Cleaning Cloths – Who Provides Them?

Who provides cleaning cloths, the homeowner, or the house cleaning company?

House cleaners use different microfiber cloths every day.  Should house cleaners have their own cleaning supplies? Or should the company provide the cleaning equipment?

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Who Provides the Cleaning Cloths?

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, Woman Cleaning Kitchen Counter with Microfiber ClothCleaning cloths, who provides them, the homeowner, or the house cleaning company? There’s a homeowner that asked this question.

I’m just wondering who provides the cleaning cloths, the polishing cloths, and the microfiber towels? Is that something that the cleaning person should have of his or her own, use specifically at one residence, and then wash in between uses, and have her own supply?”

The House Cleaning Company Provides Their Own Cloths

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, Mann Cleaning Kitchen Counter with Microfiber ClothThe answer is, please let the house cleaning company provide their own cloths. Here’s the reason why. As house cleaners, we buy cloths in bulk. So, we use suppliers.

And so, we get them in discount, and then we’re not paying the full retail price for them. But, because we buy them at discount, we have lots of them.

We are able to break them up and sort them so that we can do a load of laundry just for one color of cloths. This is great because we use different colored cloths in different parts of the home.

If Homeowners Supply Cloths We Don’t Know What Happens When We Leave

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, Pile of Cleaning Cloths in BowlIf you are the homeowner, we don’t know what’s happened with the cloth after we leave. It might’ve gotten thrown into a load of laundry with all the other clothes. And then what happens is, if you have a microfiber cloth, it might pick up lint from the different clothes that you have. And then when we come back, and we use those cloths again, they’re not as effective as they once were.

So, what we like to do is we like to break them up and wash them by color.  So, let’s say, for example, that you have yellow cloths that you use in the bathroom. Those are going to be bathroom cloths. And when you’re done with the house, you put them inside a yellow bucket that goes with the yellow cloths.

All of the cloths that are washed in that particular load are bathroom cloths. And they’re not mixed with the cleaning cloths that are for the kitchen, for example. Those are a different color.

There are Different Types of Microfiber Cloths

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, Pile of Cleaning ClothsAnd then there are different types of microfiber cloths, like the ones that we use for glass and mirrors. And so, if that’s the case, we don’t even want to mix the microfiber cloths together, because they’re different in the pile of the microfiber.

So, there are lots of different things we can do as far as managing our own cleaning cloths. And its a great idea that we do that, like house cleaners, because it’s part of our daily inventory. And so, although it would be awesome if the customers all did their own and had them waiting for us for the next time we came, that puts an extra burden on the homeowners, and that’s not their responsibility.

Quite frankly, most homeowners don’t want to deal with that at all. So, let your house cleaner bring the cleaning supplies and cloths that they use for your home.

You Can Use Your Customers’ Vacuums

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, House Cleaner VacuumingNow, the exception is this. Since COVID, we’ve requested that our house cleaners use our customer’s vacuums, for the sheer fact that it takes a lot of time and energy to clean, sanitize and empty a vacuum between every house when you’re cleaning multiple houses in the course of a day.

And if we’re running something over your carpet, we don’t want to cross-contaminate. So, if we can leave your vacuum at your house, we’d be happy to empty it. And we show our cleaners how to do that, but we would be happy to empty your vacuum and leave it there for you.

Then you are responsible, and it is your vacuum. And that way, it just stays at your house.

House Cleaners are Trained to Use Their Own Cloths

Cleaning Cloths - Who Provides Them, Cleaning Lamp Shade with Microfiber ClothBut as far as the cloths go, once the cloths are washed and sanitized, they’re good to bring back into your home. But the house cleaners are trained on a program to use their own cloths, go through them, separate them, and then wash them in mesh bags. The bags that are mesh prevents other fabric from lifting lint onto your cloths, which ruins the cloths and makes them not so effective.

So as far as who does it, it’s recommended that your house cleaning company take care of it, just to make everyone’s life easier. That way they always have the cloths they need.

They know that they’re clean and sanitized. And they know that they have enough of them for the job, and that they didn’t get misplaced, moved or used for other things. So that way, everyone’s playing on the same page.000 Savvy Cleaner Spacer Bar 2020Resources

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