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Use these insider tips from hotel maids to recreate the white-glove treatment at home. Cleaning secrets from hotel maids are available to everyone to use at home.
The Best Cleaning Secrets to Steal From Hotel Maids
I love going on vacation, especially when we get to spend the night in a nice clean hotel room. The sheets are crisp and clean, and the room smells, well… clean. I have always wondered how to make my home just as clean. Hotel housekeepers have a lot of practice cleaning and they do it fast.
Isn’t this what we all want – A cleaner home done with faster and more efficient cleaning? Thankfully, hotel housekeepers are there to ensure your digs are neat and tidy—but these same employees also know all the hotels’ dirty secrets, literally.
There is a lot more theory behind the steps they take to ensure a clean room. One of which is having everything needed in a supply caddy. Here are seven cleaning secrets from hotel maids that you can use in your home!
Hotel Maids Clean from Top to Bottom
Hotel maids are trained to clean rooms quickly and efficiently. This means systematically doing tasks to avoid messing up an area that has already been cleaned. When you are clean from top to bottom, you avoid having to re-clean areas that may have previously been cleaned.
As you move about, dirt gets spread around, making it rather pointless to clean the floor before the rest of the room.
Make your Bed More Efficiently
Do you find that when you are making the bed, no matter which corner you start with that you have to put the long end of the fitted sheet on the short end of the mattress? Then this tip is for you! Tags on the sheets are always on the bottom, no matter what size they are.
King-size tags are on the left, and queen-size tags are on the right. Hotel housekeepers recommend keeping this in mind, as well as using a fabric marker to mark the left and right corners. This way you will get it right the first time, every time!
This has to be my favorite secret from hotel maids.
Cleaning Products Take Time to Work
Hotel housekeepers know that cleaning products, even natural ones, take time to work. Spray your bathroom and kitchen surfaces down with your cleaner of choice and leave them to sit for a while before going back to wipe them down.
Spray surfaces first while tackling other projects around your home. Time management is the key to fast and efficient cleaning. And hotel maids have nailed this quality down. Allowing the clean products to sit on surfaces prior to scrubbing will greatly reduce the amount of work you will have to do. Less elbow grease means more time tackling other projects.
Make Cleaning the Baseboard Easy
Let’s face it, no one wants to spend the day on their hands and knees cleaning the baseboards. Hotel housekeepers don’t, but those baseboards sure are shiny. That’s because they have a secret tool…the baseboard buddy!
Not only can you use this handy tool to save your back and knees you can also use it to clean your crown molding too. The baseboard buddy allows you to extend the handle to the desired length, place the microfiber pad against the baseboard, and walk as the pad glides and lifts the dirt away.
VIOLA!! It’s that easy. No ladder or bending of the knees to dust and clean your baseboards. It is done in a flash.
They Use Natural Cleansers
One secret of hotel housekeepers that you probably don’t know is that they use natural cleaning agents. Their favorite? It is sitting in your pantry right now. Vinegar!
Mix one part vinegar and three parts water in a spray bottle. This vinegar mixture is all natural, inexpensive, and is a tough cleaner. Did you know that this mixture will remove cloudy residues left behind from other cleaning products?
They Beat the Drapes Between Deep Cleans
In between deep cleaning the draperies, they take a hand towel that has been rolled up and beat the dust out of the draperies. Why do they do that you ask?
It is a much more efficient way to remove dust and dirt from the drapes. The dirt and dust fall straight to the floor and then you can vacuum or sweep it right up. You may be wondering why hotel maids don’t just use the drapery attachment on the vacuum.
Simple, because it doesn’t clean all of the nooks and crannies as efficiently or effectively as beating the drapes.
Hotel Maids Use Microfiber Clothes
The secret to efficient dusting is a proper cleaning cloth. Microfiber rags are mostly made of synthetic polyester, and, unlike cotton rags or paper towels, they leave no lint behind. They’re incredibly absorbent and gentle, so they work on all kinds of messes and surfaces. They’re even useful for sanitizing.
When you use a microfiber cloth you will still need to use a cleaning agent. There is a myth out there that states “microfiber clothes kill 99% of bacteria.”
This just isn’t true. According to Maid Pro, you will still need soap, water, and mechanical rubbing to wash away germs.
These are just a few of the secrets that hotel housekeepers have to share. There are likely a lot more cleaning secrets that only people who clean every day as hotel housekeepers know.