Without the right tools, house cleaning can be a real chore.
The good news is most professional cleaners will bring their own equipment to any job. But if you do hire one that asked you to provide the cleaning tools, here’s a quick list of the 10 items they would expect you to own.
A mop and bucket
Essential for cleaning any wooden or tile floors. Buckets are also useful for a myriad of other household tasks.
A vacuum or broom and dustpan
If you only have wooden or tile floors then you may be able to get away with just owning a broom. But if you have carpeted floors, you should invest in a vacuum cleaner. Even a basic budget vacuum can make a world of difference in keeping carpet clean.
A pair of gloves
There’s a good reason cleaners always wear gloves when giving your home a once over. Cleaning can be a dirty job, and a good pair of rubber gloves can be a saviour.
Paper towel is versatile. It can be used on almost all surfaces and to soak up accidental spills. When cleaning windows, Maria prefers to use paper towel over newspaper, as Australian newspapers are quite ink-heavy and tend to leave smudges.
A good squeegee can make cleaning glass a breeze. If you have a lot of windows or a glass shower screen, they can be well worth the investment.
Multi-purpose cleaning spray
Cleaners are split as to whether you should invest in regular chemicals or environmentally-friendly ones. They will typically opt for regular chemicals as they are cheaper and more effective.
A toilet brush
Do yourself a favour and don’t try to clean a toilet without a toilet brush. Of all the items on this list, this is the one cleaners are most likely to assume you own. You should have one per toilet.
A scourer or scraping set
These items are a godsend for any stubborn stains on tiles, grouting or in ovens.
A microfibre cloth
Microfibre cloths used to be niche, but now most cleaners carry them. They generally polish and clean better than other fabrics giving any surface a nice smudge-free finish.
A feather duster
Dusting without a feather duster would just be messy and time consuming.
Don’t have any of this equipment? Use Airtasker to find a pro cleaner with a full kit in your area.