These pros know cleaning. It’s their business to take a home from dingy to dazzling as quickly and easily as possible. Check out these tips, direct from the cleaning experts!
Clean Ceiling Fans with a Pillow Case
Put an old pillow case on each fan blade, then wipe the top with one hand while catching the dust chunks inside the pillow case, that way you won’t make a mess of your furniture or floors.
Pick a Pattern
All professional cleaners work through each room using a cleaning pattern. Generally, that means working from top to bottom, starting on the left side of the room and heading clockwise. It can save tons of time — no wasted steps or backtracking.
Steam Clean the Microwave
Moist heat works to loosen dirt and ease cleaning. Using this principle, let your microwave do the work for you. Put a cup of water in a glass container, and set the microwave for 3-5 minutes on high. The steam will loosen the baked-on food and make cleaning much easier.
Divide to Conquer
Divide the work, whether you are the only one cleaning or if you can assign tasks to others. Assign rooms or a few general tasks, such as dusting or vacuuming, to separate days or people. Cleaning is easier when broken into manageable chunks.
Don’t just spray and wipe. Spray a surface, then work on a different part of the room while the product sinks in. Give the chemicals the time they need to make your life easier.
If you’re not already using microfiber cloths to clean, you’re working too hard. They don’t just push dust around, they grab it and remove it. They’re also reusable — and therefore green. Score!
Get a small bucket or caddy to organize your cleaning tools and keep them with you while you clean, like the pros. Think of it as your cleaning toolbox, you’ll never squander time or momentum searching for tools or products mid-job.
The perception with cleaning products seems to be that if a little is good, then more will be better, but this is untrue. You’ll just end up spending your time removing excess product before the cleaning even happens. Save time and money by using products sparingly.
Clean Small Toys In A Laundry Bag
I’ve never thought to wash anything in my washing machine other than clothes, but I suppose a laundry bag can make it possible to clean so much more, including small lego pieces! You could also use this concept in the dishwasher.
Washing & Whiting Your Pillows
First, check the care label to confirm that your pillow (down or synthetic) can be machine washed – most can be. Remove the pillow case and any pillow protector and ill the washing machine about 1/3 full with HOT water (I even added a couple of pans full of boiling water). Then add 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup bleach, and a 1/2 cup borax. Then start the machine and allow it to agitate for a few minutes to makes sure all the detergent dissolves before adding the pillows.
Use Vinegar To Clean & Unclog Shower Heads
You can also use vinegar on shower heads to unclog all of the holes. One of my shower heads detaches from the base and is easily soaked in a bucket of vinegar. For the other one I have to tie a bag filled with vinegar to it. Just let it soak for 1 hour then rinse!
Fix Scratches on Wooden Furniture
Just dip a kitchen rag in a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup olive oil and rub it on the furniture until you’ve gone over the whole table and used almost all of the mixture.