How to clean: the basics

How to clean: the basics

In order to clean effectively you’ll need quality products, functional equipment and, of course, the know-how. Here's our guide to the basics.

Products:

To complete all tasks throughout a house, we recommend the following products:

  • Bathroom cleaner

  • Bin bags

  • Duster

  • Floor cleaner

  • Glass cleaner

  • Kitchen cleaner

  • Laundry detergent

  • Limescale remover

  • Microfiber cloths (these should be clean, and washed between cleans)

  • Rubber gloves

  • Sponges

  • Toilet cleaner

  • Antibacterial spray

  • Vacuum bags

  • Washing-up liquid

Please note, we recommend not to use bleach for any cleaning tasks; bleach can cause damage when misused or spilled and can even pose health risks if you’re over-exposed to it. We also recommend microfibre cloths and dusters for wiping and dusting; cleaning materials such as scourers, steel wool, or any other abrasive materials should not be used as these can leave scratches and damage surfaces.

For some kitchen and bathroom surfaces, e.g. marble, specialist products may be required. It is essential that the labels of products are read before cleaning to prevent misuse or accidental damage to surfaces. Any specialist products need to be provided for Housekeepers by customers to ensure they’re appropriate for use.

Equipment:

In addition to the above products, the equipment required is as follows:

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Mop & bucket

  • Brush (depending on floor surfaces this may or may not be required. This may replace a vacuum in certain properties)

  • Toilet brush

The know-how:

Start high and finish low -

In every room of the house, you should start by cleaning the higher surfaces. This might mean dusting picture frames in the living room, or wiping down the front of wall-mounted cupboards in the kitchen. Next, waist height surfaces - chests of drawers, kitchen worktops, sinks etc - should be cleaned. Finally, the floors can be cleaned - first swept/vacuumed and then mopped (if appropriate).

Working in this order means that none of your hard work is wasted; once these surfaces have been cleaned, you can be sure they’ll stay clean! 

This approach should be taken for every room in a property.

Plan your clean -

The order that we always recommend a house to be cleaned is as follows:

  1. The kitchen: This will often by the biggest task when cleaning a property, so we recommend starting here. We’ve also been informed by our customers that this is the most important part of a clean for them!

  2. Bathrooms: Next, we recommend the bathroom(s). There may be multiple bathrooms in the property, including en suites and we recommend cleaning all of these before moving on.

  3. Communal areas: This will include the landings, corridors and living room(s)

  4. Bedrooms: Finally, move onto the bedrooms. If there are multiple bedrooms it’s a good idea to start with the master bedroom.

A methodical approach -

Working methodically through a property will mean that a clean is both effective and efficient. As well as working from the top of a room to the bottom, you can try working left to right too, or clockwise/anti-clockwise. This should not replace a top-bottom approach but will help to ensure that all areas are covered within a room.

Working with method is fundamental to any successful clean. Having a clear vision for the property and for each room within a property means that you can work in a calm, collected manner, while maintaining an impressive pace.