Home cleaning services typically involve vacuuming, mopping floors, wiping surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms, washing dishes, scrubbing stubborn stains from surfaces in both the bathroom and kitchen, washing windows when necessary and more. If there are specific areas that you would like cleaned specifically be sure to include this information when booking your cleaner.
Implementing a daily cleaning routine can help keep your home neat and clean, with our experts sharing their favorite techniques for making this task simpler.
1. Vacuum the Floors
No matter if your floors are carpeted, tiled, or hardwood; vacuuming is an essential tool for extracting dirt and debris that has accumulated on them. Vacuuming prior to dusting helps avoid dark lines of soil from appearing between carpet and baseboard and may help avoid dark marks appearing between these two materials.
When searching for the ideal vacuum cleaner, be sure that it can accommodate different heights. If you have bare floors, choose the lowest setting; for short and medium-pile carpets opt for one which allows you to lift their nap; while plush carpeting calls for higher settings.
Change out your filter regularly for maximum suction and extended lifespan of your vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming should occur at least weekly to keep floors looking their best!
2. Sweep the Kitchen
Misplaced items and clutter can derail your kitchen cleaning goals quickly. Gather everything that doesn’t belong in the room and place them in a basket or other container to return later.
Once the floor is swept clean, focus on cleaning all corners and crevices – including underneath appliances where crumbs like to hide. Wipe down counters and sink before wiping down small appliances such as toasters or coffee makers as necessary.
Make sure that your cleaning cloths are regularly washed so they do not harbor bacteria and mold, especially in the kitchen where germs could end up contaminating food and beverages that eventually end up in your mouth. Also remember to work left-right when sweeping to avoid missing anything important.
3. Dust the Furniture
Dust accumulation can not only look distasteful but can also be a trigger for asthma and allergies. Furthermore, when accumulated on electrical equipment it could pose a fire risk.
Start with ceilings and hanging fixtures, followed by high shelves and door frames, then low shelving and furniture before finally using a vacuum to sweep or vacuum out all debris from the room.
Make sure you use an effective cloth, like one designed with microfiber or flannel fabric to trap dust particles. Be sure to periodically dampen it, since wet surfaces may encourage re-adsorption. Dryer sheets are excellent tools for quickly eliminating stubborn grime like pet hair from baseboards as they neutralize static electricity while simultaneously adding an antistatic shield that acts as a barrier and provides protection.
4. Clean the Bathroom
Bathrooms are usually our go-to for eliminating germs. Unfortunately, however, they’re also one of the fastest places for dirt accumulation – and so this space needs to be regularly maintained to stay in top shape.
Before gathering cleaning supplies, start by vacuuming floors and surfaces. This will remove stray hairs or dust bunnies that might cling to damp surfaces as well as make your job simpler.
Use different rags or sponges for each surface you clean to reduce bacteria spread from one area to another. Be sure to regularly wash brushes, mops, and scrubbers so they do not transfer germs between areas.
Decluttering the vanity and cabinet will make cleaning much simpler. Remove items that don’t belong in the bathroom and place towels, bath mats and laundry in a hamper for washing.
5. Wash the Windows
No matter if they’re interior or exterior windows, regular maintenance of them is key to keeping dust and dirt at bay. Begin by taking steps such as taking down blinds or curtains before vacuuming frames, tracks and sills using either your vacuum cleaner or duster; next sweep away cobwebs and loose dirt using either a brush or broom.
Spray the windows with commercial glass cleaner and wipe them down using a lint-free cloth, before using a rubber blade squeegeeing them dry with purified water if possible. For best results, if streaks persist try buffing with crumpled newspaper to absorb any remaining cleaning solution for an improved finish.