How To Clean Your Home Like A Professional 

I haven’t always been as much as a clean/neat freak as I am now. Growing up my mom always had to tell me to clean my room and as most kids I tried to do just enough to get my mom to be quiet. Which meant a lot of crap gathered in my closet and under my bed. Now as an adult and “home cleaner” of my own, I completely understand the anxiety my mom felt when she walked into a dirty room. Apart from cleaning up every day, I clean my house… Like a professional… Every other week. For now it’s only my husband, myself and my 2 pups that dirty up the house so bi-weekly is just right for us. However if you have children and they tend to be tiny dirt monsters then maybe you should up your cleaning to every week.

Like everyone else (or so I think) I do daily maintenance of my home, like dishes, vacuuming, and laundry. But I always get such satisfaction out of a completely spotless home, you know, the kind where you end up outside the front door and don’t really want to go back inside because it’s so clean and damn it if someone forgets to take their shoes off… GOD HELP THEM! Well let me tell you, I can help you reach that glorious clean home feeling!

My parents opened up their own cleaning business sometime in 2002 and throughout the years my brother and myself somehow ended up working for them. We didn’t always like it, but it sure did teach us how to clean a house! I learned everything from moving cleanings, to one time cleanings, to routine cleanings. I even learned what to do when you forget the alarm pin and the cops show up and think your breaking in… Well maybe that isn’t part of cleaning.

 

When cleaning a home, there is always a specific order to get things done so you can walk out of the front door and leave it looking as if nobody has ever been inside. Spotless. And that’s how I like it! Assuming you are cleaning the home by yourself, this is how it should be done.

-Always start with the highest floor. So if you live in a home with a 2+ stories, start at the very top and work your way down the house. If you have a basement, do that floor before making your way to the main level.

-Start with the bathrooms, then do the bedrooms/other rooms, then hallway, then stairs… Working your way out of that floor.

1.Bathrooms: In order do the following… Fill toilet bowl with desired cleaner and spray down shower so it can sit and work its magic while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Dust any vents (including the fan extractor), wipe light switches and outlets, wipe down door, clean off window sills and dust blinds (if you have a bathroom window) and clean off baseboards. Clean sink, wipe down cabinets/dust, and clean mirror. Clean out shower, clean out toilet, sweep and mop. Always make sure before you have mopped that you’ve done everything else so you don’t have to walk back in on a clean floor.

2.Bedrooms/other rooms: In order do the following… Change sheets or make up the bed. Dust any vents, wipe down light switches and outlets, dust off fans or light fixtures, clean off mirrors, clean off window sills and dust blinds, clean baseboards, wipe down doors and dust entire room. Vacuum from one end of the room and work your way out towards the door in a neat order.

3.Hallway & Stairs: In order do the following… Dust any vents, wipe light switches and outlets, clean off window sills and dust blinds, and clean off baseboards. Dust any lights fixtures, dust any furniture or artwork and clean off mirrors. If you have woodwork for your stairs, wipe down and dust all of it. Vacuum from the back of the hallway towards the stairs, vacuum stairs working your way down to the next level.

-Do the same thing for the basement and any other “extra” floors.

-Always end on the main floor. The main floor gets cleaned a little bit differently to ensure a perfect finish. ALWAYS DO THE MAIN FLOOR LAST.

-Clean the main level in the following order… Bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, extra rooms, hall, vacuum all carpets/rugs, sweep, and mop.

1.Bathrooms: In order do the following… Fill toilet bowl with desired cleaner and spray down shower (if a full bath) so it can sit and work its magic while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Dust any vents (including the fan extractor), wipe light switches and outlets, wipe down door, clean off window sills and dust blinds (if you have a bathroom window) and clean off baseboards. Clean sink, wipe down cabinets/dust, and clean mirror. Clean out shower and clean toilet.

2.Kitchen: In order do the following… Spray stove top or add desired cleaner to let it sit and work its magic. Clean moveable appliances (microwave, toaster, coffee machine… ext.). Dust any vents, wipe light switches and outlets, wipe down doors, clean off window sills and dust blinds, clean off baseboards, dust artwork/ furniture/light fixtures, and wipe down cabinets. Clean stove range/extractor, clean stove top, and wipe front of oven door. Wipe down fridge and dishwasher (as well as any other large appliances or built in ones). Clean off counters, run garbage disposal with hot water for a couple of seconds, clean sink.

3.Dining/living/extra rooms: In order do the following… Clean table and chairs. Dust any vents, wipe down light switches and outlets, dust off fans or light fixtures, clean off mirrors, clean off window sills and dust blinds, clean baseboards, wipe down doors and dust entire room.

3.Hall: In order do the following… Dust any vents, wipe light switches and outlets, clean off window sills and dust blinds, and clean off baseboards. Dust any lights fixtures, dust any furniture or artwork and clean off mirrors. Remember to wipe down all doors, even main door. Fingerprints LOVE front entrance doors.

-Once everything but the floors have been cleaned, then you may finish with the floors. Vacuum working your way out of each room, sweep and then mop from the back of the house towards the main entrance.

~~While the floor is drying I take this time to sweep off my front entrance and my back porch. I also like to pick up dog poops and cleanup my outdoor area a little while I wait.

*As you work your way through the house, empty trash cans and replace with fresh bags.

*Remember to clean “accent” windows that may collect fingerprints or doggy noses.

*Always clean sliding glass doors inside and out.

*For smudges on walls, just use a damp paper towel.

~~The first few times you clean your home this way you might want to break it down to a couple of days because it starts as a deep cleaning. But once you set a schedule for yourself for upkeep, it will only take you a few hours to leave your home completely clean. I personally have a 4 bedroom, 2 bath (1600 sq. ft.) home and I clean my WHOLE house in just under 5 hours. That’s if I do it in 1 day, breaking it up between 2 days is much easier for just 1 person.

 

Then I reward my hard work with a relaxing, hot shower and my favorite TV show!

I really hope this helps you reach a cleaner home! Whether you clean your home this way often, or for a special visit from your family.

HAPPY CLEANING!

 

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