• Gaynor Lowndes

Cleaning Tips And Techniques: How To Make Bathrooms And Kitchens Sparkle


Yellow stains in the toilet bowl. Grimy sinks. Burn-on grease on the stove. Cluttered cupboards. These are just little things on their own, but together, they add up to one giant‑sized headache for whoever lives in that house. More often than not, things got that way because people are too busy to clean as thoroughly as they would like to, because of work or other commitments. Which is why our clients turn to us for help. ​ Our clients want a clean and tidy house. And we must do our best to ensure we provide that to them. While it may all seem overwhelming at first glance, there are some tips and techniques we can follow in cleaning homes that will not only make our jobs easier, but also provide the best possible outcome for our efforts. Some of these include the use of appropriate cleaning materials, the proper timing for the application of cleaning reagents, and the addition of fresheners.



Bathrooms In cleaning the bathroom, a strong effective cleaning brush, a plastic bag, bleach and a mop are the most useful materials. And of course, gloves. Never forget to wear your gloves. Hang the plastic bag on the doorknob to help you collect trash quickly. As you clean out litter and put it in the bag, the disposal of


garbage is easier, since all you need to do is to tie the bag and drop it in the bin.

A cleaning reagent like bleach should be applied to the toilet bowl for a few minutes. After application, scrub thoroughly with a cleaning brush, then rinse out the bleach after about three minutes. This can be repeated for other parts of the bathroom, including the sink and shower floors and tiles. ​ When the bathroom is all cleaned up, mop the floor dry. Cleaning cloths or paper towels can be used to dry other parts of the toilet like countertops and cupboard doors. When it is dry everywhere, put in air fresheners and replace all bathroom materials for next use.



Kitchens

In cleaning the kitchen, eraser-type sponge, baking soda, and bleach are the most helpful materials. Bacteria and microbes often hide in on kitchen sinks, faucets, and handles. An eraser-type sponge together with bleach works well in cleaning these areas. To remove dark spots in between sink surfaces, bleach


should be applied for a few minutes, then use a sponge to scrub surfaces thoroughly. Once the dark spots are gone, rinse the surface immediately. ​ Baking soda can also be applied to kitchen sink for a few minutes to eliminate odors. It also helps whiten kitchen surfaces. To use, apply some to a sponge and wipe the surface with it, then wipe clean and remove all residue with the rinsed sponge or a cloth. This procedure can be repeated for other parts of the kitchen. Leave a packet of baking soda in the fridge or under the sink to absorb odors. For a nice shiny look, you may apply mineral oil to a rag and wipe over surfaces as a final touch. ​ Cleaning a house can be a very tiring and daunting task, but it also brings joy. Seeing a very neat and tidy house is both pleasing to the eye and enjoyable to the occupants. Whenever we are tasked with cleaning a client’s home, let us ensure we do it with the utmost dedication. If you have any concerns about cleaning a particular client’s home, please speak to your supervisor.

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