So, my husband hired me a maid after I had one of my babies and again while we were trying to sell a house. It is great to have a pro in the house. The fact that she could clean my whole house in 3 hours was amazing. I usually tried to leave when she was there but occasionally I stayed and watched. On the days when I want a clean house just like “the cleaning lady was here,” I do the following. This is how she cleaned the house.
Materials needed: Laundry basket to put things in that don’t belong wherever they are.
- Scrub brush and plastic cup and tooth brush.
- clean broom
- mop of your choice. For hardwoods I prefer the Bona, swiffer or the Norwex.
- Collection of cloths.
Here is her order of doing things. I’ll break down each one.
- tidy bedrooms, den and living areas
- dry sheets
- vacuum rooms
if she had time then she did windows until time was up.
- Turn oven to clean.
- Strip beds and put sheets in washer.
- In the first bathroom turn on hot water in shower. While it is heating up, spray down bath and tub surround, toilet and sink with your favorite cleaner. Put toilet cleaner in toilet (after she put all makeup and stuff in a basket I left on counter). With water running scrub walls and floor of shower. rinse with the water using cup or hose. Squeegee sides and floor of shower. Using cloth, wipe down sink and counter. Using same rag wipe down toilet. Use toothbrush on crevices of toilet. Using clean rag clean mirror. Use squeegee for final swipe. Using that rag, quickly spray and wipe down counter, sink and toilet again. Scrub toilet. Leave brush tucked under seat to drip and dry. Use your cleanest rag to pay special attention around toilet pedestal and floor. Use toothbrush if you must. Wipe. You will mop later. Sweep contents of bathroom into the carpet in hall or bedroom. Done. Do other bathrooms in this manner.
- Carrying the laundry basket as the receptacle, remove everything in your first bedroom that doesn’t belong there. Throw toys in a tub or toybox. Hang clothes and tidy up closet. Items that have no obvious home go in basket. Do the same procedure for each bedroom and living areas.
- Dust the surfaces in bedrooms and living areas using damp cloth or favorite duster. Don’t forget lampshades, the tops of hanging pictures, the head board, knick-knacks.
- Using clean broom brush off all the baseboards in the bedrooms and hallways and den, oh and ceiling fans. Get the sheets in the dryer.
- Now attack the kitchen. First thing, unload and load dishwasher. All other dishes get hand washed now. Any knick knacks on counter go in the hot water too. Dry items and put away. Using your favorite cleaner, spray counters and cabinets. Spray inside of microwave. The stove might be to hot to clean or not, your decision. With a scrubby, scrub the counters. Wipe to a shine using cloth. Wipe down cabinets. Using a scrubby, scrub the corners of the floors near the cabinets where normal mopping doesn’t get. While you have wet rags, wipe down dining chairs, and bar stools. Sweep debris into carpet area (or use dustpan)
- Get sheets out of dryer, and either vacuum each bedroom and bed mattress now before you put on he sheets or wait. Make this choice on whether you dusted stuff onto the mattresses or not. Make the beds.
- Vacuum the entire house. Don’t forget to get go around the edges and corners.
- Using the mop of your choice, mop your bathrooms one by one.
- Mop the kitchen and any hallways. You’re done.
You COULD wipe out your oven, or not. My oven almost obliterates the contents of my dirty oven and turns it to miniscule piles of dust. When your kids come home, have them get their stuff out of the basket and put it away. Homeless items need to be given a home.
Now your house looks and smells like the maid was there!