A professional cleaning business is always in demand. But starting and operating a janitorial service depends on the employees you hire and the equipment you invest in. To make the most out of your start-up capital, you need to consider which equipment is necessary for the actual cleaning jobs, and the miscellaneous supplies required for the clerical part of the business. Your decision will depend on the route you plan on taking to lead your business to success.
Decide on the type of cleaning service you will offer
Before you splurge on high-end Janitorial equipment, you need to pinpoint what kind of cleaning service you plan to operate. Do you plan on accepting domestic clients only? Offer window cleaning? Or overall professional janitorial services for commercial premises? The cleaning and janitorial industry is vast which means you can narrow down what you feel best suits your interest and what is most in demand in your area. Depending on the focus of your business, you may need to buy specific types of cleaning equipment.
For commercial janitorial services, you may need to buy automatic floor scrubbers and floor polishers for added efficiency. Note, however, that buying these pieces of machinery means you also need to train your staff in operating them.
Choose which equipment to buy
If you have decided that you need heavy-duty cleaning equipment to run your business, the next step is to determine which is most important. Cleaning equipment can set you back thousands of dollars, which will put a significant dent on your capital.
Choose which piece of machinery will be used extensively throughout your business operations and make sure that you are buying a quality product that will last a long time. If brand-new equipment is too expensive, you can shop for used janitorial equipment instead.
Have all the necessary supplies available
If you cannot buy all the cleaning equipment you need at once, at least make sure that you have a steady supply of cleaning essentials. Depending on the type of service you are offering, you will need a variety of cleaning supplies such as:
- Vacuum cleaners
- Spray bottles
- Cleaning chemicals
- Trash bags
- Paper towels
- Wet floor sign
- Individual containers for supplies
This is only a list of the necessary supplies you will need to operate a cleaning service. However, the list may be longer or shorter depending on what the client demands.
Choosing the right type of cleaner or chemical
Cleaners and chemicals are vital to ensuring that you remove dirt, stains, and disinfect an area. But there are some clients who may be sensitive to harsh chemicals or prefer that you use a specific brand to clean their space. Before buying chemicals and cleaners in bulk, test the product first and carefully examine the list of ingredients. These days, there are organic cleaning products available which do not emit volatile compounds. As much as possible, use cleaning products that are not only safe to health but also the environment.