Maintaining the cleanliness of a building doesn’t just keep everything looking its best, it also helps ensure a safe working environment for everyone within it. And in buildings with a lot of staff, as well as schools, the dense population within the building only adds to the chances of spreading germs. Janitors are integral in helping to maintain cleanliness and prevent the spread of illnesses – but janitors can only do their job if they have the correct tools. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top five professional cleaning supplies that janitors should have on hand to keep their buildings clean.
- Floor Cleaner
Perhaps the area where janitors will spend the most time cleaning is the floor. Foot traffic brings in outside dust, dirt, and grime, and can quickly cause both a mess and a slipping hazard. Each janitor should have a cleaning product on hand that suits the particular flooring type in their building, be it concrete, wood, carpet, or tile.
- Carpet Stain Remover
While most commercial buildings opt for a hard flooring surface, some offices also have carpet mixed in as well. Carpet presents a different kind of cleaning problem for janitors, as it holds on to dust and can stain easily. Having both a regular carpet cleaner and a stain remover on hand means that a janitor has the ability to treat stains as soon as they occur, making them easier to remove.
- Glass & Window Cleaner
All buildings have glass in the form of both exterior and interior windows, which can become dusty and smudged by fingerprints. A quality glass and window cleaner will help you keep these surfaces shiny and spot-free, increasing the amount of natural light that can get into the building to keep people feeling and performing their best.
- Restroom Cleaners
Another area prone to collecting more than its fair share of germs and messes are restrooms. You’ll want to have disinfectants on hand for sinks, counters, and toilets to keep the restrooms sparkling clean and sanitary all day long.
Keeping things clean isn’t always enough to ensure your building looks its best. A variety of polishes for hard floor surfaces, desks, and any wooden furniture helps keep an office space looking neat and professional.
A Low-Toxicity Cleaning Option
While janitors have spent decades using often toxic chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of their buildings, research in recent years has shown that these chemicals contribute to the air pollution inside of the building. This is especially harmful for children in schools, as well as for people with any sort of respiratory illnesses. That is why many janitors are now adding cleaning vinegar to their regular rotation of cleaning supplies.
Cleaning vinegar can be used on a variety of surfaces to clean messes and kill germs. Vinegar is simple to use, and can be effective at cleaning many different areas of your building. Here are some suggestions on where vinegar can be used in place of other cleaning chemicals:
- Use a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water to give windows a streak-free shine.
- Clean a coffee maker by running a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water through a brew cycle.
- Clean a dishwasher by adding ½ cup of vinegar to the reservoir and running it through a rinse cycle.
- Clean floors with a ¼ cup of vinegar and a gallon of warm water (do not use on marble or hardwood).
- Clean hard surfaces such as kitchen and bathroom countertops and tiles with a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and wipe clean.
We hope this article has helped you learn the ways that vinegar can be useful for janitors to keep their buildings clean and sanitary. If you’re looking for a quality cleaning vinegar to use in your building, try our Green Gobbler Pure 30% Vinegar. A safe and natural option for cleaning, our vinegar is non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-caustic. Give it a try and see the difference it can make in your janitorial cleaning tasks today!