House Cleaning Tips from the Pros

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Hiring a professional cleaner is expensive and time-consuming. It’s also hard to find the right one that fits your schedule, budget, and cleaning needs.

We created this guide so you can clean your house like a pro without breaking the bank or stressing yourself out over finding the perfect cleaner for you.

Follow these tips from expert cleaners to get your home sparkling in no time!

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I know its hard to find the time and energy for deep cleaning, but it’s even harder to live in a dirty home. You can’t enjoy your life when you’re living in chaos or filth.

Ever wonder why a professional cleaning job has better results than doing it yourself? In this post we look into the differtent house cleaning tips from the pros.

Topics include

  • What do professionals know that you don’t know?
  • How do they get things so clean so quickly?
  • What products and cleaning equipment they use.

Read on to discover their secrets so you can enjoy a professionally cleaned home without the expense.

Declutter, then clean

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One of my top tips is to declutter your home first so that cleaning and organizing becomes quick and easy. If you have trouble letting go of your possessions, a professional cleaner or organizer may help you.

Some are trained to challenge your limiting beliefs around holding onto clutter and help you let go. In a non-judgemental way.

You can, of course, declutter yourself I have some other articles containing useful tips on this subject.

Dress for the job

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You would never turn up for a job wearing inappropriate clothing. The same is true in your home when undertaking regular cleaning tasks. 

So you can really get stuck into the tasks at hand, wear jeans and an old T-shirt or similar that you don’t mind becoming stained and worn. I have a small selection of old clothes that I use just for yard and housework.

Also, wearing stout footwear is recommended as slippers or flip-flops represent a trip hazard and should be avoided. Bare feet could mean painful stubbed toes I know I’ve done this so many times!

Focus and Time

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A professional won’t have any problems focusing, as they only get paid when a job is completed and the client is happy. Also, their reputation is on the line if they don’t deliver.

If you have trouble finding time to clean and organize. Chances are you probably wander unfocused from task to task. This is exactly the opposite behavior to a professional cleaner.

For example, do you find, cleaning out your closet could take an entire day? If so have you allowed yourself to become distracted by.

  • Your children wanting to play
  • You get an urge for French fries and drive out to collect them
  • You decide to phone your sister
  • You watch the news for 5 minutes that turns into 30

I get it life gets in the way!

All of this means it is going to take you much longer to clean than it should.

The solution is to give yourself a set amount of time to get the job done. Then stick to it.

For example, give yourself only an hour to clean out that closet.

Not sure you can do it?

Reward yourself with those fries if you meet your goal.

Focused cleaning time means you’ll pay more attention to what you’re doing. You’ll do a better job cleaning and you’ll get it done quickly.

When you set a time limit, you won’t suddenly call your sister. You won’t get distracted by a television program and you won’t run out for French fries.

Follow a Cleaning Checklist

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Either create your own set of cleaning checklists for every room or find some printable examples online that suit your circumstances.

It is motivating to tick off the tasks as you work. 

Some websites with printable cleaning checklist examples are 

Make cleaning fun

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Cleaning fun? Well, it doesn’t have to be a drag.

Listen to music. You can run a feather duster around or hoover to the rhythm of your favorite tunes.

Clean like no one is watching!

Open the windows and use nice smelling cleaning products that make you feel good. The time will go quickly and you will get a fun workout.

Buy good cleaning supplies

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Make sure you’re using cleaning products that work. You don’t need to spend a great deal on cleaning products. A basic selection of cleaning products from the store is just fine. 

Before you go to the store, look at the cleaning products, you have at home and use those up first.

You don’t always need a new cleaning product for every room and task. Surface cleaner for your kitchen will clean the surfaces in your bathroom too. 

Invest in a set of microfiber mops, cloths, and dusters. They do a much better job at cleaning than traditional cleaning cloths.

Invest in Quality Cleaning Tools

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Make sure you have the right tools for the job.

An efficient vacuum cleaner with the right attachments means you can every nook and cranny in your home.

For example, an old toothbrush is a great tool for cleaning tough corners or grout.

Invest in a selection of microfiber cleaning cloths and dusters.

Apply cleaning products and walk away

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Let the product do its job. Wait until the cleaning solution has sunk in and had time to work, and then wipe it off or vacuum it up.

This tip works well on non-porous surfaces, like tiles and ceramic, so works well in the bathroom or kitchen.

Of course, you mustn’t follow this tip on real wooden floors or furniture. 

Efficiently clean your ceilings and walls

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Work from top to bottom and right to left. Start in one corner of a room, work across, moving toward another intersecting wall.

This way you’ll have less chance of missing parts of the wall.

Don’t forget about cleaning your baseboards as you go.

Clear off surfaces

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Keeping clutter off surfaces will make cleaning so much easier. Try to spend a few minutes a day clearing away those spaces where clutter builds up.

Pay special attention to your night tables, desktops and other surfaces where papers are leftover from the day and clutter may accumulate.

Regular clearing off the surfaces from your kitchen countertops will not only look tidy and uncluttered but can prevent odors, dirt, and grime from ever having time to take hold.

Don’t forget the doormat

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Any professional cleaner will tell you to invest in a good doormat. This is the first barrier to stop mud and dirt from entering the home. 

Essential if you have pets and children that are in and out of the home all day.

  • always take off muddy or dirty shoes and boots near the door to your house
  • if space allows, have a bench with storage underneath for all the family’s shoes and boots.
  • you could make your house a shoe free zone to reduce the amount of dirt in the home.

Vacuum the right way

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When I vacuum, I used to go as fast I could. I’ve since found out this is the wrong way to do this.

Instead, you need to work slowly as you push the cleaner back and forth. This allows the vacuum cleaner to do its work efficiently. As you run the cleaner over the carpet, overlap the rows by 50 %. 

This brings up the nap of the carpet, allowing the machine to do its job.

  • For an extra deep clean vacuum at right angles to the first passes.
  • Don’t forget your vacuum needs to be cleaned regularly so the suction and sweeping remains working well. So you will need to empty the canister and keep the brushes free from tangled hair regularly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s advice on replacing or cleaning filters. This often needs to be done monthly.

Create a cleaning plan

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Any professional cleaner will have a plan that they follow, you can do the same in your home.

You might think a cleaning schedule is a hassle to make and organize. But you will find having a simple, easy-to-follow plan takes the stress away.

Creating your own schedule means that you can design it around what works for you and your family’s needs. 

Here are examples of easy cleaning plans you could use as inspiration

Invest in Micro-cloth or Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

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My top tip for speedy professional style cleaning is to use micro-cloths. 

Microfiber cloths are like little sponges that can absorb up to 7 times their weight in liquid, which makes them perfect for all your cleaning jobs around the home.

They are great at grabbing hold of dirt and dust so you are actually cleaning as you go, not just moving dirt and dust around.

There are many microfiber cloth cleaning product options out there. From general purpose cloths to floor mops and ceiling fan dusters

Have a tote or caddy to organize cleaning products

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Keep all your cleaning products close to hand with a useful tote or caddy. You could also use a bucket. Anything with a stout handle could act as a caddy.

The caddy should be quite small, otherwise, it will become too heavy to move around the home. 


If you’ve been wondering how to clean a house like a pro, I hope these tips have helped.

Whether you have kids or pets in your home or not, it is important to use the right cleaning products and tools for each task.

Professional cleaners follow certain tricks that make their work easier and faster while still getting the job done well why not use some of those same principles around your own household and see if they don’t improve! 

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