Fifteen Grout Cleaners That Will Make Your Tile and Grout Sparkle

Grout cleaning is an essential part of taking care of your home whether it is one you rent or own. Clean grout can mean the difference between healthy living and living with chronic allergies or the difference between selling your house or not. It is extremely important to keep your grout clean, but you need to know what the best grout cleaners are in order to do that effectively. If you are looking for information on grout cleaners, there are several different types of information available. This article will try to help you determine the best grout cleaners for your home whether they are a combination of chemicals and tools or a group of professional cleaners. Below is a list of the different types of grout cleaners:

Grout Cleaning Chemicals

As with most cleaning projects, you need some kind of cleaning agent or chemical in order to aid you in your endeavor toward clean tile grout. There is a wide array of grout cleaners available to help you. Some are very mild while others or more severe. A general rule of thumb when it comes to grout cleaners is that you should use the gentlest grout cleaner you can that will still get your grout clean. There is no need to use harsh chemicals if they are not necessary. When you are trying to decide on what grout cleaner is best for your home, start with the mildest choice and work your way up until you find something that works. With that rule in mind, we will describe your grout cleaner options in order from mildest to most harsh.

  • Water/Steam
  • Homemade Grout Cleaners made with Household Products
  • Over the Counter Household Cleaners
  • Professional Strength or Industrial Cleaners
  • Bleach Based Grout Cleaners

Water/Steam

The gentlest cleaner that you can use on your grout is steam. Steam will work well enough if the dirt and grime on your grout lines is not too deep into the porous grout and the stains are not too old. The heat will break up grime and soften caked on dirt. It will also start to break up and lighten stains. Generally you need steam instead of just plain water. The key to cleaning with steam is that is applied under pressure. If you apply the steam with enough force then you might be able to force dirt out of the pores as the steam is forced in.

Homemade Grout Cleaners

If steam is not enough, then you might think about concocting a homemade grout cleaner with regular household items like vinegar, baking soda, dish detergent, lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide. Generally homemade grout cleaners are pretty mild and environmentally friendly. For example, a mixture of water and vinegar with a little bit of dish soap makes an excellent cleaning agent for almost any surface. Vinegar is an acetic acid solution with some vitamins and minerals added for flavor. The acidic nature of vinegar means that it can break down grease, kill bacteria and mold, and generally eliminate any mineral deposit that may build up on surfaces. It is a strong enough cleaning agent that it needs to be diluted with water. You add a drop or two of dish detergent to a fifty-fifty mixture of vinegar and water so that the solution will generate foam when you are cleaning with it.

Baking soda is probably the next most versatile household cleaning agent. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate is a slightly alkaline or basic compound. Its alkalinity means that is works as a water softener and breaks down proteins. That makes baking soda very effective at breaking up stains from food or mineral deposits. In addition, baking soda acts as a deodorizer because it can neutralize the bacteria that cause odors. As a grout cleaner, the best way to use baking soda is as a paste. You can make a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda and spread it on the grout lines. As the baking soda sits on the stained areas, the carbon based substances that are staining your grout start to break up and the bacteria that may be causing odors will be killed. You can also make the paste with lemon juice or vinegar if you would prefer to add more stain fighting power.

Hydrogen peroxide is another household product that is an effective cleaner. You can use the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution that you buy at a drug store directly on dirty surfaces or you can purchase a 35% solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide and dilute it with some hot water. The hydrogen peroxide kills all kinds of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It is extremely effective at whitening as well. As long as you are cleaning white grout lines, hydrogen peroxide is an effective grout cleaner. You can even combine the peroxide with baking soda to make a paste.

Over the Counter Household Cleaners

If you cannot get the desired effect with these homemade grout cleaners, then your next step should be over the counter household cleaners like the ones you buy in the grocery store. Brands like Comet, Mr. Clean, or Lysol are popular choices. The ingredients on these household cleaners will include many of the items we described above in the homemade grout cleaners section, but also surfactants and other chemicals to aid in the cleaning process. Often they have special ingredients that will help kill mold or mildew specifically. These over the counter cleaners also have abrasives in them to aid in scrubbing and scouring. Unlike the gentle household cleaners described above, you need to be careful about these over the counter grout cleaners because the abrasive qualities could cause damage to your tile or grout. Make sure to test the grout cleaners on small unobtrusive areas to make sure there are no ill effects before proceeding.

Professional Strength or Industrial Cleaners

Professional strength household cleaners come in two varieties. First, there are general household cleaners that say something like “professional strength” on the packaging. This does not mean that these are the same chemicals that professional use for grout cleaning. Instead, it means that they are slightly more powerful than something you would buy in a grocery store. These grout cleaners can be purchased from large home improvement warehouses or online retailers.

You can purchase the second type of professional grout cleaners from these home improvement warehouses as well or from tile distributors. These industrial strength tile and grout cleaners are made especially for cleaning these porous surfaces and are usually manufactured by the same companies that make grout and tile sealer or enhancers. The chemicals in these industrial strength grout cleaners are more powerful than the products you buy from the grocery store and they are similar to the ones used by professional grout cleaning services. If you have a tough grout cleaning job, then this is probably the level of grout cleaner that you will need.

Bleach Based Grout Cleaners

Bleach based grout cleaners are the strongest and harshest type of grout cleaner that you can use in your home. There are two different types of bleach to choose between, chlorine beach and oxygen bleach. Between the two, oxygen bleach is preferable because it is less likely to damage or discolor your grout. In addition oxygen bleach grout cleaners are non toxic and do not pose a health risk. Chlorine bleach based grout cleaners require that you ventilate the area you are cleaning to avoid breathing in noxious fumes. Another advantage of oxygen bleach grout cleaners over chlorine bleach grout cleaners is that oxygen bleach is often sold as a powder that you can make into a paste. Pastes are better as grout cleaners than liquid because you can apply the cleaner directly to the grout line and it will not run off. If you are unable to get out grout stains with oxygen or chlorine bleach, then you might have to tear out the affected areas of grout and replace the grout.

Grout Cleaning Tools

The tools that are required to clean grout by hand are not very numerous or complicated. You probably have everything you need in your home somewhere already. Below is a list of grout cleaning tools that are necessary to clean grout effectively:

  • Mop
  • Broom or Swiffer® Sweeper
  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning pad or Cloth

The mop and broom or Swiffer® Sweeper are necessary so that you are starting with tile and grout that is clean on the surface. It will be hard to clean your grout lines if your scrubbing motions are depositing dirt from the tile into the grout lines. You want everything around the grout to be as clean as possible before you actually start scrubbing the grout with you scrub brush. There are many features that make a scrub brush the best grout cleaner for the job which we will discuss below. The cleaning pad or cloth is so that you can wipe away any excess grout cleaner and dirt after you have scrubbed the grout lines. A clean white cotton pad is best because you do not have to worry about dyes or fibers coming off in your newly cleaned grout lines.

Characteristics of the Best Grout Cleaning Brush

There are four characteristics of a scrub brush that you need to consider in order to find the perfect grout cleaning brush for you and your tile. The first characteristic is the hardness or softness of the bristles. The perfect grout cleaner will have medium hard bristles. You want the bristles to be stiff enough so that they can penetrate the grout pores, but soft enough that they do not chew up the grout. If the bristles are too soft then they will simply bend and move aside as you scrub the grout rather than penetrate into the pores. If the bristles are too hard, they might break the grout up rather than just clean it.

The second characteristic is the shape of the bristle head. You want the bristles in the center of the brush head to be longer than the bristles at the edges if possible. The reason for this is because the grout is more porous that the tile and therefore the bristles should be able to penetrate the grout but not the tile. The bristles in the center of the brush will be the ones scrubbing the grout so you want them to be longer than the bristles at the edges so they can penetrate while the shorter bristles butt up against the tiles. If the bristles are all the same length the bristles on the outside will have to bend so that the interior bristles can penetrate. If the bristles on the edges are longer than the ones in the center than the center bristles may never even reach the grout.

The third characteristic that is important for the right grout cleaning brush is the size of the brush head. Some homeowners might feel that the larger the brush the better because you can clean more grout at one time and get the job done faster. Unfortunately, that is not the case because it is difficult to maintain an equal amount of pressure over the surface area of a large brush head. You will probably only be applying force on the area of the brush head that is under the handle. That is why grout cleaning brushes that are approximately the size of the handle are the best choice. Of course, you do not want the grout brush to be too small because then it will take far o long to clean a large tiled area.

The handle itself is the fourth brush characteristic that you need to consider. Most scrub brushes have a simple handle that is connected to the brush at the tip of the brush head and then rises up a few inches and extends back over the entire length of the brush. When selecting a brush, make sure that you hold it in your hand to ensure that there is enough space between the top of the brush head and the bottom of the handle for your knuckles. Some brushes are too tight and it becomes uncomfortable to hold the brush for long periods of time. When using a scrub brush you have to bend over your work, and that can be hard on your back. One alternative that you have is to find a brush with a long handle like a broom or mop rather than a brush you hold in the hand. You can use this type of scrub brush from a standing position. The only problem with this type of brush is that it is difficult to scrub with a circular motion which is the recommended grout cleaning technique.

Grout Cleaning Machines

If you do not have the time to clean your own grout by hand or if you have physical ailments that prevent you from working on your knees or bending over too often, then you might be interested in the possibility of using a mechanical grout cleaner or grout cleaning machine. All grout cleaning machines work in a similar way. The main idea is to apply steam to the tiled area, scrub with circular scrub brushes, and remove the resulting dirty water with powerful suction. The details are different depending on the brand and origins of the grout cleaning machine. When you are ready to purchase a grout cleaning machine, then there are several places that you might look. Below is information on how grout cleaning machines work and where to buy them.

How Grout Cleaning Machines Work

Steam plays an important role in two ways. First, hot steam will soften dirt and grime and help to prime the area for easy scrubbing. Second, if the steam is applied with enough force, the steam could actually be pushed into the pores of the grout resulting in dirt or grime being pushed out o the same spot. The hotter the steam and the higher the pressure with which it is applied the better.

The scrub brushes are almost always circular brushes that rotate like the bottom of a buffer machine. The advantage of the scrub brushes on a grout cleaning machine is that they rotate much faster than you can possibly move your scrub brush by hand. In addition, the grout cleaning machine applies much more force than any homeowner can generate with their own strength.

When the dirty wash water is removed by suction it can be sent to one of two places. The first option is more common for grout cleaning machines used by the consumer and the second option is more common for professional grot cleaners. Most do-it-yourself grout cleaners will have a reservoir for the dirty wash water just as they have a reservoir for the water that is turned into steam at the beginning of the process. Most professional grade grout cleaners will have two hoses connected to them. One hose will deliver clean water and the other will take the wash water to a tank in the back of a truck outside of your home.

Where to Purchase Grout Cleaners

If you are interested in purchasing a grout cleaner for your own use then there are several retailers that you might try as well as some other possibilities. Below is a list of possible retailers that could help you:

  • Department stores where appliances are sold
  • Home improvement warehouses
  • Online retailers
  • Professional grout cleaning companies going out of business

The same companies that make vacuum cleaners and carpet shampoo machines are the ones who make grout cleaning machines so the first place that you look for grout cleaning machines is at large department stores where these other appliances are sold like Sears. The selection will not be great because these stores cannot carry a large inventory, but there may be more selection from their websites. Home improvement warehouses like Lowes and Home Depot also sell this type of equipment. If you cannot find what you are looking for at a department store, this should be your next stop.

If you have trouble finding a grout cleaning machine in a brick and mortar store, then you next course of action should be to turn to online retailers. General retailers like Amazon are a good place to start, but then you can check out the websites of the specific brands and partner retailers that you discover on Amazon. Often home appliances like this are sold by third party vendors through the Amazon website. If you find one product sold by company A, then chances are they have other models and brands that they might sell on their own website. The main problem with purchasing a grout cleaning machine this way is that you will have to pay for the shipping charges to get the grout cleaner to your home. It is expensive to ship something so heavy and this might push the price out of reach.

Your last option for a place to buy a grout cleaner is from old grout cleaning companies that might be going out of business. When a cleaning company goes under they need to liquidate their assets so they might be interested in selling some of their equipment to an interested homeowner. Of course, most professional grout cleaning machines are designed to be hooked up to a water tank and waste water tank that sit outside the home, but you could purchase these items as well. I would only go this route if you had a lot of tile in your home. Below is a video showing how a professional grout cleaner works.

Below is a list of some grout cleaning machines that we have talked about on Home Cleaning Tips:

Professional Grout Cleaners

If the thought of spending any amount of time on cleaning your own grout gives you anxiety or if you have the disposable income to outsource these types of household chores, then a professional grout cleaner is probably the way to go. Professional cleaning companies will be able to clean the tile and grout in any room of your house. The price for this service depends on many factors including the size of the room, whether the room is on the first or second floor, how dirty the grout is, and whether or not you are combing grout cleaning services with other household services. There are pros and cons to hiring a grout cleaning service and you need to weigh those factors before deciding to hire anyone at any cost. You can find more information on the benefits and possible negative effects of hiring a professional grout cleaner here. You can also find information on how to go about hiring a grout cleaning service and what to expect when you do.

Janitorial Supplies

It doesn’t matter if you are responsible for cleaning a house or cleaning an office building, you will most likely need some janitorial supplies for cleaning. There is a wide variety of types and classes of janitorial supplies to choose from and you may not need every kind for your particular cleaning project. There are consumable janitorial supplies as well as janitorial equipment supplies to help get the job done. Some of the janitorial equipment can be rented rather than purchased if you do not need it regularly. No matter where you are cleaning or what kind of cleaning job you have, there are the right janitor supplies for the you.

Types of Janitorial Supplies

There are many different ways to classify janitor supplies, and each wholesaler or online retailer for janitorial supplies will classify thing differently. Below is a list of some of the more common categories and an idea of what kind of products you would find in each. Not every wholesale janitor supplier will have every single one of these categories and some may have ones that are not mentioned here.

Bag and Can Liners

Every janitorial supply company should have a category for bags and can liners because they are such a basic part of any janitor’s tool kit. Within this category of janitorial supplies there are several subcategories including paper bags, plastic bags, and trash bags. Each type of bag has a purpose, and generally you do not want to use one type of bag as a substitute when there is one designed for the purpose.

Paper bags come in many sizes and the size of the bag generally dictates it use. The smallest paper bags I have seen in online janitor supply stores are meant to be liners for waste receptacles in bathroom stalls. These paper bags are generally made of wax paper so that there are no leaks into the sanitary napkin receptacle in between bag changes. Larger paper bags are well suited for collecting leaves and other plant debris. If you need to keep the parking lot or lawn of your office building clear, paper bags are a great choice for collecting waste because they stay open and you do not have to spend time fumbling with a half full plastic bag without a trash can to hold t open. Another reason you might buy paper bags from your janitorial supply company is that you can just throw the entire package into a fire if you burn or recycle your leaves.

Plastic bags also come in all sizes, but it is generally the style of bag rather than the size that dictates the use. One style of plastic bag is a Ziplock style with a means of closing the bag. The most common use that janitorial supply websites sell resealable bags is for storage. A good janitor supply closet should have some storage bags for opened containers of cleaner that you want to prevent leaks from or for storing loose cleaning tools like rags or small brushes. Your company or business might also buy plastic grocery style bags to give to customers if they actually buy products from you and need a way to carry them out. Of course there are places other than a wholesale janitor supplier you can buy grocery bags from, but it might be convenient to get them from the janitorial supplier if you are buying other janitorial supplies at the same time.

Finally, you can get trash bags or can liners from a janitorial supply company in all sizes, colors, and strengths. Some of the more common sizes for trash bags are 13 gallon, 30 gallon, and 55 gallon because those are the most common sizes for trash cans. However, a good janitorial supplier will have many other sizes as well like 60 gallon, 45 gallon or 8 gallon. The strength of the bags will also vary, but a good rule of thumb is that the larger the bag, the stronger it will be because it needs to be able to support the weight of more trash and debris. Janitorial supply closets must have trash bags in them for every trash receptacle in a office building or home.

Chemicals and Green Cleaning Products

Of course, no janitor supply stock is complete without the cleaning products that are a janitor’s most important tools. There are a wide variety of cleaning chemicals available for purchase from various different janitorial supply companies, so I will not go into detail about each one. Instead, I will discuss three different classifications of janitorial cleaning products.

The first two categories are known simply as janitorial cleaning supplies and professional strength cleaning supplies. These janitorial cleaning products are mostly the same, the only difference being that the professional or commercial strength janitor supplies are a little stronger and sometimes need to be diluted. You can find cleaners of every kind on both varieties. Some janitorial cleaners will give you instructions on how to clean grout while others will help with cleaning glass or mirrors. If you buy professional strength janitorial supplies, make sure that you test these cleaners in small inconspicuous area to make sure there is no damage to grout lines, tiles, paints, or wallpaper. Grout cleaning especially can be difficult because sometimes you need a cleaner that is very strong to get rid of stains, but the strong chemical could destroy your grout.

The third category of janitorial cleaners is green cleaning products. Green janitorial supplies use no toxic chemicals and tend to consist of natural cleaning materials such as alcohol, baking soda, or vinegar. In addition, the packaging for green cleaning supplies should be smaller and made of recycled materials. Because the packaging is generally small, the green formulas are usually concentrated and you could need to dilute them. Green janitor products are becoming more and more popular as business try to show environmental responsibility in every aspect of their business.

Mops, Brooms, and Brushes

Part of every janitor supply cart is the cleaning utensils like brooms, mops, and scrub brushes. There are many varieties of each and which one you use depends on what you are trying to clean up and where you are trying to clean it up. There are basically three types of brooms to choose from. The first is push brooms. Push brooms are usually much wider than other types of brooms and are best for cleaning in large open spaces where there are not many pieces of furniture. Most push brooms come in two pieces, the head and the pole. This allows you to replace one or the other as needed. Most of the time, the pole will screw into the head, but sometimes the pole is attached with a clamp or clasp. Generally the screw in pole are more secure and are better for pushing heavy loads.

The second kind of broom is an angle broom. Angle brooms are meant to sweep up smaller areas or to reach under furniture and into corners. The bottom of the bristle head in not straight across, rather than bristles are cut at an angle for easier handling. The bristles are usually made of some kind of plastic fiber and the handle or pole is not detachable. The last type of broom is a corn broom made with natural broomcorn. The broom head is much stiffer than angle brooms which means that it can push dirt around much easier. A well stocked janitorial supply might have all three type of brooms since different situations call for different brooms.

In addition to brooms, janitorial supplies must include at least one mop. Like brooms, janitorial mops usually come in two pieces with a mop head and a handle. There are two main types of mop heads to choose between. The first is cotton wet mop heads. These mop heads are made of strings of cotton joined together at the top where the mop head attaches to the handle. You can further divide this category into two groups because some cotton mop head have open ends and others have looped ends. The open ends are better for mopping larger areas in a shorter amount of time but the lopped ends will give you a better clean. These mops are usually used in combination with a wringer bucket. The wringer bucket has one section for holding the cleaning solution and another for wringing out the dirty mop.

In addition of cotton wet mop heads, you might also find solid microfiber mop heads that use a flat surface for cleaning rather than many cotton strings. These mops usually come with a handle and mounting system attached together so that you can ring the mop head out in a sink with the pull or push of a lever. This variety of mop head is typically best for small areas that do not have good drainage because they leave far less water on the floor when you are done. In addition to brooms and mops, janitorial tools also include scrub brushes. Scrub brushes are necessary for bathroom and kitchen cleaning especially.

Facility Maintenance and Safety Supply

Once you have purchased your cleaning supplies and tools, you will probably need some place to store all of these janitorial supplies. Utility carts and janitorial supply caddies are great for storing all your cleaning needs. Depending on how many janitorial materials you have and the size of the area you need to clean and stock, a handheld caddy might be best or a rolling utility cart. The janitorial utility carts are nice because you can store you mops and brooms as well as extra supplies for stocking bathrooms and relining trash cans. It is a good idea if the cart is small enough that it can be rolled into a utility or janitor closet.

In terms of safety, it is important for people handling janitorial supplies that they wear gloves so that they do not come in to contact with germs or bacteria. There are various types of gloves that range from disposable one time use gloves to heavy duty plastic gloves that are meant to be worn many times. Another important janitorial safety supply is a face mask. Simple masks will prevent the inhalation of toxic chemicals or unpleasant odors.

Floor and Carpet Care

In addition to the cleaning products discussed above, there are pieces of janitorial equipment that are necessary for cleaning floors and carpets. A vacuum cleaner is an essential janitorial tool that every office or home needs in order to keep their carpets clean. Carpet manufacturers say that you should vacuum your carpets once per week per person in a household. That would mean that you should be vacuuming daily in an office building. That is why it is important to get the most powerful vacuum cleaner available from janitorial supply companies as well as a machine that has a good warranty and will last a long time.

Commercial vacuum cleaners are only one type of janitorial equipment you might need to keep your floors in good condition. Floor waxing machines or steam cleaners are necessary if you have linoleum or tile floors in your home or office. A good janitor supply company will have both these kinds of machines. It is important to balance the power and cleaning ability of the machine with how large it is because you need to make sure you will have enough room to store all these janitorial supplies.

One last type of carpet care equipment that is important is a carpet shampoo machine. Janitor supply companies might not be the best place to purchase one of these machines because they might not offer machine with a lot of features, but they are a good place to start. Periodic cleaning of your carpets in necessary even if you keep up with the vacuuming schedule suggested above.

Foodservice

You may be interested to know that some janitorial supply services also offer a wide range of restaurant or food service supplies. While not strictly cleaning products, most janitorial suppliers do offer this line. The restaurant line might include kitchen apparel like aprons and hats as well as paper products like cake boxes, take out containers, cups, lids, plates, bowls, cutlery, or food storage containers. You might also be able to find food preparation supplies or food warming trays. This might also be a good place to find straws, moist towelettes, toothpicks, condiment packets, or any of the small consumables you might need in a restaurant. Of course, some restaurants will get most of these supplies from their food supplier, but it is nice to know that there is a second source where you can get restaurant supplies while you are ordering your other janitorial supplies.

Odor Control

Part of the job of your janitorial items is to eliminate offensive odors both after they have been exposed and before they get a chance to infect a room. Some janitorial supply shops will offer several methods for controlling odors in your home or workplace. Deodorizers and air fresheners come in many different styles. Some deodorizers are just containers that you sit out on a table top and bad smells are attracted to it and then neutralized. Other air fresheners are dispensed automatically on a timer. This variety of odor control janitorial supply needs an electrical outlet to work properly. Some air fresheners are meant to be sprayed and others are potpourri and are just set out to freshen the scent of a room.

Another variety of odor control janitorial supply is meant for use in a restroom. Urinal cakes, urinal blocks and urinal screens are put in the bottom of urinals to try and control the odor that occurs from mass use of this kind of vessel in a public restroom. There are also bowl deodorizers and cleaners that are used on toilet bowls. No matter how often you clean a public restroom, it is almost impossible to control the odors unless you use some kind of janitorial odor product.

Paper and Dispensers

Paper products are a large section of any janitorial supply website or online janitorial supplier. Toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins are an essential part of the janitorial responsibilities of any office or home. The advantage of buying these products from a janitorial service or janitorial supply company is that you can buy them in bulk which saves money. However, many paper towels that you would purchase from a janitorial supply place are meant to be used with a paper towel dispenser. Specifically, C-fold and tri-fold paper towels need a dispenser. These contraptions are usually a single unit that needs to be hung on a wall. They are easy to install and easy to operate. One of the great advantages of getting a paper towel dispenser from a janitorial supply website is that you control the number of paper towels each person takes and cut down on waste.

Skin Care and Personal Hygiene

Many businesses choose to stock their bathrooms with personal hygiene products in addition to having soap available for hand washing. There are two categories of janitorial products you can choose to have available for washing hands in a bathroom. The first is soap which can be dispensed out of soap dispensers. There are two kinds of soap, regular and foam soap. The foam soaps need a special dispenser to work properly so make sure you match your dispenser with the soap product you buy. Your second choice for hand cleaning at the janitorial supply store is hand sanitizer which comes in large containers that you can also use with dispensers.

In addition to hand washing, personal hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, diapers, wipes, or other baby care products, and perfumes or colognes can also be found in some well stocked bathrooms. You can get almost all of these products from a goof janitorial supplier. One last item that you might want that can be found in this category on a janitorial website is a baby changing station. These are great for parents who need a surface to change their babies on and there should be one in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms.

Storage and Material Handling

There are some material handling tools and storage tools that every janitor or office cleaning crew needs in order to move around their materials and keep their janitorial supplies organized. Material handling equipment like dollies and pallet jacks are important and every business should have one of each so that they can handle any kind of janitorial supply shipment. Storage shelves, bins, and cabinets are also handy to keep all of the janitorial products and janitorial equipment organized and easily reached. You can use the storage items in closets or in a hall way where you need to conveniently store extra supplies or cleaning items.

Waste Receptacles

Finally, what janitorial supply list would be complete without a trash can? There are many different styles and types of trashcans to choose from and your office might needs one from each category. First, there are covered trashcans meant for indoor use. These cans will usually have a swinging door on the lid so that you can push the trash can open easily, but keep any possible odors behind closed doors. These cans are typically, but do not have to be, thin and either square or round.

The second kind of trash receptacle can be used inside or outside, but if it is used inside it will be in a place that is out of sight from your customers and is meant ot hold full trash bags from smaller trash cans. These trash cans resemble the kind your home trash collector might issue to you for your weekly trash pickup. The material of construction for this very common janitorial supply product is plastic, but you can also find trash cans that are aluminum. Some of this variety of trash receptacles are for trash while others are for recycling. Usually the recycling trash cans will be bright colors and have symbols on the side to indicate it spurpose. However, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this janitorial supply so you can make any trash can for your trash and any trash can for your recyclables.

A third variety of trash can is meant for outdoor use but in plain sight. These trash cans are typically round and they have a roof over the opening in the top with a space in between the roof and trash can so that you can reach in. It is not realistic to assume a passerby would lift the lid to throw away a piece of trash. However, you do not want to leave a trash can uncovered outdoors because inclement weather might make it impossible to change the trash bag. That is why these janitorial helpers have roofs.

Finally, there is one last types of trash receptacle that you might find outdoors. These are smoke management stations that are for cigarette butts. You typically fill the receptacle with sand so that it will not blow away and so that the cigarettes that fall in will burn themselves out without causing a fire.

Where to Buy Janitorial Supplies

Many of the janitorial supplies that were described above can be purchased in grocery stores or large department stores like Target or Wal-Mart. However, buying from establishments like this can get quite expensive. Also, not all of the supplies or equipment for janitorial use can be purchased here. If you buy janitorial cleaning supplies at the grocery store you will still have to find somewhere else to buy a mop bucket or large trash cans.

The best places to find the janitorial supplies for business or home use are through a catalogue or an online janitorial supply house. A paper catalogue that comes in the mail might have a discount coupon attached to the back cover for your initial purchase which could save you a lot of money if you make a bulk purchase of several months’ worth of janitorial supplies. Catalogues also have a very large selection of items because the person who runs the catalogue does not necessarily have to keep all of the janitorial supplies advertised in their warehouse at any given moment. Instead, they can order janitorial supplies from the manufacturers when they need them for an order.

Online janitorial retailers might also have coupons and discounts available and you will spend much less money buying this way than buying from the grocery store. The same things are true about the inventory of janitorial supplies for online janitorial retailers. They do not have to stock everything at all times, which means the selection can be larger. However, the lead time until you receive your janitorial orders might be longer than if you bought from a janitorial supply store.

Buying Janitorial Supplies versus Hiring a Janitorial Service

Many business owners or home owners might be struggling with the decision of whether to buy janitorial supplies or hire a janitorial service. There are pros and cons to both choices. In the end, each individual or business needs to weigh their options and make a decision that is right for them. There is no one right answer that will work for everyone.

If you have underutilized laborers in your organization then it is certainly a better economical choice to buy your own supplies for janitorial purposes than to hire additional employees to do janitorial work. The employees that you already have can use their downtime to complete some of the janitorial duties. The one downside to this plan is that your janitorial activities will have to be completed during normal business hours unless you run a multiple shift operation.

The hours of operation are the main benefit to hiring a janitorial service. Janitorial services will most likely work at night which is the best time to do major cleaning and restocking because there are no other employees around to get in the way or to be bothered by the cleaning activities. Another plus for hiring a janitorial service is that you do not have to spend the cash to buy janitorial supplies and janitorial equipment because all of those products will be supplied by the service and it is their responsibility to have the appropriate supplies. One less type of inventory to manage and pay for is always welcome.