Top Cleaning Tips from the Pros: Maintaining a Clean Home

March 11, 2024

Keeping your home clean and tidy can be a daunting task, especially with the busy schedules we keep in the Triangle. However, maintaining a spotless living space is not only about aesthetics; it's also crucial for your health and well-being (bring on the pollen). As professionals in the cleaning industry, we've mastered the art of efficient and effective cleaning. Today, I'm excited to share top cleaning tips and tricks that you can use to maintain your home between professional cleanings. These cleaning tips will help you clean smarter, not harder, ensuring your home stays pristine with minimal effort.

 

  1. Start with a Plan

Professional cleaners always begin with a strategy, not much of a cleaning tip, but a necessity. Before diving into cleaning, assess each room and determine what needs the most attention. Create a checklist of tasks for each area of your home. This approach ensures you stay organized and focused, preventing the feeling of being overwhelmed.

 

  1. Tackle Clutter First

One of the biggest obstacles to getting started is clutter. Before you start dusting or vacuuming, declutter each room. Put away items that are out of place, and consider implementing storage solutions for frequently cluttered areas. Deploy your kids, this always works for us.  Have them clear their rooms and other rooms throughout the house. Not only will your home look cleaner but it makes the cleaning process faster and more efficient.

 

  1. Master the Art of Speed Cleaning

Speed cleaning doesn't mean cutting corners—it's about cleaning effectively in less time. Focus on tasks that make the biggest visual impact. For example, wiping down surfaces, sweeping floors, and fluffing pillows can quickly refresh a room. Use a timer to limit how long you spend on each task to maintain momentum and avoid getting bogged down in details. Remember you're not deep cleaning your home between visits, this is just a maintenance cleaning.

 

  1. The Magic of Microfiber Cloths

Professional cleaners swear by microfiber cloths. These cloths are highly effective at trapping dust, dirt, and germs without the need for excessive cleaning products. They're also reusable, making them an eco-friendly option. Use different colored cloths for various areas of the house to prevent cross-contamination.

 

  1. High-to-Low Cleaning

Everyone knows the top-to-bottom, left-to-right method of house cleaning but we have to mention it here. Dust and dirt fall downward, so always clean from the top of a room to the bottom. Start with ceiling fans and light fixtures, then move to furniture and finally the floors. This method ensures that you won't have to re-clean surfaces due to falling dust or remove bedding you've just covered with dust from your ceiling fan.

 

  1. Don't Forget the Details

One of the most overlooked cleaning tips is attention to detail.  This what separates a good cleaning job from a great one. Pay attention to often-overlooked areas such as baseboards, door frames, light switches, and cabinet fronts. A quick wipe-down of these areas can significantly elevate the overall cleanliness of your home.

 

  1. Natural Cleaning Solutions

Most often, you don't need harsh chemicals to achieve a deep clean. Many professional cleaners use natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice for a variety of tasks. These ingredients are not only effective at cleaning and deodorizing but are also safer for your family and the environment. If you want one of our best cleaning tips, don't mess around mixing ingredients. The EPAs Safer choice products, the ones we use, are cost effective and safe for pets and children.

 

  1. Bathroom and Kitchen: The Deep Clean Duo

The bathroom and kitchen require special attention due to their frequent use and potential for germ buildup. For bathrooms, focus on disinfecting high-touch areas such as faucets, toilet handles, and door knobs. In the kitchen, pay extra attention to appliance handles, countertops, and cutting boards. Regular deep cleaning of these areas can prevent the spread of germs and keep your home healthier.

 

  1. Floor Care

Keeping floors clean in a busy home, while difficult, can transform the look and feel of your home. One of the best cleaning tips we can give is to vacuum or sweep regularly to remove dirt and debris. Always do this before wet mopping or dusting, even in the bathrooms, otherwise you will end up with clumps of fuzz that stick in the cracks making it look worse than before you began. When mopping, start from the farthest corner of the room and move backward towards the entrance to avoid stepping on freshly cleaned floors. When using a mop, twist the mop handle so the mop makes a figure 8 on the floor.  This avoids any dirt, hair or fibers to be left on the floor.

 

  1. Maintain Cleaning Tools

Well-maintained cleaning tools are more effective and can save you time and effort regardless of which cleaning tips you decide to implement. Regularly wash and dry microfiber cloths, empty vacuum bags, wash and sanitize canisters, and replace mop heads as needed. Clean tools ensure a cleaner home.

 

Final thoughts

Maintaining a clean home is a continuous effort, but it doesn't have to be a chore. By incorporating these cleaning tips into your routine, you can significantly reduce the time and effort required to keep your living space in top condition.

Adopting a proactive approach to cleaning can also focus your professional cleaners on the tougher tasks rather than picking up clothes or trash, ensuring you get a deeper cleaning of your home. These "secrets" from the cleaning pros are really common knowledge but often we need to be reminded of the basics to help us reach the desired outcome -  a consistently clean home, providing a healthy living environment, and overall better quality of life for our families.

Keep in mind that professional cleaning services offer deep cleaning that goes beyond the surface level. While these cleaning tips will help maintain your home's cleanliness, scheduling regular professional cleanings ensures a thorough clean that removes the brunt of the more difficult tasks. If you're interested in finding out what cleaning supplies we recommend, check out our previous blog on "The Best Cleaning Supplies".

As always, remember to take some time back from your busy schedule.  Prioritize yourself, your family and your community by taking some time to enjoy the natural wonders that surround us.  Feel free to give us a call, we will get some of that time back for you. (919)229-9227

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