How to clean house like the professionals.
June 15, 2014 11:20 AM Subscribe
Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own?
posted by adapt to Home & Garden (30 answers total) 224 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not a complete slob and used to keep up a cleaning routine on the weekends. I even did a decent spring cleaning at least once a year where I took everything out, went through it for donations and trash, and cleaned the inside of storage spaces before putting back what I kept.
I have family staying over soon and want a straightforward routine to get this place back in shape again. I need instructions on what to do when and how to use which products. I thought advice was enough like "Dust before vacuuming." and "Use window cleaner in one direction inside and another direction outside to see where the streaks are." But on my own this is nowhere near the results the professional housekeeper accomplished.
I also need help for dealing with grout and stainless steel. I've used everything from the magic eraser to bon ami to bleach on an old toothbrush for grout and it still looks grimy. I've used windex, vinegar, and specially formulated products for stainless steel appliances and no luck there either.