Cleaning a house professionally is a whole different ball game from cleaning your own home. This is especially the case if you’ve decided to start a house cleaning business. You need to be extremely thorough because clients are paying for a professional service and they expect nothing short of top-notch cleaning. So, here are a few tips on how to clean a house professionally.
How to Clean a House Professionally
Keeping your house clean is different from cleaning other people’s homes. This article points out some tips and tricks on cleaning a house professionally. It also includes guidelines for extending your cleaning service to offer more service options.
Before you start, consider asking some family members if you can clean their homes at a discounted rate or for free. While doing so may not seem appealing, you will gain much-needed experience and also get some good references and testimonials. These will go a long way in helping you to obtain your first clients.
Make sure you have all the supplies you need for the job. You’ll need to invest in everything from furniture polish and microfiber pads to a step ladder and a dust mop or small toothbrush for those hard to reach areas.
A general rule of cleaning is to start at the top and work your way down. However, this cleaning routine is for a one-person cleaner who is just starting out. When you’re working with more cleaners, the routine changes as everyone is responsible for different tasks:
- Wipe down kitchen cabinet facings
- Empty the trash and replace trash bags
- Dust baseboards and remove cobwebs
- Polish all stainless steel and glass surfaces in the kitchen
- Clean kitchen (including the top of the refrigerator and inside microwave)
- Sweep, vacuum and mop all floors
- Clean and disinfect all bathrooms (including wiping down cabinets and dusting light bulbs)
- Clean all glass surfaces (don’t forget smudges on windows)
- Dust all furniture including sides and bottoms
- Wipe down doors and clean window sills
- Dust ceiling fans
- Make, pick up or straighten or pick up beds if needed
For initial cleanings, you’ll also need to include the following:
- Clean all light fixtures
- Remove books from bookshelves and clean
- Clean vents
- Clean knick knacks
- Clean all wall hangings
- Wet wash all doors and baseboards
For residential cleanings, you will need to add window cleaning, oven cleaning and cleaning inside the freezer/refrigerator to your services. You should also clean inside all closets as well as inside drawers and cabinets.
Offering a few extra services will be appreciated by your clients:
- Unloading dishwashers
- Sweeping porches
- Organizing closet bottoms
- Spraying bed linens with linen mist
- Bringing in garbage cans from the curb on garbage pickup day
These tips will guide you on how to clean a house professionally. Professional cleaning is quite broad and you can include add-on services such as blind cleaning and window cleaning on an as-needed basis for an extra cost. When you’re just starting out don’t worry about how long it takes to clean a home. Over time, you’ll become more efficient and manage to do a thorough cleaning in much less time.