Has cleaned professionally since 2014 with a maid service company and now independently cleans multimillion dollar beach homes.
Everyone loves to come home to a nice clean house... especially if you didn’t have to do it yourself! Unfortunately, we can’t all afford a regular cleaning service to do the work for us. But there are some things we can do to have the feeling of a professionally cleaned home that is affordable and efficient. Here are some tips from my experiences in cleaning with a professional cleaning company doing everything from apartments and single family homes to million dollar beach houses.
Top to Bottom
In training with the professional maid service, we were taught this motto: Top to bottom. This was the go-to order and process for cleaning any house and not missing anything. When you work a room top to bottom, left to right, it allows all the dust to fall and settle so that you collect it at the bottom instead of constantly stirring it up and making more work for yourself. You’ll follow this process in every bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area, etc.
Bedrooms and Living Areas
- Extendable duster with disposable dusting pads (like Swiffer)
Starting at the top, you’ll dust ceilings, corners, and moldings for cobwebs. You’ll then dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. In most homes you can reach everything you need to up high with the extendable duster, and they work the best to get the fans thoroughly. This is the most satisfying part, because so many people forget these areas up high, and you will feel such a difference after you see how much dust comes down!
Then you’ll work your way down dusting furniture and whatever else is in the room (a rag and Windex does the trick for everything else) on the way down to the baseboards. The baseboards are another area that I’ve found really gets neglected and makes a huge difference right away in making your home feel so much cleaner. If your baseboards have never been cleaned, your going to need to get a bucket of water mixed with a dash of dish soap or multipurpose cleaner and use a cloth to scrub off the dust that has accumulated over the years. After you do this once, you shouldn’t need to ever do it again if you keep up with dusting regularly.
Finishing touches: Clean up spills or watermarks on coffee tables or other furniture, fluff throw pillows, vacuum and finish with mopping if you have hard floors.
- Extendable duster
- Cleaning rag
- Glass cleaner (Windex)
- Bathroom or disinfectant spray
- Scrubber sponge
- Bar Keeper‘s Friend
- Shower cleaner (optional)
The first step in your bathroom, as mentioned before, is the dusting. Top to bottom around the room: light fixtures, corners of the ceiling, windows and door frames, etc. After that, give attention to the mirrors and any glass (like windows and glass shower doors if you have them) with just a rag and glass cleaner. I prefer a rag over paper towels, as paper towels seem to leave a lot of dust behind.
Soak the sinks and counters with a disinfecting cleaner for a minute to loosen up any gunk in the sink so you’re not spending a lot of time scrubbing it. Work your way down, wiping the cabinets and drawers. Many people don’t pay attention to these areas, so there might be spills and old toothpaste that you might never have noticed before. Your cabinets will look like new!
For showers, spray the cleaner on the walls and tub/floor and let is sit for a few minutes. Then use the scrubby side of a sponge to work off the old soap scum that you’ll especially find along the bottom of the walls. If you have a tile shower and have lots of pink in the grout, use a scrubbing powder like Bar Keeper’s Friend. Sprinkle all over the pink areas in the shower, and even on scum in the bathtub, and then scrub with a brush or cloth. Rinse with water and your shower will be squeaky clean!
Last of course is the toilet area that you can spray down with a disinfecting cleaner. Let soak and wipe every level clean. For the bowl, a powder cleaner is really good for scrubbing out any stains. Make sure to get up around the lip of the bowl, all of the outside of the toilet and around the base where it meets the floor.
Finish off with vacuuming the floors and corners well. You can even use your duster to get into hard to reach areas that your vacuum won’t reach. Mop and let dry before replacing freshly cleaned bath mats. Many people rarely clean their bathroom rugs/mats, so make sure to do that often!
- Cleaning rag
- Dish soap or spray cleaner
- Scrubber sponge
- Bar Keeper’s Friend
To get started, wash the sink quickly and fill it with a few inches of warm water and dish soap. Using your cleaning rag, this is all you really need to get a good cleaning on most of your kitchen and saves money on cleaning sprays.
Once again, start at the top and work your way around, dusting light fixtures, cobwebs, on top of the refrigerator, etc. Moving down, you’ll wipe down the cabinets with your soapy rag. This can make a big difference, especially on light colored cabinets, when you get rid of all the finger prints and spills. Do the same on countertops and bottom cabinets.
The appliances will depend on the style to determine how you will clean them:
- Refrigerator: If your fridge is stainless steel, you’ll need to use a specific spray or wipe made for that finish. Otherwise, you can just use soap and water.
- Stovetop: If you have a glass top, you will need a cleaner gel specifically for glass cooktops. For styles with grates, use soap and water, and Bar Keeper’s Friend with a scrubber sponge to work off old grease and stains. Make sure to wipe down the backsplash area.
- Microwave: Clean inside and out with soap and water. If the outside is stainless steel, be sure to use that specific cleaner so you don’t ruin the finish.
To finish off, drain the sink and scrub it well with some Dish soap, a sprinkle of Bar Keeper’s Friend, and a scrubber sponge. Rinse well.
Use Windex or a granite polish to make your counters sparkle. And lastly, vacuum and mop. With these steps and with some practice, you can have a quick and easy routine to thoroughly clean your home in no time!