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How to Select the Best Tools for your Cleaning Business

July 08, 2021

Gear up your cleaning business with these tools to ensure that your team is equipped to tackle any tough task.

how to select the best tools for your cleaning business

Ensure your cleaning business is positioned to gain more job opportunities by selecting the right cleaning tools. Make sure your supplies are stocked with the right equipment to tackle any tough task. Follow our guide below for how to select the best tools to clean flooring, mold, windows, dust, and rust.


Carpet Debris

For those who frequently clean carpeted floors, utilizing a vacuum is the best way to pick up any dust and particles that are trapped within. To ensure your vacuum is powerful enough to collect these unwanted materials, let’s quickly break down what measurements are displayed when it comes to suction power:

  • CFM (cubic feet per minute) deals with how powerful the airflow is. Most vacuums are between 50 to 100 CFM.
  • AW (air watts) display the amount of power needed to produce credible airflow. A standard upright vacuum needs a minimum of 100 AW and a canister vacuum need a minimum of 220 AW.
  • Amps is another measurement of power that displays the amount of power needed to create powerful suctioning.  A standard upright vacuums needs between 7 to 12 amps, while a canister vacuum requires 12 amps.

When purchasing a vacuum for your business, make sure you take into account these metrics along with the size and weight of the machine to ensure that you have effortless cleaning. 

Carpet Stains

Carpets can be one of the trickiest surfaces to clean when it comes to stains.

Ultimately, your company needs to invest in a steam cleaner that heats water past the boiling point and pressurizes it onto your carpet resulting in killing any bacteria and removing tough stains.

Let’s break down the four main types of steam cleaners:

  • Handheld Steam Cleaners – perfect for getting rid of small stains in hard-to-reach areas. Due to their small size, they have a limited cleaning time.
  • Cylinder Steam Cleaners – the most popular cleaners and are perfect for cleaning large surface areas. They have large water tanks and typically come with a variety of attachments. The only drawback is their delayed time to heat up due to the water tank.
  • Steam Mops – regular mops that have a heatable water tank that produces steam. While this option may not be the best for carpets, having one that has different attachments is beneficial for properties that have hardwood floors, tile, and carpets. 

Key functions when selecting a steam cleaner include:

  • Heat-up Time – On average, most smaller steam machines take 20 to 30 seconds to heat up, whereas larger machines can take upwards of 10 minutes.
  • Size and Portability – Take into consideration whether your business is cleaning primarily larger spaces or smaller areas. 

While steam cleaners are the most time-efficient way for sanitizing, you may prefer to use alternative cleaning methods to get tough stains out.

White vinegar is a great multi-purpose solution to help get rid of stains. Start by vacuuming or gathering up any big clumps of dirt or food particles from the affected area. Next, combine a half cup of vinegar with dishwashing liquid. Lightly rub the combination into the stain and let it soak for five minutes. Use cold water and a cloth to remove the solution in an upwards motion and continue this process until the stain is removed. 

Tile, Laminate, and Hardwood Floors

Here are three tools your team can use to quickly and efficiently clean tile, laminate, and hardwood floors:

  • Microfiber Mop – Lightweight and easy to use, a microfiber mop is the classic way to gather up any large dust particles and dirt. The microfiber pads hold onto dirt and grime while you clean so you don’t need to keep wringing. They’re extremely easy to use and maneuver through furniture and around corners. 
  • Bissell Spinwave Mop – The Bissell SpinWave has two rotating mop pads that easily power through dirt, scuffs, and stuck-on messes. This cordless, electric mop tackles tile, wood, linoleum, and other sealed hard floors. This mop is ideal for sealed flooring since it does not use any steam. This mop is cordless, so it’s easy to maneuver, and cleans for up to 20 minutes.
  • Libman Wonder Mop – For messes on a laminate floor, this affordable spin mop absorbs messes with its thin cloth strips. Using a spin mop is an excellent way to gather up large amounts of spills. Be sure to use hot water and a cleaning solution. The best part is that there is no need for a bucket: just wet the mop in solution, twist the built in wringer and start mopping.

You may also want to add these additional products to your cleaning toolbox.


Mold is typically found anywhere where moisture is present such as in bathrooms and kitchens. Be sure your cleaning service is ready to rid any sign of mold by equipping your employees with the following budget-friendly items and cleaning methods.

  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda and water
  • Mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of water together
  • Create a solution of half ammonia and half water

Simply apply the previously stated solutions to the moldy surface, scrub, and rinse. For more specific mold cleaning solutions, here are seven of the best mold removers of 2021.


Cleaning windows from the inside and out can be challenging. Here is the most efficient way to clean windows without leaving any water spots:

  • First and foremost, check the weather. Never clean windows when it is raining or if it is too hot. High temperatures are a recipe for water spots. If your business operates in a high-temperature climate year-round, be sure to dry the window as soon as possible. 
  • Vacuum or wipe off any dust or dirt to prevent any mud from forming. 
  • Spray the window with a streak and spotless homemade cleaning solution or commercial solution. For a simple solution, combine white vinegar or dishwashing liquid with an equal amount of water.
  • Dry the window with a microfiber cloth to ensure that there is no dust left over. Take into account which direction you are drying the window. Clean in the same motion from the inside and out. Using reusable microfiber cloths will save your company money in the long run. 
  • Depending on the setting, your business may want to use a squeegee on large surfaces. Keep in mind that this will cause drippage onto the floor so be sure to lay down a tarp or protectant covering and promptly wipe up any excess.


No matter how hard one tries, dust is inevitable. As a cleaning business, you have a variety of options to clean out dust. 

  • The simplest solution is wiping the surface with a microfiber cloth and adding a small amount of water-based cleaning solution.
  • Swiffer has a range of products including ones made for cleaning dust out of hard-to-reach places. Some dusters have extension features that are great for higher surfaces.
  • Utilize an air purifier during your cleaning to trap any particles that escape into the air. 

While dusting, be sure to work from the top down. Start at the higher levels first before working your way towards lower surfaces. For example, wipe down ceiling fans and high shelves before getting started on the tables and vacuuming the floor. Ultimately, this will ensure a more thorough clean throughout.

Don’t forget any dust buildup that may occur in more hidden areas, such as air vents and fans.  


Unfortunately, metal appliances can produce rust which can spread onto other surfaces. 

First, create a thick paste from combining the previous ingredients and place it onto the rusted area. Then, let it sit for three to four hours and scrub until the surface is clean.

As a cleaning business, your service should be fast and efficient. Using chemical solutions is the best way to get rid of rust quickly. Here are a few options to combat rust:

  • Spray WD-40 Multi-Use Product onto the desired surface and scrub with a metallic brush and rinse generously. 
  • Another great chemical to use is oxalic acid. Combine 25ml of oxalic acid with 250ml of water to create a base solution. Similar to the WD-40 method, apply to the surface, scrub with a metallic brush, and rise. Be sure to wear protective gear such as goggles, a face mask, and rubber gloves to prevent any possible injuries.

Looking for a more natural solution? Try the following:

  • White vinegar and baking soda
  • Adding salt to half a lemon or lime
  • Baking soda and water 

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