MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In many ways, spring is a season to look forward to, with longer days and more opportunities to get outdoors. But for many, the thought of spring cleaning isn’t quite as pleasant – and it’s likely because many simply don’t know where to begin. It’s also likely they’re not using the right tools, making cleaning that much more difficult, labor intensive and time consuming – enter here, the stress of spring cleaning.
Fortunately, Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning provider and a ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) company, is here to help homeowners ease into spring by sharing the tools that will make spring cleaning easier – and ultimately, cleaner.
“Spring cleaning is a big undertaking and it’s important to make sure you’re really cleaning your home instead of spreading the dirt,” says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. “You may have to revamp your supply closet and part with beloved cleaning items you grew up using. We want you to go beyond removing dust and debris, and if your tools are more likely to spread, rather than remove, then it’s time to upgrade your spring cleaning routine.”
To ensure a successful spring cleaning, Johnson shares her expert advice on which cleaning supplies and products are up to the task and which you should leave behind in the closet:
Sponges vs. Microfiber Cloths
Even the cleanest-smelling household sponges can be germ magnets. Since most of us don’t have a microscope and can never fully tell how clean (or dirty, in most cases) sponges are, Johnson recommends that you steer clear of them altogether. Instead, opt for a microfiber cloth. Not only is microfiber better at cleaning surfaces, but it’s also machine washable and quick-drying, which means that microfiber cloths are less likely to hold onto germs. And, if you can’t remember the last time one was washed, wash it before (and after) spring cleaning.
Brooms vs. Vacuums
More often than not, brooms push dirt and dust around, rather than collect it, so skip sweeping and say “goodbye” to your broom. Instead, dust off your vacuum, literally, and get to work. Johnson’s pro tip? Show your vacuum a little TLC before you begin. There’s a strong likelihood you haven’t cleaned the roller brush or changed the HEPA filter since you bought it (which is different than emptying the bin). Ignoring important maintenance can impact the suction of a vacuum, making it less effective at picking up dust and debris, and ultimately leaving a lot behind in its wake (even if you can see vacuum lines in the carpet).
Floor Cleaner vs. Floor Steamer
While some floor cleaners promise to do it all, they’re not necessarily the best option when it comes to deep cleaning your floors. Instead, steamers can be a secret weapon in your spring cleaning toolkit, because not only can they remove stains off ceramic tile or vinyl flooring, but some can also get hot enough to kill bacteria lingering in hard-to-reach places or tile grout. If your family had a particularly rough cold and flu season, this may be the best way to help rid your home of those germs. In all cases, follow the steamer manufacturer’s directions carefully; and, when in doubt, test an inconspicuous portion of the floor first to ensure the steamer won’t damage the floor.
Trusty Toilet Brush vs. Disposable Toilet Wands
Toilet brushes have the least glamorous cleaning duty in the home. After use, they’re often put back in their holders, bringing all their dirty work with them. Opt for a more sanitary solution, like disposable toilet wands that come with a built-in cleaning solution. Their textures are better for scrubbing and they don’t have the same horrifying potential to hang onto unwanted grime in your spotless, newly spring-cleaned bathroom.
Brand Name Glass Cleaner vs. Make-It-Yourself Solutions
Not only can retail cleaners and paper towels be expensive, they’re often not as effective as the homemade solution you can make with things like vinegar and rubbing alcohol, and using coffee filters instead of paper towels. Mix one-fourth cup of vinegar with one-fourth cup of rubbing alcohol and a half cup of water, and you’ve got a natural, great-performing solution that, when paired with coffee filters as your cloth, can get your windows streak-free.
If there’s a chance that spring cleaning season could pass you by, find a Merry Maids nearby and have an expert take care of it for you – with pristine cleaning supplies in hand. To find the nearest Merry Maids location, visit MerryMaids.com. Merry Maids can customize a cleaning plan for your home, ensuring a consistent, reliable and thorough cleaning every time.
About Merry Maids
Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 49 states and the District of Columbia through approximately 450 franchised outlets. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids employs more than 7,400 home cleaning professionals that service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of The ServiceMaster Company, LLC, one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s brands include Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Go to www.merrymaids.com for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at twitter.com/MerryMaids and facebook.com/MerryMaids.
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