Learning the things only professional cleaners know, can really make you cleaning sessions easy and stress free. Below you will find 13 tips and tricks from the pros to help you clean your whole house.
Pull The Vacuum Back Slowly
Most people don’t know that pushing a vacuum forward really does nothing to clean your carpets. Pushing your vacuum is for getting it into the right position to be able to pull it back and pick up dust/dirt/debris. So to make sure your floor get as much dirt out of them as possible you need to pull the vacuum back slowly to give it time to suck up all the junk.
Always Clean From top to Bottom
You should always clean a room from top to bottom to avoid having to clean a surface twice. Start with ceilings and ceiling fans, move to tops of furniture, and wall decor, then table/counter tops, and down to lower surfaces and floors.
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A Cleaning Bucket is Your Best Asset for Quick Cleaning Sessions
The best way to make sure you can clean quickly is to have all of your cleaning supplies close at hand. The best way to do this is by creating a cleaning basket.
Fill it with all the basics such as a duster, paper towels, microfiber cloths, all purpose cleaner, Windex, scrub brush, and any extras you like to use such as magic erasers, and soft scrub.
Having everything in one spot makes it so easy to carry everything from space to space, and room to room. You will also not have to hunt anything down at the last moment, or walk all over the place grabbing cleaning supplies.
You Need to Clean Your Cleaning Equipment
I know it sounds redundant and not any fun, but you need to clean your cleaning equipment too. Mops, vacuum, sponges, and dusters all need to be cleaned and disinfected so that they can continue to work properly.
After all you do not want to use dirty sponges, and leave behind all those germs on a surface you were supposedly cleaning. Having cleaning supplies makes sure no dirt or germs get spread from place to place within your home.
Coffee Filter/ and Dryer Sheets
When cleaning don’t forget that you already have many items in your home that can do double duty as your cleaning super weapons. A couple of my favorites are coffee filters, and dryer sheets.
Coffee filters are cheap, lint free. They are perfect for cleaning glass and mirrors since they also do not leave streaks.
Dryer sheets are awesome to use when cleaning widow blinds, and baseboards. The dryer sheets help these areas by minimizing static which means they will stay dust and dirt free much longer then normal.
Lemon For Hard Water Stains
If you have hard water stains on your faucets, sinks, and other stainless steel surfaces/appliances all you need is a leon.
Just rub down the area you are trying to clean with half a lemon, lave the juices to sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse the surface clean with warm water.
Use a Butter Knife to Dust Air Vents
Air vents are tiny, super dusty, and hard to clean. You can easily get them dust free though by wrapping a butter knife in a towel soaked with all purpose cleaner. Just rub the towel wrapped knife between the vents from top to bottom to remove the grime.
Also once the vent is clean you can rub a dryer sheet between the vents to reduce static just like on window blinds, and baseboards.
Olive Oil Gets Rid of Fingerprints
A drop of two of olive oil rubbed over finger prints on stainless steel will clean them right up.
All you need to do is rub a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil in a circular motion over the fingerprinted area, and then wipe it off (in the direction of the grain) with a clean cloth. It works every time. You stainless steel will sparkle, plus be fingerprint resistant.
Your Vacuum can Freshen up You House for You
You can clean your carpets, and freshen you home in one step with this simple trick.
Just put some Downy Unstoppables, ( or other solid laundry scent booster) in the bag/canister of your vacuum. The air that circulates in your vacuum bag will release the fresh scent into the air doing double duty, and making your house smell fresh.
Remove Soap Scum, and Mildew from Shower with Two Ingredients
One of the hardest areas in any home to make sparkle, and clean right is the shower/tub area.
Trash Can Cleanup the Easy Way
Cleaning the inside of trash cans is never fun, and often smelly. Using clinging toilet bowl cleaner makes it much easier though. Just pour the cleaner around the rim on inside of trash can ( outside of the can can be cleaned the same way). After that all you need to do is let it drip down the sides till it hits the bottom, let it set for 30 minutes, then rinse it out.
Speaking of using toilet cleaners to clean trash cans a toilet brush is great at scrubbing the bottom of a can so you do not have to reach all the way in.
Erase Permanent Marker With Oil
You can easily get rid of permanent marker using vegetable oil. Wipe over the marker with a cloth dampened with the vegetable oil, and the marker will come right off!
Baby Wipes Get Rid of Tiny Hair Pieces Easily
Hair especially the short kind that has just been shaved off ( anyone else husbands trim their beard in the sink, and just let the stubble fly everywhere) is tough to remove especially from damp slick surfaces. All you need though is a baby wipe. Just wipe it over the stray hairs, and the baby wipe will pick them right up.
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