Cleanliness is an essential aspect of everyone’s day-to-day lives. It is a skill that requires a great deal of polishing (quite literally) and learning. It’s quite often that within hours of haphazardly cleaning the house, you realize that it looks messier than before? Cleaning experts from Maid as Needed, a successful house cleaning company, have generously shared with us some practical cleaning tips to cleanse your homes successfully. 

Create a Plan

This technique applies to nearly every situation. Decide what space you would like to clean first before moving on to other rooms and give it your full undivided attention. For example, if you start cleaning a kitchen, begin with the cabinets to let the crumbs and dust particles fall on the counters. Clean and wipe the counters and stove, followed by the kitchen floor, in the end, to save time and clean the space better effectively. 

Start From the Top:

It is essential to know where to begin your cleaning.  If you clean the floor first and then work the top, then brushing or sweeping the ceiling will cause dust particles to fall and make the floor dusty and messy again. To avoid cleaning the floor twice, start from the top, and then you can work towards the bottom and clean the floor in the end. 

Rotate Clockwise: 

Second, we will move in a clockwise direction of a room starting from the door. Begin with cleaning the door, followed by the walls, and then scrubbing and mopping the furniture in the room’s center. Do this in a clockwise direction. Follow it up with a final cleanup of the floor. 

Turn off Your Phone: 

Please make sure there are no distractions while you clean to avoid spending extra time on it. We have all been there, harmlessly scrolling down Instagram and realizing it’s two hours later and you don’t want to work anymore. 

All-Purpose Cleaner:

Make an all-purpose cleaner that stays in the cupboard for your daily and emergency cleaning requirements. Use four tablespoons of baking soda and about a quart of lukewarm water, mix it well, and spray it on top of kitchen counters, dining tables, inside refrigerators, ovens, and microwaves. Leave the spray on for 5-10 minutes and wipe it off using a clean cloth. 

Homemade Glass Cleaner: 

Keep the glass surfaces and windows shiny and clean, make a cleaner using half a cup of vinegar, a quarter of a cup of surface alcohol, and two cups of water. Mix it vigorously and spray it on glass surfaces, tables, and windows and wipe it off with a clean microfiber cloth. 

Disinfectant Dwell Time: 

Dwell time is when the disinfectant needs to stay in contact with the surface to clean it appropriately. Most people believe in wiping it off as soon as it is sprayed; however, that doesn’t even come close to finishing the job. The disinfectant needs to be sprayed on the dirty counters and spaces that need it and left there wet for 8-10 minutes and then wiped off.

Vacuuming Everything:

A vacuum serves the great purpose of picking up dust from unreachable corners of the house. It is effortless to use and even easier to keep clean. Vacuum your carpets, bed corners, sofa spaces, fridge, toasters, ovens, and even cars! It will remove any excess buildup residue easily missed during regular cleaning. It ensures there is no remnant of dust left and reduces developing triggers for people with allergies and asthma. 

Better Safe Than Sorry:

Clean everything right after it has been vigorously used or there has been a significant spill. If the oven baking tray is dirty after baking the brownies, clean it right after preventing the residue from solidifying after repeated use and leaving a permanent stain. Oil spills around the stove need to be wiped immediately to prevent the surface from getting greasier and becoming harder to clean. Put your clothes in the washer immediately if there is a cooking stain. The faster it’s washed, the lesser the damage. Stay on top of your game, don’t procrastinate when cleaning and resolving small messes. 

Take Care of Your Devices: 

The screen of a smartphone is known to be one of the dirtiest surfaces, and you must regularly clean the screen using a microfiber cloth and some mild alcohol sanitizer. Likewise, clean the keyboard of your laptops and computers by blowing air on it with a blow-dryer and wipe the screen with a microfiber cloth and mild alcohol sanitizer. Regularly clean the TV remotes, sockets, and home telephones. 

Reassess Missed Spots: 

Once you are finished cleaning a room or an area, take a look around to check any dusty spots left unattended. For tables, kitchen counters, and bookshelves, bend to the surface level to check if there is an additional residue remaining because sometimes greasy spots or water stains can be easy to miss from a distance. 

Clean Your Cleaning Supplies: 

It is no secret that the cleaning equipment’s effectiveness relies on how clean the supplies are, to begin with. Regularly clean the supplies and store them in a separate dry compartment or cupboard. Thoroughly rinse the scrub brushes after every use and leave them to air-dry before placing them back. Clean the brooms after a day or two of sweeping and keep the broom hanging to prevent the bristles from swaying, and wrap a rubber band around them. Machine wash and dry the cotton cloths used for wiping. Rinse and wash sponges after every use and replace them with new sponges every two weeks. 

Timing is Everything:

Start the cleaning session in broad daylight because it’s easier to identify dust, stains, and dirty surfaces in the sunlight. Start the cleaning soon after a rainy or snowy week. Do not carry it out if the weather is windy as it could potentially lead to a buildup of dust, dirt, and debris, and the cleaning will go to waste. 

Use Cotton Cloths: 

Cotton cloth is notorious for trapping dust and other particles and wiping and cleaning 100% easier. Cotton cloth can be easily recycled from items within your homes. Use an old T-shirt, a cut-out of a bed-sheet or a used towel as a cloth.

Relax, Relax, Relax: 

Cleaning time is seen as a mode to destress by several people. Play some relaxing music in the background, and let your thoughts disentangle while you clean around. 

These are a few of the best tips used by our professional cleaners. Keep your cleaning schedule up-to-date to make it simpler. Hire a professional cleaning service every six months or yearly to allow for some healthy occasional deep cleaning. From the advice mentioned earlier by our team, we hope you have a shiny and effortless cleaning experience.