House cleaning is all about details. Lots of little details. Yes, you can do a quick cleaning job and it’ll be fine. Sometimes skimming off the top layer is all there’s time to do; it’s better than doing nothing at all. But a really detailed cleaning job shines bright.
Many little details comprise the finishing touches that transform your ordinary cleaning routine into one that makes your home the envy of the neighborhood. The following are some examples.
Get Rid of Cobwebs
Cobwebs hanging from your chandelier are unsightly and make your home look dirty. Look around for cobwebs on the ceiling, on light fixtures, in corners, and on the edges of furniture.
Take the time to use a dusting wand or your vacuum cleaner dusting tool to remove dust from baseboards, chair rails, window sills, window grates, and the ridges on louvered and paneled doors.
Spot Clean Doors and Walls
Use a damp cloth to eliminate fingerprints and smudges from door frames, doorknobs, walls, switch plates, and hand rails and banisters.
Clean Entry Door Glass
Make an excellent first impression on visitors by having spotless glass on your entry doors. If this area looks clean, people will notice.
Fluff Throw Pillows
For optimal presentation, fluff and artfully arrange throw pillows and throws.
Vacuum Pet Hair from Furniture
Having pets means extra maintenance for you. Don’t allow hair to overrun your furniture. Use your vacuum upholstery tool to thoroughly remove hair from cushions, the backs that you lean against, arms, and any other areas to which you see hair clinging.
Spot Clean Cabinet Doors
Wipe away spills, spots, and fingerprints on cupboard doors in the kitchen, bathroom and anywhere else.
Clean Appliance Fronts
If you do nothing else, cleaning fingerprints and spills from the fronts of your microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, trash compactor, and stove give your kitchen a clean appearance.
Pick up Clutter
De-cluttering your space is one of the best ways to make it look clean. Surfaces that are covered in debris look messy and collect dust.
Eliminate Dust Bunnies
Be sure to clean up dust bunnies in corners. Noticeable globs of dust make your home look dirty, regardless of whether it actually is.
Spot Clean Insides of Windows
Clean any fingerprints and doggie nose prints on the insides of your windows. No one notices when they’re not there, but they do when they are.
There are countless little details that can make or break your house cleaning efforts. For more ideas, see my post Don’t Forget to Clean Under the Kitchen Sink.
We often don’t notice things we see every day, so hone your skills of observation. Learning to clean is a hands-on endeavor and there’s always room for improvement. That’s what makes it interesting.
Whenever time permits, give the job the attention to detail that’ll make your home stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Want more house cleaning tips and ideas? Check out my book Clean Like A Pro: Tips and Techniques for Cleaning Your Home Like a Seasoned Professional, available on Amazon.