Starting a Cleaning Business? Supplies You Need to Stock Up on Now
Friday, August 18, 2017
A cleaning business is an excellent venture to get into. It is relatively inexpensive (your largest expense is likely going to be your service truck orvan), and it's a service that homeowners and businesses readily need.
Whether you are a few months away from getting your cleaning business off the ground or you already have a few clients and are eager to branch out, you need to make sure you have an arsenal of cleaning supplies. You can buy your inventory in bulk from a cleaning supply and packing retailer to help you save money.
The following are items you should always have on-hand in your inventory, even if you appear to not be using them that often already. Having a full stock of supplies related to the cleaning business will help you be prepared as your clientele grows.
To prevent spreading germs and debris around your clients' properties as well as give yourself protection, you will want to have an inventory full of items that keep your clothing and skin safe. Rubber or latex gloves, face masks (like you wear in hospitals when you have a cold), boot and shoe covers, hair nets and disposable paper robes are all things you should buy in bulk now.
You may feel that protective wear is excessive, but there will be times you will be cleaning areas you don't want to get dirty in, such as basements,crawl spaces and bathrooms. You will also be working with some household or commercial products that can cause harm to the skin, such a sbleach, ammonia or grout-cleaning solvents. You can maintain a clean and professional appearance by having a fresh set of protective gear when you clean each client's home or office.
Basic Cleaning Items
The most basic of cleaning items, such as disposable sponges, paper towels and rags, should be kept in your inventory's stock in large amounts.Choose paper towels that are intertwined with cloth fibers to reduce smudging and left-behind paper fibers as you clean. Rags should be made of cotton and of a plain color (you can choose a hue that matches your business's logo or your uniform, such as blue or green).
Disposable sponges should be bought in large supply because they should not be used for more than one application. The reason for this is because sponges carry a large host of bacteria, from salmonella to E. coli, that can be transferred from surface to surface as you clean. In fact,household sponges are often the most germ-ridden items in the home. It's best to use a sponge just once per room and then toss it.
You need to decide whether you want to carry commercial-grade cleaning agents, traditional household cleaners (such as window spray or bleach) or organic, eco-friendly cleaning solutions. It may be wise to choose a combination of all different types of cleaning tools so you can have what you need to clean a variety of rooms and surfaces.
Some clients prefer heavy-duty cleaning chemicals, while others may wish to only have hypo-allergenic or natural supplies used in their home. Be prepared by keeping your inventory well-stocked with many brands and types of cleaning agents so you can meet the wishes of all your clients. A retailer or wholesaler who specializes in cleaning supplies should be able to sell you all you need.
A cleaning business is a wonderful venture that can allow you to feel fulfilled in a career move. Having the right inventory can get you off on the right foot as your clientele grows. Talk to our specialists at Mailender to help you get the supplies you need for your growing business.