Top 10 Cleaning Tips and Tricks For Homeowners – From The Professionals

Cleaning your home can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and techniques, you can achieve professional-level results. Are you cleaning your own home? Yikes – that’s what The Villages Maid Service is for! But if you find yourself having to tackle the cleaning on your own, let us help. 

In this guide, we’re sharing insider tips and tricks from our experts to help you keep your home sparkling clean. Of course, if you’d rather leave the cleaning to the professionals, our maid service is always here to lend a hand. Book a cleaning with us today and experience the difference a professional touch can make!

1. Oven – stuck on grime? 
We always recommend first trying the least abrasive and eco friendly products first such as Shaklee oven paste, baking soda, or vinegar (along with the Magic Eraser, of course!). If you find that you need something heavier, products like EZ Off and Mr. Muscle work well but they are caustic and can seriously chemical burns to your skin. Instead, cleaning professionals use things like razor blades and pumice stones to quickly cut through the built up grime.

2. Hard water removal
Use products designed for hard water, just don’t let them sit on surfaces as many are acidic and will eat away at finishes. Citric acid is a natural, thus eco friendly compound that works wonders on hard water.

3. Clean from top to bottom, left to right, ending in the middle. Dust fans, light fixtures, etc. before you vacuum.

4. Use a cleaning caddy for quick access to your tools (brushes, dusters, microfiber towels, etc) and cleaning products. Save steps.

5. Microfiber towels are made from synthetic fibers, these fibers are split during manufacturing to create a high density of tiny loops, which gives microfiber towels their unique properties and advantages over traditional cotton towels.

Effective cleaning:
The tiny fibers can penetrate into small crevices and lift away dirt, dust, and bacteria more efficiently than cotton fibers, making them great for cleaning surfaces.

High absorbency: The microscopic fibers create a large surface area, allowing microfiber towels to absorb up to 7 times their weight in liquid, much more than cotton towels.

6. Microfiber dusters are preferred by cleaning technicians because they catch more dust, less dust is released into the air, and the dust doesn’t settle as fast.

7. Bathrooms: Sweep floor before you begin. Get all hair and dust off the floors while the floors are dry. Once you’ve cleaned, you’ll have moisture on floors and sweep then mopping will be much harder to due hair and dust.

8. Bathrooms: Spray down shower glass doors, shower, inside toilet bowl first to let product do it’s magic (work) while you do other things.

9. Avoid getting “in the weeds”. Professional house cleaners are hyper focused on getting one thing done: Cleaning. They don’t get sidetracked with organizing drawers or closets. Those tasks can be done at a separate point in time. Main goal is getting the house cleaned. Avoid distractions such as taking phone calls or stopping to watch something on TV.

10. Develop a system for cleaning your home.
Try- top to bottom, left to right. Or- start with the upstairs and work your way downstairs. Start with one room, and finish it to completion. Don’t over focus on areas such as guest rooms that hardly get used. Those rooms are quick “wipe and go” or vacuum, and out. Instead, focus on high traffic areas.

With these expert cleaning tips in hand, you’re well-equipped to keep your home looking its absolute best. Whether you tackle the chores yourself or decide to call in The Villages Maid Service, remember that a clean home is a happy home. Get started and enjoy a cleaner, fresher space today!