It can seem daunting to think of cleaning your house top to bottom, but it must get done eventually. There are ways to complete this chore more efficiently, leaving you more time to do the things you want to do. Here are some tips from professional house cleaners that will get your home spotless in no time:
Change Your Soap
Use glycerin or vegetable oil-based soaps in the bath and shower. These soaps will not leave a white, gummy crust on your walls and rinse clean better than tallow-based soaps. Professionals recommend Dr. Bronner’s, Pears, or Neutrogena.
Turn Your Phone Off
It can be easy to get sidetracked at home. Cut down on distractions by turning off your phone, and you could cut your cleaning time in half. Once you start cleaning it can also be easy to get sidetracked with more detailed tasks like organizing the linen closet. Save these tasks for another time, or you risk leaving your house only partially cleaned.
Start With The Easy Tasks
Clean the low-traffic rooms quickly, so you build a momentum to tackle the bigger stuff. High-traffic areas will require more effort, which can make the task of cleaning more daunting. Once you get on a roll with easy tasks, the hard tasks will not seem as bad. The room you start with will depend on your household. Some good places to start with are the living room, home office, or dining room.
Use the Dishwasher
Save time by putting toothbrush holders, soap dishes, dish drains, range hoods and other household items in the dishwasher. If it is metal, hard plastic, glass, or ceramic, it can be put in the dishwasher. If you want to be extra cautious, put the item on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
Use a Squeegee
One of the most dreaded cleaning tasks is washing the tub and shower. The best way to decrease the frequency of cleaning this part of your house is by using a squeegee after every shower or bath. Encourage everyone in your household to wipe the walls from top to bottom and the sides of the tub. Doing so will prevent a film of product from forming by washing away shampoo and soap residue. You will just have to wash your tub and shower once a month if you keep up with this habit.
Steam the Microwave
Baked-on and splattered food make reheating leftovers unappetizing and can transfer food odour. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for this. Simply fill a measuring cup or mug with water and microwave for two to three minutes. Steam will form inside and soften the residue, making it easy to wipe clean.
The Top-to-bottom Rule
Knock debris and dust from lamp shades, curtains, shelves, and mantels onto the floor and vacuum it from there. You can clean quicker by not having to worry about where the dust ends up and get rid of all of it in the end.
Tune-up Your Vacuum
Maintain your vacuum well for maximum efficiency and suction power. Change the disposable bag, clean the rotating brush, and wipe the bottom and inside of the machine at least once a month. Drop off your vacuum at your local repair store at least once a year to keep it in pristine condition.