If you have an office, you likely want to make sure that it stays as clean as possible. You likely will hire a janitorial staff that will do the actual cleaning for you, but you will be in charge of the supplies. This can pose a problem because you might not have the space to store a lot of extra supplies, but you also absolutely do not want to worry about running out. Here are some tips for managing your janitorial supplies so that they take up as little room as possible and that you always have them on hand.

1. Track How Long it Takes to Run Out of Each Item

The first thing that you want to do is track how long it takes you to run out of each item. Purchase a rough estimate of the supplies that you think you will need for your first month. Then, have your janitorial staff record the approximate level of the supplies each day that they come in to clean. Include a clipboard with a tracking sheet on it so that it is very easy for your janitorial staff. This will allow you to keep track of how long each item that you buy lasts. 

Once you have your data, analyze it. Check to see if you needed to reorder any items in the middle of the month, as well as check to see if you bought way too much of any particular item. From there, you can create a reorder sheet and automate it so that the supplies that you need for each month are ordered a week ahead of time. This will allow you to avoid having to store too many of your supplies in the office, where the space could be used for additional office supplies or another desk.

2. Ask Janitors What Supplies Would Be the Best

It doesn't make any sense to store several gallons of cleaning solution for the month when a different brand of product could do the job for half the volume. Your janitors will know what supplies are going to be the most useful. Talk to them and get their opinion. This will raise overall morale and interest in the job, as well as allow you to spend your space and money more effectively on cleaning supplies.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in janitorial equipment and supplies.