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6 Must-Have Cleaning Supplies For Your Cleaning Session So Your Helper Can Finish All You Need Her To Do

“What do I have to prepare for the helper?” is one of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers after they have made a booking. There are so many cleaning supplies out there, and it’s impossible to prepare every single possible item for your helper.

Here’s a list of must-have cleaning supplies so your helper will be able to work effectively and efficiently to make your home sparkling clean.

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Must-have cleaning supplies

1. Vacuum cleaner

To pick up all the dust, hair, and other dirt from the floor, using a vacuum cleaner is the most efficient and effective way to do so. This step prepares the floor for a good mop thereafter, to make it squeaky clean.

If you’re the traditional type and prefer to use a broom, sure. But we believe using a vacuum cleaner would be quicker and more thorough. 

One thing to note is to make sure your vacuum cleaner is fully charged if you’re using a wireless one. You don’t want the vacuum cleaner to run out of battery when the helper’s not done vacuuming the entire house.

2. Mop

Style Degree – Spin & Clean Magic Mop (With Bucket)

After your helper has finished vacuuming the floor, the next step would be mopping. There are a couple more common ones in the market such as rag mops, roller mops, and steam mops. But it doesn’t really matter which one you prefer, as long as you have a mop at home.

If you’re thinking of getting your helper to use a cloth to “hand mop” the entire house, please don’t. Not only is it tiring, but it is also time-consuming. 

3. Pails

Style Degree – Minimalist Pail & Bucket (3pc Set)

When it comes to cleaning, you’ll definitely need a couple of pails. One with a handle would be great so that your helper can carry it around instead of always walking back and forth to the bathroom to rinse the mop or cloth.

With the Style Degree Pail and Bucket 3 piece set, you’ll have a variety of pails and buckets for all your needs.

4. Cloths

Style Degree – Anti-Scratch Mirror & Glass Cleaning Cloth (2pc Set)

It is advisable to prepare a few different cloths for different uses. For example, look out for microfibre or anti-scratch cloths like this one from Style Degree for cleaning windows and glass panels as they are soft enough and don’t leave streaks.

For general cleaning of other surfaces such as tabletops and cupboards, a normal cloth would do.

Also, you might want to have separate cloths for the kitchen and the rest of the house. Cloths used in the kitchen are dirtier and oilier and you wouldn’t want to transfer the grime to other surfaces of your home.

5. Bathroom brushes

Style Degree – Slim Toilet Bowl Scrub (With Wall Holder) & Style Degree – Pristine 180° Tile & Window Sponge Scrub

The bathroom is a dirty area and needs its own set of cleaning tools. Minimally, you should have a toilet bowl brush and a brush for the floor and walls. 

You wouldn’t want to use the same brush that was used to clean the toilet bowl to scrub your floor and walls, right…?

For the toilet floor and walls, you can get a brush with a slightly longer handle to make it more efficient and easy to use.

6. Cleaning products

Last but definitely not the least, you’ll need a range of cleaning products. After all, cleaning with just water and some cleaning tools wouldn’t be clean enough.

Some basic cleaning products are:

  • Floor cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner

If you would like your helper to clean areas such as your stove, you can also prepare more targeted cleaning products like a kitchen stove cleaner.

Other good-to-have supplies

Stiff bristle floor brush

Style Degree – Pristine 180º Floor Scrub

Because this will be used for the floor, we recommend stiffer bristles to give the floor a good clean. In fact, if the bristles are too soft, the floor won’t be as clean. The Style Degree – Pristine 180º Floor Scrub even has a bendable and rotatable scrub head for cleaning ledges or inaccessible areas.


Style Degree – Minimalist Window & Mirror Squeegee Wiper

If you’ve never used a squeegee before, you have to try it for yourself. It’s an effective tool to remove cleaning products, grime, and water. Plus it’s easy to wash since it’s made of rubber.

Especially if you need your helper to help clean your windows, glass panels, and mirrors, a squeegee would make them squeaky and shiny. With a longer squeegee, you can even use it for the floor.

Pro tip: Use a squeegee to clean your shower panels and mirrors after bathing. It’ll help prevent mold, mildew, water spots, and rust stains in your bathroom.

Mold or mildew remover

In the bathroom where there’s lots of moisture, it’s common for mold and mildew to build up, especially between the tiles. These aren’t easy to clean because they’re thin and narrow.

Some may recommend using Bleach to clean and scrub them but mold or mildew removers are a better choice. These removers come in spray or gel forms so you can get whichever type you prefer.

Cleaning supplies you must have

To make things even easier for you, download this free checklist and save it on your phone or print it out.

Now, we hope you are ready for your helper to come over and spruce up your home! Even if you’re missing any of these supplies, don’t worry, our experienced helpers will work with whatever you have and recommend items you should get. But it’s totally up to you whether you want to purchase them or not.

Better yet, save the hassle of purchasing everything separately by getting Style Degree’s Cleaning Gift Set.

Style Degree – Cleaning Gift Set

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