Ready Janitorial Staff: How to Fully Equip Your Janitor and Cleaning Staff

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With the Coronavirus on everybody’s mind, the world has seen how dependent businesses and business operations are on their janitorial staff. To combat these issues, your janitorial staff needs to be better-equipped than ever.

How do you fully equip your janitorial department? Which tools, products, and equipment do they need?   

The Checklist: Optimize Your Janitorial Staff 

Janitorial supplies are divided into three categories: tools, garments, and solutions. Their  exact contents depend on your specific cleaning needs, but the essential materials largely remain the same.

1.   Cleaning Tools

These are the most basic items in every janitorial staff’s arsenal—the essential tools. The cart size, cleaning brush types, and sponge sizes depend on the type of cleaning being done.  

For cleaning towels and mops, have a good combination of dry and wet mops and towels to get the best results. Microfiber products should be a regular appearance in your janitorial staff’s tool chest. They are effective at cleaning and quick-drying, are easy to maintain, and last longer thanks to their increased durability. 

Other essential janitorial items include:

  • Caddy/Cleaning Cart
  • Brush
  • Cleaning Towels
  • Mops
  • Buckets
  • Sponge/Scourer
  • Squeegee
  • Cleaning equipment

It’s very possible your business or industry has particular cleaning needs specific to it. Knowing exactly what will make your janitor’s job easier is essential when deciding what’s needed. To that end, don’t just guess what they’ll need. Nobody is more informed about janitorial staff needs than the staff themselves. Strike up a conversation with them about what you can do to help them out. Not only will this improve cleaning effectiveness long-term, but will demonstrate management’s concern and investment in their well-being and performance. 

2.   Protective Garments

In most every janitorial situation, a pair of reliable rubber or disposable gloves are a must. Masks and shoe covers might also be required for cleaning situations in sterile environments. 

Protective Janitorial Uniforms 

Janitorial staff uniforms offer an increased level of protection for the wearer. The ideal janitorial staff uniform is a long or short-sleeved coverall: lightweight and water resistant. Designed for functionality, janitorial uniforms have added pockets for function, flaps for easy removal, and constructed of breathable material.  Flexibility should also be taken in account, as you don’t want to restrict movements of its wearer.

Extra Uniform options include:

  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Shoe Covers
  • Uniforms 

3.   Janitorial Products

These are your short-term essentials in your arsenal of janitorial products. Your basics include various multipurpose cleaners and disinfectants, including bleach-based ones and a couple of types of soaps. 

You also need area-specific cleaners, like furniture polish, window cleaners, etc., as well as cleaners and polishes that are specific to your facility. Your janitorial caddy should also include replacement paper products, soaps, deodorizers, and trash liners.

Janitorial products include:


  • Disinfectant
  • Bleach
  • Multipurpose Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Glass/Window Cleaner
  • Trash Liners
  • Paper Products
  • Soap/Sanitizer Refills
  • Deodorizer Refills/Air Fresheners

Get High-Quality Janitorial Supplies from CTC 

CTC is here to help! We have over 45,000 janitorial products in our selection – everything you need for a fully-equipped, effective janitorial inventory! Contact us today at (800) 926-5646 to get started. 


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