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An Introduction to General Cleaning Tools & Resources 2022

There’s nothing worse than coming home to find dirty dishes on the kitchen sink, clothes strewn all over the bedroom, and mildew building up on the floor tiles in the bathroom. Entering a disorganized space full of litter can be enough to turn a smile into a frown. Existing in a perpetually messy space can take a toll on the mind, body, and relationships.

This is where professional cleaners come in. They make sure the house is kept clean to prevent allergens and dirt. Additionally, they sanitize specific areas such as the toilet to stop bacteria and viruses from spreading.

But even the experts could benefit from a compilation of general cleaning tools and resources. In this article, they will find exactly that.

Click on the icons below to view the list of cleaning resources per house section:

Living Room

Dining Room

  • “Use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to remove any dust from lighting fixtures, such as a chandelier, hanging pendant light, or sconces. For lights with small pieces, use a clean paint brush to remove dust” - How to Clean a Dining Room
  • “Condition and deep-clean wood furniture at least twice a year to keep them tidy. Wash the dining room table, chairs and upholstery. Spot clean the upholstery if you notice any stains on it.” - How to Clean a Dining Room
  • “Start by washing the table with warm water and a touch of dish detergent. Whether you have a wood, glass or plastic dining room table, they can all be cleaned with a damp cloth and a touch of dish detergent.” - Tips for Cleaning Your Dining Room Table
  • “Applying protectant works best on new furniture or recently cleaned furniture. Protectants help to repel spills and allows you to clean it up without the worry of stains.” - 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DINING ROOM CHAIRS CLEAN
  • “Though it may be a bit surprising, dish soap is a quick and easy-to-use cleaner for glass tables. However, the key is only to use a minimal amount of soap. If you use too much, the suds will leave a table full of soap stains.” - How To Clean A Glass Dining Table? [And Keep It Clean Too]
  • “To properly organize your dining room, you must first take everything out and do a deep clean.” - How to Organize & Declutter the Dining Room and Dining Table
  • “The dining area should always go back to its ‘neutral state’ after every service or usage. A sweep of the tables, vacuum cleaning of the floors and dusting/removing crumbs and stains from the chairs is vital.” - A Clean Dining Room: The Centre of a Happy Home
  • “It might not seem like a big deal, but make sure to vacuum the rug at least once a week.” - HOW TO KEEP A DINING ROOM RUG CLEAN
  • “Completely clear the stuff off the dining table, floors and other surfaces. Most decor can stay (for now), but if it has a home in another room, out it goes.” - 7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Dining Room
  • “Use the cloth to wipe the table. Pay special attention to edges and any designs that may hold dirt. The vinegar and/or soap will disinfect as it removes the daily grime from meals and children.” - How to Clean Wooden Dining Tables
  • “Regularly condition your leather dining chairs to prevent the leather from cracking, but be sure that the treatment you use is suitable for the type and color leather used for your chairs.” - How to Clean and Care for Leather Dining Room Chairs
  • “If you have any cabinets in your dining room, remove the contents, make sure those are clean, and dust the shelves of your cabinets.” - Dining Room Zone Cleaning

Kitchen

Bathroom

Bedrooms

Garage

  • “If you purchase ready-made shelving units or cabinets, make sure they’re raised on legs so that you can clean the floor beneath them easily.” - A Guide to Garage Organization, Storage, and Cleaning
  • “Removing dirt, chemicals and unwanted stains will keep your garage floor from wearing away and safe for you and your family.” - Cleaning Your Dirty Concrete Garage Floors
  • “Put an hour or two into cleaning and maintaining your garage door a few times a year, and you’ll expand its lifespan and keep it in good working order for all 1,500 times it will open and close annually.” - How to Clean Your Garage Door So It Looks Like New
  • “To maintain an epoxy floor, just sweep it. Clean up spills with a wet mop and diluted TSP (trisodium phosphate) or a nonchemical cleaner.” - Cleaning and organizing the garage and cars
  • “Whether it’s something you borrowed and need to return, an item that needs to be repaired or an object that belongs somewhere else in your house, put them together in a pile.” - How To Clean Out Your Garage
  • “Cleaning a garage is a bit different than cleaning the inside of your home, and it can be a bit more rugged. Utilize proper cleaning gloves, scrubbing brushes, and cleaners so you’re able to get the job done right.” - GARAGE CLEANING ASSISTANCE
  • “Gently clean garage slatwall panels with a rag. If your garage walls are made of drywall, brick or other rough materials, downward sweep the walls with a broom to remove some of the dirt and dust that's accumulated. Use a broom to also remove any cobwebs you see.” - A Clean Garage Checklist
  • “If you’ve got any containers of automotive fluids scattered around, make sure they’re thoroughly sealed and clean up any spills. Then, relocate them to a cabinet or high shelf, where pets and kids can’t give them a taste test.” - 5 Easy Garage Cleaning Tips for Every Season
  • “When using a pressure washer, start by applying the cleaning detergent of your choice all over the garage floor, preferably using a spray bottle. You can also opt to spray the detergent using the pressure washer but at a low-pressure setting.” - Is There an Eco-Friendly Way to Clean Your Garage Floor? Yes.
  • “You’ll want to remove everything (yes, everything) not nailed or screwed down from inside your garage. This will make it easier to give the garage a top-to-bottom cleaning.” - 9 Garage Spring Cleaning Tips for a More Functional Space
  • “You can never go wrong with good-old fashioned soap to clean up your garage floors..But not just any soap will do. Either opt for an olive-oil based soap, which is very effective at cleaning concrete garage floors specifically.” - Best Way To Clean A Garage Floor
  • “The last thing you want to do is damage your door’s finish by using an abrasive brush or sponge. Opt for a gentler alternative, such as a non-abrasive sponge or cleaning cloth to scrub the door.” - HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY GARAGE DOOR?
  • “Give the floor a good sweep and hose it down before moving items back in.” - Garage Cleanout Tips
  • “Start by getting the right materials. You will need a cloth and possibly a vacuum cleaner. You will also need the right lubricant.” - HOW TO CLEAN AND LUBRICATE GARAGE DOOR ROLLERS, TRACKS AND CHAINS

Closet

Home Office

Laundry Room

Basement/Attic

  • “Set aside an entire day to rid your attic of stuff you haven’t used in past 12 to 24 months.” - How to Keep Your Attic Clean
  • “First and foremost, wear a disposable mask so that you don’t inhale harmful particles. You may also want to wear an apron, goggles, kneepads, and rubber gloves. You never know what you’re going to encounter in this area of your home, so it’s better to prepare for the unexpected.” - 5 Effective Tips on How to Clean Your Attic
  • “Work in sections to remove all of the items in that area of the basement. For each section, create three piles: items to toss, items to remain in that area, and items that need to be stored elsewhere.” - Basement Spring Cleaning Checklist
  • “Sort through your belongings to clear out some of the clutter in your attic. Donate, recycle, or throw away any items you no longer want or need.” - The Importance of Attic Cleaning: Tips to Get it Done!
  • “The best way to tackle cleaning an attic is by taking everything off the floors.” - Top 5 Considerations When Cleaning an Attic
  • “Keep some simple cleaning supplies on hand. Spend a little time to wipe down surfaces and sweep the basement. It will go a long way to making your whole home feel tidy.” - How to Organize and Clean Your Basement
  • “Launder any window treatments you may have according to manufacturer’s guidelines.” - Spring Cleaning: Deep Clean Your Basement
  • “Vacuuming the concrete with a shop vac is the best way to remove loose dirt and debris so that you can effectively clean the floors. Mix detergent and ammonia with water and scrub the floors with a stiff nylon brush. When you finish you can rinse the floors with water and vacuum up the excess water with the shop vac. ” - How to Clean the Basement
  • “For the finishing touch on your freshly cleaned basement, you'll want to get rid of any lingering musty odors. If your basement has windows, open them to let in some air. If not, use fans to improve the circulation and a dehumidifier to remove moisture.” - How to Actually Clean Your Dirty Basement
  • “Mud and dirt may also be on your walls and furnishings. Use a hose and rinse everything several times until all of the debris has been flushed away.” - Flooded Basement Clean-up: 3 Steps to Do it Yourself
  • “Work on clearing out any debris and general gunk that you can with your hands, using the rubber gloves and placing what you pull out into the plastic bag to dispose of it.” - How Do You Clean a Basement Floor Drain?
  • “You can mop the floors with soapy water, but be sure to run a dehumidifier to help with drying.” - 7 Success Tips for Basement Spring Cleaning
  • “Remove silt and dirt stains by rinsing concrete walls and masonry foundation walls with a high pressure hose.” - Cleaning a basement after a flood
  • “Dust walls, window frames, and rafters with an electrostatically charged cloth (think Swiffer) or duster, which grab twice as much dust as cotton cloths. Don’t forget to dust exposed roof trusses, attic fan blades, light bulbs, fixtures, hatches, and door frames.” - Attic Cleaning: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You
  • “Using a broom to clean the floor’s dust can cause it to spread even more. Instead, start vacuuming. Take out debris that you can not easily tackle. Move from one side to the other. Note that the kind of vacuum you choose to use is essential. Choose a high-efficiency machine that has a filter. It will capture dust mites, dead insects, allergens and will perform best. For narrow corners or odd spaces, utilize hoses or other extensions for vacuums.” - Looking to Clean the Attic? Don’t Miss These Tips!
  • “For tight corners and awkwardly shaped areas, use hoses and other vacuum extensions.” - Top 10 Attic Cleanup Tips You Can't Live Without
  • “Dust is obviously going to be one of your biggest concerns, so make sure you start in the higher areas so that you can sweep or vacuum whatever falls onto the floor.” - Tips for How To Clean Out Your Attic
  • “Now that you’ve dusted everything and have a clean basement, there’s only one job left. Some of that dust will have fallen onto the floor, so grab a vacuum cleaner and run it across the entire basement.” - Get Rid of Your Junk With This Basement Cleaning Checklist

Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials

  • “Store chemical products in the manufacturer’s containers and never remove the stickers and labels. Corroded containers must be re-labeled.” - How to Handle Household Chemicals Safely
  • “Read labels. Make sure the product will do what you want and that you will feel safe using it. If ingredients are not listed, choose another product.” - Reducing Hazardous Products in the Home
  • “Be sure to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility.” - Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • “Always use required PPE—and inspect it carefully before each use to make sure it’s safe to use. Replace worn out or damage PPE; it won’t provide adequate protection.” - 11 Rules for Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials
  • “Never store hazardous products in food containers, keep them in their original containers and never remove labels.” - Hazards in your home
  • “Needles and sharps should be stored carefully and disposed in a rigid container to avoid accidental punctures and transmission of pathogens.” - Hazardous Materials
  • “Locate your nearest regional collection center and schedule an appointment to take your hazardous materials for proper disposal and recycling.” - HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Check out our printable house cleaning checklists:

General Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Supplies & Tools

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