There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a freshly cleaned home, is there? Knowing that every surface has been wiped, every pillow fluffed and every object dusted. It’s a very comforting feeling that doesn’t last long, unfortunately. The moment your kids come back from playing outside, or your dog tracks in mud from the garden, or you drop popcorn on your couch while enjoying a quiet evening in front of the TV, the feeling fades. And it’s normal.
The way to keep the feeling alive is not to stop enjoying life, but to set aside a couple of minutes every day to tidy up. No more than 10 minutes. Here’s what we mean by tidying up:
Putting things back in their place after you use them is probably the simplest way you can keep your house clean outside your regular cleaning schedule. It’s fast and easy to do, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment. In addition, fewer things lying around means less allergens, more space, and less time spent finding lost items. It’s also easier and faster for your cleaner to do their job if they don’t have to pick up piles of clothes, shoes, toys, etc. before they start vacuuming and dusting.
If you keep your dirty laundry lying around, think how much time you or your housekeeper spends tracking down every item that needs to be washed. The solution: create a laundry corner or invest in a laundry basket where you deposit dirty clothing and other textiles until it’s time to wash them. By tidying up this way, you isolate bad smells and bacteria from the rest of your home.
You can live with a water spill on your floor (it dries right up, and no harm done), but juice, coffee or other liquids need to be wiped off fast. These liquids may be hard to clean once they dry out, and may damage the floor (or any other surface they spill on). They can also attract bacteria and insects (ants love sugar). The best way to keep your house clean longer is to wipe these spills quickly.
In addition to producing bad odors, old food and drinks are breeding grounds for bacteria that can take over your fridge and your entire kitchen if you let it. Our advice: throw out expired food every week, to keep it from contaminating your kitchen. For a fresher-smelling fridge, you can put a dish with baking soda in your refrigerator, to “collect” powerful smells.
The longer you keep the trash in your house, the worse it will smell, especially if you’ve thrown out food, or other organic matter. A way to keep your house clean is to take the garbage out frequently. Don’t rely only on your cleaner to do it. Once a week is not enough. Not if you want to maintain that freshly cleaned home feeling.
In conclusion, you don’t need to polish countertops and vacuum or mop the floors every day in order to keep your house clean between regular cleaning or deep cleaning sessions. You need to pick up your things on a daily basis, and deal with spillage and bad odors fast. These simple activities will help your housekeeper do their weekly job more efficiently, and will also help you enjoy a clean home longer.
By the way, if you’re looking for a local cleaning service to take care of the daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly cleaning or the occasional deep cleaning, you can rely on Impeccable Touch Cleaning Services Inc. We do both commercial cleaning and residential cleaning in Fort Lauderdale, with impeccable results. Give us a call, or book a maid online any time.