Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done in record time.
Use motivators to prevent distraction and head off boredom. Play upbeat music for an energy boost. Bookworms look forward to cleaning when an audiobook plays on an mp3 player. Create your own “Cleaning Soundtrack”!
Dress for the Task
Professional cleaners dress for the job in comfortable, washable clothing designed for work. End the era of bleach-stained sweatshirts and set aside a “cleaning uniform” instead, including shoes, gloves and eye protection, and wear it!
Invest in Proper Tools
Professional cleaners don’t use gadgets. Buy good tools, once, and use them and you’ll be finished in record time.
Tote Your Tools
Professional cleaners tote their tools with them, all their tools, cleansers, brushes and rags needed to finish the job are right there in the tote tray. Vacuum, mop and mini-vac wait in the doorway. A plastic bag for trash is tucked into a pocket next to the duster.
"Professional cleaners tote their tools with them..."
There’s a reason the pros can tote all the products they need in one tray: They’ve simplified their cleaning products. Professional cleaners go to work carrying the “Big Four”:
- Light-duty evaporating cleaner (glass cleaner or multi-surface cleaner)
- Heavy-duty degreasing cleaner
- Tile and bathroom cleaner
- Odor Eliminator
You’ll at least need these four types of products if nothing else!
Make Every Moment Count
Professional cleaners don’t circle a room more than once. Stand fast and clean everything in your path before you move on.
Two Hands Are Better Than One
Get in the habit of using both hands to attack cleaning tasks. Spray a mirror with one hand; wipe it down with the other. Scrub counters with two sponges or cleaning cloths. Dusting goes twice as fast with a duster in one hand cleaning nooks and crannies while a microfiber cleaning cloth in the other skims flat surfaces.
Pick It Up
Give yourself the same head start you would give professional cleaners: pick up before you clean.
Where family circumstances permit, make cleaning a family affair. Family members are more reluctant to mess up a clean house when they have been part of the cleaning effort!
Many of these tips were provided by Zep Commercial’s resident cleaning expert and director of marketing, John Callahan. The products that would most fit with those tips are as follows:
Zep Commercial Heavy Duty Foaming Degreaser -- for consumers looking for one degreaser to rule them all, this is it. It’s strong enough for bike and car grease, but safe enough for grills and ovens.
Look for Part 2 of this article: Your spring cleaning checklist and tips: outside