How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned homeowners’ shining reviews?
Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade, supplied by highly rated cleaners our research team recently interviewed:
VACUUM RIGHT WITH THE RIGHT VACUUM
Weekly vacuuming is key to a clean carpet. Do it more often if you have pets or kids. And consider this three-step approach to power-sweeping a room:
Cleaners prefer lightweight machines that feature HEPA filters to remove allergens and that come equipped with easily released attachments and long hoses that fit under furniture and reach ceiling corners.
FOR BEST RESULTS, RAID THE PANTRY
Kitchen staples get rave reviews from maids, who share these ideas:
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BEFORE YOU HIRE A CLEANER
If you’d rather outsource all or some of your cleaning, line up possible candidates by checking reviews on a trusted online site. Then, ask these questions:
Most cleaning companies offer free estimates. An initial “deep” cleaning can average from $300 to $400, with $100 to $150 for biweekly cleanings, though other schedule options are available. Specific prices depend on your home’s size, whether you have kids or pets, if you smoke, your flooring types and how many items require dusting and care.