Cleaning your home: tips from a professional cleaner

You’re busy and tired of trying to find the time to clean. I get it. So let’s jump straight in with giving you a system of how to clean your home like a professional cleaner!

I’m ready, what’s the most efficient way to clean?

1. Dust top to bottom

2. Clean wet spaces first (bathrooms and kitchens). These are usually the most time-intensive and require the most amount of energy

3. Vacuum all at once (or one level at a time)

4. Mop all hard floors at once. Avoid walking on mopped floors until they are dry as dirty feet will shorten the life span of the clean by 3-4 days.


What tools do I need to clean?

A decent vacuum

Miele is my go-to brand for their awesome suction and power.

Dyson is great for daily run-around, but Miele and Shark are great for deeper cleans.

Avoid going for big, heavy vacuums or else you will dread pulling them out each time. Go for light, mini, easy-to-run-around ones. Technology truly has made vacuuming a breeze! Do your research on Google for reviews to explore the best option for you. Then, head in-store to feel the weight and motion in person. Keep in mind that some (not all) sales staff may want to shift a particular item so stick to your guns with the research and reviews you have! Spending a few hundred dollars on a good vacuum that will last for 10+ years is much better for your wallet and the environment. 


A good mop

Like your vacuum, go for a mop that is lightweight, but also is good at cleaning (ie. not flimsy and cheap). Check out online reviews, but keep in mind that there are mops great for a daily run-around whereas others are better for that weekly/fortnightly/monthly or  “proper clean”. I have no preference between flat mops or wring mops – both get the job done!


Choose the right cleaning agents and tools for each job

No point trying to get soap scum off with a paper towel!

What I like to use:

– cotton cloths (like microfiber cloths) for dusting and light scrubbing

– a non-scratch scourer for heavy-duty scrubbing

– a creme cleanser for removing build-up

– window cleaner for glass

– all-purpose cleaner for benchtops and hard surfaces

– floor cleaner for mopping

Keep it simple and see where you can use one product in multiple areas.


When should I clean?

Set a schedule. 

I would encourage you to avoid doing bathrooms one day, toilets the next, benchtops the day after.

You will feel like you are ALWAYS cleaning.

Do a proper reset of your home by scheduling a regular clean for your home. Whether it’s booking a cleaner or doing it every Saturday a.m. Delegate tasks to your home team (a.k.a the family) and adopt a JFDI (Just Freaking Do It) attitude!

You may not enjoy the process, but everyone appreciates the outcome.


How do professional cleaners get it done?

1. They set aside the time (as a guide: 1 hour/bedroom, i.e. it will take 1 person, 3 hours to clean a 3 bedroom home)

2. They respect the allocated time slot. Always.

3. They work top to bottom.

4. They start at one end of the room and work their way down. There should be no guessing if you wiped down the side table or not. Stay focused.

5. They vacuum all at once. Mop all at once. No piecemeal approach.

6. They get in and get out. Pretend it’s someone else’s home when you’re cleaning. If you find clothes on the floor, just pop them in the laundry basket. You are cleaning. Not doing laundry.

7. They touch a surface once and move on.

8. If something is clean, they leave it.

9. They scrub a surface once really well and then wipe clean. No need to do multiple rounds of this.

10. They always try to make the clean quicker, whether it’s starting with the hardest bathroom first, ensuring less power-point changes when vacuuming (save your back), or collecting all the bins in one spot before taking them out. They are thinking of the most efficient way to do the whole house. 

I hope that helps! If you are looking to hire a cleaner or would like a checklist to run through before they start cleaning your home, check out my ebook on how to find and amazing house cleaner!

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