What are effective strategies to clean your house and have it sparkle. Do you clean by sections or over all?
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Always gather your tools and equipment first before you start any job. Vacuum, dusting tools or cloths, rags, chemicals, trash container or liner, mop, broom, etc..
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One thing in the industry we don't do is buy an upright with attachments. If you need to do above the floor cleaning, we will use a backpack or a cannister vacuum. Uprights that have tools are poor choices for cleaning above the floor.
In the cleaning industry we have a simple saying.......
Top to bottom - Back to Front
Moving the dirt, dust and accumulated filth from the ceiling and walls first, ceiling dusting and vertical surfaces washing/dusting is always done first.
This allows the dirt to accumulate on the floor, which in turn allows you to mop or vacuum all of it up after it has settled there.
Working your way out of a room and into the next allows you to keep your equipment together.
If you dont have one already, purchase a caddy that will hold multiple types of chemical cleaners, and always keep a trash bag or container with you.
Contrary to popular belief, no one product will clean and polish every surface. Simple Green, or Orange cleaners cannot do every job. For instance furniture polish, stainless steel polish, plexiglass cleaner, aluminum brighteners, dusting sprays (endust), and many others are needed in the course of cleaning hard surfaces.
That being said, The method you choose...i.e. whatever works best for you...is the proper method.