Mar
29

Ten Tips To Top Vacuuming

Think of it like this. If you do a fantastic job of vacuuming, you will have very happy customers. Keep you customers happy and they will keep you, and tell their friends.

If you follow each of the tips below from the first time you clean a house, you will find that you take less time each time you clean because the house will be easy to clean to a good standard. Regular attention to these areas means they don’t get to the stage where they need a scrub – only a touch of the feather duster.

  1. Consistency is really important – you need to do a great job each and every time you visit your clients. Not great one day, slapdash the next.
  2. Vacuum The Window Tracks – the tracks where the sliding windows move will most usually be dirty. Dust, cobwebs, and lots of dead flies get stuck in these tracks. If they are really dirty get a soft brush and loosen up the debris before you apply the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner. Once they are clean they will only need a quick go over once every few visits. If they are really dusty vacuum them as above then wash them with water and a brush. The dirt will probably run down the outside of the window. But that is another task.
  3. Empty the Bag Before You Vacuum – it makes sense to empty the bag when it is full, so do it before you do any cleaning. That means you will have a vacuum cleaning that is sucking at full power and giving you the best performance. It makes it easier to have it working for you, instead of trying to get the vacuum to work like a tired pack horse.
  4. Where The Vertical Meets The Horizontal – that is where the floor meets the wall or any other vertical surface such as a cupboard. This is a place where most vacuum cleaners never get to, especially upright model vacuum cleaners, because the vacuum head cannot suck right up to the very edge of the floor tool. There is often a white line of dust you can see along the edges of the carpet. To get to this, remove the floor tool and apply only the nozzle to the floor along the line where the vertical meets the horizontal. Remove the whole metal tube and use the plastic end, being aware that this nozzle may be a little dusty itself. Just check to make sure it doesn’t leave a mark along the edge.
  5. Skirting Boards – these are a trap for dust along the top of the board. A room will always look dirty while these are still dusty. Attach a brush to the nozzle and get the dust off. After the first time you will only need to sweep along them with a feather duster to keep them clean.
  6. Dust Bunnies – there would be nothing more embarrassing than having finished vacuuming the whole house a breeze brings out a dust bunny from deep under the lounge! A dust bunny is a soft roll of fluff and dust. They only occur on smooth floors such as timber or lino, and they only build up under the furniture where they can multiply undisturbed (hence the name). It is really important on hard floors to get right under the furniture as much as possible.
  7. Behind Doors – not closed ones, open ones. Always! Don’t take an open door as a sign it never gets closed. Bathroom and toilet doors always get closed. Make sure you vacuum the floor as well as the skirting boards. As with so many of the tips here, once you do it the first time it takes so little effort to keep these places clean.
  8. Lounge Cushions – the lounge is a sneaky place to hide dirt. Down between and behind the cushions is a place to collect all sorts of rubbish. Most people never look there and it is a courtesy to do them, knowing that one day they will lift up the cushions and it will be clean.
  9. Doing Under The Furniture is usually a real pain because it means bending right down and shoving the nozzle into the tiny places underneath. Only do it when the space is big enough for the client to see whether you have done it or not.  In my experience they won’t mind if it is not done very well as long as the front visible part is clean.
  10. Plug In The Cord In One Place – you need to have a cord that is long enough that you can reach all areas of a house from one power point. 15 mtrs is usually enough to get around a single storey house. It means you don’t have to keep finding new outlets to plug into and you can get on with the job.

Bonus secret tip for a truly professional approach:
Working Backwards – when you vacuum soft carpet, work yourself backwards out of the room. Start in the corner furthest from the door and walking backwards, vacuum the floor, and vacuum your footprints out of the carpet at the same time. When you get to the door you will only have a vacuuming pattern on the floor and none of the cleaner’s big boot prints. It looks good to even a discerning client to see only their own footprints in the raised pile.
Consider these tips when you go out to do professional cleaning as the owner of  your own cleaning business.

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