Who better to get some cleaning ideas from then someone who does it all day everyday? Hotel Maids have to be efficient and leave the rooms looking and feeling nice and clean for guests.
Due to the demanding nature of their work, hotel maids find it necessary to develop cleaning tricks and better techniques to increase their effectiveness while maintaining short cleaning times.
Here are 11 effective and time saving secrets shared by hotel maids that can help you make your home spotless with minimal effort.
#1 – Start By Clearing The Clutter
According to Maria Stickney, Housekeeping Manager, Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, the best way to start cleaning a room is to first clear out the clutter.
Once that’s done, take out the trash and then remove the towels, linens, and anything that’s been left behind.
At this stage, Maria usually moves to the bathroom and takes out the bathmats, towels, bottles, and anything lying on the counters and the toilet tank.
She says that removing the items helps her resist the urge to wipe around them or simply lift them up and put them back down when the surface is still wet.
Relocating the items for a while allows the surfaces to dry properly to avoid leaving ring marks.
#2 – Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Are The Best
According to Agustin Canongo, Director, Housekeeping at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, the secret to proper dusting is having the proper cleaning cloth.
He says that microfiber is the best material for a cleaning cloth. In case you don’t have a Microfiber, you can use a clean cloth diaper, an old T-shirt, an old pillowcase, or any rag that’s 100% cotton.
Always dampen it a little to make it more effective. Avoid using polyester or terrycloth towels because they only create more stains.
#3 – The Trick To A Quickly Made Bed Is In The Tags
Beds that are larger than a twin can take a while to make. It doesn’t matter how you try it, or which corner you start with, you will most likely realize you fitted the long end onto the short end of the mattress.
Emma Anderson, (Best Western’s Housekeeper of the Year, 2014), says that an easy way to make sure you get it right with only one try is to always remember that tags go on the bottom.
Tags on king sheets are on the left, while those on queen sheets are on the right. She also suggests using a fabric marker to indicate the left and right corners on the inside seams.
#4 – Whack The Drapes Well When You’re Cleaning
Stickney says that the best way to dust the drapes is to hit them with a clean hand towel. A handle towel is light enough to keep your arm from tiring and just heavy enough to shake the drapes well.
She also says that the drapes’ attachment on most vacuum cleaners won’t reach all the folds of the drapes as well as a hand towel. Simply knock out the dust onto the floor and vacuum it up.
#5 – Vacuum Before You Mop
Stickney also advises sweeping or vacuuming the floor before you mop it because it can be difficult to get all the dirt out with just a mop.
When you are ready to mop, start at the farthest corner of the room and work your way towards the door.
#6 – Clean The Bathroom last
Stickney says that in order to minimize the transfer of bacteria into the room, you should start cleaning the bedroom and not the bathroom.
#7 – Understand That Cleaning Products Take A While To Work Well
Stickney also says that you should give your cleaners enough time to work.
Spray the toilet and shower walls, and leave them for a while. As you wait for the cleaners to work, use that time to clean other areas of the bathroom.
When you’re done, go back to the walls and scrub them. You will notice that you won’t need much effort.
#8 – Vacuum The Opposite Way
Anderson says that the best way to vacuum is to start at the door and work your way around the room and back out the door.
This way, you will ensure that you vacuum high traffic areas like the doorway, twice.
#9 – Your Best Cleaning Product Could Be In Your Pantry
Canongo says that the best cleaners are the simplest ones. She says that white vinegar cleans well. It even gets rid of the cloudiness left behind by other cleaners.
Simply add one part of vinegar to three parts of clear water and pour it into a spray bottle, and you’re ready to go.
#10 – Always Keep A Toothbrush Close by
While it is not necessary to scrub every inch of a room, Stickney suggests using a clean toothbrush occasionally.
She personally keeps a number of small brushes to allow her to reach those hard-to-reach places such as the bottom screws of a toilet.
#11 – Corral Your Cleaning Supplies
All housekeepers usually arrange all their supplies on handy carts. Anderson suggests making yourself a mini version of this to keep all your supplies organized in one place.
You can fill a plastic bucket with your cleaning supplies and keep it in the laundry room. You can grab it whenever you need it, to cut down on the time you spend cleaning.