Are you always looking for ways to clean better and smarter? You’re in luck. I used to clean professionally, and I’m going to tell you my simple secrets from an insider’s perspective.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, look at your house through the eyes of a professional. I know cleaning is a never-ending, Groundhog Day kind of experience. But if you can change your perspective, if you can see cleaning your home as a job you must really concentrate on only once or twice a week, you’ll stop procrastinating, and just do it.
Think Efficiency First
Think strategically. You want to get in and out as soon as possible. Everything has a logical order, and we don’t want to lug around any extra cleaning supplies. Double-up on cleaning products when you can, and clean with a mission. A good rule of thumb is to work top to bottom — both upstairs to downstairs and ceiling to floor.
The bathroom order: mirrors before counters before toilets before floors.
The kitchen order: cabinets before stove before counters before sinks before floors.
Now, let’s get down to it.
Clean windows and mirrors with good old Windex. It works best. If you’re getting streaks with cotton cloths, use coffee filters.
Murphy’s For Everything
We used Murphy’s Oil Soap for everything. I mean everything: floors, counters, cabinets, walls, sinks. I thought it was strange until I saw how well it worked. Unless it was glass or stainless steel, it got the Murphy’s Oil Soap treatment. You don’t need to rinse, and it leaves a nice shine on everything. Plus, it smells nice.
Always have two cloths with you. One wet, one dry. Follow the wet wipe-down with a dry wipe-down, and surfaces will shine like new. We only used cotton cloths to get the job done, and it worked like a charm.
Use Microfiber Cloths
These little babies are your best friends in the cleaning world. We dusted everything with these life-savers: picture frames, coffee tables, recessed door frames. It all got the microfiber dust treatment. Remember that whole order thing? Well, all dusting comes before vacuuming, and you want to work ceiling to floor, so you don’t scatter that dust around: light fixtures before pictures and lamps before coffee tables. All this is done before vacuuming.
Vacuum it All
Don’t just give the room a once-over. Use those handy attachments you never touch to vacuum blinds before baseboards. Then the perimeter of the room gets special attention where all that yucky stuff builds up between the wall and floor. The room will already look a million times better. Now, for the easy part. Vacuum the rest of the floor starting at the farthest point from the door until you vacuum yourself right out. What’s left? A beautiful floor.
That’s it! Simple, right? And simple really is the name of the game when you want to get the job done right and as quickly as possible. Hopefully, these tips will help you pare down and streamline the process of cleaning your own home.