White Glove Cleaning

Remember those movie scenes where the tough commander or mean house matron uses a white glove to see just how clean their charges rooms really are? Believe it or not, you can get your house ‘white glove’ clean without too much heartache or elbow grease. In fact, it takes little more then scheduling your cleaning and keeping up with your maintenance to pass the ‘white glove’ test.

First, it is important that you plan when you are going to clean what. Sounds a little funny, but with a little forethought, cleaning can become actually easy. To determine what your schedule should be, consider the following:

  • What day, or days, of the week is your trash pick-up?
  • What day of the week do you have the most free time – and thus the most chance to clutter your home?
  • How often do you do laundry?

Using the information provided from the questions above, coming up with a schedule is easy.

  • Plan to clean your fridge of all leftovers and spoilt food the night before trash pickup
  • Plan a ‘clutter’ pickup the day after your free day to return all those things from around the house that seem to end up where they do not belong
  • Plan to do your laundry throughout the week. Perhaps one day for linens, one day for towels and one day for clothing. Don’t forget about ironing!

Besides coming up with a plan for cleaning, keeping up on your household maintenance can help you keep your home white glove clean.

  • Be sure to regularly change your air filters. Clogged filters are not only less efficient; they actually put dust and particulate matter into the air, which isn’t good for your lungs or your wood furniture.
  • If you have blinds, be sure to clean them regularly to prevent a build up of dust and dirt.
  • Using a daily shower spray can help prevent the build up of mildew or mold that can be difficult to clean.
  • Be sure to maintain your cleaning equipment as well. Regularly change your vacuum cleaner bags, replace mop heads and dusters. Well maintained equipment will help you clean.

Finally, in order to have a ‘white glove’ clean house, you must actually clean it – and clean it well. This means doing things the hard way.

  • When dusting, remove each item from the surface to be dusted – don’t just dust around them.
  • Floors should be wiped up by hand whenever possible – mops often do little more then move around dirty water.
  • White surfaces that can handle it, like tile, should be bleached whenever possible.
  • Clutter should be kept to a minimum
  • Ledges, base boards, cupboard tops and even light bulbs should be regularly cleaned.

For those of use that believe there is more to clean then the appearance of being clean, going the extra mile and working for ‘white glove’ clean is well worth it. Elbow grease, good cleansers and knowing what you are doing will go along way towards passing that dreaded white glove inspection.

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