A lot of times people clean their homes simply for the visual appeal. They stash the toys in a box, thro the clothes down to the basement and pray that no one opens the closet. We know that that sort of 'cleaning' is not going to pass a white glove test. If you are preparing for a party or a judgmental houseguest, follow these tips to get your house sparkling.
Highs and Lows
One of the easiest ways to tell if a thorough cleaning has been done is to look high and low. There might be a layer of dust on the baseboards or some small spider webs in the corners of the ceilings. These are areas that are out of regular line of sight and they get missed a lot if you are not a professional cleaner.
You should always start your cleaning at the top of the room. Dust will inevitably fall and you want to be able to clean up that fallen dust later. Use a step stool if you need help reaching the top of the room. If you have extremely tall ceilings, you may need to hire a professional to get the dust out of the crevices or buy a special tool with a long attachment.
Microfiber cloths are very good to use on baseboards of homes. Just make sure that you don't over use a cloth, otherwise you will simply be spreading the dust around. You may need to use some elbow grease to get rid of scuffmarks from shoes or chairs. Ideally you should be cleaning the baseboards once a week in the highly used rooms.
Don't Forget Your Plants
You probably don't think about cleaning a plant. It lives in dirt. Therefore, it is inherently dirty. Don't worry about the dirt in the pot, unless it has fallen on to the floor or table. Instead, you need to worry about the dust on your plants. If you put a white glove on a leaf of your plant, you would probably see more dust than you imagined.
You may have heard of dusting your plants with milk or vegetable oil. Those substances will make your plant leaves shine; however, it is unnatural and could also clog the pores of your plants. It is better to use room temperature water and a soft sponge or cotton cloth.
If you don't have time to clean every leaf of your plant, you could put it in the shower and let the water gently stream on to it, or put your plants outside during a light rainstorm. Just make sure that you use a soft cloth to wipe up the excess water before you put the plant back in its place.
If you don't have time to perform your own thorough cleaning before a special event, consider hiring a cleaning service like Deep Cleaning.
How many hours do you spend cleaning your home each week? Do you find it difficult to get to those difficult areas, like the bathrooms, as often as they need to be done? Have you considered hiring a cleaning service to come out and help you get the work done? I had never thought that I would be able to afford to hire a cleaning service, but my mother bought me a year's service for a Christmas gift. After that year, I hired the company on to come out and do just the three bathrooms and my kitchen once each week. To find out how you can schedule cleaning services to suit your personal needs, keep reading.