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7 Things Professional Cleaners Do in Their Own Homes

Southern Living logo Southern Living 09/11/2018 Stacey Leasca

a person wearing a costume © djedzura/Getty Images For many of us, a clean home is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our weekly house cleaner.

He or she diligently comes in, scrubs off all our spills and stains that have somehow accumulated over the week to leave us with a shiny new home.

But, have you ever wondered how they keep their own home so tidy and fresh? Here are seven things housekeepers do in their own homes, that you should probably be doing too.

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They clean during daylight hours only

According to experts, it’s key to clean when it’s bright out so you can ensure you picked up every last speck of dust.

“Open all the drapes, blinds and shades or turn on all the lights,” Jan M. Dougherty, who ran her own cleaning business, shared with Today. “All cleaning should be finished by 3 p.m. because after that time, the light starts to fade and you don’t see the dirt with the same clarity as you did at 10 a.m.”

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They make their beds every single day

Every single morning, right after their alarms go off, the truly tidy amongst us make their beds.

“In the morning, make your bed and put away your pajamas,” Ashlee Edie, cleaning expert at Handy, told Reader’s Digest. “At the end of the day, either hang up your clothes or put them in the laundry basket to stop them piling up and making the room look cluttered.”

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They only buy multi-purpose products

According to the expert cleaners on Care.com, staying clean means having fewer products to deal with. “Save space in your cleaning caddy and under the sink by using all-purpose products instead of specialty items,” one professional home cleaner shared with the site. “Look for a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner that also cleans glass, a disinfecting cleaner that works on tough spots in the kitchen and bathroom, and a floor cleaner that works on wood and tile.”

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They get in their cardio while cleaning

Cleaning already burns a ton of calories, but Dougherty likes to up the burn by blasting some music to get both her body and soul moving as she cleans. “Put on something that makes you want to move, something that gets your pulse racing,” Dougherty told Today. “It needs to be loud enough to hear above the vacuum.”

They invest in quality vacuums

“We bought a Dyson years ago, and our lives were changed forever,” one expert shared with Care.com.”Use a vacuum that works on floors and carpets and your house will be twice as clean and you won't have to switch products halfway through cleaning. Plus, it makes mopping a breeze because you've already picked up several layers of dirt.”

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They dust everything

Dust can become your invisible worst enemy, making every surface look dingy and wreak havoc on anyone suffering from allergies. And that’s why most professional cleaners know it’s crucial to dust everything. “In each room start at the top—look up to see if there are cobwebs, and down to see if there are dust bunnies,” Diane Regalbuto, owner of Betty Likes to Clean, shared with Reader’s Digest. “Pick one room from which to remove any cobwebs—it takes less than 5 minutes and it makes a huge difference.”

They clean their showers and bathtubs every single week

We know, cleaning the tub is the worst job in the house, but it must get done, and the professionals do it in their own homes every single week. “Do this task at a minimum every other week to make it less painful, ”cleaning expert Beth McGee told Today. “Use a product you know will work best on your surfaces and a microfiber cloth. It covers more area, more efficiently, in less time.”

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