Cleaning in professional environments isn’t quite as simple as picking up the sweeping brush or rolling the vacuum around as we do in our homes. To clean efficiently in a professional or industrial setting, you need the right tools and a solid understanding of how to best use them. So, if you’re new to that side of cleaning, there’s a lot to take on, but here’s a quick starter guide on the supplies you need to perfect the job.
The professional essentials
While we could throw a seemingly never-ending list of cleaning equipment at you, it’s better to think of the categories you need to cover as professional cleaner. Of course, you need your everyday essentials like mops, gloves and cloths – all the usual stuff – but you need to think more in depth about the types of cleaning products required to meet any task ahead of you. The big categories you need to cover are:
- Smaller supplies: all the essentials you’d expect to find in the typical household
- Larger industrial kit: such as rotary machines, floor polishing machines and other heavy equipment used at the industrial level
- The right chemicals for the job: more on those below
The products you need within these categories will depend much on the type of cleaning service you are offering. For example, an office cleaner business will need largely different equipment than that of a window cleaning service, as would a floor cleaner from an industrial specialist.
Investing in the right chemicals
The way you go about choosing your chemicals for any given job will be hugely important. Not only do you need different chemicals for different cleaning tasks, but you also need to consider the environment you’re working in and the client you’re working for. You should always try a chemical first before you use it in a professional setting, then you know what you’re getting. You then need to consider your client’s needs.
For example, some clients may not want strong chemicals used on their property, while others may wish for the use of “green” products only. Your role as a professional is to find the cleaning products that do the best job possible while meeting the requirements of your client, which can be an interesting balancing act to keep on top of. You should also be wary of the latest regulations from the HSE.
The lines of work where cleaning products really matter
Professional cleaning has a place in virtually every industry, but there a number of sectors where it’s particularly prominent:
- Industrial cleaning
- Factory production
- Social housing
- Property management
Cleaning in these respective industries can differ vastly in purpose. For example, industrial cleaning largely centres around decontamination, while cleaning in sectors such as leisure, finance and retail will be focused on hygiene and presentation. Again, when building your cleaning business, you need to cognisant of what industries you’re catering to and tailoring your offer to them.
If you want to start a cleaning business then it’s likely you have many of the skills necessary already. Start small and build up clients and a reputation via residential cleaning and then build up to larger commercial clients when you have the resources, more knowledge and ability to take on staff.
Professional cleaning is a deeper industry than many people think and getting into it takes careful consideration. With the right supplies and operational understanding, though, it can be a highly successful venture.