House Cleaning Tips that Professional Cleaners Swear By

Updated on September 3rd, 2019
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Keeping your house clean can be a difficult and often time-consuming task. No matter how much effort you put in or how much time you spend, your home never seems to shine like it does after a professional cleaning. Do you ever wonder how the pros do it? If so, you’re in luck!

We’ve compiled a list of the top cleaning tips from professional house cleaners that you can start implementing into your routine today. From time-saving tricks to brilliant DIY hacks, you’ll have your home sparkling in no time with these tried-and-true techniques.

 

1. Find the right product

Each cleaning project is different and unique, so before starting to work in each area of the house, observe it from top to bottom and determine which product is best to use according to the type of cleaning required.

Dulce S. – Nancy’s Maid Service

2. Always have a pumice scouring stick

A pumice scouring stick is inexpensive, easy to carry around and will remove toilet bowl rings like magic. They can be used anywhere to remove stubborn rust stains or hard water (lime) deposits. No housekeeper should be without one.

Steve Evans – Memphis Maids

3. Clean with microfiber cloths

If a homeowner has smudges on their windows, it is best not to use Windex or any other related products.  One could use a 100% microfiber cloth and it will come off without the use of chemicals.  This is dependent on how many smudges there are.

Murry Johnson – Window Cleaning Company Houston

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4. Eliminate tough stains with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

A unique trick for getting rid of iridescent and tough stains on glass or induction cooktops is to use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They are inexpensive and can be found at your local grocery or dollar store.

Zianne Small – Elite Housekeeping

5. Remove blood with hydrogen peroxide

Blood can be an issue when it comes to children scraping a knee or an adult cutting a finger. The trick to removing blood is hydrogen peroxide. Simply spray a small amount of club soda water on the blood to try to loosen it first. If there is a lot, try scraping and blotting with a dry towel to remove as much blood as you can from the fibers. Once that step is completed, spray the hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area. This will cause some foaming, so don’t be alarmed. Continue to blot with dry towels until the area starts to feel slightly damp.

Next, set a dry paper towel on top of the stain, then place a dry towel on top of the paper towel. The final step is to set a lightweight book on top of the towel, this will allow anything that is trapped below to be drawn up into the paper towel. Repeat the process if needed.

Roger Beaman – Young’s Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning

6. Dry naturally with sunshine and air

Sunshine and air are great natural drying agents. Throw rugs, blankets, carpets, and curtains out for a little sun drying and airing to remove bad smells. However, don’t leave textiles in the bleaching action of the sun for too long and be careful where you sundry so you don’t bring allergens back into the house.

Rachelle Datskevych – Best Portland Cleaners

7. Use dryer sheets beyond the laundry

We all love our dryer sheets and the fresh scent they fill the air with – but did you know you can use them to freshen other parts of your home as well?  Simply place a dryer sheet in your air filters or inside your trash bins to leave a clean scent throughout your home.  We also love to use dryer sheets to clean our baseboards; they are great at picking up dust.  We also use dryer sheets to help remove the stubborn grease and char on our cookie pans.  Simply add a little dish soap to warm water, add a dryer sheet, and let them soak for a couple of hours.  All the crud should rinse right off.

Danielle Medina – House Spouse

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8. Dust ceiling fans without the mess

First, place a large bag or pillowcase over a fan blade. Using a duster or damp towel, carefully dust that fan blade and ensure the dust falls inside the bag or pillowcase. Once you are done, move on to the next fan and repeat. Voila! No dust to have to pick up after.

Jennifer Rodriguez – Pro Housekeepers

9. DIY microwave cleaner

Chop up a lemon and place it in a medium-sized bowl.  Fill the bowl halfway with water.  Microwave on high until the window of the microwave is steamy.  Then turn off the microwave and wait 15 minutes.  Carefully remove the bowl and easily wipe down the interior.

Brian Spriggs – 2 Girls 1 Mop

10. Utilize white vinegar

White vinegar naturally disinfects, cleans dirty surfaces, absorbs odors, removes mildew and even cleans windows!

John O’Brien – Green Maids Cleaning

11. Disinfect your sponge

Every week, disinfect the kitchen sponge that you use on a daily basis to clean utensils, dishes, and countertops. Wet the sponge and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds on the highest setting.  In doing this, you reduce the bacterial contamination of the sponge by 99% – and it liberates the smelliness of the sponge.  Practical and health-conscious at the same time.

Carolina Rodriguez – Charm Clean

12. Use eco-friendly and natural products

I love to use natural cleaners whenever possible. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, showerheads, windows, and mirrors.

Denise Nerland – BaD AZ Maids

 

The best cleaning tip is using eco-friendly products because you never want to compromise your health in the long run. Another great tip is to simply hire cleaning professionals who are known for providing top-notch cleaning services because it saves you the hassle of doing it yourself.

Robert – E-Z Clean

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Emily is part of the content marketing team and enjoys writing about real estate trends and home improvement. Her dream home would be a charming Tudor-style house with large windows to let in lots of natural light.

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