Starting your own cleaning or janitorial service is a smart move for a budding entrepreneur with a lot of pluck but limited access to capital. Keeping operational expenses low is one of the secrets to succeeding in this line of work. Buying cleaning solutions and cleaning cloths wholesale will help you keep a handle on costs and increase your profit margin.
In order to run a successful janitorial business, you will need to optimize the time you spend on each job. That means you’ll need to take advantage of labor-saving equipment. Essential supplies will include:
• Cleaning solutions: Use the right product for the job. Powdered cleansers will work for the ceramic bottoms of showers and tubs, but you’ll need a disinfectant solution in the kitchen. Glass cleaners are good for mirrors and windows. Don’t forget to load up on soap scum removers so that the surfaces you scrub shine brightly when your customers inspect them. You’ll probably want to save money by buying your cleaning solutions in bulk, so you’ll also need to invest in plastic bottles and adjustable nozzle sprays.
• Cleaning buckets: Get double buckets that have dividers. That way, one side of the bucket can contain your cleaning solution while the other side of your bucket can hold rinse water.
• Microfiber cloths and pads: Microfibers are more absorbent than traditional fibers such as cotton. This means they will actually absorb dirt-saturated cleaning solution rather than merely push it around on a surface.
Microfiber pads have a scrubbing surface on one side and an absorbent surface on the other. They can be easily laundered, so they’re reusable. Wet microfiber cloths can be used for cleaning while dry microfiber cloths can be used for dusting or shining surfaces. To be most efficient, color-code the cloths you use in kitchens and bathrooms so that you can tell them apart.
• Toothbrushes: Toothbrushes are ideal for scrubbing grout.
• Shoe covers, gloves and aprons: Shield your workers from the effects of harsh chemicals by giving them protective gear. Gloves should be thin enough so that your workers can still manipulate fine objects.