There are two possible reactions the first time someone walks into your home. Either they go, Wow! Or they go, Ugh! A sparkling clean home is not just a visual treat. It’s a health essential. The place to live, rest, play, and grow has to be super hygienic so that you and your family stay disease and allergy free. Whether it’s large or tiny, rental or your own, keeping your home fresh, odor free, neat, and organized helps you to work more efficiently and provide a safe place for the family. Giving it a thorough cleaning can be a daunting task. Grease and grime, spills and stains, dust, and trash tend to pile up. Here’s our useful and practical The DIY Professional Cleaning Guide
Follow these tips to ensure that your home remains beautiful, efficient, safe, clean, and hygienic. A place where the family gathers at the end of the day to catch up, share a freshly-cooked meal and create bonds and memories that last a lifetime.
Why Do Homes Get So Dirty?
How we perceive the concept of “dirty” and “clean” depend on several factors. Much of what goes into our thinking is based on our childhood training and memories. We may or may not have learned how to keep a clean home from our parents. These are largely personal choices backed by history. There’s a difference between dirty and untidy. Many clean homes may not be perfectly tidy or well organized. On the other hand, some homes that look neat may hide several dirty secrets. The trick is to get these two qualities to merge, and create a space that looks clean and tidy and is genuinely so, no matter how big or small it is.
You may live in a rental or own your home. Either way, it’s important to create an environment that protects you from harm, disease and allergies.
- Clutter everywhere
- Dirty kitchens
- Crowded and disorganized shelves
- Smelly mops and wipes
- Grimy carpets, rugs, and upholstery
- Unmade beds
- Dirty bathrooms and toilets
- Overflowing trash cans and waste paper basket
- Messy dining area with stains and spills
- Crowded dining table
- Overflowing laundry baskets without lids
- Dirty knobs and switches
- Too many exposed wires and cables
- No regular cleaning schedule
If you work full or part-time outside the house, it’s important to have a strategy to keep your home clean. Some tasks must be done daily, no matter what. This includes taking out the trash, doing the dishes, making the beds, and clearing the clutter. In addition, you can spend a little time every weekend with more complex tasks such as cleaning your closets, bathrooms, and kitchen.
Learn from the pros about micro-cleaning and speed cleaning. These two methods are great when you’re short of time and energy.
Professionals sometimes work in teams. Create your own family team to help with the chores. Assign tasks to each member according to their age, capability, and preference. Once the task is assigned, you must ensure they’re regular and reliable.
Professional Cleaners Do Things Differently
As with most household chores, the longer you put them off, the harder and more time consuming they become. Spending a few minutes every day speed cleaning is smarter rather than pile it all up for months. You will need more time and effort, plus more cleaning products and people to help you.
The difference between how you clean and a pro cleans is at another level altogether.
- Clean every part of the house
- Have a pre-determined plan
- Work to a schedule
- Maximize their work and minimize the time
- Use the right products
- Use the best quality equipment
They stay focused on the job and execute work according to a tried and tested strategy. In addition, they prioritize ensuring that the job is completed according to the specifications.
Professionals don’t get personally involved in the cleaning environment. This means they don’t drop everything suddenly and start reading old letters or going through photos of the kids when they were babies.
DIY Cleaning Like A Professional
- Techniques: Pros first evaluate the entire task by surveying the whole house. This helps them to create a workflow sequence. Next, they have specific cleaning materials and equipment for each task, with some common items across tasks. Finally, they work strict schedules, so they don’t waste time trying to get the original shine back on your cooker or dishwasher.
- Carry It With You:A caddy or waist-belt that can hold most of the products and equipment you need across the whole house saves valuable time that’s usually wasted running back and forth from room to room. Always start at the top in every room. Ceiling, countertop, shelves, and cabinets, with floors being last on the list.
- Right Products:Stay in touch with the cleaning industry to get the latest information about new products and equipment. Microfiber cloths and dusters, hand-held vacuum cleaners, disinfecting wipes, pet hair removal squeegee, spin mop with its own bucket, grout cleaner spray, brushes, and more are available online. Mops may not be right for smaller spaces, such as the bathroom, where multiple floor-mounted fixtures exist in a limited space. Instead, use a rag or wipe to clean the floor and throw it away after the job is done.
- Create a Work Flow: Map a cleaning route through your house, starting from the top, if you have an upstairs. Pros usually start with clearing the clutter. Invest in large plastic bins for toys, books, games, and the like. Keep a couple of them in the rooms where this stuff accumulates. Attack the bathrooms next because you need to leave them free for people to use. Pour/Spray the cleaning products and leave them on for a bit. While you wait, make the beds and dump soiled linen and towels into a corner of the staircase landing. Collect this when the entire upstairs is done, and you’re ready to tackle the lower floors. Leave the kitchen and laundry tasks for the end because they take up the most time. Learn to multitask. You can dust horizontal surfaces and run the vacuum at the same time.
- Flag Some Tasks for Later: Cleaning light fixtures, faucets, grout, kitchen shelves, oven, microwave, and fridge, and dusting books on the bookshelf should be done separately. Pick a day exclusively for these heavy-duty tasks. Don’t attempt to build these jobs into your regular schedule.
Cleaning like a professional requires more time spent in planning. However, once you map the area to be worked on, it’s easy to collect the right cleaning products, supplies, and equipment. You will soon fall into a routine and find that it takes less time as you get familiar with it.