Professional Cleaning Tips: Our Best Kept Secrets

file000940921621Have you ever wondered how professional cleaners get the job done so quickly? Why a chore that takes you an hour only takes them 20 minutes? We know there’s a lot of advice out there about how to keep your home clean, but which tricks do professionals actually use? We’ll let you in on a few of our secrets so you can learn to clean your house like a pro!

One Room at a Time

This may seem obvious, but when the house is a mess it is easy to get overwhelmed. Take your time and focus on the mess at hand. You won’t be productive if you keep getting side tracked. If anything, this can lead to a bigger mess than you had when you started. Pick one room and stay there until it’s clean.

Assemble Your Supplies Beforehand

Gather everything you’ll need to clean the room you chose. Make sure you have all the sprays you’ll need, a supply of clean cloths, water (with or without soap, as needed), mops, broom, vacuum – it depends on the room. Making a list before you start and checking it off as you gather supplies can be helpful if you’re new to this. This will prevent you from leaving the room you’re cleaning, which means you’ll be less likely to be distracted by the dishes in the sink, the laundry in the hamper, the hair that litters the bathroom or the mess in your bedroom closet.

Dust First, Vacuum Last

This works in every room except the bathroom! If you vacuum first and dust afterward, you’re just making more work for yourself and you’re not getting rid of all the dust – just spreading it around. This means family members with allergies will find little relief. The dust that escapes your cleaning cloth will inevitably settle on your furniture and floors. Vacuuming second gives you another chance to trap and eliminate more dust.

Microfiber Cloths

A favorite cleaning tool for many professionals, a damp microfiber cloth is like a dust magnet. They’re a super efficient dusting tool because they almost never leave dust or lint behind, which means less dust will settle on other things around your home.

Clean in a Pattern

Don’t you hate when you’ve finished cleaning a room and you finally sit down to rest and notice that you missed something? An easy way to avoid this is to clean left to right, top to bottom. Never miss a spot again!

Spray Everything Before You Start Scrubbing

A lot of people don’t realize that cleaning products take at least 30 seconds to completely kill bacteria. Spraying all your surfaces before you start scrubbing will sanitize your surfaces and make cleaning easier. It also gives the product time to break down the goo and crust in problem areas, which means you’ll have less scrubbing and scraping to do by the time you get there.

Set a Timer

If you’ve got a really big job ahead of you, you may want to work in 20-30 minute intervals. This makes your goal of a clean home far more attainable and allows you to rest and get away from the fumes.

Why Do It Yourself?

If you’re not up to the task of cleaning your home or simply lack the time, there’s no reason for you to stress about it. If the professionals know the secrets, why not just let them take care of it?

1st Class Cleaning is a New York based professional cleaning company that can have your house, apartment or office clean in no time at all. We offer a variety of services and can even organize your stuff for you. Have us come for a one time cleaning to help get you back on track, or choose our recurring services and let us take care of everything.

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