The 4 Things You Must Know Before Hiring A Cleaner

So you’ve finally gone and decided that enough is enough. You are well and truly done with cleaning your home. You’ve been doing it for years with very little help from anyone else in the household. You spend hours every day and every week desperately trying to keep everything as clean as possible and a few days later it’s all a complete mess again.

I’ve been in this exact situation, and I can agree that is very frustrating. However, one of the awesome things about working all week is the fact that you have money to spend. You can spend your money on trying to make your life more enjoyable or in the case of hiring a professional company, a lot easier. It is stressful trying to stay on top of everything at home. Cooking, washing clothes, making sure bills are paid on time, getting the kids to school are all time-consuming enough without adding the hassle of cleaning up after everyone on top.

But you can’t just hire the first person you see in the newspaper or online. Just like hiring a carpenter or an electrician, you will want to do your due diligence first to make sure you are hiring a hard-working and trustworthy cleaner or team of cleaners.

 

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This short guide will help you avoid the common pitfalls of hiring a cleaner and make sure you hire a superstar.

The very 1st thing you should do is ask your friends and family member and see if they have a good recommendation for you. This is the optimal way to go about things because they will not lie to you. The have nothing to gain from deceiving you so they will give an honest recommendation.

mops dryingWhen you interview prospective cleaning crews, make sure you ask them not just how many years of experience they have but also, what kind of guarantees they can offer you. Are they willing to give you your money back if you are not happy? Will they come back and re-clean for free?

Another important question to ask is what kind of insurance cover they have. Anybody who gets hurt in your house can sue you if they don’t have the necessary insurance cover. So that is something to be very careful of. Also, these people are going to be roaming around your house, sometimes when nobody else is in the house. So they have to be trustworthy and insured against any theft or against any damage they might cause.

It’s important that you take your time and don’t rush into this. You need to hire the right cleaner for you because in the long run you will want to be building up a good, strong relationship with this person.

Be Careful Not To Damage Your Home When Cleaning

homemade cleaning productsThere’s nothing worse than getting out some fresh new cleaning products, spraying or rubbing some onto a couch, table, floor or another surface. Then you come back an hour later to find that it has reacted badly with the material, and you’ve caused some serious damage.

I see this all the time, and I’ve been in that situation myself too. The fact is that there are a lot of very harsh chemicals in most commercially available household cleaning products. The kinds of things that can do some serious harm to you and the things it comes in contact with.

Don’t get overzealous in your quest for a spotless home. Otherwise, you might be left with something that you didn’t bargain for, like a permanently stained coffee table or granite counter-top.

So what are the exact steps a person can take to avoid situations like this from every happening? Well, there’s the obvious one, follow the instructions! Seriously you know those words that you never read on the packaging of those cleaning products you buy? Well, that will tell you how to use the product and what it is suitable and not suitable for! Crazy I know. This will probably be a revelation to a lot of you.

Now of course all joking aside I do have some more serious pieces of advice.

Although you’d be surprised the amount of people who could have avoided disaster if they just read the instructions first before diving in head first.

Always remember to start weak and then move on to the stronger stuff. If the product you are using is not proving to be very effective then choose something stronger. If you fail to remember this simple little rule, you may strongly regret your actions later on.

spray bottleA huge percentage of the time all you need to clean up some dirt is just water. Seriously a damp cloth and a bit of elbow grease can go a long way. Don’t always look for the product to do the work for you. Nobody said cleaning was easy, it will require getting dirty and sweaty sometimes.

The other thing to take into account is what you use to clean with. Are you using a cloth, a plastic bristled brush or something even more harsh. Some cloths can actually be quite abrasive on are definitely not suitable for certain materials. In this regard you’ll just have to use common sense. Don’t use a heavy duty scrubber on something that scratches easily. Again this is all very straightforward but you’d be surprised of the number of people that I’ve spoken too who do not follow these guidelines at all.

So just please bear in mind that it can be quite easy to damage your furniture. And the way that you tackle a stain or mess can leave your furniture looking worse than before you even started.

To be perfectly honest with you, I absolutely do not want to be the one to have to say “I told you so!”. My next blog post is going to be a bumper one. It’s over 5 thousand words long. That’s the longest post I’ve ever written by a country mile. I’ll be releasing it, the day after next, and it promises to be my best work yet.

How To Get A Shiny New Toilet Bowl

 I do not know of many people who actually enjoy cleaning their toilet. It’s dirty and smelly work, but at the end of the day it’s very important to keep it clean. It’s a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, not to mention that if left uncleaned, it can begin to smell out not just your bathroom but indeed your entire home!

So it is of course absolutely necessary to keep it clean. You do not have the luxury of just ignoring it and pretending that it does not exist. So with that said, in this article I’m going to be discussing ways to make the process easier and faster so you can get back to doing the things that you enjoy.

As with cleaning your fridge and your oven, it becomes much easier to efficiently clean your toilet, when you follow a strict plan or procedure. This will also ensure that you clean it thoroughly and do not inadvertently transfer or spread bacteria to other areas of your house.

I always start off by using an all-purpose cleaning spray on the outside surfaces of the toilet. However for maximum effectiveness be sure to leave it there to sit for a few minutes at the very least. This will ensure that is has adequate time to kill all the germs.

After waiting a good 15 minutes, use a cloth to remove any remaining residue. Of course it goes without saying that you should never use the sponges or rags that you clean the bathroom with, in any other area of your home. And always remember to rinse off any cloths or scrubbing brushes that you use in the bathroom.

For the inside of the bowl, I like to go natural and just use baking soda. Put ample amounts of it around the inside of the bowl and again leave it to sit for 20 minutes. Use a bristled brush to scrub off any remaining stubborn dirt.

Then its just a simple matter of flushing the toilet and you’re left with a shiny toilet bowl.

To finish off the job, make sure you shine up the chrome parts, such as the flush handle and the fittings that attach the toilet seat to the porcelain. Again I use natural products here. Use lemon juice and a dry cloth a dry cloth to shine up the chrome bits. Lemon is also fantastic at getting rid of hard water spots that form on taps and on shower doors.

toilet brushAs with cleaning your floors, you want to make sure that you clean your toilet regularly. That’s the only real way to be sure that you are not left with a huge mess at the end of the week.

One big question I often get asked is what to do if a toilet has got rings stained into the bottom of the bowl. These can prove quite tricky to get rid of and sometimes the baking soda method above simply will not work. In fact sometimes even large amounts of bleach left to sit overnight won’t even work. In that case I always recommend that you use a pumice stone. These things are available in most hardware stores and work wonders on these stubborn stains.

It’s very easy to use and doesn’t even require much elbow grease. Just rub the pumice stone over the ring until it disappears. Simple.

So that brings yet another awesome cleaning guide to a close. I’m not sure what area of the home to tackle next so shoot me an email with any suggestions. And again your comments are always welcomed.