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The Cleaning Tools You Need To Get The Job Done

So you’ve got your cleaning products, now it’s time to get your cleaning tools that help you get more done with less effort. I’ve tried so many types of mops and vacuums, and cloths and scrubbers, and dusters and after nearly 30 years I’ve settled on the tools that make moving around a space easier.

Learn How To Use The Cleaning Tools In This Guide

In this gleaning tools guide, I share the tools I mention in my book, Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master. If you want to know how to use these cleaning tools most efficiently, be sure to grab your copy at the link below.

In appreciation, I promised you a Product Guide with all of the products and tools I have used with success, so you can easily recognize these products and see them through the links provided even if you plan to purchase them elsewhere. Many of the links included in the guide are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on purchases made through them to offset the cost of providing visitors with valuable content. Purchasing through affiliate links does not cost you more.

As with all my guides, this list will always be a work in progress in an attempt to bring you the best products and tools in my experience to complete the task of cleaning a home. I offer this Product Guide online so I may continue to inform you of any new products or tools I find that work well, long after the book is published.

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Disclaimer: I am not offering endorsement for the products listed. They are products I have used, some with great success, and I share them here with you to determine for yourself if they will be useful for your home cleaning needs. You are responsible for proper use of any products you purchase.

Guide To The Cleaning Tools You Need

Cleaning Tools

Floor Cleaning

Vacuum cleaners are a must-have for anyone serious about getting their home clean. I recommend several in this product guide that range in price and features. Most of the time, a broom is not going to cut it when you need a good cleaning, so a vacuum can be your best friend for on your journey to a truly clean home. If you’re in the market for a new one, sales are often held in the Spring during the months of March-May.

Kenmore BC3005 Series Pet Friendly Lightweight Bagged Canister Vacuum

The Kenmore Lightweight Bagged Canister Vacuum is always a winner in my book. I have them in my home and have purchased several for my business. Kenmore canister vacuums have won my respect over 28 years in the cleaning business. This vacuum, regardless of the model, is a workhorse. The option in the link provided has all of the features I think are important in a vacuum cleaner and that I describe as criteria to look for in my book, Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master.

It has a telescoping wand, a longer retractable cord, HEPA filter and a true powerhead that runs on electricity rather than suction (don’t get those!). The only thing I don’t like about this vacuum is the attachments. In recent years, Kenmore has switched up their hard floor attachment and it isn’t an improvement. I always purchase the older model of hard floor attachment because it’s more durable. It actually gets into corners and clings properly to the floor without attaching itself through suction.

Trust me. If you purchase this vacuum, you will have better luck with an older style (and backward compatible) hard floor attachment.

Shark NV356E 31 Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum

Upright vacuums feel very heavy to me, so I rarely use them. However, many people prefer an upright over a canister vacuum, so I’ve tested several in the homes I’ve cleaned. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away takes the Get Your House Clean Now award for upright vacuums. Whether you’re cleaning up pet hair in your own home or using this vacuum in your cleaning business, this one is powerful and flexible to get to hard to reach places.

Shark HV322 Rocket Pet Plus Corded Stick Vacuum

I love the Shark Rocket! This stick vac is perfect for small apartments whole floor cleaning or in larger homes when you want something powerful and lightweight to keep in a closet (maybe upstairs?) so you don’t have to lug your primary vacuum from place to place for smaller messes. We have one in our small cottage and it’s perfect for keeping this space clean. It even has a 5-year warranty for in-home use (not commercial) and we have used the warranty, so I know they stand by it.

Shark IZ682H Vertex Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum

Shark vacuums do not disappoint! If you’re looking for a stick vacuum with everything you need to get your home very clean efficiently, including the ease and efficiency of no cord, the Vertex Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum is an admirable choice. The Shark Rocket is a great vacuum, but you may feel you need more of a workhorse for your spaces. I’ve used several of the higher-end Shark vacuums and this model has nearly 6,000 reviews touting its features. It rounds out my top 4 vacuums for your home.

Libman Tornado Mop Plus Refills Kit

The Libman Tornado Mop is the most durable mop I’ve ever used. It has a removable string mop head that can be taken off and washed in a linen bag. It allows you to wring the mop out with each dip in the bucket. (Note: The mop head must be put in a linen bag before washing in the machine because it will become tangled and unusable if you don’t.) Replacement mop heads are available in most grocery and big-box stores and the handle often lasts for over a year, even with daily use.

O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop & Bucket Floor Cleaning System

The O-Cedar Spin Mop is a very good alternative to the Libman Tornado Mop. This product includes a bucket with a squeezing mechanism to remove much of the water in the mop for easy, streak-free floor cleaning. Durable, washable replacement pads are available so you can have an extra on hand in case one gets too dirty to use. These can easily be used for sparkling clean walls and molding as well.

Surface Cleaning

Thick Microfiber Cleaning Cloth All-Purpose Cleaning Towels

Zwipes 735 Microfiber Towel Cleaning Cloths, 12 Pack

For tough jobs that you need throw-away rags for, Zwipes fit the bill. These come in a 12-pack so they are great for tough outdoor or grimy indoor jobs that you know will ruin your rags, so why use the good stuff like the thick cloths mentioned above? Have a stack of Zwipes on hand in your home, garage, or business.

Ostrich Feather Duster

Since I began my cleaning business nearly 30 years ago, I have always kept an Ostrich Feather Duster in my cleaning bag. For delicate areas that you need to free from dust, but don’t want to chance moving and shifting items often, a feather duster can be a great tool. This duster on Amazon is the fullest and most durable father duster style I’ve found. This duster can even be rinsed out and left to dry, surprisingly returning to it’s fluffy figure. I’ve tried feather dusters found at big box stores but none have stood up like this one I’ve found on Amazon.

Scotch-Brite 21 Pack Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges

Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Sponges are the only sponges I’ve found that don’t scratch. They protect surfaces (and cookware) even during the toughest cleaning jobs. I keep these on hand for work, home, and even in rental properties we supply. Don’t let the fact that they’re non-scratch lead you to believe that they’re delicate!

They last a really long time, especially if you sanitize them regularly. If you’re using them in your business, consider using the microfiber cloths shared above for regular cleaning, so you can wash and reuse them without waste. Sponges are best for tough jobs and scrubbing tasks so you can toss them out when finished. No cleaning client wants you to use dirty sponges on their kitchens and bathrooms. Luckily, these sponges are affordable to buy in bulk.

Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Scrubber

These are useful for cleaning aluminum pots and other surfaces that call for them. Test a small area first and do not scrub vigorously without testing it first. They are made to last and won’t rust, plus they’re safe to use on items such as stainless steel cookware, pots, pans, grills, and broilers.

Dawn Poly Mesh Scrubber

Dawn makes a plastic alternative to the stainless steel scrubber above. I use these in my kitchen and they work great and last a long time. They also don’t rust 🙂

Miscellaneous Cleaning Tools

Holikme 2 Piece Dryer Vent Cleaner Kit

This product is new on my list of must-have tools for cleaning. I have struggled with makeshift hoses to clean dryer vents for years and this product is the answer I’ve been looking for! Use this hose attachment on the end of your vacuum hose to clean out your dryer vent through the often narrow slot where the lint trap sits. You won’t believe all of the lint that’s lingering in your vent! This is a fire-hazard, so please do yourself a favor and get one of these now and let me know how much lint you catch.

Rubbermaid 15-Quart Cleaning Bucket

A durable cleaning bucket is a great staple to have in your cleaning supplies. You will appreciate having a bucket that can stand up to the tasks of your cleaning business or projects. This bucket has a very sturdy handle to bear the weight of water for mop or cloth rinsing or soaking as you move around your spaces. This bucket is the most durable one I’ve found for this purpose and I’ve been using buckets like this for many years.

Mr Clean Reusable Latex-Free Cleaning Gloves

If you dislike getting your hands dirty, Mr Clean reusable gloves will help you clean faster. You will be less inhibited while cleaning bathrooms or other tough messes if you’re using them. Be sure to wear them when scrubbing and washing to protect your hands if your skin is bothered by harsh chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, they are also latex-free.

Zippered Mesh Laundry Bags For Washing Mop Heads

Be sure to get the honeycomb style weave so water can get through to clean the mop well

Durable Honeycomb Mesh Laundry Bags

Heavy duty Honeycomb mesh laundry bag are specially designed to wash items without wear and tear in washing machines and dryers. With breathable mesh construction, you’ll have thoroughly clean wash in the washing machine and evenly dry process in the dryer. 12″ x 16″ (30 x 40 cm) laundry bag made of a high-quality durable material (120g honey comb mesh) for a long-lasting usage.

Large Storage Totes For Organizing

This is a great size to use for sorting and storing your items when cleaning your clutter. These are readily available at big box stores or you can find them online. These bins are available in larger sizes and quantities.

For larger quantities of treasures, I have had great results with these larger, rolling bins with a handle. I like these for storing all of my holiday items or heavier items that I need to have more flexibility when moving around.

If you prefer bins that hide your items, bins are available in multiple colors.

Extra Large Heavy Duty Storage Bags for Moving and Storage

I also love these large moving bags for storing and moving items. I do a switch each fall and spring to keep only the clothes I’ll wear in my closet and dresser for each type of weather. These are great for storing off-season items in the attic , basement, garage, or other storage areas. You can even label them with a Sharpie (and clean it off later with a magic sponge or a microfiber cloth).

Nonstick Toaster Oven Liner

A non-stick toaster oven liner is a terrific tool that can save so much time by not scrubbing the tray of your toaster oven. It’s easy to cut to size and lasts a really long time. Food rarely sticks to it and it washes really easy in hot, soapy water.

You’ve Got The Tools You Need- Now Get The Cleaning Products

Now you see the products I like best with some brief notes about why. In my book, Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, I detail how to get the most out of these cleaning tools without overwhelming processes or pre-planning. Just getting down to cleaning! The products I’ve shared have helped me save so much time, money and effort over the years and I want you to enjoy the same. Reach out if you have questions about any of the products listed in my Product Guides.

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