If you own a business or you are responsible for the maintenance in your office or warehouse, then you will need to purchase janitorial supplies. They range from the cleaning agents to the janitorial equipment you use. You also need to purchase storage and handling equipment for your cleaners, trash cans, and the liners.
There are multiple categories of janitorial supplies that you might need for your business. Since every business and its needs are different, you need to look through the catalog on a supply website to find what you need. Here are the 4 broad categories of janitorial supplies you will find:
1. The cleaners and the cleaning tools
Most janitor supply firms sell expert or commercial skillful cleaning agents, but some also sell the same brands you might find in a grocery store for your home. There are cleaners for almost every kind of surface including carpets, tile, glass, stone, and upholstery. Your best bet is to get a general all-purpose cleaner for most surfaces with specialized cleaners for glass and carpets.
The second part of this category is the janitor equipment like brooms, mops, dusters, and scrub brushes as well as the large equipment like carpet cleaners, steam cleaner, or floor waxing machines. These tools are essential to any good cleaning closet.
2. The storage and distribution equipment
This includes tools such as a utility cart to hold supplies as you go from office to office. These janitor supply carts usually have a trash can on one end, slots for brooms and mops to be stored uprights in the corners, shelves for supplies, and a caddy for cleaning agents.
It is a nice convenience if the caddy is removable so that it can be carried into rooms and you do not have to wheel the entire cart into every area.
Also, cleaning personnel needs storage shelves or a storage closet where they can keep extra cleaning agents, janitorial equipment, and supplies like the ones that will be described in the next paragraph. It is also nice if the storage area has a parking spot for the utility cart.
3. The paper and personal products
This is required by janitors responsible for restocking in bathrooms, kitchens, break rooms, etc.. This category includes paper towels and toilet paper for the bathrooms as well as the soap, feminine napkins, and toilet seat covers.
You should also have to restock the kitchen which includes cups, straws, utensils, paper plates, stirrers, or condiments. Any disposable tool that offices have on hand for their employees is most likely restocked by the janitorial staff, and you can purchase those items from a janitorial supply company.
4. The trash cans and trash bags
Not only do you require trash receptacles outdoors for large amounts of trash awaiting pick up, but every office, bathroom, and gathering place in your business needs to have its trash can. Not every trash can will be identical, so you will also need a large selection of trash bags and trash can liners to go with them.