Ready, Set, Clean! How to Prepare Your Home for a Flawless Cleaning Day

Three Little Birds explains the steps involved in preparing for professional home cleaning.

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When we arrive at a client’s house, we’re prepared to clean up dirt, buildup, and other messes. After all, that’s why we’re in business. 

But do you know what we find a lot of times? A house that’s already sparkling clean! We’re talking about polished countertops, decimated dust bunnies, gleaming toilets- the works. They took preparing for professional home cleaning to a whole new level.

As it turns out, many homeowners prepare for our arrival by cleaning their place from top to bottom. While putting toys, dishes, and garbage away is always a plus, they do more than they should. That’s why we decided to write a blog that answers the question, “How do I prepare for a cleaning job?

Why All the Cleaning Beforehand?

No need to go overboard when preparing for professional home cleaning!

We get it- you don’t want it to look like you don’t care about your home. It’s pretty standard for homeowners to feel a bit nervous about the impression they make on professional cleaners, leading them to over-clean before we arrive. However, it’s important to remember that there’s no need for this extra effort.

As professional cleaners, we’re used to seeing homes in various states of disarray. Our main goal is to help you achieve a cleaner, more organized space. We don’t judge the initial condition of your home; rather, we’re there to improve it for you. So, while it’s helpful to tidy up a bit by decluttering and putting away personal items, there’s no need to go beyond that in terms of cleaning.

Your focus should be creating an environment where the Hamilton cleaning company you hired can do their job effectively. Generally speaking, that means giving them access to the areas that need cleaning. If you can handle tasks like washing dishes or doing laundry, the cleaners can take care of everything necessary to make your house or apartment a happy and healthy place to call home.

In short, remember that hiring a cleaning service is about making your life easier, not impressing the cleaners. We’re there to assist and take care of the cleaning tasks so you can relax and enjoy the benefits of a clean and comfortable home.

Preparing for Professional Home Cleaning- the First Steps!

Preparing for professional home cleaning shouldn’t require a lot of work on your part.

When you hire a professional cleaning service for your home, you can leave the hard work to us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set the stage for a flawless job. If you’re wondering, “How do I prepare for a cleaning job?” here’s a guide to get you started on the right track and keep you there until the residential cleaning team shows up.

Create a Cleaning and Tidying Checklist

Start by setting clear objectives for what you want to achieve with the cleaning service. Do you need a general clean-up, or do specific areas in your home require more attention, like a high-traffic playroom or a super-dusty spare bedroom? Understanding your goals makes it easier for you to tell the cleaning team precisely what you need.

Next, list areas in your home that you need to tidy up before the cleaners arrive, along with the tasks involved. This could include:

  • Organizing your living room furniture to provide better access to areas that need deeper cleaning
  • Decluttering the kitchen countertops
  • Putting away laundry. 

Remember that the less clutter there is, the easier it is for the cleaners to do their job. Once you’ve got that list drawn up, organize it by priorities. Which areas need the most attention? Which will take more time for you to tidy up? Focus on these first to ensure you make the most of the time before the cleaning service arrives.

Gathering Necessary Cleaning Supplies

At Three Little Birds, we bring all of our cleaning supplies, so you don’t need to worry about stocking up for us. However, if you want to do some light cleaning during the days leading up to our visit, make sure you have the essentials, which include:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Sponges
  • Multi-surface cleaning spray

If you prefer eco-friendly products (like we do!), stock up on green cleaning supplies. Not only are they better for the environment, but they can also be safer for pets and less harsh on your home’s surfaces.

Tips for Staying Motivated and Organized

When you’re preparing for professional home cleaning, our biggest piece of advice is not to try tackling everything at once. Instead, break down your tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. For example, if you’re tidying up your living room, you can start with the coffee tables and end tables. Remove items that don’t belong and return them to their proper places and organize magazines, books, or remote controls into neat stacks or storage bins. This approach can make the process less overwhelming and more achievable.

Other tips include:

  • Use a timer to stay focused on one task at a time. For example, you might dedicate 15 minutes to organizing your bookshelf or decluttering your desk. This helps maintain a steady pace without feeling rushed.

  • If you have family members who can help, involve them in the process. Assign tasks to each person based on their ability and interest. This not only gets everything tidier faster but also makes it more enjoyable.

  • If you have recurring cleaning services, maintain a regular schedule for your prep work. This consistency helps establish a routine, making it easier to stay organized and motivated.

  • Use one of the many checklist apps available to help you keep track of household tasks. Using an app can be a convenient way to ensure you don’t forget any important steps in your preparation.

This one’s our favourite- once you’ve completed all of those preparation tasks, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything super elaborate, unless you’re well overdue for a spa day! On the contrary, it could be as simple as taking a break with a cup of coffee or firing up Netflix for the rest of the afternoon. Rewards can be great motivators, and when you’ve earned one, make sure you let yourself enjoy it.

Preparing for professional home cleaning doesn’t have to be drawn-out, boring, or stressful. With a clear checklist, the right supplies, and a bit of organization, you can set the stage for an outstanding professional cleaning later on. Remember, the goal is to create an environment where your cleaners can work as efficiently as possible. You’ll notice (and love) the difference afterwards.

Living Room Preparation

Preparing for professional home cleaning can make your living room look flawless afterward.

When you’ve got a family, living rooms get messy fast. Aside from the dining room, it’s that one space where everyone gets together to relax, eat, and socialize. One evening can be all it takes to get cushions strewn all over the floor, cups and dishes on the coffee table, and stains on the carpeting.

It sounds daunting, but preparing your living room for professional home cleaning is actually pretty simple, especially if you’ve got a task list to work off of. From decluttering to pre-treating stains, and organizing, here’s how to get everything ready before the cleaners arrive.

Decluttering Surfaces and Floors

Begin by removing items from surfaces like coffee tables, lamp stands, shelves, and entertainment units. This includes remote controls, decorative items, and any other objects that might slow down the cleaning process. By clearing these surfaces, you allow the cleaning team to access every nook and cranny without obstruction and believe me, we appreciate it!

Next, make sure the floor is free of items like shoes, toys, or books. This not only makes vacuuming and floor cleaning easier but also prevents any accidental damage to your belongings. If you have electronic devices plugged into the walls, remove them and their cords to eliminate trip hazards. 

Pre-Treating Stains on Upholstery and Carpets

Inspect your carpets, rugs, and upholstery for any stains. If you find any, apply a cleaning solution designed for that material and/or stain type. For instance, a gentle carpet cleaner is suitable for most carpet stains, while upholstery may require a more specific approach depending on the fabric.

Here’s a professional tip: when treating stains on your carpet or upholstery, avoid rubbing them because it can worsen the stain. Instead, gently blot the stain with the cleaning solution and a clean cloth. This method helps lift the stain without spreading it further. (Another professional tip: Before applying any product, test it on a small, hidden area of your upholstery or carpet to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration or damage.)

Organizing Books, Magazines, and Decorations

Sort through your books and magazines and remove any items that are no longer needed or that you don’t plan on reading again. This not only reduces clutter but also makes dusting and organizing your bookshelves easier.

Once that’s out of the way, evaluate your decorative items. Sometimes, less is more, so identify the items you truly love and want to display and either store the rest or donate it. Removing excess decor can give your living room a spacious, tidy, and more appearance.

Rearranging for a Fresh Look

Once you’ve decluttered, why not take the opportunity to rearrange the furniture and decor? Even switching the sofa or entertainment system location can refresh the appearance of your living room. Once the professional cleaning is over, you can enjoy relaxing in your new and pristine space. 

Kitchen Cleaning Prep

Preparing for professional home cleaning means getting your kitchen organized beforehand.

Did you know that the kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house? From humidity to holiday dinners, they have challenges that call for regular cleaning. If you’re preparing for professional home cleaning, here are some steps for getting your kitchen ready for the rubbing and scrubbing it needs! 

Clearing Countertops and Organizing the Pantry

Start by removing all items from your countertops. This includes small appliances, utensil holders, spice racks, and any other objects. By clearing these surfaces, you give the cleaners unobstructed access for a deeper clean.

Next, take a moment to go through and tidy up your pantry. Remove expired items, organize goods like oils and spices in their respective places, and clear any unnecessary clutter. An organized pantry not only looks good but also makes it easier for cleaners to dust and clean the counters, shelves, and other surfaces.

Putting Away Loose Items

Gather any loose items like mail, keys, or miscellaneous objects that often end up on kitchen counters. If it’s been awhile since you’ve done this, you might be surprised at how much stuff can accumulate on your counters. Store everything in their designated spots to keep surfaces as clear as possible for the cleaners.

Soaking and Putting Away Pots, Pans, and Kitchen Utensils

If you have pots and pans with stubborn stains, soak them in warm, soapy water. This will help loosen up the grime and make them easier to wash. Once you’re done  soaking and cleaning your cookware, organize them in cabinets or on shelves. Utensils should be washed, dried, and stored in their respective drawers or holders. This not only makes your kitchen look organized but also prevents any confusion or misplacement during cleaning later on.

Preparing Appliances for Deep Cleaning

Begin by removing all the contents from your refrigerator. This includes perishables, condiments, and any items on the doors. (It’s a good opportunity to discard expired or spoiled items!) Then take out oven racks, trays, and any other removable components and soak them in a cleaning solution if they are particularly dirty. For tough stains or baked-on food, apply an oven cleaner or a homemade cleaning solution. 

If you have a dishwasher, remove any dishes, cutlery, or other items before taking out and cleaning the dishwasher filter. After soaking it in warm, soapy water and scrubbing gently to remove food particles and debris, inspect the sprayer arms for clogs and clean them out as needed. This helps in maintaining the efficiency of your dishwasher.

For small appliances like toasters, blenders, or coffee makers, unplug them first. Then, clean their exteriors with an appropriate cleaning solution. It is important to note that each appliance may have specific cleaning needs: for example, descale your coffee maker or clean out the toaster crumb tray. Before plugging appliances back in or using them, make sure they are completely dry. This prevents any electrical hazards.

Other recommended steps when preparing for professional home cleaning in the kitchen include:

  • Clearing the kitchen floor of any rugs, mats, or unnecessary items. This allows the cleaners to have complete access to the floor for mopping and vacuuming.

  • Ensuring that your trash and recycling bins are emptied and liners are replaced. This makes it easier for the cleaning team to dispose of any trash they collect while cleaning.

  • Making sure that any sharp objects like knives are safely stored away. This prevents any accidents and ensures the safety of the cleaning staff.

Preparing your kitchen for a professional cleaning might require some time and effort, but it’s a critical step in achieving the best results. By decluttering, organizing, and prepping various areas and appliances, you help the cleaners focus on deep cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen efficiently. 

Bathroom Basics

Preparing for professional home cleaning might require you to tackle a few bathroom tasks first.

Whenever we go into a home, we’re prepared to apply some extra elbow grease in the bathroom. With all the moisture it’s exposed to on a regular basis, it needs some extra TLC. Below are some steps you can take in the bathroom when preparing for professional home cleaning.

Removing and Washing Bath Mats and Shower Curtains

Start by removing your bathmats. Shake them out to eliminate any loose debris and check their care labels. Most bathmats can be washed in the washing machine, but some may require special care.  For shower curtains, check if they are machine washable. If they are, washing them will remove soap scum and mildew, making your bathroom look and feel cleaner. For plastic liners, consider soaking them in a tub with a mixture of water and a mild cleaning agent to remove any build-up.

Clearing Countertops and Organizing Cabinets

Remove all items from your bathroom countertops. This includes toiletries, makeup, and any other personal items. Take this opportunity to also go through your cabinets, discard expired products, and organize the remaining items neatly. An organized cabinet makes it easier for you to find things and maintains the cleanliness post the professional cleaning.

Pre-Treating Tiles and Shower Areas

Look for areas in your shower or tiles that have hard water stains, mildew, or soap scum build-up. You can use a mild bathroom cleaner or a solution of vinegar and water to pre-treat these areas and make them easier to clean later on. Simply spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently wipe or scrub with a non-abrasive sponge. 

Addressing Grout Lines

Grout can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. If you notice discolored grout anywhere in your bathroom, apply a grout cleaner or a baking soda paste, leave it for a few minutes, and then gently scrub with a grout brush or even an old toothbrush. Not only does this help your cleaners do their job more quickly, but it also helps in maintaining the overall hygiene and appearance of your bathroom.

Other recommended steps when preparing for professional home cleaning include:

  • Put away or cover personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, razors, and hairbrushes. Cleaning products may make your bathroom smell great, but you don’t want them on your toothbrush!

  • If you keep pet supplies in your bathroom, such as litter boxes or bathing supplies, move them out of the bathroom or make sure they are clean and tidy beforehand.

  • Remove used towels and bathrobes. Replace them with fresh ones after the cleaning service is complete. 

If there are any specific concerns or instructions related to your bathroom, communicate them with the cleaning team beforehand. Whether it’s a sensitive surface that needs careful cleaning or a fixture that requires special attention, letting them know in advance ensures the best care for your bathroom.

Bedroom Beautification

Preparing for professional home cleaning means getting your bedroom in order first.

A bedroom should have a super-relaxing vibe. (It’s where you sleep, after all!) Preparing for a professional home cleaning not only ensures a thorough job but also contributes to the overall serenity of the space. In this section, we’ll outline how organizing clothes and personal items, preparing bedding and curtains for washing, and dusting and decluttering nightstands and dressers can help your cleaning company do an even more exceptional job.

Organizing Clothes and Personal Items

Begin by sorting through your clothes. Separate them into categories: to be washed, to be put away, and to be donated or discarded. This not only clears space but also helps you keep only what you need and love to wear. It’s incredible how quickly our closets and drawers fill up with garments that haven’t been worn in years, so you might want to schedule a yearly review and declutter.

Once you’ve sorted your clothes, organize your closet. Hang items neatly, arrange shoes, and place bags and accessories in their designated spots. An organized closet not only looks appealing but also makes it easier to find what you need, especially on those mornings when you sleep in!

If personal items like jewelry, watches, and other small items are out, take this opportunity to store them safely in drawers or jewelry boxes. This prevents them from getting accidentally misplaced or damaged during cleaning.

Preparing Bedding and Curtains for Washing

Strip the bed of all linens, including sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers. Check care labels before washing them. Fresh, clean bedding not only contributes to a cleaner room but also enhances your sleep quality.

If your curtains are due for a wash, take them down carefully. Check the care instructions to see if they can be machine washed or if they require dry cleaning. Clean curtains can dramatically improve the air quality and overall appearance of your bedroom.

Decluttering Nightstands and Dressers

Nightstands are a convenient repository for a lot of items: books, glasses, tissue boxes, charging electronics, you name it. Clear everything off and wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove dust before putting it back. If there’s too much clutter, however, you’ll want to leave only the essentials out and move the rest elsewhere.

Once you’re done, sort through the contents of your nightstand and dresser drawers. Remove anything that doesn’t belong there and organize or relocate the remaining items. An organized drawer not only saves time when looking for things but also keeps your space neat. 

The more organized, decluttered, and prepared your bedroom is, the easier it will be to clean as well as maintain the space. At night, all you will have to worry about is enjoying an amazing sleep- you earned it!

Dining Area Dynamics

Preparing for professional home cleaning? Here are some tips for getting your dining room ready.

The dining area is the center of family gatherings and social dinners, so it definitely needs a deep clean from time to time. When you’re preparing for professional home cleaning, you’ll want to focus on overall decluttering and, if you have upholstered furniture, pretreatment of the fabric. 

Clearing Away the Clutter

Start by removing everything from your dining table and putting it in a temporary storage bin. This includes tablecloths, placemats, centerpieces, and any other decorative items.  Sideboards or buffet areas can also become cluttered with dishes, serving ware, and miscellaneous items, so remove these items and organize them in their proper places. This not only cleans up the space but also makes it easier for the cleaners to dust and polish these areas.

Organizing Displays and Drawers

If you have decorative items or china displayed, consider dusting them and rearranging if needed. This step not only preps the area for cleaning but also refreshes the look of your dining space. Once you’re done, sort through any drawers in your sideboard or buffet and organize cutlery, table linens, and other dining essentials. By organizing your dining area, you will be able to maximize its functionality.

Pretreating Fabric Areas Like Seat Cushions

Examine any fabric areas, such as seat cushions or upholstered dining chairs, for stains. Spot clean these areas with a suitable fabric cleaner, making sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damage.

Home Office Overhaul

Preparing for professional home cleaning in your office is fairly straightforward. Whether you’re working from home full-time, managing household affairs, or using the space for hobbies, having a clean and organized office is a must-have. Here are a few steps you can take when preparing it for professional home cleaning.

Organizing Papers and Office Supplies

Start by sorting through your papers. Create three piles: to keep, to shred, and to recycle. Be ruthless: old bills, outdated documents, and random notes that no longer serve a purpose should be discarded.

For the papers you keep, establish a filing system. Use folders or filing cabinets to categorize and store these documents. This not only clears your workspace but also makes it easier to find what you need when you need it.

Once you’ve organized and cleared away all paperwork, dispose of any non-functional items like dried-up pens or broken staplers. Organize the remaining supplies in drawers or containers, grouping similar items together.

Decluttering the Workspace

Keep your desk surface as clear as possible. Only essential items like your computer, a notepad, and a few writing instruments should be there on a routine basis. A clutter-free desk not only looks better but also improves productivity.

Start by unplugging all electronic devices before cleaning. This includes your computer, printer, scanner, and any other electronic equipment in your office. Then wipe down screens with a soft, microfiber cloth and use compressed air to remove crumbs and debris from your keyboard. While the cleaning service will dust around these items, taking care of the more delicate parts ensures a more thorough clean.

Managing Cords and Chargers

Untangle all cords and cables and put them away. This not only makes your space look neater but also prevents potential accidents during cleaning. Consider using cord organizers or clips to keep your cables neat and out of the way. Your office will look better and cleaners can dust and vacuum more easily without disturbing your setup.

Securing Personal and Sensitive Items

Secure any personal or sensitive items that might be sitting out in the open. This includes passports, financial documents, and other confidential materials. It’s best to store these items in a locked drawer or cabinet.

Hallways and Entryways

Preparing for professional home cleaning includes tidying up the hallways.

Hallways and entryways are the first spaces encountered when entering a home and the last seen when leaving. They set the tone for the rest of the house and are often high-traffic areas, so when you’re preparing for professional home cleaning, you’ll want to focus on decluttering and organizing them.

Clearing Out Clutter and Organizing Shoes and Coats

Start by removing any items that don’t belong in the hallway or entryway. This could include: 

  • Mail
  • Keys
  • Bags
  • Miscellaneous items that have accumulated 

If you have a shoe rack, arrange the shoes neatly and consider storing away out-of-season or infrequently worn shoes to reduce clutter. Coats and jackets should be hung up or stored away if not in use. Umbrella stands, hat racks, or other similar items should be decluttered and tidied in a similar manner.

Addressing High-Traffic Floor Areas

Remove or shake out any floor mats or rugs. These items often trap a lot of dirt and dust due to high foot traffic. While professional cleaners will thoroughly vacuum them for you, shaking them out beforehand will help support best results.

If there are specific concerns or instructions for your hallways and entryways, be sure to communicate them to the cleaning service. This might include special care for certain furniture pieces or delicate items.

Utility and Laundry Room

Preparing for professional home cleaning includes straightening up the laundry room.

Preparing this area for professional cleaning requires a focus on organization and efficiency. It’s about turning a typically utilitarian space into one that’s as tidy and pleasant as the rest of your home. 

Organizing Cleaning Supplies and Tools

When preparing for professional home cleaning in the utility room, begin by sorting through your cleaning supplies. Group them into categories such as detergents, fabric softeners, general household cleaners, and specialized products. This makes it easier to find what you need and keeps your space tidy. Check the expiry dates on products, dispose of any that are outdated or no longer effective, and get rid of empty or nearly empty containers to free up space.

If you haven’t already, you should also invest in storage solutions such as shelves, bins, or cabinets to neatly store your cleaning supplies. Properly storing these items not only keeps them accessible when you need them but also ensures they’re kept away from children and pets.

Preparing the Laundry Area and Sorting Clothes

Clear the laundry area of any unnecessary items. This includes removing any clothes that are lying around, emptying the laundry sink, and ensuring the washer and dryer are accessible. Once that’s done, sort your laundry into different categories - whites, colors, delicates, and so forth. This not only prepares you for your next laundry session but also keeps the area organized. 

If there are clothes with stains, pre-treat them before placing them in their respective baskets. This step can save you time during your next laundry session and increases the chances of effectively removing stains.

Organizing Storage Areas

Go through any shelving or cabinets in the room. Remove items, wipe down the shelves, and only return what you need and use. If you store seasonal items in your utility room, like winter boots, rain gear, or gardening tools, organize them. Use bins, hooks, or racks to store these items neatly.

Attic and Basement Tips

Preparing for professional home cleaning gives you the opportunity to tidy up your attic and basement.

Attics and basements are often the least visited yet most cluttered spaces in a home. Preparing for professional home cleaning in these areas is not just about tidying up, it’s about making them safer and more accessible. Even if your cleaning company doesn’t treat these spaces, this is a good opportunity to tackle them yourself. 

Decluttering and Organizing Stored Items

Begin by assessing what’s stored in your attic or basement. Often, these areas become storage for items we don’t use regularly. You’ll want to decide what you need to keep, what can be donated, and what should be discarded.

Group items into categories such as holiday decorations, sentimental keepsakes, seasonal clothing, and so on. This categorization makes it easier to find items when needed and keeps the space organized. Once you’ve got everything grouped, invest in storage solutions like shelving units, plastic bins, or storage boxes. Clearly label these containers for easy identification. 

Preparing Areas for Dusting

Before dusting, clear all surfaces of any loose items. This includes the tops of storage units, window sills, and any flat areas where dust can accumulate. Depending on how your attic or basement is laid out, you may need to move boxes or rearrange items temporarily.

Addressing Specific Cleaning Challenges

Basements in particular can be prone to moisture and bacteria. Before the cleaners arrive, check for any signs of dampness or mould growth. If you find any, it’s best to address this issue before general cleaning. Even if everything looks good, make sure ventilation is sufficient- this not only helps in reducing dampness but also improves air quality during cleaning.

Tackling the attic and basement in preparation for cleaning can feel overwhelming, but it’s an important step in maintaining a clean home. By decluttering, organizing, and addressing specific cleaning challenges unique to these spaces, you can reclaim these areas as usable and efficient parts of your home. 

Outdoor Spaces and Garages

Preparing for professional home cleaning may mean going through your garage and other outdoor spaces.

Like attics and basements, outdoor spaces require routine cleaning that may or may not be covered by your cleaning company. If it is, preparing for professional home cleaning involves organizing tools and equipment, prepping patios and outdoor furniture, and decluttering and cleaning the garage. 

Organizing Tools and Outdoor Equipment

Begin by sorting through your tools. Group them into categories - gardening, automotive, woodworking, etc. This makes it easier to find what you need and keeps your garage or shed organized. 

Use wall mounts, pegboards, or shelving units to store tools. Hanging tools not only saves space but also prevents them from getting damaged. Ensure that heavier tools are stored securely and safely. You should also organize your outdoor equipment like lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and hoses. Make sure they are clean and stored properly, ready for their next use.

While you’re cleaning, don’t forget to give your tools a quick maintenance check. Clean them and make any necessary repairs or sharpening. Well-maintained tools last longer and work more effectively.

Preparing Patios and Outdoor Furniture for Cleaning

Remove any items from your patio or deck. This includes planters, grills, toys, and decorations. When you’re done, wipe down your outdoor furniture. If it has cushions, remove and clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll also want to:

  • Inspect your patio and furniture for any needed repairs as well as fix any loose boards or unstable furniture pieces to ensure safety.

  • Sweep the patio or deck surface to remove debris, leaves, and dirt. This step is crucial for maintaining the longevity and appearance of your outdoor space.

Tips for Garage Decluttering and Cleaning

In the garage, remove items that you no longer use or need and consider donating or selling unused items that are in good condition. Dispose of any expired hazardous materials like paints, solvents, or fertilizers and store the rest in a safe, well-ventilated area.

Create zones in your garage for different purposes - a gardening zone, a sports equipment zone, a workshop area, etc. This helps in keeping the garage organized and functional. It’s also a good idea to maximize the use of vertical space in your garage: installing shelves or cabinets for storage keeps the floor clear and makes cleaning easier.

Other recommended steps when preparing for professional home cleaning in your garage include:

  • Sweeping the garage floor to remove dust, dirt, and debris. If you have oil stains, pre-treat them with a suitable cleaner.
  • Confirming that all safety measures are in place in the garage. This includes working fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, and well-organized storage to prevent accidents.
  • Considering ways to refresh these spaces. For outdoor areas, this might include new planters or outdoor decor. In the garage, installing new lighting or a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference.

Finishing Touches and Maintenance

Preparing for professional home cleaning is an opportunity to set up an ongoing cleaning schedule.

Keeping your home clean and organized is an ongoing process. Even with professional cleaning services, maintaining the cleanliness and order of your home requires regular attention. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

Quick Daily Tasks to Maintain Cleanliness

  • Establish a daily routine that includes quick, simple tasks to maintain cleanliness. This might include making the bed, washing dishes, or a quick sweep of high-traffic areas.
  • Adopt the habit of tidying up as you go about your day. Put things back where they belong after using them. This prevents clutter from building up.
  • After meals, wipe down countertops and kitchen appliances. Keep the sink clear of dishes and the stove free of spills and crumbs.
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces daily, including the sink, countertop, and faucet. Keep a squeegee near the shower to quickly clear water from the walls.
  • Instead of letting laundry pile up, do smaller loads more frequently. This keeps your laundry manageable and prevents the accumulation of dirty clothes.
  • Spend 15 minutes each night picking up toys, straightening cushions, and doing a quick sweep of living areas. This ensures you wake up to a tidy home.

Scheduling Regular Deep Cleaning Sessions

Assess how often your home needs a deep clean. This might be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on your lifestyle, home size, and family members, including pets. Once you’ve determined the frequency, set a regular schedule. This could be every other Friday or the first Monday of each month. A consistent schedule helps in maintaining the overall cleanliness of your home.

Apart from regular sessions, plan for seasonal deep cleans. This could include tasks like cleaning windows, shampooing carpets, or clearing out gutters. Before each deep cleaning session, do a quick run-through of your home and pick up any items that might hinder the cleaning process.

Using Cleaning Services for Specialized Tasks

For certain types of tasks, professional cleaning services are recommended. Although you can certainly attempt them on your own, best results are usually obtained by hiring residential cleaning companies experienced with issues like the following:

  • Deep stains on carpets and upholstery
  • Interior and exterior windows in hard to clean areas
  • Sensitive materials like marble, granite, or hardwood

Sometimes it makes sense to hire a residential cleaning service for scheduled events. For example:

  • After hosting an event or party, you might want to consider hiring a cleaning service to help with the aftermath. This can include garbage disposal, deep cleaning of the kitchen and dining areas, and restoring the home to its pre-event state. 
  • If you’re moving into a new home or vacating an old one, professional cleaners can also ensure the space is thoroughly cleaned for its next occupants.

How Do I Prepare For a Cleaning Job? Now You Know!

Preparing for professional home cleaning is easier than you might think!

As you’ve probably seen from all these tips, preparing for professional home cleaning is an art in itself. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can equip yourself with the knowledge needed to enjoy a stellar cleaning experience every time. From decluttering and organizing each room to addressing specific areas like your outdoor spaces and garage, every effort you make contributes significantly to the efficiency and effectiveness of your cleaning day.

Remember, the key to maintaining a sparkling clean home lies in regular upkeep, organizing your space, and addressing cleaning challenges promptly. Whether it’s managing daily tasks or scheduling deeper cleaning sessions, your commitment to cleanliness really makes a world of difference.

For those times when you need an extra hand or specialized cleaning services, don’t hesitate to reach out to Three Little Birds. With our experience, expertise and unmatched attention to detail, we can transform your home into a spotless haven, relieving you of the stress and time involved in tackling tough cleaning jobs. To schedule your next cleaning and experience the peace of mind that comes with a professionally cleaned home, call us today at (905) 538-5046.