living room cleaning

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Which room of your home do you spend the most time in?

If you’re like 39% of Americans, your answer is the living room. It’s not surprising, then, that our living rooms are often the dirtiest and most cluttered rooms in the house.

We already spend 6 hours each week cleaning our homes, so we welcome any chance to make the task easier, right? In this post, we’ll help you simplify your living room cleaning routine with an easy-to-follow checklist.

Read on for your go-to guide for cleaning living rooms.

Cleaning Living Rooms: Gather Your Supplies

Nothing wastes time like stopping in the middle of a task to get more supplies, so make sure you have everything you need before you start cleaning.

Here’s what you’ll need to get your living room sparkling clean:

  • Cleaning cloths (microfiber is best)
  • Dust mop
  • Sponges
  • Small bucket (with a handle)
  • Stepladder
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Furniture polish

To make it feel like less of a chore, listen to your favorite music, an audiobook, or a podcast. The time will also pass faster if you partner up with a family member or friend.

Living Room Cleaning in 5 Easy Steps

Now that you’ve got your supplies and something to listen to (or someone to talk to), it’s time to get cleaning. Do a quick decluttering if you need to, then follow these steps.

1. Start With Dusting

Work from top to bottom to eliminate all visible and hidden dust. Include the following areas in your dusting routine:

  • Ceiling
  • Ceiling fan
  • Wall corners
  • Framed art or wall photos
  • Lamps and knickknacks
  • Accent tables
  • Entertainment center
  • Electronics (TV, stereo speakers, etc.)

Before you open the drapes or blinds, make sure you’ve dusted or vacuumed them too. Otherwise, you’ll spread dust to all the places you just cleaned!

2. Focus on Your Windows

If you’re doing a deep-clean, take down your drapes or blinds and clean or wash them according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Wash your windows inside and out, then vacuum the corners and windowsills. If you have screens on your windows, take them out and rinse them before you replace them.

3. Clean Out Couches & Chairs

Next, remove all the pillows and cushions from your chairs and couches. Remove any visible or “lost” items and use a vacuum to clean up any crumbs or smaller debris.

If necessary, use upholstery spot cleaner on cushions, pillows, or rugs. Make sure you test any product first on a hidden area!

4. Empty the Shelves

Pull those books from the bookshelf and the give them (and the shelves) a good dusting. The same goes for the drawers and shelves in your entertainment unit.

Disinfect remote controls and other heavily used items. If you notice a lot of clutter piling up, it might be time to donate, sell, or trash things you don’t use anymore.

5. Clean the Floors & Rugs

Now that everything else is sparkling clean, your final step is to clean the living room flooring.

Use a vacuum, mop, or both, depending on the type of flooring you have. If your rugs are heavily soiled, it might be time to schedule a professional cleaning.

Enjoy Your Clean Living Room!

By using the tips outlined above, living room cleaning should become a lot easier to manage.

Of course, we don’t always have as much time as we’d like to keep our homes neat and tidy. That’s why many homeowners elect to bring in professionals for a deep cleaning or recurrent cleaning sessions.

Does that sound like the solution you’re looking for? Contact us today and let’s discuss your cleaning needs.

cleaning bathrooms

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You just moved into your new home or apartment, and every room is squeaky-clean. Or, you want to list your home, but you need deep cleaning, especially those bathrooms!

Dirt and germs in the bathroom start small, like a ring inside the toilet or hard-water stains in and around your sink. But, the longer you go without cleaning them, the more stubborn they will be to clean later.

No one enjoys cleaning bathrooms, but if you want to keep them sanitary and pleasant-smelling, you need to how to clean them well.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about cleaning bathrooms.

Clear and Assemble

To do a thorough cleaning of your bathroom, first clear the room of everything that is not nailed down, such as toiletries, wastebasket, and any free-standing furniture.

Assemble a tote or basket with all your bathroom cleaning tools, including:

  • Toilet brush and Cleaning Product
  •  Rubber Gloves
  •  All-Purpose, Glass and/or Tub-Tile Cleaner
  •  Scrub Brush / Old Toothbrush / Sponge
  •  Disinfectant Spray or Wipes
  • Vacuum/Broom and Mop

How to Clean Toilets

Start by generously applying a toilet bowl cleaner and let sit for up to five minutes, or longer if your toilet is stained. Then scrub with a stiff-bristled toilet brush. Finally, flush with the lid closed.

For a more eco-friendly solution, substitute 1/4 cup baking soda and one cup white vinegar in place of the cleaner, and wait 10 minutes before scrubbing.

Wipe down the entire toilet seat and handle with disinfectant wipes, or with your baking soda/vinegar solution. Let the toilet brush dry out of its caddy and spray with disinfectant.

Bathtubs and Showers

Make sure the product you use is safe for the tub’s surface, as certain products can scratch. Spray the product liberally on the tub’s surface, let it sit if needed, and then scrub with a sponge or soft-bristle brush.

For the shower, pour white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag (enough to fully submerge the showerhead nozzle) and tie it in place to soak overnight.  In the morning, remove the bag and run the water to rinse.

For shower doors, make a paste by adding a few drops of white vinegar to a cup of baking soda; apply it to the door. Let sit for an hour, then rub with a microfiber cloth. Rinse and buff dry with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth.

Wash plastic shower curtains and liners in the washing machine with your regular detergent and a few old towels, which act as scrubbers to eliminate soap scum.

Sinks and Surrounding Surfaces

Pour some vinegar down the sink drain to keep it clear. Spray the sink and countertops with your cleaning solution, and scrub well. Use disinfecting wipes on the faucet and spigot.

Spray mirrors with glass cleaner or vinegar, and use newspaper to buff them clean with no streaks.

Floors

Sweep or vacuum the bathroom floor, then wet mop, making sure you get around the toilet, the sink, and in the corners.

If you have a bathroom fan, dust it down before you do the floors, so you can sweep or vacuum that dirt up as well.

Sick of Cleaning Bathrooms?

Are you dreading cleaning bathrooms in your home? Contact us if you are in the Columbus, Ohio area for the best in whole-home cleaning. We’ll make your entire home, including the bathrooms, squeaky-clean again!

kitchen cleaning mistakes

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It can be fun to experiment in the kitchen. Exploring with new dishes, or teaching someone an old family recipe.

What’s not fun is the clean-up. However, germs and bacteria are common on kitchen surfaces and it is vital to stay on top of keeping this area safe.

Even though you believe you know all the latest hacks, there may still be some kitchen cleaning mistakes you are making.

Here are 6 to avoid.

1. Cleaning in the Wrong Order

Maybe you are one of those people who hate doing the floors, so you clean them first. When it comes to cleaning this kitchen, this is a mistake.

Your kitchen should be cleaned from top to bottom. Clean all the counters and other surfaces first. There will always be crumbs or other debris that will fall to the floor.

The last thing you want is to have to clean the floors twice!

For other efficient cleaning tips, check this out.

2. Depending Too Much on the Dish Towel

The handy dandy dish towel is the first thing reached for when anything happens in the kitchen. Whether it is to pull a hot pan from the oven, wipe up a spill, or dry off wet hands.

The problem is germs and other unsanitary items will be passed around each time you use the towel. Some dish towels stay hung out for days at a time. You should wash or put out fresh towels every day or so.

In addition, you should have more than one towel out so you avoid any cross-contamination. If you are looking for a dish towel replacement, check out the amazing microfiber cloths.

3. Putting Sponges in the Dishwasher

While it is true that sponges literally soak up bacteria and need to be cleaned regularly, it is false that you should do that in the dishwasher.

Sponges hold onto detergent that is released during the wash cycle and can cause damage over time to the dishwasher.

The best way to clean sponges is to wet them and place them in the microwave. Leave them in there for two minutes on high and that will kill all the bacteria. Do this every 2-3 days.

4. Kitchen Cleaning Mistakes – Washing Pots and Pans While Still Hot

If you are one of the rare individuals who like to clean as you go, stop when it comes to pots and pans. They should not be washed while they are still hot. This can actually cause them to warp.

Enjoy your meal, let them cool down, and then wash!

5. Not Cleaning the Garbage Disposal

It is a garbage disposal, after all, it needs cleaning too? Yes! Run it with some ice cubes to remove any stuck food residue.

You can also pour baking soda or a few slices of lemon to remove any lingering odors.

6. Forgetting the Appliances

Just like the garbage disposal, the other appliances in the kitchen need a thorough cleaning from time to time.

Don’t forget the coffee maker, microwave, or blenders when it comes to having a safe and clean kitchen area.

It Only Takes a Moment

Cleaning is a task many people put off. When it comes to the kitchen though, it is vital to stay ahead of the germs.

Avoiding these common kitchen cleaning mistakes will make your cooking and eating space safe and smell great!

For that little extra help around the house, or to get ready for a special event, we are here to help. Please reach out for more information.

cleaning house tips

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Knowing how to deep clean your house quickly can save you a lot of time and energy. When your free time is scarce, knowing a few house cleaning secrets can be a lifesaver.

From the supplies to how to clean your floors, this guide has all the best cleaning house tips. Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know to clean your house like a pro.

1. Get Your Supplies Together

Knowing how to keep a clean house starts with the right supplies. To begin, choose a tote, bucket, or caddy to store everything in so you’ll be able to carry it with you from room to room.

Some basic cleaning supplies to keep in your caddy include microfiber cloths, an all-purpose kitchen cleaner, a tile and bathtub cleaner, a toilet brush, a glass cleaner, and a duster or dusting cloths.

A mop, vacuum, broom, and garbage bags are also essentials. For a good clean, you can fill a bucket of warm water and dish soap to use with your mop or on surfaces.

2. Clean up the Clutter

One of the best ways to speed up the cleaning process is to clear away the clutter. You’ll constantly be slowed down by stuff if you don’t pick up before you clean. Clear off all your surfaces, tables, and countertops for easy wiping. Don’t forget the floors.

This is a great place to involve the whole family as well. Have your kids help you pick up their toys and belongings to make vacuuming and sweeping a lot faster.

3. Don’t Just Clean One Room at a Time

One of the reasons people tend to feel overwhelmed by cleaning is because of all of the rooms. To make the house more manageable, do one task all at once.

Instead of cleaning one room at a time, go through the entire house and pick up. Next, vacuum, sweep and mop the floors. Then you can tackle the surfaces and windows.

If you have more than one bathroom, clean all the showers, tubs, and toilets at the same time. This will also help make sure your toilet brush and bathroom cleaners are handy.

4. Flooring 101

Your floors are one of the main areas in your home to keep clean regularly. After you’ve picked up, sweep your hardwood floors and tile. You can then run a mop along the floor with soapy water. Start in the corners and work your way towards the door so you don’t block yourself in. Use a vacuum on carpets and rugs.

Don’t forget your stairs and underneath the furniture as well. It can save time if you pick-up chairs and stools ahead of time to make room for your mop or vacuum.

5. Scrub and Disinfect

The most important part of cleaning the house is cleaning your surfaces. To ward off germs, bugs, and viruses, disinfecting your surfaces is key. Start with your most-used surfaces in the kitchen and highly trafficked areas.

When you’re doing a deeper clean, make sure to get all your surfaces. This includes bathroom counters, dressers, and play spaces. Disinfecting your counters and bathrooms will help keep your family healthy.

Allergies and winter colds are all exasperated when mildew, dust, and bacteria are left on frequently touched surfaces.

Cleaning House Tips

Your time is valuable. Knowing how clean your house quickly and effectively will save you a lot of precious hours.

While these cleaning house tips can help make life easier, you can also turn to a trusted Columbus area professional when you can’t take the time to get your house as clean as you’d like.

If time is tight, fill out the form here to request a quote and get in touch with an expert home cleaner.

how to clean a mattress

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how to clean a mattress

Your mattress is the dirtiest item in your bedroom.

Sure, you wash the sheets regularly, but what about the mattress itself? While many of us think that bacteria only gets on the sheets, it actually seeps through into your mattress as well. On average, we spend around 6-8 hours per night sleeping in our bed, yikes!

This is plenty of time to fill our beds with skin cells, sweat, and other bacteria. Breathing this in for hours each day can contribute to allergies and illness.

This is why it’s essential for you to clean your mattress as well as your sheets regularly. To learn about how to clean a mattress, keep reading!

How to Clean a Mattress

Cleaning a mattress is easier than you may think.

Follow these steps for a clean, fresh-smelling mattress!

Start Off by Vacuuming the Mattress

To start, you’ll want to vacuum the top of your mattress.

This is going to remove any loose debris that’s sitting on the top of your bed. If you have a pet, you’ll want to vacuum the top to remove any hair. There may also be crumbs or dead skin cells on your mattress that need to be removed.

This will give you a clean slate to begin spot-treating and deodorizing.

Spot Clean Any Stains on the Mattress

Once you’ve removed loose debris, you’ll want to look out for any stains.

Most of the stains that will be in your bed are protein-based stains. Common stains for a mattress are sweat, blood, or urine. Since these stains have probably been sitting for some time, you’ll treat them differently than you may other stains.

Here’s what you should use to treat these stains…

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Baking soda

You’ll want to mix equal amounts of each ingredient in a spray bottle. Spray each spot and dab until you begin to notice the stain reducing.

Deodorize the Entire Mattress

Deodorizing the mattress is an essential step when cleaning the mattress.

With all the sweat and other bodily fluids that end up on your mattress, you’ll want to treat more than just the stain! Here’s how you can deodorize your mattress.

1. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda all over the top of your mattress. Let this sit for a couple of hours.

2. Once the baking soda has had a chance to sit, clean it off with a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you get into the crevices of your mattress to remove all the powder.

Using baking soda on the bed not only deodorizes the surface, but it helps absorb the liquid used while spot-treating.

Air Your Mattress Out

If you’ve vacuumed, spot-treated, and deodorized your mattress, you’ll want to let it dry out.

Allowing your mattress to dry will help you avoid mold or mildew buildup. If you can, bring the mattress outside and let it dry. If this isn’t an option, try to open some windows and wait for a while before replacing the mattress cover and sheets.

Cleaning Your Mattress

Having a clean mattress is not only important for sanitary reasons but for health reasons as well.

If you find that you wake up feeling congested, your allergies may be the result of a bacteria-filled mattress. If you’ve always wondered how to clean a mattress, don’t worry! Now you know that it’s super simple!

If you’re interested in deep cleaning your mattress and don’t want to do it yourself, reach out to us today to learn more about our services!

closet organizing

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Having a perfectly organized closet is life-changing. 

Not only will you reap the benefits of an organized and clean home, but you’ll also create more time for yourself and have a better sense of control over your surroundings, which results in a healthier mental state

The good news is, closet organizing doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. You can make small changes that produce big results. If you’re closet needs an overhaul, here are 5 tips on how to organize a closet on a budget.

1. Spring Clean Your Closet

The best way to organize a closet is to start with a little bit of spring cleaning

You’ll need to take everything out of the space so you can evaluate what you want to keep, what can be donated and what should be thrown away. A great rule of thumb is to donate any lightly-used items that you have not worn within the last 2-3 years. Anything that fits this description but is heavily used, should be tossed.

By taking this step, you’ll be getting rid of extra clutter, creating valuable space and giving back to your community.   

2. Invest In Matching Hangers

Using matching hangers is a great way to get that perfectly organized closet aesthetic without breaking the bank. While buying matching hangers can be a bit of an investment, there are nice options that are also affordable. 

Tip: fabric hangers are both attractive and functional. You’ll never have to worry about clothes falling off the hanger again.

3. Use The Back Of Your Closet Door

Do you have a small closet? Do you need extra room in your closet? Consider using the back of your closet door! You can use a variety of affordable items to turn the back of your closet door into extra space, including shower hooks, doorknobs, a hanging shoe bag, or adjustable shelf strips. 

4. Use Tension Rods To Stack Your Belongings

One of the most budget-friendly closet organization ideas is to use tension rods to make the most of your space

Instead of spending money on an expensive closet organization system, you can achieve a similar and more affordable look by creating small compartments in your closet with tension rods. 

Use the tension rods to organize your jewelry and accessories, store your hats, hang your shoes and organize your scarves. You can place the tension rods at various levels to create stacked storage and make the best use of your verticle space.

5. Buy Storage Containers At A Discount Store

One of the best budget-friendly closet organizing tips is to purchase all of your storage solutions and accessories at a discount store. 

You may be surprised at the variety of quality storage options and storage accessories you can find at your local dollar store. For items you can’t seem to find, try shopping at a big box store, or a discount online retailer. 

Closet Organizing On A Budget: The Bottom Line

By using these tips, you’ll be closet organizing on a budget in no time and creating the beautiful and organized closet of your dreams.  

Supercharge your home organizing with a professional house cleaning. Contact us today to request a quote!

how to clean your toilet

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Toilets are a breeding ground for germs. On average there are 3.2 million bacteria per square inch in your toilet bowl.

Some of these germs are pathogenic, meaning they can get you sick. You could catch E. coli, norovirus, and even a staph infection from a dirty toilet bowl.

Cleaning your toilets frequently will help keep you and your loved ones safe. What is the right way to clean a toilet?

Keep reading and we’ll give you an in-depth guide on how to clean your toilet.  For more tips on cleaning a bathroom, check out this handy bathroom cleaning guide.

What to Clean Toilet With

The first step is to make sure you have all the right supplies.

You’ll need personal protective equipment to be safe. Round up some rubber gloves to avoid touching germs and goggles to keep chemicals out of your eyes.

If the smell of cleaning products bother you, use an old t-shirt or handkerchief to cover your nose and mouth. If you’re particularly sensitive to chemicals, you may want to hire a cleaning service to avoid them altogether.

Next, you’ll need a toilet brush to clean the inside of the bowl. For the outside, you’ll need paper towels or cloth.

Last but not least, you’ll need your cleaning solutions. Get liquid toilet cleaner for the inside of your bowl and a spray ‘bathroom’ cleaner for the rest of the toilet.

Once you’ve readied your supplies, it’s time to start the cleaning process.

How to Clean Outside of Toilet

The best way to clean a toilet is to start with the least dirty parts and work your way up to the dirtiest. That being said, you always start with the same step.

Before you do ANYTHING else, you want to apply the liquid toilet cleaner to the inside of the bowl. This will let your toilet bowl soak while you clean the outside of your toilet.

Once the bowl is soaking, start cleaning at the top to prevent leaking onto cleaned surfaces. Use the spray and your rag to wipe down the tank and the handle.

Once the back is clean, move onto the outermost lid. Do not lift the lid as the seat is dirtier than the exterior.

After the lid, finish cleaning the exterior by wiping down the bottom of your toilet.

How to Clean Toilet Seat

It’s important to thoroughly clean your toilet seat as it’s the main part your body comes into contact with.

Start by wiping down the actual seat with cleaner. Once it’s clean, move to the hinges of the seat and the rim of your toilet. After cleaning the seat, wipe it down with water to prevent coming into contact with cleaning materials.

How to Clean Your Toilet Bowl

Cleaning the toilet bowl is the last step. By now, your toilet bowl should have been soaking in cleaning liquid.

Start by scrubbing under the rim. You don’t want to scrub toilets too hard to avoid splashback. Once under the rim is cleaned, scrub the toilet bowl until stains are gone.

The last step is to scrub the drain hole. Once everything is clean, give the toilet a flush.

Flush Your Worries

By now you should know exactly how to clean your toilet. It’s not an easy job, but it needs to be done.

Not everyone has the time or energy to clean this thoroughly. Between work, kids, and extracurriculars, there’s no shame in needing a little help.

Give us a call at Elite Home Cleaners. We’ll be happy to help clean your bathroom and any other rooms you may need help with.

how to vacuum

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Vacuuming is one of those chores that people either love or hate. Like mowing a lawn, you get an immediate sense of satisfaction after seeing the finished product. On the other hand, however, vacuuming can be tedious.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to break down the art of vacuuming to help you get the most out of each cleaning session. We’re going to answer all of your questions to teach you how to vacuum as efficiently as possible.

Keep reading for all of our best tips.

1. Find the Right Vacuum for the Job

First, you need to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job. Is your vacuum worthy of the task ahead? You wouldn’t try to build a deck with a screwdriver instead of a drill, would you?

If you have pets, several family members, and/or a lot of floor space to cover, you’re going to want a heavy-duty vacuum that will clean efficiently and withstand the abuse.

2. Vacuum Maintenance

Another important aspect of learning how to vacuum properly falls on keeping your machine running optimally. This means keeping the brush bar untangled of hair and fibers, cleaning the filter, emptying the bag or bin, and learning how to clean and clear the entire machine. Without proper airflow, your vacuum will be useless.

3. Frequency

Proper vacuuming requires a consistent schedule, as floors can be some of the dirtiest parts of your home. But how often should you vacuum?

The answer to the question depends on the circumstances of your household. We recommend vacuuming carpets at least once or twice a week and hard floors once a week. If you have pets, however, you should consider vacuuming once a day or every other day.

4. Prep Work

Before you vacuum, you should dust all of your horizontal surfaces. Then, make sure the floor is clear of clutter. Finally, be sure to get help for moving furniture before you start if you’re planning on vacuuming underneath couches, tables, etc.

5. Vacuum Pattern

Learning how to vacuum efficiently is vital to getting the most out of your efforts. We recommend vacuuming in both directions (north to south and south to north, or east to west and west to east). This will ensure you’re sucking up as much dirt and dust out of the floors as possible.

You should also use an overlapping pattern, as most vacuums don’t clean to the very edge of the machine.

6. Corners

You should focus on vacuuming the corners of your floors at least once every two weeks. It may mean using the handheld vacuuming wand, but it’s vital to avoid excess build-up of dirt, hair, and other debris.

7. Floor Type

Finally, learning how to vacuum properly means paying attention to the type of floor you’re vacuuming on. If you’re vacuuming a wooden or hard floor, for example, turn off the bar brush and vacuum in the direction of the planks. If you’re vacuuming long carpets or fringes, vacuum with the fringe instead of against it to avoid getting it tangled in the bar brush.

Looking for More Tips on How to Vacuum Properly?

Vacuuming can be a much simpler task (and more effective) when you learn how to vacuum properly. If you want any more cleaning tips, be sure to check out some of our other articles.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for help cleaning your house in general, check out some of our house cleaning services!

how to clean a mirror

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Did you know that cleaning the toilet is the most hated chore among Americans?

However, you probably hate cleaning because it takes you a long time and isn’t actually that effective. Have you ever wondered whether you’re doing it wrong?

Cleaning a mirror is probably one of the trickiest things to clean.

After you have cleaned your mirror, do you still leave it with streaks on it? Even when you have scrubbed it for ages, they don’t go away.

You only need this guide on how to clean a mirror to discover everything you need to know to keep your mirror shiny. Let’s go!

1. Remove the Dirt

You can’t deal with the fingerprints until you have removed the real problem.

You don’t want to simply move around the dirt and grime on your mirror. You need to remove the gunk before you can clean it properly.

Pour anti-bacterial liquid on your cleaning cloth. That’s when you can start to scrub away any of the bacteria in the mirror.

Any toothpaste marks or hairspray chunks that have found their way onto the mirror can be removed when you’re scrubbing with the cloth.

2. Spray Your Mirror With Glass Cleaner

There are many different types of glass cleaner. Just make sure it is a vinegar solution for the optimal results.

Avoid spraying more than you need. You simply need a light layer of the cleaner on the surface of the mirror.

The solution shouldn’t be dripping off the mirror. This is usually a sign that you have used too much.

3. Grab a Fresh Cloth

You need a microfiber cloth that soaks up the spray and adds a shine to your mirror’s surface. You need to fold it twice to create a square.

This allows you to have four clean sections of your cloth to wipe your mirror. Now it’s time to wipe down your mirror.

4. Wipe Down Your Mirror

When you wipe down your mirror you need to do it systematically.

That means start at the top-left of the mirror and wipe across to the right-hand side of the mirror. Keep doing this motion until gradually working your way down to the bottom.

5. Look Into Your Mirror

Now you should be able to see yourself clearly for the first time in your mirror.

If you can still spot any streaks, quickly spray your glass cleaner in the area and wipe it away. You may have to do this a few times when you first do it.

You can enjoy looking into your mirror without having to look past the fingerprints and streaks messing up your reflection.

How to Clean a Mirror?

If you’re trying to clean your mirror in the right way, it’s not always easy to eliminate any smudges on the surface of your mirror.

But, if you follow our steps, you can ensure that everything is shiny and clean when you look at your reflection.

Now you know how to clean a mirror. Do you want to discover more cleaning tips and tricks? Check out everything you need to know about house cleaning on our blog here.

the holidays

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The holidays are a great time to get all of your friends and family together. However, having crowds of guests in your home is only as fun so long as they stay. As soon as everyone heads home again, you’re left with the mess to clean up and the stress of handling it all yourself.

And you’re not alone! 45 percent of Americans would rather skip Christmas because of all of the stress it causes them.

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do to get your house back in order before you have to head back to work. Keep reading for some house cleaning tips that will let you enjoy the holidays instead of stressing!

Clean Pine Needles Off the Floor

Pine needles from your Christmas tree can be particularly hard to get rid of, especially as they can bury themselves in your carpeting. Due to their shape and size, both brooms and vacuums can struggle to pick them up. Vacuums can also be clogged by a relatively small amount of pine needles, as they can get stuck in the tube.

Thankfully, you can remove them as well as any surrounding debris using a lint roller. Though really designed for use to remove hair from clothes, it’ll work wonders for shed needles!

Use Steam Cleaners for Upholstery and Fabrics

A steam cleaner is much more effective and convenient for cleaning curtains, couches, and carpets than taking them into a dry cleaner. Steam cleaners will provide a deeper clean than any other tool you have, and can remove minor stains as well.

You should also consider using a steam cleaner to remove any dried candle wax or pine sap that may have fallen on the floor around your home. Just be sure to use something to scrape up all you can before going over it with your steam cleaner to melt it. At that point, you can just wipe it away.

Steam Your Microwave After the Holidays

After reheating leftovers over the holidays, the inside of your microwave can look like a battlefield. Fortunately, you can easily clean it by microwaving an entire lemon submerged in a bowl of water. The lemon juices and water will create a steam that will loosen food stuck to the interior of your microwave and also eliminate any remaining odors.

After that, all you have to do is wipe the microwave down with a damp paper towel to leave it sparkling and looking brand new!

Know When to Call the Professionals

Finally, the last holiday cleaning tip to always remember is that it’s okay to call a professional for help. The holidays are not supposed to be stressful, and if the mess that remains after your guests have left is simply too large for you to tackle, don’t be afraid to hire someone to do it for you!

Professional maid services will get the job done in no time at all — and you won’t have to lift a finger. This can save you a whole lot of stress, and ensure that you are properly rested once work starts again following the holiday season.

Interested in booking a cleaning? Contact our team at Elite Home Cleaners to book a session today!