Cleaning Tips

The Starting Point: Upstairs bathroom

"I always start there," says Mahima Group. "It's a good place to leave supplies." The Plan of Attack: Top-to-bottom, left-to-right

For each task, start at the highest point in the room (if dusting, this might mean high shelves), and move from left to right across the room. This way, you don't miss anything, and you won't accidentally knock dust onto already-cleaned lower shelves.

  • Dust
    Dust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens and knickknacks. "When it's possible to dry-dust, I do getting something wet makes it harder,". To get rid of fingerprints, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water. Pro tip: Look up top. "People don't dust up on the very top of furniture, and that's where all the dust collects"
  • Kitchen and Bathroom
    Walk through and spray cleaner on tubs, sinks and toilets. Return and scrub. Then, in the kitchen, wipe down the inside of the microwave, and cabinet and appliance doors. Step 6 floors Sweep, then mop or scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, and any other floor that needs it. "I always do bathroom floors on my hands and knees with a microfiber cloth and cleanser, "That's how I know that I got every corner, even behind toilets, and that they're 100% disinfected."
  • Furniture Fabric
    Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Brush furniture surfaces with a vacuum extension as needed.
  • Mirrors and Glass
    Wipe down mirrors and windows throughout the house. Pro tip: Using one wet and one dry microfiber cloth won't leave streaks.
  • Surface Cleaning
    Wipe down all surfaces and counters throughout the house, disinfecting as necessary. Pro tip: Be sure to wipe down all places that fingers touch, like door handles, light switches, TV remotes and phones. "Those are the places that people forget, and they really hold germs,".
  • Vacuum
    "I vacuum my way out the bedrooms, down the stairs, through the living room and out of the house," says Mahima Group. Pro tip: It's not crucial to vacuum every single inch. Just keep moving. You'll get the spots you missed next week.