Do House Cleaners Bring Their Own Supplies?

When hiring a residential cleaning service to clean their homes, many clients wonder if they will have to provide the cleaning equipment and supplies necessary to get the job done. While this may be the case for some professional cleaners, others may choose to use their own supplies and equipment. This may benefit many homeowners because they do not need to keep cleaning equipment or supplies stored in their homes. So, the question is, do professional housekeepers need to bring their own supplies and equipment when they go on a cleaning job?

When cleaning the home, most professional residential housekeepers will bring their own supplies and equipment. The reason for this is that professional cleaners are trained in the safe use of the supplies and equipment they use regularly. Besides, this ensures that they will have everything they need to clean your house properly and thoroughly.

In this article, we are going to take a look at all of the supplies and equipment that professional cleaning services used to clean a home. We will also talk about the reasons why cleaning services prefer to use their own products and equipment. Finally, I will also include a section that has some of the most highly recommended products and equipment that are used by professional housekeepers and residential cleaning services.

Why Do Housekeepers Prefer To Use Their Own Supplies and Equipment?

While it’s no secret that many professional housekeepers prefer to use their own supplies and equipment when they are on a cleaning job, some people are still unaware of this fact. Every now and again, housekeepers will encounter a client who prefers that the housekeeper used the equipment that they provide when they are cleaning their home. Some housekeepers and cleaners may agree to this, but most will insist on using their equipment and supplies. However, there is a reason that housekeepers prefer to bring their own supplies and equipment to each cleaning job.


The primary reason that most housekeepers and professional cleaning services will insist on using their supplies and equipment while they are on a cleaning job is simple. They are trained to use specific brands of cleaning products and specific types of cleaning equipment. While many people think that it doesn’t matter what type of supplies and equipment housekeepers and cleaners use, they will insist on using the supplies and equipment they provide for personal safety reasons. If you are trained on one type of equipment, it’s best for your safety that you continue using that equipment.

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Getting the Job Done Correctly

Another reason that housekeepers and cleaning services prefer to bring their supplies and equipment is to ensure that they have all of the supplies and the correct equipment they will need to get the job done correctly and efficiently. There could be a chance that the client does not have the equipment the cleaning service needs to do the job efficiently. They may not have the cleaning supplies that the housekeeper prefers to use. For these reasons, the cleaning service should bring their own supplies and equipment.

Personal Preference

The third and final reason that most housekeepers and cleaning services will bring their own supplies and equipment to a job is a matter of personal preference. Housekeepers and professional cleaning services have the experience to know which types of Cleaners work best on different surfaces, as well as what types of vacuum cleaners will get your carpets the cleanest. I have always found that it is best to trust the professional experience and know-how of a housekeeper or a cleaning service. They may also have access to commercial-grade cleaners or equipment that you can’t find.

What Type of Cleaning Supplies and Equipment Should a Housekeeper Have?

We have discussed how most housekeepers and cleaning services prefer to use their supplies and equipment while they are cleaning. What we have not discussed is the types of supplies and equipment that a housekeeper should have to get the job done correctly. According to Jobber Academy, most residential cleaning services will provide the following types of cleaning supplies and equipment while they are cleaning your home:

  • Vacuum cleaner, with attachments for hardwood and carpet
  • Bucket or container to carry supplies
  • Mop and bucket
  • Duster
  • Dustpan and broom
  • Trash can liners
  • Paper towels
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Cleaning sprays and solutions
  • Glass cleaning cloths.

Why Would the Client Prefer To Provide the Supplies and Equipment?

When hiring a cleaning service or a housekeeper, there is bound to be at least one customer who insists that you use their supplies and equipment when cleaning their home, despite the knowledge the housekeeper may have Gaines over the years. Why is this? Well, just like with housekeepers preferring to use their supplies and equipment, this also comes down to a matter of personal preference. Many homeowners have specific products that they want to be used on their homes, and they don’t mind providing the products as long as you use what they want you to use.

Most housekeepers and cleaning services do not prefer to use the products that the homeowner may have on hand. Why would they not want to use these products? Wouldn’t it save them money and time? The problem with the homeowner supplying the cleaning supplies and equipment can be found starting with the estimate. Professional cleaning services are used to including the cost of supplies and equipment in their estimates. When the customer provides the cleaning supplies, the housekeeper must deduct this from their estimate, leaving cleaning supplies that are left unused.

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When a housekeeper or a professional cleaning service insists on using their cleaning supplies and equipment, I find that it is best to let them use what they want. By using the supplies that they have brought to the job, housekeepers and cleaning services are using products that they have been trained with, which ensures their safety. It also means that they have the proper supplies and equipment they need to do the job thoroughly, efficiently, and effectively. They may also have certain brands of cleaners and equipment that they prefer to use over anything else.

A good housekeeper or cleaning service will have a vacuum with the right attachments to do hardwood floors and carpet. They will also have mops, buckets, brooms, dusters, paper towels, microfiber cleaning cloths, glass cleaning cloths, cleaning solvents for every type of surface, trash can liners, and a bucket to carry all of their supplies. Sometimes a customer may insist on a housekeeper using the supplies that they have on hand, but this is never a great idea. Trust the housekeeper’s extensive knowledge of cleaning supplies and equipment that they have gained from years of experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a professional cleaning service need to have insurance?

While it may be not advisable to operate a business without having the proper insurance, it is not required by law that cleaning services (or any other businesses) have insurance. However, if you have a company vehicle, the laws in your state may require you to have the proper insurance on your company vehicle. You must also have workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance if you have staff other than yourself.

How do you start a cleaning business?

If you want to start a professional cleaning service, the first thing you are going to need to do is to get a DBA license and a vendor license. Next, you are going to have to purchase your supplies and hire your staff. After this, you will need to buy the necessary equipment your business will need, such as commercial-grade vacuum cleaners. Finally, you are going to have to write a good business plan and advertise and market your business to grow your customer base.

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