What it takes to clean well.

Many of our customers ask why we’re so thorough and efficient in our cleaning technique. The main thing is to follow the golden principles of home cleaning.

1. Always clean top to bottom.

This may seem like an obvious rule but it’s the most important. Don’t go against the grain of gravity; if you clean the floor and then wipe the counter top, you’ll have to clean the floor again. Start from the very top surfaces like ceiling fans and crown molding and work your way down from there.

2. Focus on one thing at a time.

The best way to clean something thoroughly is to get into the flow of cleaning it. Nothing breaks that flow more than scattering your resources and trying to clean five things at once. Yes, sometimes you need to wait for something while you do other tasks, but this is still a rule with few exceptions.

3. Work smarter, not harder.

Always use your intellect to make a task as easy as possible. For example, if you run into some tough grime, it’s better to let it soak in solution than to exhaust yourself by scrubbing vigorously. Or, if you’re cleaning a surface with a lot of items, you wouldn’t clean under each item. You would remove them all, then clean, then place them back in an orderly fashion.

Besides these basic principles there are a variety of in-depth techniques for cleaning in different situations.

The Dishes

When cleaning dishes without a dishwasher, always fill the sink with hot soapy water and let them soak, then rise them off. Leaving the faucet running wastes about 30 gallons of water! The same goes for drying. Letting them air dry or using a micro-fiber cloth is always preferable to wasting paper towels.

The Carpet

When vacuuming, clear your path first. Any objects other than dust or crumbs should be removed by hand, and as much furniture as possible should be moved out of the way. Once finished, move everything to the clean side, vacuum the rest, and place everything back in it’s proper position.

The Little Things

It’s always important to clean every corner and crevasse, even the ones you can’t see; any dust and bacteria is still there waiting to spread around to other parts of the house. Not to mention things like doorknobs and light switches. People often forget the simple things, but the simple things are often the most important.

Remembering these essential principles as well as learning the more refined techniques will save you a lot of time and effort. With strategy and finesse one can quickly become a master in the art of cleaning.

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