With children to drop off at school, extracurricular activities to attend, business meetings to cover, and hours of work to complete, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to keep your home as clean as you’d like. Too many families suffer from poor air quality, dangerous toxins, and uncomfortable allergens that result from dust, bacteria, dirt, and grime. Follow these ten Manhattan Home Cleaning Hacks to keep your family (and guests) safe while juggling your hectic lifestyle.
(1) Delegate Tasks
This first (and most important) cleaning hack is meant to keep you sane. Don’t shoulder the responsibility of keeping a clean home alone. Everyone who lives in your household ought to help clean. After all, they have a roof over their heads, don’t they? Sit down with your family and make your intentions known. Share your expectations and listen to their ideas. Then, develop a “responsibility” chart. Who is required to complete what task? You can split responsibilities between types of cleaning, rooms, or materials. Choose an organization style that works for your family.
(2) Vacuum and Sweep Daily
Whomever is responsible for vacuuming and sweeping should do so daily. This is the easiest way to maintain a clean environment without hiring professional steam cleaners once per month. If a single steam clean is followed by daily sweeping and vacuuming, you won’t need another professional cleaning for at least six months – maybe longer, depending on the material in question. Carpeting needs more frequent cleaning than wood and tile, especially in high-traffic areas.
(3) Mop and Dust Weekly
Whomever is responsible for mopping and dusting should do so weekly. Dust collects over long periods of time, so daily dusting is unnecessary. Mopping is, essentially, a method used to “polish” sweeping, which should already be finished daily. Therefore, mopping can be completed weekly. Even though mopping and dusting don’t need to be done as frequently as vacuuming and sweeping, they should be done well. They will take a longer amount of time, and more concentration, than their counterparts. Set aside at least an hour for each, depending on the number of wood / tile floors in your home.
(4) Create a Schedule
Keep track of responsibilities by creating a cleaning schedule for your family. This schedule can be placed in a common space, such as the living room or the kitchen. You can even develop a chart, if you’d like. It all depends on what works best for your home and how your family members prefer to communicate. Some households use digital reminders to complete tasks.
(5) Hire a Professional
Remember that, even though your family is cleaning on a regular basis, you’ll still need professional help from your favorite team of steam cleaners. This should be done annually or biannually, depending on the materials in your home and how often cleaning is completed properly. A steam clean is an easy way to give your home a “fresh start.” Make your cleaning last all year long by maintaining your cleaning schedule.
(6) Invest in Organization
Another great method of Manhattan Home Cleaning? Invest in organization. This could mean closet organizers, built-in units, bookshelves, or cabinetry. Go through your home and determine what rooms could use more storage. Then, figure out what organization methods work best. Move forward from there. If done correctly, you’ll see immediate results.
(7) Use Eco-Friendly Tools / Chemicals
Using the right tools and chemicals in Manhattan Home Cleaning is essential. You don’t want to exacerbate the problem by using toxins and allergens that could hurt your family.
(8) Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions when steam cleaners and other professionals enter your home. It’s always good to gather information and understanding – even when you don’t necessarily need it. Remember, the professionals who are most willing to answer your questions are the professionals worth hiring.
(9) Choose the Right Furniture / Flooring
If you find yourself struggling to keep a certain material clean, such as leather or carpet, considering replacing the material altogether and trying something new. After all, keeping your home safe from allergens and bacteria is more important than trying to look fancy.
(10) Never Stop Trying
Completely changing your Manhattan Home Cleaning schedule can be difficult. No one finishes every single day or completes every single task. Even if you miss an entire week, don’t give up. This is a new, healthy way to live. Get up and keep trying.
When you choose NYC Steam Cleaning for your cleaning needs, you’ll work with a team of certified professionals who are prepared to offer advice, impress your guests, and keep your home safe from unnecessary pollutants and toxins. Call us now at (888)-245-1199 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!