What is the best way to clean my house?
OMG! Thank you for asking. There is ONLY one way we do it when we are cleaning a home in it’s entirety. TOP-DOWN. That sounds pretty simple and it is. You can probably stop reading right now but if you are interested, this is how we do it:
Ceilings. We start by using a cobweb brush in all corners. After that we like to clean all hanging lights and ceiling fans. The best way to clean a ceiling fan is to use a dry rag and by hand and then apply a wet cleaner to a cloth and wipe down the blades again but a duster will work in a pinch (we like the bendable kind). Tops of cabinets would be next and any tall furniture. Pledge does a good job helping to ward off dust between cleanings. Then we do light switches, outlet covers, door jambs (be sure to do the top of the trim) and the tops of doors. You can use your favorite general purpose cleaner for most of this.
We do like to spot clean walls but be careful about what you use. Not all paints or wall coverings are created equal and sometimes a simple magic eraser will leave a lasting dull spot on your wall. We like dish soap and water for safety or you can test your favorite general purpose cleaner on an inconspicuous spot and drive on if it works without dulling or otherwise damaging the surface.
Blinds and windows get cleaned next and this should be obvious but blinds can be a bear. That is literally why we started this business!! To do it for you. Sometimes we dust, sometimes we have to scrub, sometimes low pressure water is needed. Blind cleaning companies have a nifty devices to do this. We do not recommend using water on wooden blinds, they can and will warp. There are a lot of detergents out there to clean blinds but you should always start with a dust brush by itself or a soft one on a vacuum. We could talk about how to clean windows for most of this blog post but suffice it to say Windex does work, so does soap and water using a wet on dry off method. The latter may leave streaks but if you dry buff them off the windows will look incredible.
Counter-tops and furniture are next. Counter-top specific cleaners are always a good idea and it can be a bad idea to use a scrubbing type sponge on a lot of surfaces that seem like it would be okay. We don’t like to use these on Granite because it is sealed, never on marble because it is too soft, and some acrylic type bathroom counter-tops will easily dull using a scrubbing sponge. Also, there is a difference between cleaning and polishing and a lot of stone loves to be polished. Sort of like using a nice wax product on a quality wood furnishing.
Oh, vents. Do these as part of the process of working your way to the floor. Don’t forget to wipe down cabinets (including the under side of those kitchen cabinets we all love to ignore).
If you are cleaning your stove you will want to put something down to catch the “drippings” you will likely cause using a good oven cleaner. If you are using Easy Off, get the yellow can. We never heat the stove first but like to let it sit 45 minutes before we wipe it out.
Now do your furniture and floors. If you need to mop, dump that water as often as you can stand to. Dirty water is streaky water. Don’t use too much product or you could fog your floors.
Bathrooms are a special part of cleaning and require a lot of time. When we begin a cleaning project, we like to go spray down the shower, tub, toilet, etc. Showers and tubs can generally get a Bathroom cleaner but we avoid bleach based stuff unless requested. Cleaners with OxyClean in them work well. Top down principle here too. Soap and water will get those yellowish brown spots off the ceiling. When you get to the tub or shower, you may find you have hard water stains….here is where you will spend a ton of time. A drill attachment would work for hard water on any clear shower doors/walls but so too does a paste-like mixture of diatomaceous earth and some scrubbing. We have found that those little round copper scrub pads work great on plastic shower floors and sometimes we even have to use a putty knife if the calcium build up around the drain of a tub is too bad.
Inside the toilet bowl, you may find some difficult stuff too, but a pumice stone will help you get the job done. Don’t forget all the fixtures in a bathroom; towel bars, tp holders, towel hooks, etc. They get dusty too.
Essentially, work from the top and slowly make your way to your floors and don’t skimp on anything. A clean house is a good feeling no matter the size or shape.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.