Super Hero or Super Savvy?
As an experienced professional cleaning entrepreneur or owner, you know all about the tools of the trade, methods, and equipment to keep the engine of your lean, mean, cleaning machine running like a whirling dervish. But what makes the superheroes of the professional cleaning world super savvy as well? To summarize, Products & Knowledge, my friend.
Although the cleaning industry may not be the most glamorous business in the world, for soap, after all, is just soap, established business owners know that there’s always something to learn. Because in fact, soap is not just soap. The options, components, possibilities, and tasks are endless.
Know Your Stuff
Technology advances mean that new & better equipment can enhance intensive labor standards and thus impact your bottom line and profitability.
Now more than ever, clients are conscientious about cleaning chemicals and safety. Becoming familiar with content over cost and associated health/life/purity standards are worthy of investigation. A new client looking for cleaning expertise and information on product properties and chemical composition will become a repeat customer when you know your “stuff”.
Knowing your product can be as easy as reading a label, identifying eco-friendly or hazardous logos, or talking with cleaning supplier staff. Find a local cleaning or janitorial supplier you can actually visit. Doing business with a locally owned or family owned business will allow you to build a relationship with knowledgeable experts who can guide you, establish rapport and possibly offer you client referrals.
Some cleaning solutions are great for multiple surfaces saving time and money. As a professional, you know some areas and tasks need specialized products for assured professional results as well. Check this list and compare it to your current basic stock, must-have items. This back to basics list is gold for beginners, newbies, and future business owners.
Super Duper Cleaning Solutions
Savvy cleaning professionals use all-purpose cleaners to effectively streamline cleaning in homes, offices and commercial sites. With new specialized products that flood the market daily, stay focused and use a multi-functional cleaning solution. Choosing the right multi-purpose cleaner can easily replace multiple products.
There are many all-purpose cleaners that also have disinfectant qualities. These options enhance one step cleaning effectiveness, saving you time and money. Spartan PSQ – Disinfectant Cleaner, Envirox Concentrate 118, and Core Hydroxi Pro Concentrated Multi-Purpose Cleaner are three excellent options. These cleaners work on most countertops, sinks, stove tops and hard surfaces.
For wood furniture use a polish made for the specific type of wood finish. Read the manufacturer’s directions and follow them closely. Most cleaners suggest dipping a soft, clean cloth in the cleaner and simply wiping it over the surface. After application, let it stand for 10 minutes or so to allow the components to work. After the old wax or film has softened, wipe the wood again with a cloth dampened with more cleaner to remove the residue.
Seventh Generation Natural Wood Cleaner cleans, conditions and makes wood surfaces glow. Its non-toxic formula is made with a blend of plant-based ingredients and organic coconut oil to clean, hydrate and restore with no yellowing build-up. This product has no phosphates, dyes or synthetic fragrances and leaves no harsh fumes using primarily essential oils and botanical extracts.
Tile & Grout Cleaner
Tile and grout cleaner is a specialized product designed specifically for the tough traits of tile grout stain and odor. An acid-based, scrub-free solution works best on bathtub and shower tile surfaces.
Always follow the exact instructions on the label as the components of these solutions are powerful and can be dangerous. Wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and make sure the area is well ventilated. Envirox Grout-Safe Tile & Grout Concentrate uses a hydrogen peroxide-based technology that easily cleans heavy soil and soap scum, returns surfaces to original color, destroys odors and is safe on skin & surfaces.
There are many home remedies and concoctions that work perfectly fine. But for professional, perfect, fast results every time use a proven, streak-free formula product. Spartan Fast & Easy RTU Handi Spray and Unger Easy Glide Glass Cleaner are great choices. These cleaners are fast, easy and formulated to meet the health, safety and performance expectations of today’s cleaning professionals.
What do you use in your cleaning business? Have we overlooked something that you consider a “must-have” item? We’d like to know. If you’re looking for something we haven’t mentioned, give us a call at 800.983.8280 to chat. If you’d like to find out more about our products and recommendations to help your business, give us a shout and talk to an expert.
Speeding Bullet Cleaning Tools
Look for speeding bullet cleaning tools in our next blog. Just as it is all too easy to overbuy cleaning products that promise to clean, cure, resolve, address and create a cleaning nirvana with no work at all, the same is true for cleaning tools. Next time, check out what successful cleaning professionals use daily as their go to tools.
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