Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tips on Cleaning Your Home Like a Professional

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Have you ever watched a hotel housekeeper clean a room? They are incredibly fast, often spending less than 15 minutes on a room. When they're done, the room is sparkling! Now think about how long it takes to clean your house—you likely spend more than 15 minutes on a room. By learning how the pros clean a house from top to bottom in just a few hours, housekeeping can be something you look forward to.

Prepare Everything You Need
Housekeepers keep all of their supplies on a rolling cart so that they don't have to run back and forth while cleaning a room. You don't need a cart, but you should get a small caddy with a handle. Stock it up with bleach, window cleaner, and whatever other cleaners you use. Keep a few sponges and a stack of clean cloths in there. Having everything you need at hand can save you tons of time.

Go by Task, Not by Room
If you get caught up in every little task that needs to be done in one room, you can easily spend all of your cleaning time in one room. Instead, do one task at a time and do it in every room. This may require you to walk a bit more, but it can make the overall process faster. Try this order to make the most of your time:

•    Declutter
•    Dust
•    Wipe down hard surfaces (tables, cabinets, etc.)
•    Wipe down soft surfaces
•    Sweep and mop hard floors or vacuum carpets

You can change up the order to suit your house and your preferences.

Top to Bottom, Back to Front
Cleaning everything in a methodical order is possibly the most important pro cleaning tip. If you clean everything in the same order every time, you'll never catch yourself wondering if you have already cleaned something. When you begin cleaning, start in the back of the room and work your way up to the front. Clean from back to front, top to bottom, and left to right. For example, when you are dusting, start in the upper left corner in the back of the room. Dust your upper shelves, work your way down to the ground, and keep moving throughout the room. This prevents you from getting dirt or dust on already-clean shelves.

This also makes it easy to know when you are done with a room. When you vacuum from the back of the room to the front, you leave the room looking fresh and clean.

Use Microfiber Cloths Instead of Paper Towels
Think about how much money hotels and cleaning services would spend if they used paper towels as often as most American households do! Instead, many services use thin microfiber cloths. They are inexpensive, easy to wash, and perfect for almost every surface.

Use these tips next time you clean your house and see how much easier it is!

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