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Hi. I’m Rosemary and I’m in charge of cleaning services for a large university. It really is a challenge. From graffiti on walls to chemical spills in science labs, I ensure that anything unsightly is cleaned up quickly and safely. In the course of my job, I’ve learnt that choosing the correct cleaning service for a task is the key to efficiency. I employ a general services company to do everyday cleaning, however, we regularly hire specialist carpet cleaners and definitely use qualified services for problems like chemical spills. Lots of my family members and friends call me when they have particular cleaning problems in their businesses. I figure that the knowledge I’ve collected over the years could be helpful, so I’ve started this blog. Do let me know if it’s useful and may your surfaces always be bright!

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Must Have Tools for Professional Cleaning

by Phillip Clark

Professional cleaning often involves various tasks. Depending on the premises, professional cleaners need to undertake floor care, restroom cleaning, general maintenance of areas and appliances and kitchen/corridor cleaning.

To keep these areas looking their best, professional cleaners need to have several important cleaning tools by their side. These tools can remove stains, eliminate germs and polish surfaces to appear new.

Professional cleaning tools can be categorised into 3 main groups:

1. Floor Cleaning Equipment

A professional cleaner will typically have several cleaning machines that they can use to achieve clean and sanitary premises. Some of this equipment includes:

  • Floor machines

Floor machines contain a rotating brush that can scrub and polish floors with high efficiency. The rotating brush can revolve with speeds as high as 175 revolutions per minute to get rid of those stubborn stains and scratches.

  • High speed burnishers

One of the most important functions of a professional cleaner is to polish floors and give them that shine that they had when they were new. High-speed burnishers make this possible. They polish floors by rotating the brush at speeds of as high as 2000 revolutions per minute. They can get deep into different flooring materials to eliminate dirt, stains and debris and to apply polish that truly glows.

  • Vacuums

Vacuuming is an important part of professional cleaning. Any professional cleaner will be equipped with a high-capacity vacuum such as canister vacuums, upright vacuums or dust collectors for areas that have a lot of dirt and debris.

2. Chemicals

To get rid of tough stains and dirt, a professional cleaner will typically come equipped with chemical cleaning agents that can get the job done. Chemical cleaning agents include:

  • Cleaning chemicals

For the stains on walls, wood, fixtures and painted surfaces, degreasers may be the best chemicals to use. These tough industrial cleaners can get rid of such stains and eliminate unwanted odors from the area.

  • Restroom cleaners

In restrooms, professional cleaners aim to disinfect commonly used areas of germs and bacteria. They will therefore use disinfectant detergents and deodorants that contain antibacterial properties. When applied on toilet bowls, sinks, door handles and floors, they keep restroom surfaces free of contaminants.

3. General Cleaning Supplies

For general cleaning of the premises, a professional cleaner will typically use the following items:

  • Mopping supplies

Mopping is important for keeping the floors clean on a daily basis. A professional cleaner will use buckets and wringers, dust mops, and mop heads to keep the general floor areas clean. Also expect a wet floor sign to make sure you don't slip and fall.

  • Restroom supplies

To keep the restroom clean and maintained, cleaners will often equip paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap dispensers and toilet bowl brushes.

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