Sometimes it can help us in our day to day live to look to professionals for inspiration. After all, if they make their living doing something they are probably going to be able to do it pretty well. They are also probably going to know a few clever tricks for how to get the best results with the minimum of effort, which is always a bonus. So read on for some of the most closely guarded secret in housekeeping that can make keeping your home spotless a breeze.
First of all, professional cleaners are adept at getting rid of dust and dirt, and there are a few tips that every busy mum can benefit from here. For example, did you know that there is correct procedure for dusting? Well, there is. You should actually work from the highest point down. You should also use different types of duster for different surfaces.
Professionals know that feather dusters are great for ornaments and decorations that are intricate, but stay well clear of them when dusting flat surfaces. As they only make your life harder by spreading the dust everywhere! For flat surfaces use a micro fibre cloth instead as this will pick up the dust without redistributing it.
Lastly, use your vacuum to its best advantage, it’s not just for hoovering the carpets you know! Use the attachments you got with it to vacuum your curtains and blinds, as this is the most effective way of keeping them clean. Also don’t forget the crevice tool, which can help you get into all those hard to reach corners where dust likes to settle.
Of course, one of the most labour intensive rooms in the house to keep clean is the bathroom. Not only do you have to deal with dust, but also moisture, water marks, and sometimes even mould so it can be a real challenge.
But what do career cleaners do in this situation? Well, first of all, they know that you can’t clean a dirty bathroom in one go. You actually have split it into two stages. The first is removing the dust and hair that collects on all the surfaces and the suite. Do this with dry kitchen roll.
Then you have clear surfaces that are ready fro a proper clean. Otherwise, you will just end up wetting all of the dust and moving it around the bathroom, rather than getting rid of it once and for all.
Then there is the shower to clean which is no one’s idea of a good time. For this, the professionals know that it’s all about preparation to make your life easier. That is why they use products like Nanokote for shower screen cleaning. As this stop watermarks forming and so vastly reduces the regular cleaning time needed.
Lastly, one of the best professional cleaning tips that I have come across is to have a schedule of tasks that need to be completed in each room. Hotel housekeepers use this to ensure that they don’t miss anything and that their high standards are maintained.
We can do the same in our homes. With the added benefit that if we cannot do an entire room all in one go, we will know exactly what has been done and when. So even the busiest mum doesn’t end up wasting time and energy by repeating tasks.