Cleanliness is one of our obsessions at Craven House. It comes up regularly in our reviews, and was highlighted in our most recent Visit England and ASAP reports. We’re squeaky clean, and our guests think so too!
So we’ve been speaking to our wonderful housekeepers to try to uncover some of their secrets. And while we can’t of course reveal all of them, here are their top 5 tried and tested housekeeping tips:
Use a toothbrush
For all the gadgets available nowadays that claim to make every conceivable kind of cleaning easier, you just can’t beat the humble toothbrush for certain tasks.
There simply is no better or more reliable way of getting the toughest stains out of the hardest-to-reach places. So once you’re ready to upgrade your toothbrush, make sure you put your old one to use when cleaning the house!
The only way to ensure a room is absolutely spotless is to get closer to where the spots could be. From eye level, surfaces and floors can look very, very different.
With carpets this can be especially important. After vacuuming, it’s easy to think that your work is done. But certain stubborn dirt and fibres can cling to thicker carpets, and you’ll need to get closer to ensure it’s as immaculate as you want it to be.
This is why good cleaning can never be rushed. A quick once-over will help – but it will never get things sparkling!
Follow a plan and pattern
One of the most common mistakes people make when cleaning is not making a clear plan for what they’re going to clean, and in what order. Failing to plan means you can easily clean certain areas more than once, and miss other areas completely.
So make a room by room plan, and then follow a pattern: left to right, top to bottom. Starting higher up means you’ll shift dust downwards – which makes everything much easier. And following a specific pattern means you don’t retrace your steps, and end up making clean areas dirty again with your own footsteps.
Better still, once you have this plan, you can follow it every time you clean. You’ll master it, and your cleaning will get better and faster every time.
There are certain parts of a house that we often don’t clean when we’re doing the rounds – walls, ornaments, or parts of furniture we don’t see, for example.
But the truth is cleaning isn’t just about what you see. You’ll never get that truly, clean-smelling freshness you’re after if you leave certain parts of your house untouched. That’s also why it’s so important to ensure your rooms aren’t cluttered when you start cleaning. Top to bottom really means top to bottom – so tidy everything away first, and pull your furniture away from the walls. Don’t cut corners – clean them!
Choose the right tools – not every gadget under the sun
It turns out that the best cleaners don’t use a wide variety of state-of-the-art gadgets. In most cases, they actually use a few simple, classic items.
The essentials are some good quality microfiber cloths, clean sponges, a mop, a vacuum cleaner, a scrubbing brush – and of course a trusty toothbrush. Keep sprays simple too, and try to find good quality multi-purpose ones rather than one for each room.
Having a simple selection like this is not only cheaper and easier to store, but it actually leads to better results. Good cleaning requires a bit of old-fashioned elbow grease. And guess what? All that extra effort is great exercise too!
Come and see what great housekeeping looks like
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