Different types of Cleaning equipment in Housekeeping & Purchasing Guidelines


If you want to Cleaning in your in Hotel  the equipment come first in mind, so I will tell you perfect guidelines for purchasing Housekeeping equipment. The correct choice and quality of equipment could save the costs of breakdowns, labour and time.

In hotel they help to improve productivity and efficiency. As equipment is expensive, there selection is of utmost importance. In our home they help designing of your home and reduced cost if you used proper cleaning equipment.

Guideline for Purchasing Best Housekeeping Equipment

  • Quality of equipment by ascertaining the history of their use in other organizations if you want in hotel and for  It should be tested for its performance.
  • Safety in operation
  • Suitability to the type of surface, area, work, amount of obstruction, and cleaning frequency.
  • Versatility to undertake various types of cleaning.
  • Work performance in terms of capacity of machine and consumer reports on maintenance.
  • Ease of handling of the equipments is an important factor as they should not physically overload the operators.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Cost Factors.
  • Availability of parts and accessories.
  • Portability in terms of ease of transfer between floors and provision of wheels and detachable parts.
  • Durability in terms of usage.
  • Appearance is important as the equipment will be in the view of guest.
  • Noise level which is a more important consideration for hospitals than hotels.

So we see first Different types of Brushes


These may be designed to remove dry or wet and/or ingrained dust and dirt from hard or soft surfaces.


Types of Brushes

  1. Hard Brush
  2. Soft Brush
  3. Scrubbing Brush

Hard Brush

Hard brushes have bristles that are fairly stiff and well spaced out.
Hard brush for toilet cleaning

They are most suitable for removal of heavy soil and litter from carpets and for cleaning rough surfaces.

Soft Brush

Soft brushes have bristles that are fairly flexible and set close together. These help to remove loose soil and litter on hard, smooth surfaces.

Feather brush use in hotel

Such brushes may be designed to dust carpets and furniture, too, especially those made of cane, wicker, or bamboo.


Scrubbing Brush

Scrubbing brushes have short, coarse bristles designed for use on surfaces that have become stained and heavily ingrained with dirt.

These brushes should only be used to remove stubborn, heavy soiling from small areas that are difficult for a scrubbing machine to access.


Brooms use in hotel

Sweeping brooms consist of long bristles gathered together and inserted into a handle.

Depending on the type, brooms may be used for removing dust or dirt in large areas.

Brooms are Classified into three Categories


1) Soft-Bristled Brooms

2. Hard/Coarse-Bristled Brooms

3. Wall Brooms

Soft-Bristled Brooms

Soft-bristled brooms are used on smooth floors.

Hard/Coarse-Bristled Brooms

Brooms such as yard brooms and coconut-fibre brooms are used on coarse surfaces, especially outdoors.

Wall Brooms

These are also called ceiling brooms or Turk’s heads.

They have a soft head and a long handle, usually made of cane. These brooms are used to remove cobwebs as well as dust from cornices, ceiling, etc.



Two types of Mops Found

  1. Dry Mops
  2. Wet/Damp Mops

Dry Mops

Dry mops consist of a head of various shapes and sizes, made from soft twisted cotton yarn or synthetic fibres and attached to a long handle; the synthetic fibres are electrostatic and attract the dust.

Some cotton mopheads are impregnated with a dressing which causes dust to adhere to the mop more satisfactorily.

The large mops are known as mop sweepers. Mops consist of a double-hinged frame are called ‘V-Sweepers’ or ‘scissor-action sweepers.

Wet/Damp Mops

Wet Mops and sponge mops are used for cleaning lightly soiled floors in conjunction with a bucket, hot water and detergent.
The mop consists of long coarser cotton yarn than a dry mop and a sponge mop is another type of wet mop.

Another type of wet mop is squeegee which consists of a long metallic handle and wooden or rubber blade to remove excess water from a surface being cleaned. It is effective when followed by mopping with a damp mop.

A smaller version called the window squeegee is used for wiping away water from windows after washing.

Box Sweeper

Box Sweeper use in hotel


These are also called carpet sweepers and are used for the removal of surface dust and crumbs from carpets.


A box-sweeper consists of a friction brush (placed in between the two dust pans) that revolves when the equipment is pushed manually over the carpet or floor. The dust gets thrown up into built-in dustpans.

You may also check Different types of cleaning clothes use in Housekeeping Department

We buy this all equipment but their some Rules for Storage of this equipment 

  • The store should be dry and well-ventilated as dampness causes rust and mildew leading to degeneration of equipment.
  • The store should be properly locked to prevent pilferage.  Buckets must be cleaned & dry before storage.
  • Brushes and brooms should not rest on their bristles.
  • All detergents and polishes must be properly sealed before storage to prevent evaporation and drying.
  • Mops must be wrung and dried before storage.
  • There should be adequate racks and cupboards, properly labeled for easy identification.
  • Equipment must be cleaned thoroughly prior to storing them.
  • Equipment accessories must be labeled and kept preferably in cupboards.





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