Top Cleaning Tips From the Pros

To clean your home in record time, try these tips from professional cleaners.

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Professional House CleaningEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Professional cleaners. They have the tools, the talent and the know-how to make short work of cleaning a house. Learn their secrets to speed cleaning chores in your organized home.

Schedule Cleaning

Nobody hires a cleaning service that promises to arrive “some Saturday or other when nothing else is happening.” Take a tip from the pros, and set up a regular cleaning schedule. The pros don’t quit until the job is done, and neither should you. Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done in record time.

Get Motivated

You won’t find paid cleaners pausing to follow television programs or check their e-mail. Use motivators to prevent distraction and head off boredom. Play upbeat music for an energy boost. Bookworms look forward to cleaning when a book-on-tape plays on a personal stereo. Clean as a team with friends or family members to stay on task.

Dress For Success

Professional cleaners dress for the job in comfortable, washable clothing designed for work. Supportive shoes and kneepads spare their bodies. Goggles and gloves protect against chemicals.
End the era of bleach-stained sweatshirts and set aside a “cleaning uniform” instead, including shoes, gloves and eye protection, and wear it!

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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