What would be the first thing you did if you won the lottery?
“Hire a maid!”
Was that your answer? If so, you’re not alone.
Most of us moms are just too busy to clean like a pro.
Or are we?
For some reason, people think that professional house cleaners, maids, or whatever you want to call them possess these hidden secrets to house cleaning that enable them to perform miracles.
Speaking as a former professional house cleaner, it’s really not rocket science.
Of course, there are little tips and tricks to cleaning particular items such as bathtubs, windows, stove-tops, and floors. (Which I promise we will get to another day!)
But there are five basic steps that pretty much every professional cleaner follows:
1. Gather your supplies
Invest in some sort of a cleaning caddy so that you can carry your supplies with you. I keep one upstairs and one downstairs to make life easier.
Not only will this prevent you from having random cleaning products everywhere in your home, but it will also save you time.
No more running up and down the stairs because you forgot the duster, or the paper towels, or the broom!
Everyone’s caddy will look different based on the products you use the most, so it may take some trial and error.
Some of the items in my caddy are:
- All-purpose cleaner (Replaced with bathroom cleaner upstairs)
- Swiffer duster
- Micro-fiber cleaning cloths (2)
- Mr. Clean sponge
I usually carry a roll of paper towels and a garbage bag with me since they don’t fit in the caddy.
2. Use clean tools
This is such a basic concept that I would feel silly even bringing it up if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes so many times.
How is your floor going to get clean with a dirty broom?
Well, my friend, it’s not.
I’m not saying that you have to clean your tools each time you use them. It’s not that it’s a bad idea, but who has time for that?
You should, however, be giving your cleaning tools a good cleaning on a routine basis.
You might fall in love with your vacuum all over again once you clean out the filter and any hair wrapped up in the brush!
**Tip: After cleaning out your vacuum filter, let it air dry for about a day (or until fully dry.) Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the filter before replacing it and enjoy a nice fresh fragrance next time you vacuum! (Much better than the smell your vacuum usually kicks off, right?!)
3. The gravity concept
Now that we’ve covered some of the more basic aspects of cleaning, let’s talk strategy.
Most people waste a ton of time cleaning because they don’t go into it with a game plan.
Not the pros…and not you anymore!
The “gravity concept,” as I like to call it, is the concept that you start cleaning the highest surfaces first to keep you from having to re-clean any surfaces.
Since gravity pulls everything down, it just makes sense to start high and work your way down.
For example, your bedroom strategy might look something like this:
- Ceiling fan
- Curtain rods/ Curtains and windows
If you cleaned the furniture first and then the ceiling fan, chances are that you would have to clean dust off your clean furniture after dusting the fan. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!)
4. Start in and move out
I like to make up my own ways to remember things, so our next step is the “start in and move out” concept.
Basically, this means that you start cleaning at the innermost corner of the room and work your way out of the room.
This concept is most important when you are cleaning your floors, but it can be used for the whole room.
Why is this important?
If you think about it, while you’re cleaning the room you’re pushing all of the dust and debris on to the floor. Then you’re walking through all of that dust and debris, which is now on your feet.
By working your way out of the room as you clean, you prevent yourself from walking over clean floors with dirty feet as you leave the room.
Just remember to bring a pair of clean socks to change into when you’re done cleaning all of your floors! 😉
5. Pay attention to detail
One of the main differences between professional cleaners and the rest of us is that professional cleaners pay much more attention to detail.
Essentially there are two types of cleaning, we’ll call them macro-cleaning and micro-cleaning…which I may have made up but try to stay with me.
Macro-cleaning refers to your obvious, basic cleaning that most people remember to do.
In your bathroom, for example, macro-cleaning would be things like wiping down the shower/tub and cleaning the toilet, the vanity, and the floor. Most people would also probably include emptying the garbage in this category.
Micro-cleaning refers to those little details that most people forget.
Again, we’ll use your bathroom as an example. Micro-cleaning would be:
- Polishing the showerhead, faucets, and handles
- Wiping down baseboards
- Dusting cobwebs from corners and fans
- Dusting towel racks and toilet tissue holders
- Wiping down light switches and covers
- Wiping down the garbage can
- Wiping down bathroom scale (or any other accessories)
- Wiping down product bottles (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotions, etc.)
- Replace fresh towels
Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list but you get the idea.
Macro-cleaning is great and you need to do it, but don’t forget the micro-cleaning.
Combine these concepts and you’ll be on your way to having a professionally cleaned home in no time (no lottery ticket necessary!)
Over to you…
If you found this post helpful, don’t forget to pin it so you can refer back to it when you want that “professionally cleaned” look in your home!
My goal is always to give you helpful, easy to implement strategies to help you spend less time getting it together and more time enjoying being a mom.
As always, I would love to hear from you!
Did this post help you? What do you want to know more about? What are your favorite “pro” cleaning tips?
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