Spring is a great time of the year to make your house look like it was professionally cleaned. Spring cleaning can make your home look like new again! Wouldn’t it be nice to learn the secrets of how to clean a house like a professional without actually having to hire someone? Here’s how to clean a house professionally without calling in too many reinforcements.
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First, we’ll look at cleaning tips from the pros which will make spring cleaning more efficient and manageable. These are some of the secrets that everyone should know which can help make the process run more smoothly.
Then we will look to see when it’s actually necessary to hire professional help to finish the job.
How to Clean a House Professionally
Gather Your Cleaning Supplies and Equipment
Make sure you have everything you need to get the job done before you begin.
Will you need a regular vacuum or will you need a shop vac? Do you have all of the microfiber cleaning cloths and sponges you will need? Do you have enough vinegar and baking soda? If you make your know cleaning supplies (which I highly recommend), make sure you have enough on hand before you start cleaning.
Don’t Work Alone
Even the most ambitious and organized professional will tell you that it is almost always easier to get a job done with a little help. If possible, include family members by giving everyone their own personalized “to do” list.
If you are not getting enough cooperation from immediate family members, or you live alone, consider doing a cleaning swap with friends.
Try to make the event fun by turning up the radio and taking breaks throughout the day!
Work in Sections
One tried and true method for making spring cleaning easier to handle is by working in segments in your home. If you attempt to tackle everything at once, you will soon be overwhelmed.
Move through your home room by room, and corner by corner. In no time at all, you will have completed your entire list.
Clean From Top to Bottom
This is a basic rule that is always wise. When spring cleaning, begin cleaning at the top of each room and continue on toward the bottom.
For example, begin with dusting off fans blades, or washing walls, then cleaning furniture and tables, and finally give the floor a thorough cleaning. Most particles generally fall downwards, and this secret ensures that you will not clean the floor, only to have dust and other junk fall from furniture as you move to the next step.
Declutter as You Clean: The One-Year Principle
Most professionals have at least a variant of this particular rule, which says that if you have not used an item for at least one year, you probably shouldn’t keep it. There are exceptions to this rule, but it is a good general idea.
When deciding whether to keep or toss an item, think about when you last used it, and if it has been too long, it is likely useless and taking up valuable space.
Keep, Donate, Trash
When you are going through anything from old clothing to extra clutter, keep this simple rule in mind:
- donate, or
Always divide the items into three piles as you sort them. Keep the items you love, donate the items that are in good condition but someone else can put to better use, and trash anything with damage. This makes every pile easier to deal with and to organize.
Minimize and Organize
Any professional will gladly remind you that the fewer items you have, the less you will have to clean and organize later on. As mentioned before – when you are going through your home during spring cleaning, think about what you can live without.
Get rid of unnecessary items whenever possible.
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When Hiring a Professional is Necessary
Since Spring cleaning is a big task. There are times when you cannot do it alone, and it may be appropriate to call in some professional help.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough of yourself to go around, and other times there are specialized jobs that you might not have the necessary knowledge for.
By finding the right person to assist with each specific task involved, your home will be organized, feeling fresh, and will become a place you love living in once again.
Following are some situations in which you might consider hiring a professional.
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Cleaning the gutters is something that should be down twice a year, so while you’re spring cleaning your home it’s a good time to look at the gutters.
Cleaning your gutters is not something you likely think of on a regular basis, but keeping it up can prevent water damage which may save you a large amount of money in the future.
Debris left to the point of decay can also draw insects, including mosquitoes, to your property.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
Your furnace goes through a lot during a cold long winter. A build-up of dirt in your furnace will make it less efficient, and will also waste fuel.
Make sure that your HVAC is ready for summer air conditioning by hiring a professional to take care of this important task. By hiring a professional, you will know that it is done right, and you will have time for other spring cleaning tasks that you yourself are able to do.
Make sure you find a reputable service provider. Ask your friends and family who they use and trust.
Sometimes spring cleaning involves a facelift for your home on either the inside or outside. It’s a good time to examine your walls.
Walls go through a lot throughout the year. There might be areas that have been scuffed up and need to be touched up with paint.
Depending on the size of the job, painting can be an overwhelming task. It is something that can be outsourced to a professional.
Don’t be afraid to try out someone new, but be sure to ask for references when hiring a paint contractor.
Cleaning Air Ducts
Air ducts should be cleaned every few years. Cleaning your air ducts can possibly help get rid of asthma and allergy symptoms, and improve air quality.
Professionals who clean air ducts have been known to find many misplaced objects, from toys to small, dead animals.
It is important to be cautious and to check out the company who you hire for this job, as improper cleaning can at best be unnecessary, and at worst, result in damaged ducts.
Spring cleaning can be a time-consuming undertaking, but with these tips on how to clean a house professionally, doing a little work, and hiring a professional when necessary, you will soon have your home looking beautiful once again.