10 Expert Spring Cleaning Tips from A Former Merry Maid
1. To drastically shorten the amount of cleaning time and to make sure you don't miss a spot (literally), clean each room starting from the doorway right-to-left and top-to-bottom.
2. Keep all of your cleansers, small tools, and extra trash bags at your fingertips with a cleaning caddy.
3. Your cleaning kit should contain the following: toilet scrubber, antibacterial spray, all-purpose glass and surface spray, any specific polishes you need like wood or stainless steel, a large scrubber brush, a toothbrush or small scrubber brush, a rubber scraper, pumice stone, extra trash bags, a scrubber sponge for the kitchen, and another scrubber sponge inside a cup to be used in bathroom (the cup for rinsing shower walls).
4. You may be wondering why a pumice stone is on the list of cleaning supplies. It's a little trick we used to scrub hard water stains out of toilets.
5. A tool not everyone has but should really have is an extendable long-handle microfiber dusting wand. If you quickly run it over door frames, vents, ceiling fixtures, and molding, you'll never get a build-up of dust.
6. When deep cleaning a room, use your edging tool on your vacuum and use it along walls and furniture. It makes a big difference on how clean a room looks.
7. For caked on dust and dirt, give up the sprays and dry rags. Fill up a mop bucket with your cleaning solution and warm water and scrub surfaces before wiping dry.
8. Along with your cleaning caddy, carry three big trash bags from room to room - one for trash, one to carry lots of cleaning rags and a roll of paper towels, and one to put the dirty rags in.
9. For small bathrooms, don't even bother dragging your mop around. Simply soak a cleaning rag in water and your floor cleanser and get down on your hands and knees like Cinderella. In a small space, it's actually a lot quicker, and it gets the floor a lot cleaner than a traditional mop, especially in a bathroom where there is likely to be a lot of hair on the floor.
10. Every time you clean, pick one room to deep clean and rotate between different rooms each time (cleaning under furniture, using a brush attachment to vacuum curtains and sofas, wiping marks off walls and molding, wiping down blind, washing windows, etc) so that your home will always be caught up on those deep-cleaning chores.
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