6 Basic Cleaning Tips from the Professionals at ACS
Basic cleaning covers daily or weekly cleaning routines that help keep your home, office or business looking good. A professional cleaner who comes in to help with these routines does not, as a rule, reorganise the contents of a room, open dresser drawers or closets, or even deal with laundry unless that service is requested. They focus on the obvious: emptying waste bins, washing dishes, dusting surfaces, sweeping, vacuuming or mopping.
Here are 6 simple steps to keep your space looking good:
- Dust First
Use a damp cloth or moist wipe to remove particles from all surfaces. This helps keep down allergens, pet dander and other irritants. The process of dusting, especially if it has been a while, will knock some debris to the floor.
- Collect Soiled Dishes
Collect soiled dishes and place them in hot soapy water in the sink or in the dishwasher. Wash them and put them away in a closed cupboard before taking care of the cupboards.
- Sweep the Surfaces
Sweep tile, linoleum, vinyl or hardwood surfaces. If the area has a shag or deep pile carpet, a carpet rake is handy for collecting small items such as tiny building block toys that can become stuck in a vacuum cleaner. If it is a low-pile carpet, preliminary sweeping helps protect the vacuum cleaner.
- Vacuum Carpets
Vacuum carpets and area rugs after raking or sweeping so you can remove the dust and protect yourself from allergies and allergic diseases.
- Empty Rubbish Bins
Empty Rubbish bins into a single large bin that is kept out of the main living area to prevent severe reactions.
- Consider the Type of Surface
Check the type of surface in non-carpeted areas and prepare the correct cleaning solution for the flooring type. Also, use the correct amount of moisture in each case.
Here are some examples:
- Real Hardwood
Get it squeaky clean by using a damp (not wet) mop with a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. For weekly mopping, use a dust mop sprayed with an oil base soap or a light wax spray.
- Tile Floors
Your favourite scent of floor cleaner with a damp mop. Use a spray bottle of white vinegar for stubborn stains.
- Vinyl Flooring Including Faux Hardwood
White vinegar works very well for stubborn dirt. For kitchen floors where oil might be a problem, add a little grease cutter dish soap.
- Unsealed Concrete
Getting unsealed concrete clean is always a challenge. Use a cleaner that has a peroxide bleach component. The peroxide bubbles will help pull contaminants to the surface where they can be mopped away.
If you are a busy person and find that getting all these steps done in one day is a challenge, divide the tasks by room or by type and do them on different days, making sure that each item is done at least once a week. Some tasks, such as washing dishes, will need to be done more often. When these tasks are faithfully completed on a routine, deep cleaning will be a much easier task.
You can also get a professional service from ACS Cleaning Melbourne. We can customise the cleaning process according to your requirements.