So you’re starting your own cleaning business. Congratulations! It’s a growing field with a low financial barrier to entry. And if you have the right attitude, your opportunities are practically limitless.

But you have to have the right equipment. And if you think that your business’s needs begin and end with basic cleaning supplies like sponges and disinfectants, you’re wrong. A cleaning business is still a business, and you’ll need to supply the office end, too.

So, what are the must-have business and cleaning supplies for a cleaning service business?

Essential Professional House Cleaning Supplies

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You can divide your cleaning supplies checklist into the following categories:

  • Tools and appliances
  • Personal protection
  • Common cleaning products

Some of these are pretty common cleaning equipment. Others are things you might not think about until you need them. So be prepared.

Basic Cleaning Tools and Appliances

Your tools can make or break your business. Make sure you have all your bases covered, and don’t skimp when it comes to quality.


Different types of flooring require different kinds of cleaning equipment. For floors, these are the primary tools of your trade:

  1. Vacuum cleaner
  2. Small, hand-held vacuum for carpeted stairs and quick cleanup
  3. Broom
  4. Hand broom
  5. Dustpan
  6. Mop or dust mop
  7. Bucket
  8. Floor scrubbing brush or floor scrubbers

Wet Work

You know what we’re talking about: kitchens, showers, baths, toilets, and sinks. Make sure you have:

  1. Abrasive scrubbers
  2. Disposable sponges
  3. Pumice
  4. Disposable rags
  5. Paper towels
  6. Disposable toilet bowl brushes

All-Purpose Tools

These are the things that you’ll use everywhere.

  1. A feather duster or dust cloth
  2. Spray bottles
  3. A caddy to carry your supplies
  4. Glass cleaning cloths
  5. Large and small trash bags
  6. Disinfecting wipes

Common Cleaning Products

You have the tools; now, you need the right cleaning solutions. Make sure you have these handy:

  1. Disinfectants
  2. Glass cleaners
  3. Abrasive cleaners
  4. Shower cleaners (for grime, mold, lime, and mildew)
  5. Toilet bowl cleaner or bathroom cleaners
  6. Window cleaners
  7. Floor cleaner
  8. Furniture polish
  9. Oven cleaner
  10. Stainless steel cleaner
  11. Heavy-duty degreasing solution
  12. Dishwashing liquid
  13. Descaling solution
  14. Air freshener
  15. Carpet cleaner
  16. Laundry detergent
  17. Stain remover
  18. Microfiber cloths

You don’t have to rely on commercial cleaning supplies for all types of cleaning. In fact, you can make your own cleaning solutions for a variety of purposes. It can save you money as well as attract customers who prefer a natural, non-toxic approach to cleaning.

Personal Protection

Cleaning products can be hard on your skin, eyes, and lungs. No cleaning product list would be complete without essential protective equipment. This includes:

  1. Latex, rubber, or nitrile gloves
  2. Dust mask
  3. Shoe covers
  4. Antibacterial handwash solution

Commercial Cleaning Supplies & Equipment

If you plan on taking on larger commercial cleaning jobs, you’ll need some additional janitorial supplies and equipment to get the job done efficiently. Here are some essential commercial cleaning supplies:

  1. Industrial vacuum cleaner
  2. Floor buffer
  3. Pressure washer
  4. Commercial carpet cleaner
  5. Steam cleaner
  6. Scrubber/sweeper machine
  7. Window cleaning squeegee and washers
  8. High-reach dusters and extendable poles
  9. Trash compactors or dumpsters

Having the right janitorial supplies is essential to running a successful cleaning business. Make sure you have all the tools and equipment you need to provide high-quality service to your clients. With the right supplies on hand, you’ll be able to tackle any cleaning job that comes your way.

Marketing and Office Supplies

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Your basic cleaning supply list is just the beginning. If you’re going to grow your business, you’re going to have to invest in marketing. And, like it or not, marketing will require a bit of office work — and some specialized supplies.

A Computer is a “Must”

Your business computer doesn’t have to be fancy, powerful, or fast. But you will need an internet connection, and you will need more than one way for customers to contact you. The easier you are to reach, the easier it will be to build your client base. Good communication will also make it easier to maintain relationships with your clients.

You will also need a computer to run your cleaning business software. But we’ll get to that later.

Build a Web Presence

A business website can help people find you. It can also let people know about the services you offer. Services like WordPress, Wix, Go Daddy, and others can get your website up quickly and cheaply, with no programming knowledge required. Make sure to set up a business email and keep up with it.

Link your business up with directory services such as, Yelp, and so forth. For a lot of people, these sites are the first place they look when they start searching for local services.

You’d also be surprised how quickly social media can help you build your business. Don’t believe us? Check out #cleaners on Instagram and see some of the fun stuff people are posting. If you love your job, then your enthusiasm — and creativity — will be contagious. Social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can also draw clients to your website.

Get a Business Phone and Keep It On

It pays to keep your business and private life separate. A dedicated business phone can help. Answering those late-night calls and last-minute emergency texts can set you apart from the competition.

Business Cards

Always, always have a few of these on you as part of your cleaning equipment list. You never know who might be looking for a cleaner. Business cards should have your name, phone number, email, website, and a shortlist of your services.

Saving Time With Cleaning Business Software

Doing the house cleaning work, filing permits and paperwork, and replenishing cleaning supplies can take up much of your time as a cleaning company owner. But in addition to catering to clients’ needs and stocking up on supplies, you need to track your budget, oversee employee scheduling, process client invoices record pertinent account information, and plan for taxes and other business fees.

Benefits of TEAM Lite’s Cleaning Software

TEAM Lite is software designed for small cleaning businesses to streamline and manage operations efficiently, making it a useful tool for new companies looking to handle various aspects of their business effectively.

Time-saving features: TEAM Lite offers features such employee scheduling, client invoicing, and budget tracking in a single platform, saving time for users to concentrate on providing quality service.

Improved organization: TEAM Lite provides a secure platform for managing business data, which includes client information, employee schedules, and finances. This helps increase efficiency and reduce the risk of oversight.

Start Using Cleaning Business Software!

TEAM Lite’s cleaning business software helps you run your business more efficiently with features such as scheduling, dispatching, reporting, and more.

Are You Ready to Start Your Cleaning Business?

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Home and commercial cleaning is a rewarding industry with massive potential for growth. It doesn’t cost a lot to get started, and if you provide consistently excellent service, you may find yourself with more work than you can handle. But you have to be prepared.

You also have to have the right equipment. That means the right basic cleaning supplies, but also the right marketing and office supplies, and a robust cleaning business software package.

How far will your ambition take you?

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Alex is a Product Marketing Manager that enjoys using his background in the trades to help small businesses succeed. When he's not finding new customers for WorkWave, Alex is out finding adventure in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and dogs.