It can be difficult for a cleaning team to check all of the areas that need to be done when cleaning, especially with a limited amount of time.
Beyond the new cleaning measures for COVID-19, there are so many minuscule things to look for. You may already be familiar with some, but they are immediate eyesores to your customers. Your customers’ first impression is important, so make it count.
Here are 5 things you might miss when cleaning.
1. Hair & Lint
The sight of hair anywhere is an automatic turn-off to most people.
A quick walk around when you finish cleaning is worth it. Turn on the lights and investigate closely. All cleaning services know that removing any excess hair is critical.
Next, use a flashlight and check around the corners of cabinets and doors. If you see any lint on the floor or a piece of lint on the bed cover, vacuum or lint roll it up, especially if it’s in the bathroom. Make sure the tub has no hair; likewise with the sink, drain, and the toilet.
It is important to have any place you clean to smell neutral with little to no fragrance once you are finished.
Nothing turns off a customer quicker than going into their home or office and picking up a musty odor, the smell of smoke, or a heavy room deodorizer. Febreze products can be most helpful in eliminating odors and freshening fabric items.
Here are more tips for eliminating odors from a home or office.
Odors may linger in these places:
- Washing machine
- Trash cans
- Air vents
Febreze has specialized products for carpets, fabrics, and for the air itself. It’s always a great idea to spray the sofa or other upholstered sitting areas lightly, in addition to lightly spraying the carpet and air. Pro tip: let the Febreze sit for at least 20 minutes to absorb any odors and dissipate. This will ensure no lingering odors after cleaning.
3. Hardwood Floors
This one is easy to sympathize with. Who wants to go into the kitchen and step on something gritty or sticky? Make sure to be thorough when cleaning up any sand, dirt, or other materials that can get brought inside.
Whenever possible, utilize soft pads under furniture legs to avoid damaging the floors. This will help ensure no scratches or dents.
We suggest the following mops for a sparkling clean floor:
- Microfiber Mop – Lightweight and easy to use, a microfiber mop is the classic way to gather up any large dust particles and dirt. The microfiber pads hold onto dirt and grime while you clean so you don’t need to keep wringing. They’re extremely easy to use and maneuver through furniture and around corners with ease.
- Bissell SpinWave Mop – The Bissell SpinWave has two rotating mop pads that easily power through dirt, scuffs, and stuck-on messes. This cordless, electric mop tackles tile, wood, linoleum, and other sealed hard floors. This mop is ideal for sealed flooring since it does not use any steam. This mop is cordless, so it’s easy to maneuver, and cleans for up to 20 minutes.
- Libman Wonder Mop – For messes on a laminate floor, this affordable option absorbs messes with its thin cloth strips. Using a spin mop is an excellent way to gather up large amounts of spills. Be sure to use hot water and a cleaning solution. The best part is that there is no need for a bucket: just wet the mop in solution, twist the built in wringer and start mopping.
You should always clean a wooden floor with a soft mop to avoid any risk of damaging the floors if you use a scratchy tool. For wooden floors, it is best to clean in the direction of the grain.
Sand and grit can hide between the grooves of tile flooring or in the corner of a wall. Make sure you run the vacuum several times in the kitchen, just to be sure there’s nothing left.
Also, remember that your guests might drop something on the floor and look under the bed – don’t let them find any dust or trash under the bed. They also don’t want to see footprints on any hardwood floors. That’s a sure sign the floors haven’t been swept and mopped thoroughly. Read our guide on how to choose the right vacuum for you for more information on floor cleaning equipment.
The bathroom has to be pristine. Your customers want to feel like it is a brand new bathroom that no one has ever used before. When a gentleman flips up the toilet seat, he better not see anything. The entire toilet needs to sparkle, including that small space where the toilet lid screws into the toilet.
Just like wooden floors, the bathroom floor must be kept spotless. This will be especially difficult if the flooring is made of tile as grout and grime can build up between the grooves. However, with regular maintenance and occasional deep cleaning, the bathroom floor can be kept clean and ready for use.
Remember about the hairs above? Make sure the drains are clean and functioning properly. The bathtub also needs to sparkle. Make sure your cleaning service is properly equipped with tools and products to make the bathroom shine. Some tools we suggest include:
5. Dust & Fingerprints
Ensure there aren’t any fingerprints on the blinds, door handles, or glass surfaces. Fingerprints can linger on shiny surfaces, especially those that are visible at a certain angle and lighting. Wipe all counters down thoroughly, making sure there are no fingerprints or traces of human oil.
One thing to remember is that while you’re cleaning the previous messes, you’re also preparing the space as best as you can. Likewise, clients will be knit-picky about the cleanliness of the clean.
Make sure you have also dusted the baseboards and window sills. Lie down on the bed and just look around. Does anything look dusty? Check the bathroom again. Sometimes, you will notice fibers from your cleaning tools have stuck to surfaces – make sure the walls and floors are free of dust and fibers.
If you’ve gone down this list, you should see very few complaints and lots of 5-star ratings in your business.
To recap, check all of these areas when cleaning a home:
- Hair and lint in the property
- Lingering odors
- Hardwood floors
- Dust and fingerprints