Keeping your living and working spaces clean and tidy is not only aesthetically pleasing but also crucial for maintaining a healthy, safe, and productive environment. Crucial to this is having the right cleaning tools at hand, so that you can take care of both simple day-to-day tasks and more intensive cleaning sessions.

One of the basics you need to invest in is a good mop that you can use either wet or dry to clean and sanitise a variety of surfaces. Of course, a mop is only the beginning; after all, the floor is only one part of your home or office that you need to clean.

If you haven’t built up an arsenal of cleaning tools at home or in the office yet, below is a quick list of essentials that commercial cleaning companies like CrewCare swear by.

Broom and Dustpan

Before you mop hard floors, it’s important to remove as much dust and debris as you can first to protect the surface. One of the best tools for this is the classic broom and dustpan.

For the broom, you can opt for a traditional style with long bristles that can cover large areas and reach into corners or tight spaces. There are also angled brooms that are more effective for sweeping along baseboards and edges.

When choosing a dustpan, look for one with a rubber lip or edge to effectively capture dirt and prevent it from slipping under the pan. Also, consider a dustpan with a long handle or ergonomic design for comfortable use.

Vacuum Cleaner

One of the cornerstone tools in cleaning, the vacuum cleaner is essential for maintaining floors, carpets, and upholstery in both homes and offices. This versatile appliance comes in various types and models, each suited to different cleaning needs.

  • Upright Vacuums. Known for their powerful suction and ease of use, upright vacuums are ideal for cleaning large carpeted areas in homes and offices. They often come with attachments for versatile cleaning on different surfaces.
  • Canister Vacuums. Featuring a separate canister unit connected to a wand and cleaning head via a hose, canister vacuums offer excellent manoeuvrability and are well-suited for cleaning stairs, upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Stick Vacuums. Lightweight and compact, stick vacuums are convenient for quick clean-ups and reaching tight spaces. They're suitable for light-duty cleaning on hard floors and low-pile carpets.
  • Handheld Vacuums: Perfect for tackling small messes, pet hair, and spills, handheld vacuums are portable and easy to handle. They're great for spot-cleaning upholstery, car interiors, and stairs.

When buying a vacuum cleaner, you need to consider its suction power, filtration system (e.g., does it have a HEPA filter), available attachments, and whether or not it’s a bagged or bagless model to ensure that it can cater your unique cleaning needs.

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are indispensable tools for dusting, wiping, and polishing surfaces in homes and offices. Made from ultra-fine synthetic fibres, these cloths are highly effective at trapping dust, dirt, and grime without the need for chemical cleaners.

What’s great about microfiber cleaning cloths is that they’re lint-free and non-abrasive, so you can use them for almost any surface. These tough and versatile cleaning cloths can also handle heavy-duty cleaning jobs like tackling grease and oil.

Last but certainly not least, microfiber cloths are reusable. With proper care, they can last for years and thus help you contribute to environmental sustainability.

All-Purpose Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner is a versatile cleaning solution designed to tackle a wide range of surfaces and messes. Available in various forms such as sprays, wipes, or concentrated solutions, these cleaners are formulated to cut through grease, grime, and stains on a variety of surfaces.

Indeed, there are very few materials that are incompatible with all-purpose cleaners (e.g., hardwood, marble). That said, be sure to check the labels to make sure that your chosen product is safe to use on your countertops, sinks, appliances, and floors.

Sponge and Scrub Brush

For tackling tough stains, grime, and residue on various surfaces, you can count on a variety of sponges and scrub brushes. Cellulose sponges are great for general cleaning tasks and are safe for use on most surfaces, while scrub sponges are designed for dealing with stubborn food particles and stains from dishes and cookware without scratching.

Meanwhile, there are a variety of scrub brushes for specific cleaning tasks. These include kitchen scrub brushes for your pots and pans; grout brushes for deep-cleaning tile grout; floor brushes for scrubbing dirt off hard floors; and stove brushes for cleaning the stove and oven, among many others.

Toilet Brush and Cleaner

The toilet brush and cleaner are essential tools for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in bathrooms, ensuring that toilets are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after each use.

Look for a toilet brush with durable bristles that can effectively scrub away stains and residue without scratching the toilet bowl. An ergonomic handle or grip is a plus for comfortable use and manoeuvrability. Finally, it’s best to buy a toilet brush with a holder or caddy so you can keep it upright and hygienically stored when not in use.

For toilet cleaners, you can use all-purpose cleaners and follow it up with bleach for disinfection  or a specially formulated toilet bowl and rim cleaner. Do note that some toilet bowls may have protective coatings, so make sure to choose a compatible product.


Last but certainly not least, a bucket is a versatile cleaning tool that serves multiple purposes—from carrying water and cleaning solutions to wringing out mops and storing cleaning supplies.

In addition to its primary function as a water carrier, a bucket can also be used for organising and storing cleaning supplies, making it a valuable tool for efficient cleaning routines in both home and office environments.

Consider the size and capacity of the bucket based on your cleaning needs and the size of the area you'll be cleaning. Also, look for a bucket with a durable construction, such as sturdy plastic or metal, that can withstand regular use and resist cracking or breaking. Finally, opt for a bucket with a comfortable handle or grip for easy carrying.

Other Cleaning Products To Get

Beyond the above-mentioned basics for daily and deep cleaning, other tools that you may want to consider buying include the following:

  • Steam Cleaner. A steam cleaner is great for sanitising and deep cleaning carpets, upholstery, tile grout, and other surfaces without the need for chemicals.
  • Carpet Cleaner. For a thorough deep clean of carpets and rugs, especially those that have accumulated dirt and stains over time, carpet cleaning products are sometimes essential.
  • Pressure Washer. A pressure washer is perfect for deep cleaning outdoor surfaces like decks, patios, driveways, and siding.
  • Window Squeegee. If you have plenty of glass windows, walls, and surfaces, a squeegee is great for ensuring streak-free, crystal-clear surfaces.
  • Oven Cleaner and Scrubbing Tools. Are you a culinary enthusiast? You’re going to need an oven cleaner for tackling tough grease and baked-on food residues in ovens and stovetops.
  • Air Purifier. An air purifier helps remove dust, allergens, and odours from the air, contributing to a cleaner indoor environment.
  • Mould and Mildew Remover. For deep cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas prone to moisture and mould growth, you may need a mould and mildew cleaner.


Even if you’re hiring professional cleaners for the regular upkeep of your home or office, it’s still best to have these above-mentioned essential cleaning tools at the minimum. This way, you can do your own maintenance and be prepared to deal with simple cleaning tasks before they become a larger hassle later on.