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Expert tips to quickly deliver a clean home

Follow these seven steps and the whole house will begin to sparkle before your very eyes:


The Plan: Top-to-bottom, left-to-right

A good place to start is the upstairs bathroom if there is one. For each task, start at the highest point in the room (if dusting, this might mean ceilings and high shelves), and move from left to right across the room. This way, you don’t miss anything, and you won’t accidentally knock dust onto already-cleaned lower shelves.


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Step 1. Dust

Dust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens and nick-nacks. To get rid of fingerprints, dampen a microfibre cloth with warm water. Pro Tip: Look up top. People generally don’t dust up on the very top of furniture, and that’s where all the dust collects and then falls off.


Step 2. Furniture Fabric

Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Brush clean furniture surfaces with a vacuum extension as needed.



Step 3. Mirrors and Glass

Wipe down mirrors and windows throughout the house. Pro Tip: Using one wet and one dry microfibre cloth won’t leave streaks.


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Step 4. Surface Cleaning

Wipe down all surfaces and counters throughout the house, disinfecting as necessary. Pro Tip: Be sure to wipe down all places that fingers touch, like door handles, light switches, TV remotes and phones. Those are the places we can forget, and they hold a lot of germs.

Step 5. Kitchen and Bathroom

Walk through and spray cleaner on tubs, sinks and toilets. Return and scrub. Then, in the kitchen, clean the inside of the microwave, and cabinet and appliance doors.

Step 6. Floors

Sweep, then mop or scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, and any other floor that needs it. Remember to clean often forgotten areas, like behind toilets, so you know they’re 100% disinfected.

Step 7. Vacuum

Finally finish with a thorough vacuum of the house. Vacuum your way out of the bedrooms, down the stairs or hall, through the living room and out the house.

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