pocket sizes so that you can store all sorts of tools. Even use a pocket to place misc trash you may find laying around while cleaning.

    What the Cleaning Apron does for you:

    1. Keep all your tools in arms reach
    2. Eliminates trips to a trash can to throw away trash
    3. Eliminates walking in circles looking for misplaced tools
    4. No more trips to grab more towels.

    The point is to not have to stop cleaning, just to throw something away, grab a clean towel or grab a different cleaner. All of your cleaning supplies and tools will be right with you so that you can clean a space with out stopping.

    Increase you Cleaning Business income by cleaning more houses in a day.

    A recap of what you need to do to clean more houses in a day:

    1. Proper Scheduling
    2. Offering a consistent service
    3. Following a consistent cleaning system
    4. Using Speed Cleaning Tools
    5. Using an Apron

    Implementing these 5 tips will help you clean more houses in a day. That means more revenue for your cleaning business.


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    Speed Cleaning Tools for Professionals

    Speed Cleaning Tools for Professionals

    Tools for Speed Cleaning

    Cut cleaning times in half with out compromising quality by using the tools the Pro’s do.  Speed cleaning is about eliminating steps, using the right tool for the job, and cleaning in a continuous motion without cleaning an area twice.  To do this it takes tools to clean tough jobs and tools to clean lighter jobs.  Spending time trying to get grime off a surface will only cost you money and energy. Having to walk back and forth to a cleaning caddy will cost you LOTS of time. And in the cleaning business TIME is MONEY.

    It is not always easy to raise prices in the cleaning industry to increase profits.  But what we can control, is the time we spend in homes.  Speed Cleaning allows for house cleaning business owners to clean faster without compromising quality. In turn you can increase profits with out raising rates.  This keeps customers happy and your wallet happy.

    Related Resources: How to Give a House Cleaning Quote and What to Charge for House Cleaning Services

    Below is a list of tools Professional Cleaners use every time they clean.  These tools help them to work smarter not harder!

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    Tools for Speed Cleaning



    House Cleaning ApronAprons are a MUST for speed cleaning.  Aprons allow you carry your tools and supplies with you as you clean. This limits your steps by having all of your tools in reach when you need them.

    Supply Maid offers an outstanding Apron.  The Apron was designed by Maid Service Owners for Maid Services. You can purchase the apron here —-> Supply Maid Apron

    I highly recommend you carry clean microfiber towels, your cleaners, razor blade, scrapers, small tile brush and other tools needed to get the job done. As your moving around a room whether dusting,  cleaning a bathroom or kitchen, you will not need to take unnecessary steps to get a tool to tackle a task.

    Here is the idea of how an apron helps with speed cleaning

    When dusting a living room moving in a continuous motion starting from the left of the room.  With your hand duster, you dust a table with frames, move to a couch place hand duster in back pocket, grab whisk broom and quickly brush off pet hair and food crumbs.

    Moving your way to the other end of the couch to a glass table with a lamp, use the whisk broom to brush off the lamp shade. Put the whisk broom back into the apron, grab hand duster to dust remaining parts of lamp and table contents. Place hand duster in back pocket grab glass cleaner and microfiber, spray glass, place cleaner back on apron wipe down table. Place microfiber back into apron.

    Continue around the room until you are done.  Using the apron you can have the living room cleaned and dusted in 5 minutes tops. Couches and chairs are straightened, lamp shades are dusted, all glass is wiped down and all surfaces are dust free.

    What kind of Apron do you need?

    When buying an apron for cleaning, you will want to make sure it has loops on both sides and has several pockets for all of your gadgets.  You can find full length aprons or those you just tie around your waste. Either works great, the full size will protect your clothes but are more costly and not necessary. My recommendation is the apron over at Supply Maid. This apron was designed by maid service owners. It has pockets for all the needed gadgets, loops for spray bottles and additional attachments for other tools.


    Long Duster

    Dusting in high and low areas can take up time when having to climb a ladder and bend over.  You don’t have time to spend bending over to clean baseboards. Cleaning a ceiling fan requires a ladder so most cleaning businesses just don’t clean them in a normal cleaning visit. Using a long duster will allow you to clean these areas quickly and safely.

    I recommend this Long Duster from Microfiber Wholesale. You can purchase the duster here —> Chenille Microfiber Duster

    What kink of Long Duster to buy?

    When buying a long duster make sure to get one that is retractable.  Not all houses will have the same ceiling height.  You want to make sure your long duster will reach vaulted ceilings.  But you also want it to quickly retract to dust base boards efficiently.

    Another thing to keep in mind is a removable dusting cloth.  Make sure to use one dusting cloth per house.  You do not want to cross contaminate between houses.  Choose a duster which has removable microfiber dust clothes that can be washed with each use and purchase enough to clean multiple houses in a day.

    We found these chenille microfiber dusters at Microfiber Wholesale.  They are good quality and hold up over time.

    Hand Held Duster

    Hand held duster for speed cleaningA hand duster will allow you to quickly dust objects and surfaces in area’s like the living room and bedrooms.  These are used for dry dusting.  If you have to use a cleaner, you will want to use a separate cloth.

    I recommend these Hand Held Dusters by Microfiber Wholesale you can purchase them here —->  Small Microfiber Duster

    When looking for a hand duster make sure it can easily fit into a back pocket.  This will make it easier to carry around with you when cleaning. I am not a huge fan of feather dusters, though there some cleaning companies and business coaches will recommend them.  I don’t like that they can not be washed from house to house.

    Feather Duster or Microfiber Duster?

    When I first started out, my cleaners wanted to try them.  I gave them a go ahead for a few months and finally said no.  They  potential to start loosing feathers. You don’t want clients to find feathers around their house after you have cleaned.  So we switched to a reusable and washable microfiber duster.

    I highly recommend using a microfiber removable cloth which can be removed with each house and be washed. Microfiber Wholesale has an great and affordable small microfiber duster. It is small enough to fit in your back pocket. Similar to the Swiffer hand held dusters except the microfiber covers are washable and reusable.  It makes your pocket happy and the planet happy!


    Speed Cleaning Tools for professionals


    Razor Blade

    Razor blade for speed cleaningThis tool has multiple uses and is a must have in every cleaning apron or caddy.  It helps to remove tough spots and goo on surfaces without scratching quickly saving you elbow grease and time!  When using, make sure your blade is not compromised with rust and not dull, as these can scratch surfaces.  I recommend a small pocket sized retractable razor blade. These carry easily in your apron, are easy to use for quick use and are an inexpensive tool.

    We purchased ours in bulk at Amazon —-> Hyde Tools 13050 Delta Heavy Duty Glass Scraper

    Razor blades are very versatile and can be used for many different jobs.  Here is an idea of what we used them for in our house cleaning services:

    Showers and Soap Scum

    This is extremely helpful on first cleans or move in/out cleans.  Using a razor blade in conjunction with your all purpose cleaner, you will be able to remove soap scum instantly in a shower.  Don’t spend extra time and energy trying to remove heavy stuck on soap scum with a scrub brush.  You will waste time and tire out quickly.

    Glass stove tops

    Razor blade work wonders on a glass top stove.  Avoid buying expensive cleaner marketed for glass stove tops.  The less cleaning chemicals you use the more efficient and cost effective your cleanings will be.  Using your all purpose cleaner spray it on the stove and scrap off spots with your razor blade. Tip: Using the blade on a dry surface can cause scratching, so make sure you spray enough cleaner down before using the razor blade.

    Glass and Mirrors

    Razor blades are a must when cleaning windows and glass.  Hard to remove stickers or gunk can be quickly removed with a razor blade. Just spray your All Purpose cleaning on the spot and remove with the blade. You will save lots of time and not scratch the glass.  Again, you want to make sure you are spraying your All Purpose cleaning on the window first to avoid scratching.


    Don’t spend a lot of time mopping over a spot that is hard to remove. You can use a razor blade to quickly get up gunk, old food or even gum.


    Small Tile Brush

    Small tile brush for speed cleaningThe small tile brush is a small nylon brush that can get into crevasses and detail grout between tiles.  This little guy is a must for speed cleaning while maintaining a high level of detail in the kitchen and bathrooms.

    Use the small tile brush around sinks, drains and faucets.  You will be able to clean into the crevasses round these areas very quickly.  It is a huge pet peeve of mine when a cleaning company cleans a house and just wipes over these surfaces without clean around a faucet.

    I recommend purchasing 2 different colors, 1 for kitchens and 1 for bathrooms. This way you won’t bring the bathroom yuck out into a customers kitchen.



    Small Whisk Broom

    Whisk broom for speed cleaningWhisk brooms are great for dusting fabrics.  Fabrics collect lots of dust and crumbs, dusting with a cloth does little to remove either and vacuuming can be very time consuming.  A whisk broom is tough enough to remove pet hair and dust and easy to carry around in your apron.  It will save you lots of time while helping you to provide a more detailed cleaning.  Just another way for you to provide an excellent service!

    Where to use your Whisk Broom


    Use the whisk broom to brush off any crumbs, pet hair or dust.  For our biweekly and weekly cleaning clients we provided rotational services which included vacuuming living/family room furniture.  Using the whisk broom in between vacuuming, helps to keep down the pet hair and debris.  Clients really appreciate this as most cleaning companies do not vacuum furniture.

    Dinning Room chairs

    Dinning chairs almost always have food crumbs on them.  Use the whisk broom to quickly remove the crumbs to the floor for easy vacuuming.

    Lamp Shades

    Lamp shades are like dust and animal hair magnets.  Using a whisk broom to quickly dust them will help you provide an excellent service in


    Incorporating these cleaning tools into your cleaning routine will help to improve your cleaning time significantly, while still maintaining a high level of quality.  Make sure as you are looking for ways to improve your cleaning times you are not sacrificing quality!

    If you are looking for a cleaning supply checklist, visit our page House Cleaning Supply Checklist.

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