Every home has a cleaning challenge – whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, it pays to keep your home looking spick and span.
So… what are the secrets to do it yourself professional house cleaning?
Does it matter how you clean your house?
We’ve compiled this cleaning tips guide on cleaning your home like a professional whilst staying under budget.
Stock up on cleaning supplies and tools. Be sure to have the basic cleaning materials such as sponges, wipes, brushes, protective gloves and garbage bags/bins (these are essential, if your home is extra dirty, don’t forget to grab extra).
Choose a multi-purpose cleaning product. If you’re on a budget, you can always create your own. Do not use different cleaning products for every corner of your home (You’ll end up with a cupboard full of expensive cleaning products you don’t use).
Here’s a definitive list of what you’ll need to clean like a professional.
- Glass cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Microfiber cloths
- A vacuum
- Specialist floor cleaner (if you have hardwood floors)
- Oven cleaner
- Dishwashing liquid
- Different microfiber cloths
- Dishwasher liquid
- Toilet cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Scrub brush
- Bath cleaner
- Shower cleaner
- Different microfiber cloths
Be practical by choosing the right cleaning equipment. Do not fall for specialised cleaning tools that take up excess space in your home and create unnecessary financial wastage. The second step to cleaning your home like a professional is to declutter.
How can you start cleaning if the entire house is full of clutter? It makes sense to declutter first before cleaning, if you want your home looking and feeling like it was cleaned professionally. Fewer things, less time to clean. Also, it would be easier to move around when there is less clutter. You will also spend less time cleaning.
So, do your home a favour and make sure to. declutter first! That means towels, furniture, kids toys, rooms and miscellaneous items must be organized before you even start vacuuming.
Follow a specific cleaning system to work your way through. It can help you focus on finishing the task at hand and prevent you from missing out on a spot or area in the house. Identify the high foot traffic and hard to reach areas in your home before cleaning. Be sure to put everything on a step by step checklist to avoid missing out on the most important spots. You should also identify any issues you may foresee with home organization before starting.
Moreover, following a house cleaning schedule allows you to spread the work out throughout the day, which means that you will have enough time to rest and spend time with the family.
Open the windows!
Open the windows or draw out the curtains when cleaning. UV rays can help kill germs and bacteria in your home.
Clean when it’s super light to see the dirt clearly and to avoid accidents. Cleaning should be done before 3 PM. The best work is completed when there is natural sunlight.
Proper ventilation is also essential, especially when using specific chemicals as it disperses the toxic fumes quickly.
Do not be put off from doing your cleaning! Think about it… if cleaning puts you off, the clutter in your home will build up over time. Too much clutter can affect your living condition and health. Make cleaning a routine. Spend at least 30 minutes a day cleaning and organising in your home.
Besides, daily routine cleaning is also your secret to keeping the house tidy without spending too much time scrubbing, dusting surfaces and organising cupboards.
Clean from top to bottom.
Start cleaning from the ceiling down to the floor. It is the rule of thumb most pro cleaners follow when doing their jobs. Be sure not to miss anything, light fixtures, ceiling fans. These all need to be deep cleaned to have your home looking like a professional cleaned it.
When wiping the walls, doors and other surfaces, wipe in one direction or motion to avoid scattering the dirt and contamination.
All the dust will fall if you start cleaning on the high areas. So, be sure to vacuum the floor properly when finishing up.
Use an oil diffuser.
Essential oils can remove bad smells and kill the germs, bacteria and fungus. The aroma improves the air quality in your home and gives a relaxing environment for your loved ones.
Essential oils also help break down grease, grime and stains which makes it easy to clean. Tea tree oil and lavender essence are amongst the most recommended oil for home cleaning.
So, consider investing in essential oils.
You’ll need background music!
To enjoy the cleaning, you will need relaxing background
music to cheer you up. I suggest something that allows you to move. Maybe…
Estelle’s American Boy! Whatever you like… The upbeat music can help you get going and focused on
cleaning. Music helps the brain release dopamine which allows you to become motivated and determined in finishing your task.
Do you like listening to music whilst completing cleaning tasks? If so… I’d love to know what’s on your playlist!
We all have different techniques for house cleaning – some still follow their Grandma’s traditional house cleaning hacks. Others choose to rely on technology such as robot vacuum cleaners and duster for simple cleaning.
What matters the most is you are doing your best to keep the house clean and well-organised to give your family a clean and healthy home.
Professional house cleaning standards are so hard to define as we all do it differently.
On the other hand, if you hire professional cleaning services for your home, you can rest assured that every corner is clean and properly sanitised.