We all know that cleaning can be a daunting task, but we have to do it. A clean space is good for our physical and mental health but, for some, the thought of spending an entire day cleaning sends them running away. I’m here to tell you that cleaning is not a battle, nor should it take all day! As a cleaning professional, with over 20 years in the industry, I am here to share my best tricks to keep calm, clean on and then move along.

Work from Top to Bottom: I don’t mean from upstairs to downstairs, rather, start with highest point in the room so you don’t miss anything or knock dust onto already-cleaned areas. Start with the hard to reach areas such as dusting of high shelves, and then tackle the dirt and grime on your walls. Window screens are a trap for dust and allergens. Be sure to wipe down all windowsills, tracks and screens before opening a window for fresh air. Always finish with vacuuming.

Streak-Free Mirrors: Do you get frustrated with streaky mirrors? It is likely that you are using too much product. Start with one spray and wipe with a micro-fibre cloth in circular motions. A little does go a long way! If you are still noticing streaks, try turning off lights to clean mirrors. The heat of the bulbs will make it dry faster which causes the streaks you hate so much.

Laminate floors: Did you know that laminate floors become damaged over time when it has been exposed to too much water? A simple spray and wipe method is just as effective as a mop and bucket, and will extend the life of your floors.

Mattress: Go over your mattress with a vacuum to eliminate dust and allergens. Flip your mattress at least once a year (I do it seasonally) to extend the life of the mattress and to help with harmful body impressions.

Dull and Dirty Stainless Steel: Stainless Steel is one on the most difficult surfaces to clean and shine. Don’t compromise one or the other! To ensure a clean and shiny surface, start off with a soap based multi-purpose cleaner and let it sit for 10 minutes (or longer depending on the amount of grime). Then, wipe off and finish with a granite and stainless steel cleaner.

Rachel is the owner of Miss’es Clean. Based in Niagara, Miss’es Clean offers residential and commercial cleaning services using chemical-free cleaning products. In 2017, Rachel created bare. cleaning essentials, a line of natural cleaning products in a market where they’re hard to find. Using natural ingredients such as coconut oil, distilled vinegar and therapeutic grade essential oils, Rachel hopes to remove all toxic chemicals in each and every home. For more information on the “bare.” product line, please contact Miss’es Clean.