Always go high to low, in any instance that could apply.
Always go with the grain when scrubbing or wiping wood or stainless steel.
Never use vinegar on marble, the effect is corrosive.
Always wash toilets last, and always wash your hands afterward.
Don’t forget to vacuum air filters and intakes. Consider applying a few drops of essential oil.
Keep your materials consolidated to a manageable workspace, conservation of energy.
Put on some music! A little rhythm will help you find yours. (If you’re cleaning some one else home, don’t put in head phones, it can seem impersonal. Be sure to ask if they mind you playing music before beginning.)
Starting your cleaning, it’s recommended you begin where the work will be the hardest, and lighten the intensity as the cleaning progresses. Our general route; take it one story at a time, starting with the master bathroom, then the kitchen, on to the remaining bathrooms, then bedrooms, followed by dusting, and finished with floors. When we go to begin cleaning, we always like to do a walkthrough of the house, or the room we’re about to tackle, and prepare the areas to be cleaned, while taking inventory of spots that may need more attention.
Upon walking into a bathroom, kitchen or room, take a look around and try to gauge the degree of effort that will be required and where. Prioritize the order you’ll take these tasks on by hardest to easiest. Go ahead and empty waste bins, fold towels, paper towels, and rugs. Pull forward all the items on counters and surfaces to expose the surface beneath them, being sure to leave room to wipe backsplashes, switches, and plugs. Use this opportunity to ’stage’ all the contents of the room your cleaning in little groups out of the way of your ‘wet-clean’ path so that nothing will need to be moved once you start.
The bells and whistles- During this preliminary period, take care of little things like removing hair from brushes and hair ties, picking stubborn debris out of rugs, polishing spectacles, tablets, phones, or computer screens. Take note of the things that gets a lot of hands-on-use, seem out of place, or look like it could use some attention. These seemingly menial details make a noticeable difference in the finished product!
1- Relocate your cleaning supplies to the room you’ll be working in. Ready your sprays, brushes, and scrubs, and get out a couple cotton cloths and a couple microfibers. With glass cleaner in one hand, and all purpose in the other, begin wetting your work surfaces from high to low, being careful not to mist lightbulbs (POP!), electronics, fabric, or paper. Spray the mirrors, faucets, knobs, exposed counters and surfaces, the glass on the shower if there is any, the shower and tub’s walls, faucets, spigots, and drains, and the toilet. Apply scrub to the sinks, shower, tub, and toilet.
2- Mist a microfiber on both sides 1-2 times with all purpose cleaner and apply 4-8 drops of essential oils* of your choice. Fold into fours and wring tightly, allowing the all purpose spray and the essential oils to disperse through the cloth. Dust the dry surfaces from high to low. Reserve this microfiber as your duster, being careful not to let it get wet. Essential oils are valuable and can go a long way, and in most cases, one prepared microfiber is enough to dust an entire house. Our dusting checklist, performed in this order;
Cobwebs, Fans/Vents, Cabinet tops, Sconces/Lights,
Door/Window/Picture Frames, Shelves, Switches, Sockets, Baseboards
*You can choice your oils based on fragrance, but here are their properties in cleaning.
3- Use your brushes to scrub the sinks, shower, tub, and toilet. Be mindful of minute areas like between knobs and faucets, behind faucets, under sink lips, drains, soap splatter in the shower, buildup on shower glass, rings in the tub, etc.
4- With a cotton wash cloth in one hand, and a new microfiber in the other, begin drying the wet surfaces from high to low, using the cotton first and following over with the microfiber. Our checklist, and order performed;
Mirrors*, Glass, Door/Cabinet Handles,
Counter, Faucets, Sinks, Tub, Shower, Toilet
*Re-mist the mirrors and glass if they’ve dried up! Mirrors and glass are easiest to make invisible if your cotton and microfiber are both bone-dry when you begin. The dry cotton will leave wet streaks behind it, and the microfiber will use the remaining dampness to help polish, as well as collect lint and dust!
5- Shake out the rugs and mats and place them on a carpeted surface (if there is one). Make sure there is no remaining water on the floor, because it can cause damage to your vacuum if it isn’t designed for wet purposes. Vacuum the floors, moving from the depths of the room toward your exit, starting with rugs, mats, and carpets, followed by hard surfaces. Mop in the same fashion.
Like what we do but want to save the money? Learn how to clean like the pros by following these simple step-by-step instructions. Is this possibly a bit overkill? Maybe, but we value a clean home so much we want to help get you there, even if you don’t hire us. Keep in mind a thorough cleaning qualifies as manual labor. If you have any health issues that may prevent you from exerting yourself to the extent required, please do no try this on your own. Keep in mind, we never said it's going to be easy!
The first step to a successful cleaning begins with having everything you need, before you start. Here’s the list of cleaning essentials that our professionals keep on hand;
1) Cotton and Microfiber rags- we prefer washable hand cloths over paper towels to cut down on waste
2) A few good brushes;
1- Toilet bowl brush with splash guard and deep storage case, makes for cleaner storage
2- Grout brush thin enough to get behind bathroom sinks and between knobs and faucets
3- Scrub Brush for tub and sink basins
3) A lightweight vacuum- with good reach for high dusting and vacuuming under furniture, we prefer canister-style vacs
4) Telescopic 18” wide microfiber mop- and mop heads
5) Cleaning Products- Glass spray, all purpose surface spray, floor spray, and if you’ve got a need for it, stainless steel cleaner
6) Essential oils
The next thing you want to do is make your plan of attack. Our general rule of thumb is start as high as you can, and finish with the floors. A useful tool in making sure everything gets done, but nothing gets done twice, is creating checklist. Our you can just use ours...