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The Importance of a Well-Stocked Cleaning Caddy

Why Use a Cleaning Caddy?

When you finally buckle down for a day of cleaning, you must be organized.  Organization will save you buckets of time. (Excuse the pun!)  Get a sturdy cleaning caddy to begin.  With a carrier, you can gather all your cleaning supplies and small items in one place so you will not be wandering from room to room looking for a vacuum attachment or a bottle of window cleaner.  Professional cleaning technicians have been using caddies for decades.

What Chemicals Belong in Your Caddy?

I think the best way to answer this question is to sit quietly somewhere and imagine cleaning your bathroom.  Think of each surface that requires cleaning.  What chemical will you use to clean that surface?  Add that chemical to your caddy.  Keep your caddy as uncluttered as possible.  Try to use chemicals that can perform more than one task.  For example, you can buy a spray bottle of neutral cleaner that will clean most bathroom surfaces including mirrors and shower doors.  As a matter of fact, you will want more than one cleaning caddy.  One you will use in bathrooms and kitchen only.  The other caddy will take care of general cleaning like dusting and vacuuming.

In my bathroom and kitchen caddy, I carry a powdered cleanser like Comet which I use only inside the toilet to scrub the bowl.  I need a neutral spray cleaner for counters, floors, outside surfaces of the toilet, showers, mirrors and shower doors.  I also include a disinfectant, of course and there must be a degreaser to use on both soap scum and kitchen grease.Chesapeake VA, Chesapeake Virginia, Norfolk VA, Norfolk Virginia

A carrier for dusting and vacuuming does not need as many chemicals.  Something to shine glass tables and mirrors goes without saying.  You may want to use a furniture polish or cleaner, although a good microfiber cloth will remove dust from wood furniture without leaving a residue behind.

A Caddy Should Also Carry Cleaning Implements

Save room in the bathroom and kitchen bucket for other implements.  You need a firm scrub brush.  You can’t expect the chemicals to do all the work.  Some good, old fashioned elbow grease will help you remove dirt, grime etc.

These days, microfiber cloths do a great job at removing all kinds of dirt.  Carry several cloths in varying colors. Just be sure to pay attention and don’t use the same cloth in the bathroom as in the kitchen.  As a matter of fact, if you use one cloth on the toilet, do not use it on the bathroom counter or in the tub.

Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.  If you must use sponges, wash them after every use.  You can run them through the dishwasher on the top shelf or briefly heat them in the microwave.  Most professional cleaning technicians do not use sponges at all anymore.  Another implement of a bygone era is the paper towel.  Paper towels are too expensive and are not environmentally responsible.  A squeegee is very handy for cleaning glass surfaces like mirrors, shower doors etc.  Many people keep a squeegee in their shower and wipe down the shower walls after every use.  This keeps soap scum from building up. and will diminish water spots.

Your caddy for dusting and vacuuming carries your vacuum attachments.  It should also have several microfiber cloths for dusting.  You’ll want one totally dry and a second moistened with plain water to remove sticky areas.

Now that you know just what to include in your cleaning caddy,  Why not decide to let the professional do the job for you.  Call Custom Maid at 499-8568 and our friendly office staff will answer all your questions about weekly or bi-weekly cleaning.  We also do move-in/move-out cleaning or just one time appointments.  Relax, let Custom Maid handle the tough work!

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