10 Things Professional Cleaners Do Every Time They Clean
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House Cleaning Hack 1: Always Clean Top to Bottom
Cleaning each room from top to bottom ensures you don’t knock dust or crumbs down onto a space you’ve already cleaned. Start by dusting the ceilings, light fixtures, walls, and windows. This is my favorite duster, as it’s extendable to dust fan blades and such AND machine washable! A win-win! After dusting higher up areas, move to furniture and decorative elements. Now, finish up with the floor. As you clean, knock dust and debris from the higher sections to the floor as you work your way down. That way, you’ll be able to clean faster and quickly vacuum up all the room’s debris at one time. (If you’re looking for a new vacuum, I am obsessed with this stick vacuum that is far more affordable than a Dyson!)
Make Cleaning Fast by Dividing
In addition to cleaning from top to bottom, it’s best to divide each room into sections for quick cleaning. Clean each section before moving on to the next section, always moving from top to bottom.
Also, it’s a good idea to start by cleaning the worst section of the room and moving on from there. Not only will this ensure that the dirtiest part of the room is cleaned first, but it will also make cleaning the rest of the room a breeze.
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Next House Cleaning Hack: Use the Dishwasher
Professional cleaners know that the dishwasher isn’t just for dishes. Make the most of this handy appliance by using it to clean a variety of other items around the house. When you’re deep cleaning your bathroom, add your toothbrush holder and soap dish to the top rack to get the grime cleaned off those essential pieces without having to scrub.
Add your dish drains and range hood filter to the dishwasher while you’re cleaning your kitchen to get those dirty pieces sparkling. You can even clean your cleaning utensils in the dishwasher! Add your scrub brushes and sponges to the top rack to remove bacteria and mildew in between cleanings. You can pick up one of these cheap dishwasher baskets to clean small items that may not fit perfectly on a rack.
Microwave Cleaning Hacks: Steam-It!
Your microwave can get grimy quickly. And all this stuck-on grime is difficult to clean. To loosen up the stuck-on pieces, place a cup filled with water in the appliance and run it for 3 minutes to allow steam to form.
Filling your microwave with steam will loosen the stuck-on residue. Then, all you have to do is wipe it away and your microwave cleaning is complete! To prevent future messes, a microwave plate cover is a must!
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Professional Cleaners Maintain Their Cleaning Supplies
Keep your sponges, mop heads, and scrub brushes clean by rinsing them after each use and allowing them to dry in a well-ventilated area. This is something we often overlook doing since the cleaning in itself can be tiresome enough.
It’s also important to maintain your vacuum by emptying the canister or bag after each use and wiping off the inside and bottom of the machine when you’re finished cleaning for the day. And don’t forget to clean the filter and rotating brush regularly.
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Keep Your Supplies Handy When Cleaning the House
To make cleaning your home easier and more efficient, keep all the tools you need in one place. Use a carrying basket to organize your most-used tools, so you can easily grab what you need and move from room to room. Something like this affordable caddy is perfect and easy to stick under the sink when you’re done!
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Don’t Forget the Squeegee
If you don’t have a squeegee as part of your cleaning toolkit, you need one. There are so many uses for this handy cleaning tool. Get a streak-free clean on your windows, mirrors, and shower doors by using a squeegee to quickly and easily clean those glass surfaces.
You can also use a squeegee to cut back on bathroom cleaning. Just ask your family members to wipe the shower walls and floor with a squeegee after each shower to keep it clean in between deep cleanings.
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Look for Hidden Dust While Cleaning
One of the best ways to deal with dust in your living room and bedrooms is to tackle the places where dust can hide. Move furniture to clean underneath and behind each piece and deep clean your furniture by removing cushions and vacuuming in all the cracks and crevices. Do these tasks at least once a month to keep dust under control in these high-trafficked rooms.
House Cleaning Hacks: Always Clean in Natural Light
Opening all the curtains and blinds in your house will reveal tons of hidden dirt and dust, which is why most professional cleaners do the bulk of their cleaning during the middle of the day.
Natural light is the best light to view your home with a critical eye, so stick to the time frame of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to do your deep cleaning. That way, you’ll have plenty of natural light to brighten your home as you clean.
When Cleaning Always Make the Most of Your Vacuum
Your vacuum can be one of the best tools in your cleaning arsenal. Use the appliance’s various attachments to clean your drapes, furniture, and all those hard-to-reach areas. And when you’re cleaning your floors, make sure you make two passes through each room.
First, vacuum the room horizontally, then go vertically to ensure you pick up all the stuck-on dirt. Take your time as you move through each room. The slower you move the vacuum across the floor, the more likely it is that you’ll pick up each tiny crumb and piece of dust.
Professional Cleaners Feel Overwhelmed Too
The most important step you can take in cleaning your home is getting started. Once you have divided your home up and gathered all of the necessary cleaning supplies, things get much easier. Don’t try to take on more than you can at one time. If you haven’t always kept your place the tidiest or your cleaning up after some rather messy houseguests, the initial deep clean may seem a bit daunting.
Take it one step at a time and work your way from section to section. When you break up the job like this, it becomes much more manageable. Once you complete a truly solid deep cleaning, it is much less stressful to maintain on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis.
Follow the steps above taken by professional cleaners every time they clean a home. These professional house cleaning hacks will have you feeling like you’re living in a 5-star hotel in no time at all!
Have you ever hired a professional cleaner for your home? What was the experience like? Did you learn anything interesting? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!