Announcing the very first group of CBT’s “Best of” Winners!
CBT is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Best of Awards for Cleaning Products and Equipment.

Best of Cleaning Cloths:

While microfiber in general dominated this category, readers voted PerfectCLEAN as the leading brand in microfiber; huck towels followed as the second favorite, with terry, cotton, and disposables trailing.

Best of Dusters:

P&G Swiffer 360° Dusters Extender
With so many different styles and methods for dusting, we were excited to see many represented in the voting. While the Swiffer Duster earned the most brand-specific votes, the aggregate votes for using microfiber cloths for dusting earned that tool/method a definite honorable mention.

Best of Mops:

Direct Mop Sales Microfiber Cut-Pile Scrubber Pad 
Hands down, the favorite mopping system is a flat mop; the aggregate votes completely closed out string and sponge mops of any variety.

Best of All-Purpose Cleaners:

Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser 
Deionized (DI) Water
Core Hydroxipro (H2O2)

The leaders in this category land in a three-way tie as all achieve effective cleaning through different methods while all meeting “green” expectations.  

Best of Disinfectants:

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant
Advanced Vapor Technology Ladybug with TANCS
Envirox Concentrate 118

In a surprise result, the winner and second place awards in the disinfectant category go to low-impact “green” disinfecting options, showing that cleaning companies are choosing tested products and methods over untested homemade products.

Best of Glass Cleaners:

SC Johnson Windex
Deionized (DI) Water
Acetic Acid (
food-grade 5-7% white vinegar)
SC Johnson Windex hasn’t been America’s #1 glass cleaner for decades without good reason, and readers have confirmed that. Tying for second place are the primary ingredients of a great window/glass cleaner: acid and water.

Best of Soft Scrub:

Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser
Sponge Outlet Melamine Eraser Sponges

After winning as the best all-purpose cleaner, it should be no surprise that Bar Keepers Friend again takes the top honor as the best soft scrub.  But second place may surprise you.

Best of Floor Cleaners:

Bona Floor Cleaners
Deionized (DI) Water
Shark Steam Cleaner
If you’re not using one of the favorite all-purpose cleaners on the floor, you may be looking for a specialized surface cleaner or something even greener for the floors.

Best of Vacuums:

Best Upright: Riccar SupraLite
Best Canister: Nacecare Henry
Best Backpack: ProTeam Sierra
And finally, in the most highly competitive category, readers voted three vacuums as the favorites for use in professional residential cleaning application.

Thank you to all of the readers who voted! Be sure to vote in May for the Best of Technology for Cleaning Businesses.