Cleaning between professional visits really boils down to three questions: First, how often you have professional housekeeping services, weekly, biweekly or monthly? Next, what are your personal standards when it comes to cleaning? Finally, how much time does it take to complete basic cleaning tasks? Apply these cleaning tips and you will not need to do a lot between housekeeping visits:
- Keep everything well picked-up. Try to never go to bed with a messy house. Get the family involved! A neat and tidy house automatically looks clean. Plus, you will get a lot more for your professional cleaning dollar if the surfaces are clear and ready to be cleaned.
- Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters. Generally, you do not have to move everything to clean underneath, but do keep the counters clean and shiny.
- Clean kitchen sink and appliances as needed.
- Wipe the spots off bathroom mirrors. Keep a small bottle of homemade glass cleaner along with a cleaning cloth underneath the sink in each bathroom to take care of both mirrors and counters. A suggested recipe is one cup white vinegar, one cup water and 10 drops lemon or lime essential oil. Combine all of the ingredients in a small plastic spray bottle and shake a few times to blend. Spray lightly onto a cleaning cloth and wipe surfaces until dry. Shake before each use.
- Vacuum floors. To preserve carpet and hardwood flooring for years to come you must vacuum frequently.
- Squeegee shower doors after each shower. This will minimize the soap scum and mold buildup.
We realize there may be other things that are important to you to do between housekeeper visits, but these are the basics.