The Cleaning Business Purchasing Guide

Make smart decisions when purchasing equipment for your Cleaning Business. Learn about the equipment you will need, typical costs, and where are the best places to buy it.

Required Equipment and Materials

Opening a cleaning business does not require many large buying decisions. The largest expense will come from replacing empty cleaning products and worn-out cleaning tools. Nonetheless, most cleaning business owners will need the following equipment and materials to get started:

Cleaning Tools:

  • Vacuum Cleaner ($50-$300)
  • Cleaning Bucket ($5-$10)
  • Broom ($10-$30)
  • Dust Pan and Brush ($5-$20)
  • Toilet Brush ($5-$20)
  • White Cloth Rags ($10-$50)
  • Mop and Bucket ($30-$100)
  • Dry Mop ($20-$50)
  • Latex Gloves ($5-$20)
  • Extension Cord ($5-$20)
  • Feather Duster ($5-$20)
  • Supplies Caddy ($5-$20)

Cleaning Products:

  • Paper Towels ($5-$20)
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner ($5-$20)
  • Window Cleaner ($5-$20)
  • Disinfectant Cleaner ($5-$20)
  • Soft Scrub Product ($5-$20)
  • Bathroom Cleaner ($5-$20)
  • Furniture Polish ($5-$20)
  • Shoe Covers ($5-$20)
  • Trash Bags ($5-$20)

Overall, the cleaning tools should be a one-time purchase, while the cleaning products will need to be purchased on a variable basis. The only other expected cost to keep in mind is the price of gas from driving to each location.

Most owners should budget approximately $500 - $1,200 for their startup supplies.

Sample List of Purchases

A typical person looking to purchase equipment for a cleaning business might make the following purchases:

  Grand Total: $643

Key Decisions

Picking the right vacuum cleaner is arguably the most important buying decision you’ll make when starting a cleaning service. We outline the key considerations you’ll need to keep in mind when making this purchase and provide some popular options.

Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is the most used and popular cleaning tool. Therefore, it is important to get one that works well and that you are comfortable with. They come in a variety of styles and brands. When purchasing your vacuum pay attention to its capabilities and attachments. Some popular options are provided below.

Best Places to Buy

When purchasing your cleaning equipment, it is better to buy new, not used. Most equipment will need to be replaced within a couple months due to wear and tear regardless, so there is no need to waste money on a excess replacement costs.

All cleaning equipment can be purchased both online or in local department stores. For larger equipment, like the vacuum cleaner, buying online may be a cheaper option, but for smaller tools and products, it will be easier and more cost effective to buy in person. Below are some popular stores and online web stores to purchase cleaning equipment, products, and more.


Amazon has an abundance of resources for cleaning tools and products. You can find everything you might need on this online store.


Walmart is another resource that has every cleaning tool and product you might need. You can purchase cleaning equipment both online or in-person through Walmart.


Target is very similar to Walmart. It also contains virtually everything you might need to get started. Plus, you can purchase the relevant equipment both online or in-person.