- Ever wished you could get your house looking – and smelling – as good a professional cleaner can?
It turns out there are a few professional tools every cleaner keeps in their toolbox to achieve this dazzling effect. If you want to keep every room sparkling, you need to know them too.
Let’s uncover their secrets as we delve into the professional tools house cleaners use.
Long-handled Microfiber Duster
Let’s start at the very beginning – in this case, that means at the very top. There is a golden rule in cleaning – start high, work low. That’s where a long-handled duster comes in.
Spider and their gravity-defying webs are not the only things that lurk in high places. There’s plenty of dust that clings to the walls, waiting to cascade down over your furnishings in the future.
Every thorough clean needs to start with a thorough high-dusting. A long-handled microfiber duster will make light work of this.
This tool is also great for dusting along the top of picture frames, mirrors, door frames, and window uppers.
Traditional cleaning cloths just don’t cut it anymore. Professional cleaners know that microfiber is the way to go, and there’s even science to back up this thinking.
Unlike a traditional woven cloth, the microscopic bristle-like fibers in these cloths grab hold of dust and don’t let go. The higher the quality of the microfiber cloth, the more fibers there are, and the more effective the cloth is.
The Science Bit
Because there are millions of microfibers in a cloth, these tiny fibers are able to trap dust particles. This uses something called van der Waals forces. They are so effective that it is possible to reduce the use of chemical cleaners in some applications.
This does not mean that they kill germs, though. You will still need to use a high-quality disinfectant in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom to kill off any nasties.
How to Use Microfiber Cloths
Microfiber cloths work best when they are dry or just have a little water on them. A light spritz of plain water from a spray bottle is effective. If you soak them, they won’t work as effectively.
They’re perfect for many applications, including dusting and wiping down smooth surfaces. Unfortunately, they’re not effective on uneven surfaces and are also more likely to get damaged that way.
Fragrant Floor Cleaner
It’s not enough for a home to look clean. It needs to smell clean as well. That doesn’t mean smelling of harsh chemicals, though.
Professional cleaners choose a floor cleaner with a pleasant, long-lasting fragrance. They also choose a brand that is suitable for all floor surfaces, including sealed hardwoods.
This also saves lots of time. Otherwise, you will have to juggle different chemicals for different floor surfaces.
As well as a great fragrance, choose a floor cleaner that leaves a great shine.
Use Hospital-Approved Disinfectant
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of using the right disinfectant.
Professional cleaners don’t take chances. Instead, they choose a hospital-approved or EPA-Registered disinfectant for cleaning houses. This lowers the risk of spreading viruses and bacteria.
Clean your bathroom and kitchen surfaces regularly with high-quality disinfectant.
Hard Water Stain Remover
Professional cleaners often use a three-pronged approach to tackling hard water stains. This depends on the severity of the stain and its location.
Treating Light Hard Water Stains
Light stains are best removed using a mixture of one part distilled white vinegar and one part water. This mixture works great in a spray bottle. Then, simply spritz the hard water stains, leave them for a minute and wipe away.
Slightly more stubborn stains will usually go with a couple of applications. This is a natural solution and is safe to use but doesn’t smell great. Thankfully it’s an easy rinse liquid, so as long as it’s washed away, the smell won’t remain.
Treating Stubborn Stains
If you get really stubborn stains or crusty deposits, you will need to bring out the big guns. A product like CLR Pro, an acid-based cleaner, works well. One of the great things about this product is that it’s safe to use on most surfaces, including stainless steel.
There are also super thick hard water deposit removers that you can paint on for extra stubborn stains in hard-to-reach places.
Treating Toilet Bowl Hard Water Stains
If you’re tackling hard water stains in the toilet bowl, you need to use an acid-based cleaner. A bleach-based toilet cleaner is fine for regular cleaning but won’t be able to tackle hard water deposits.
Choose a product that specifically mentions that it targets toilet bowl stains. Follow the instructions on the bottle so that the fluid remains in contact with the stain for the right amount of time.
It’s easy to see these at the grocery store and pass them over. They seem like a gimmick, but they’re not. They’re the real deal.
Ask any professional cleaner, and they’re one of the professional tools they would never be without. They’re so good because they effortlessly tackle stains that other tools simply can’t touch.
One key benefit is that you can use them carefully on painted surfaces. They can remove scuff and marks easily, as long as you use very little water and wipe up straight after. Too much elbow grease and they will take the paint off.
If other methods fail, try a magic eraser. Most brands are not cheap, so don’t use it at first. But when you are in need, nine times out of ten, it will get the job done.
Get the Professional Look Without the Professional Tools
For many people juggling work and family life, keeping the house clean to a professional standard is just one task too far. These professional tools will surely help you get the job done, but there is an easier way.
Dirt Busters House Cleaning’s range of services includes top-to-bottom one-off cleans. Recurring cleans will keep your house looking great. You set the schedule, and our cleaning professionals do the rest.
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