Vital Cleaning Supplies

Vital cleaning supplies that you must never run out of!

First impressions of any room are based on appearance and comfort….what you see and how you feel, when you enter a home, office or any other establishment.  This, of course, depends on the décor elements and amenities on the premise. But more importantly, it matters on how well all of these have been maintained.  Large investment in home and office décor can be worth its while, only if the space is kept clean and hygienic.

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It’s no wonder then that an increasing number of Singaporean home and office owners are making sure the areas in and around their buildings are spotless and inviting.  The preferred way to do this, of course, is by utilising professional cleaning service agencies.

How to facilitate your cleaning services

An important aspect of ensuring efficient and high-quality cleansing is by making certain that you are well-stocked with all the right cleaning supplies at all times.  Whether it’s a routine visit or a special spring cleaning, being aptly equipped not only saves cleaner’s time but also ensures optimum results for your job.

Here is a list of essential cleaning products to stock up on:

A.     Cleaning substances for various surfaces:
  • Glass Cleaning Solution: This is for all your glass windows, partitions and mirrored surfaces. We recommend a high-quality, streak-free variety that is easy to wipe off and doesn’t leave behind any residue or white lines.
Cleaning Solutions and Sprays

Tile and Bathroom Cleaners: A separate solution will be required for your tiled floors or walls and another stronger, acid based one for the toilet bowl, bathtub and shower tiling. For regular or daily wiping of tiles, a simple pH based liquid can be kept handy.

  • Wood Surface Cleanser: Whether its wooden furniture or flooring, there should be least amount of water used unless the wood has been treated with a seal. Then simple warm water and a mild detergent is enough. But if it’s for any other wood surface, stock up a polish that suits your particular wood finishing.

  • All Purpose Cleaner: This is a vital ingredient in your cleaning kit as it has multiple areas of usage. All tables, counters, kitchen surfaces, stoves or sinks (unless they are made of glass or stone such as granite or marble) can be handled with All-Purpose Cleaners.
B.     Cleaning apparatus for various uses:
  • Microfiber Mop: These are useful on most hard floor surfaces. They are light, easy to use and don’t require wringing like other mops.  They attract dust and clean quickly and efficiently.
  • Extendable Duster: This tool is designed for hard-to-reach places like above the curtain pelmet, ceiling fans and ceiling corners.
  • Toilet Brush and Grout Brush: The toilet brush is rounded for easy manoeuvrability while the grout brush is mainly for clearing dust and other particles from door and window channels and the like. Both have strong bristles.

  • Scrubbing Sponge: These are two-sided sponges with plain sponge on one side and a rough scrubber on the other. Depending on the surface and the requirement, these sponges are ideal for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

  • Vacuum Cleaner: Since vacuum cleaners are highly flexible in their usage areas, it’s vital to keep one stocked. All types of surfaces can be vacuumed as can be difficult-to-reach places.
Where you can purchase cleaning supplies

There are numerous online and on ground destinations in Singapore where you can find all the required cleaning solutions and apparatus.  Most supermarkets, hypermarkets and DIY stores offer a variety of cleaning products.

You can even try bulk purchasing them from distributors such as Klenco or via the online route through Qoo10 or Redmart.

A well stocked cleaning cabinet ensures your cleaning service agency’s visits go smoothly while being highly beneficial. Added to which, it’s easy and motivating, for your staff or family to carry out any cleaning that may be required between service agency visits. Hence, the key to ultimate cleanliness is ensuring you have all the right tools and solutions. The rest will naturally follow….

Must-have’s to keep your space Clean

Here’s the list of the Cleaning tools to keep my home spotlessly clean….
  1. Vacuum Cleaner – Whether it’s cleaning carpet or flooring, this is a tool that cannot be done without. And if you buy the one with the attachments, then you can even clean upholstery, curtains and blinds with your vacuum.
  2. “Swiffer” type broom – I’m referring to those special cloths attached to a long handled wiper type contraption. It works better and faster than a traditional broom in cleaning tiled surfaces because of its wide design and swivel head.  It traps dust and hair really well! Not only does it do the job of a broom, it also does the job of a mop if you just replace the dry sheet with a wet one.
  3. Microfiber cloths – These are wonderful in catching dust particles that regular cloth won’t. In a place like Singapore, one wipe over your furniture with a microfiber dusting cloth should keep your furniture looking spotless for at least a whole week (unless you have construction going on near your house….another distinctly Singaporean trait J)
  4. Different sized sponges – These will come in handy all over the house. Whether it’s to wipe up spills from the floor, spot clean smudges on the walls, wipe down kitchen counters, or to do the dishes, sponges always have to be handy. Don’t like sponges? then a good substitute is superabsorbent chamois cloth
  5. Toilet brushes – There are different types of toilet brushes that you will need to get. One for washing the floor, another specially contoured one for cleaning the toilet bowl, and either an abrasive pad or a flat brush for cleaning the basin and walls. You can also add a toothbrush to this ensemble for cleaning those tricky small places like between the tap and the sink, and for cleaning between tile grout.
And here’s the list of essential cleaners to aid those tools and you……
  1. All-purpose cleaner – Many people love to use all purpose cleaner to avoid a pile up of different types of cleaners, and the need for space that that requires. That’s why I’m putting this as first on this list, should you feel the same. These work on tiles, on kitchen counters, glass and mirrors, and even polished wooden surfaces and do a pretty good job of cleaning on all those surfaces.
  2. Tile cleaner – Some of us traditionalists prefer using the cleaners made for specific surfaces. This is because some of these cleaners don’t just clean the surface, they give it something ‘extra’ too.  When it comes to tile cleaner, you can choose between mild or something tougher. Your choice will depend on how much grime that area of your house sees.
  3. Glass and mirror cleaner – The little something extra of glass cleaners is that nowadays many of them boast a special ingredient that stops dust from clinging to the surface of the glass, keeping the surface cleaner for a lot longer.
  4. Mild abrasive bathroom cleaner – Bathroom cleaner usually comes in powder form. I recommend getting one with added bleach for its disinfecting properties. Don’t forget to put on rubber gloves when using this cleaner though! It can be harsh on sensitive skin.
  5. Dishwashing liquid or bar – The noteworthy property of this cleaner is that it cuts into the greasiness of oily pots and pans easily, so you don’t have to wash them twice, unless they’re unusually oily. They also come in fresh fragrances and with antibacterial properties to leave the utensils you eat in at the highest level of hygiene possible.
  6. Baking soda and Vinegar – Ah, the humble baking soda and vinegar….the two basic ingredients of oh so many cleaning hacks around the house. If you ever run out of any of the abovementioned cleaners and need to urgently clean, then these two will work wonders anywhere and everywhere around the home. Just go online and look up the recipe for the problem you are facing and there you’ll have it.  A quick and effective fix for your problem.
And that’s all you need to maintain a clean and hygienic home – yes, even WITHOUT a maid!! There are countless other cleaning products out there designed to make every part of the cleaning experience easier for you, but these are the basic essentials without which cleaning would be incomplete. So if you don’t already own these products, make a list and head to the supermarket to stock up.


When it comes to home-making, home cleaning is the number one priority!
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