Essential Equipment For Starting A Cleaning Business

March 12, 2021
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When it comes to starting a cleaning business, you know you’re going to need some equipment and some supplies. However, it's often hard to get organized and know exactly what you will need, and we’re here to help. What equipment do you really need to start a cleaning business?

We’ll start the way you clean house: start at the top and work our way down.

Getting Geared Up

First, you need to protect the home you will be working in, and you need to protect yourself and your skin from the products you will be using. Your uniform and personal protective equipment (PPE) should include the following:

  • An apron. This can either be heavy-duty cloth or other material that protects your clothing from accidental splashes like bleach and other cleaners.
  • Stain-resistant uniform. While it might be warm at times, long sleeves and long pants are best.
  • Comfortable footwear. This can be anything from sneakers to boots, depending on your preference. Remember, anti-slip soles are desirable as wet floors can be hazardous.
  • Disposable gloves and chemical-resistant gloves for tough projects.
  • Booties to put over your shoes for tough jobs and in inclement weather to prevent you from tracking all over the floors you are trying to clean.
  • In some cases, you may want to have safety glasses on hand, and knee pads often come in handy.

For most jobs, this list will keep you covered. But you may need other clothing and protective gear in specific situations like hospitals, restaurants, and skilled nursing facilities.


From high spots, ceiling fans, and bookshelves to the lowest shelf, you’ll want to have what you need to clean those surfaces. You’ll also want to have equipment that keeps your body in a good position, so as not to injure yourself in the cleaning process.

Both long and short-handled dusters are a must. Using disposable ends may be the most convenient, as you won’t have to clean them from job to job, but a good feather duster can be just as effective or more so and is more environmentally responsible. You may want to have several types and lengths to suit different situations.

You’ll also want to have on hand:

  • Furniture polish.
  • Wood polish or wood oil.
  • Microfiber cloths dedicated to dusting.
  • Paper towels or dedicated dusting and oiling cloths.

You may also want to invest in a small, handheld vacuum, as it can come in handy in a variety of situations. Once the dust settles, so to speak, we’ll move on to the rest of the home.

Bathrooms and Kitchens

Next on our list is bathrooms and kitchens. These areas provide special challenges, as it’s vitally important that both be sanitary. You’ll need the right cleansers, and also dedicated cleaning supplies for each area.

  • Color code your microfiber cloths by where you will use them. Don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Same with sponges and other scrubbers.
  • Use disposable toilet bowl brushes or ones provided by your client.
  • You’ll need paper towels and glass cleaner for mirrors and other surfaces.

Hint: Many clients are opting for environmentally friendly cleaners and may even want you to use a specific brand they have on hand. It is best that your products are “green” in nature anyway, but it never hurts to ask.

Also, ask your client about any chemical allergies. You don’t want them to have a reaction to the cleaning products you use, especially in the kitchen and the bathroom.

The bathroom is often where those knee pads come in handy, as the floors are usually hard, and scrubbing tubs and lower areas may require kneeling for extended periods.


Windows also require special attention. Be sure you have a variety of window cleaners, a razor blade for stuck-on adhesive or other debris, and dedicated cloths or paper towels. A squeegee may be a good investment as well.

A hint about windows: do the inside of the windows first, if you are also doing exterior window cleaning. This ensures you don’t track dirt in the already clean house, and also can let you see clearly how much dirt is on the outside of the window.

Often environmentally responsible glass cleaners are available as well, but sometimes a bucket of soapy water is the best way to start on exterior windows, followed by a final polish.


When dealing with the floors, you’ll need a few things on hand to be sure you’re prepared for the floors you might encounter.

  • Brooms: you’ll want to have a broom and a vacuum that works well on bare floors. Some vacuums will also work on carpets, so a dual-purpose machine may be best.
  • A mop and/or steam cleaner: Once you sweep bare floors, whether they are tile or hardwood, you’ll want to mop and perhaps polish them. A mom does well (don’t forget the mop bucket) but for some floors, a steam cleaner often comes in handy and does a great job.
  • Hardwood polish mop and/or a small buffer: You may want the ability to polish hardwood floors to a shine, including waxing them. This can be a great add-on service to make you some extra money.
  • A good vacuum: Especially if your clients have pets, you’ll want to have a vacuum with good suction, bagless, with heap filters. You don’t want to dust and then put that dust back into the air.

For every room, you’ll also need miscellaneous supplies like various sized trash liners, air and fabric fresheners, and others.

A Smartphone and Business Tools

You’re running a cleaning business, so you’ll need business tools. One of these is your smartphone or a tablet. Not only will going paperless save you money, but it’s also more environmentally responsible.

If you do opt for a tablet, be sure it has cell access or can piggy-back off the cell service from your phone just in case you need to access the internet when you are with a client.

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