How to Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

How to Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

Professionally Deep Clean a Kitchen, 20 minutes or less.

When cleaning a kitchen, it’s easy to spend lots of time scrubbing surfaces. It is important to not clean surfaces more than once.

There really is no reason to spend more than 20 minutes cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom.

In this article I am going to teach you how to clean a kitchen thoroughly and fast.

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Supplies needed to deep clean a kitchen

  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Microfiber Clothes
  • Razor Blade
  • Small Detail Brush
  • Stainless Steel Scrubber (if you have gas stove grills)
  • Bar Keepers friend
  • Stainless Steel cleaner (if you have a stainless-steel refrigerator)
  • Wiemam glass cook top cleaner and brush (if you have a glass stove top)
  • Long Duster


Click here to get my list of all the House Cleaning Supplies that I use in my Cleaning Business


Tips and Tricks for Deep Cleaning a Kitchen Fast

1. Clean Top to Bottom

The most important trick with cleaning a kitchen is you want to start at the top of the surfaces and make your way down. If you clean counter tops before wiping the cabinets, you will have to wipe the counter down a second time to clean up the dust from above.

2. Clean Left to Right

The second trick is to start on one end of the kitchen and make your way around cleaning everything in your tracks.

Do not go back to an area after you have cleaned it because you forgot to wipe an appliance down. This wastes time and you will mess up what you have already cleaned. Make sure you clean every surface the first time.

3. Wear a Cleaning Apron

Third trick to deep clean a kitchen fast is to wear an apron and carry all of your cleaning supplies needed plus lots of extra microfiber clothes. This way you don’t have to go back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool or cleaner.



Start at the top with long dusting

Start with dusting the high and low areas of the kitchen. Dust the tops of cabinets, bottom of cabinets, window treatments, and light fixtures and any ceiling fans.

It is best to use a removable microfiber dusting wand. The microfiber will attract the dust while you are cleaning so that it does not fly everywhere.

You will be able to wash the removable microfiber after each house you clean to avoid contamination from one client to another.


Wet Cleaning all surfaces

Starting from the kitchen sink make your way around the kitchen cleaning with a warm damp microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Don’t clean the sink yet, this will be done right before you clean the floors.

As  you walk around the kitchen, first spot clean above cabinets if there are any spots. Use the all-purpose cleaner if needed to remove spots.

Spray the counter. Wipe down the tops and fronts of small appliances.

Wipe the counter down and brushing any crumbs or debris to the floor to vacuum up later. Do not try and catch the crumbs. This will cost you lots of extra time.

You will be vacuuming the kitchen floor and will pick up the crumbs super-fast.

Lift any small appliances or items that may be sitting on top of counters with one hand as you wipe under it with another.

For a streak free finish on the counter tops, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. I always keep lots of extra clean and dry microfiber clothes in my cleaning apron so that I can dry surfaces after I clean them.

My clients love this. They get a streak free and non-sticky finish on their appliances and countertops. If you are cleaning granite counter tops, they have a tendency to show water marks after cleaning. Wiping with a dry microfiber towel will eliminate the water marks.

Finish an area with spot cleaning any smudges on the bottom cabinet doors.


Clean the stove and range hood

Spray the stove top underneath the range hood. If there is a microwave above the stove, spray the inside and outside.

Wipe out the inside of the microwave from top to bottom. Sweep any debris out of the microwave on to the stove or floor. Then wipe the outside of the microwave and then underneath.

If needed get a new towel. If your towel has grease and debris don’t continue using it. You will spread the grease to other surfaces making it more difficult to clean.

Wipe the back of the wall behind the stove. If the control nozzles are on top of the stove, wipe them down now.

Clean the top of the stove, wiping any debris to the floor. Then make your way down the front of the oven door wiping it down.

For stainless-steel or glass tops, use a dry microfiber to towel to dry water residue to prevent streaking and leave a shinny finish. If there are marks on a glass top stove you can use a clean razor blade to remove. If you don’t feel comfortable using a razor blade, you can use this stove top cleaner.

Grab a new clean towel to continue cleaning counter tops after cleaning a stove top or microwave. The grease can leave streaks and residue on the counter tops making it more difficult to clean.


Clean the kitchen sink

After you have made your way around the entire kitchen, you can now wash the sink.

Spray down the sink with the All Purpose Cleaner. If you have a porcelain sink, I recommend using Bar Keepers friend to clean it. This is the only cleaner that I found works best on porcelain sinks.

Let the cleaner sit on the sink while you pack up your cleaning caddy and apron. Now is a good time to take out any trash as well.

Using a small detail brush, brush around the base of the facet, the sink drain and any crevice’s that are hard to reach with a cloth. Place brush back in your apron, and grab microfiber cloth.

Starting with the faucet, wiped down into the sink and around the edges. Once all spots are cleaned up rinse down the sink and your microfiber towel.

Don’t worry about getting your towel too clean. You are now done with it and can discard it for washing.


Clean the Floors

At this point all the surfaces in the kitchen should be cleaned. You are now ready to vacuum and mop the floors. If you are going to be using a steam mop, now is the time to plug it in to warm up.


The kitchen generally will have hard floors (tile, linoleum, laminate or wood). Use a vacuum cleaner that works well at vacuuming hard surfaces. Preferably one with out a beater brush.

Starting in the back of the kitchen, vacuum the floors. Use the hose to reach into any corners that the vacuum can not reach. Vacuum your way out of the kitchen.

Use the whisk broom to get debris from under the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.


Depending on the types of flooring you will choose which mop will work best.


Begin mopping in the back of the kitchen and make your way out of the room.

If there is any food stuck to the the floor that does not come up easily with the mop use the scrapper or razor blade to quickly pick it up.

Do not spend a lot of time mopping over stuck on food. This takes to much time when you can quickly remove it with a razor blade.


Kitchen Cleaning FAQ’s


How to clean a white kitchen sink?

Bar Keepers’ Friend will be your best bet in cleaning a white porcelain sink. To clean a sink with bar keepers’ friend, first wet the sink, then sprinkle the cleaner all over the surface. Let set for a few minutes while you clean the counter tops.

Use a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion all around the bottom of the sink and then up the sides of the sink. All scuff marks and stains will lift with the cleaner. Finally rinse down the sink to be sure to remove all the cleaner. Bar keepers’ friend can leave behind a grainy finish if you do not rinse well enough.

How to clean white Formica counter tops?

A Mr. Clean Magic eraser kitchen scrubber will work great at cleaning marks and stains off of Formica counter tops. You can either wet the scrubber or use it dry. Once complete cleaning with the Mr. Clean Magic eraser then clean your counter tops as usual using an all-purpose cleaner.


How do I clean foam kitchen mats?

Your clients may have foam kitchen mats. The best way to clean foam kitchen mats is with warm water and mild soap. This process can be time consuming when cleaning each service. For your routine cleaning clients offer this service as an up charge or add it as a rotating task. In between deep cleans you can wipe the foam mat with a warm damp microfiber cloth when mopping floors.

Do not use a harsh cleaner on foam mats. This can break down the foam and ruin your clients’ mats. I also do not recommend steam cleaning them if you steam clean floors. The high heat can also degrade the material of the mat causing it to break down.


How do I clean a kitchen aid self-cleaning oven?

The easiest way to clean a self-cleaning oven is to set the cleaning cycle when you first arrive to a home to clean. Let the clean cycle run its course. Just before you are finished cleaning the home, you can wipe out and debris at the bottom. If there are still spots on the glass window, spray the window down with a degreaser. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a razor blade and scrape off the residue.


How do I clean white glass top stoves?

Glass stove tops are notorious for leaving marks after cooking. If we want our glass stove top looking new, we have to clean it after each time we cook.

The best cleaner to clean a white glass top stove is Weiman’s glass cook top cleaner combined with the scrubbing pad.

When cleaning, you don’t have to clean the whole stove top. Just use a little bit of the cleaner where there are scuff marks on the glass top. Wipe up the cleaner with a clean dry microfiber cloth and buff out any streaks.

This method leaves your glass stove top shinny and clean.


How to clean grease off kitchen walls?

The kitchen is notorious for grease stains on all the surfaces. The walls are not immune to getting grease splatters. To clean grease off of walls it is best to use a degreaser. This will help to cut through the grease and remove it off of the walls. Do not try and use a mr clean magic eraser for this job. The magic erasers are great at removing stains, but not great at removing grease.

Spray the wall with the degreaser then wipe it up with a warm damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to wipe up all of the degreaser. You may have to rinse out your towel or follow up with a clean damp towel to remove excess cleaner.

Once the grease is removed. Use a clean, dry microfiber to wipe down and dry the wall.


How to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets?

Sticky wood cabinets tend to happen in high humidity or areas where you may cook. The sticky residue usually is from wet and grease that have settled on the surfaces from cooking. To clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets, you will want to use a degreaser. A degreaser will cut through the sticky residue on the cabinets.

If you use a wood cleaner to clean your cabinets, this will not get the sticky finish off. To clean spray a warm damp microfiber cloth with the degreaser cleaner. Then wipe down the fronts of the cabinets.

DO NOT SPRAY CLEANER DIRECTLY ON THE CABINETS. This can leave behind spray marks on the finish of the wood cabinets.

Make sure to rinse the wood cabinets with a clean damp warm microfiber cloth to remove all the excess cleaner. To finish, buff out the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth to remove all water residue.


How much to charge for extra cleaning tasks in the kitchen:

Upselling extra cleaning tasks is a great way to add more revenue without having to get new clients. Cleaning out a fridge or oven takes extra time, so make sure to charge your client when they request these services. It is your time

How much to charge for fridge cleaning services?

The going rate for cleaning out a refrigerator is between $25 – $45. The more food and dirty he fridge is the more you will want to charge as it will take you longer to clean.

If you are doing a move out clean or a rental cleaning service, refrigerator cleans are usually included in the cost to clean the home. And generally you would not charge extra for these types of services.

How much to charge for oven cleaning services?

Oven cleaning can take up to 2 hours depending on the size and type of oven a client has. Another factor to determine how much to charge will be how messy and when the last time the oven was cleaned. If you clean your clients ovens on a regular basis you will not need to charge as much. But if the oven looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 5 years, it will take you longer to clean. You can charge an extra $35 – $100 dollars to clean an oven for your clients.


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How to Clean your Hardwood Floors like a Pro

How to Clean your Hardwood Floors like a Pro

Hardwood floors are beautiful and relatively easy to maintain. They give a warm elegant feeling to a home that tile and carpet just can’t provide.

It is important to develop a routine cleaning regime to keep up their charm. If they are not dusted regularly or you use the wrong cleaner, they can be damaged. This can cause them to appear dull and scratched.

I had clients who would struggle with getting their wood floors streak free and non sticky clean. When your wood floors feel like your feet stick to them with each step you take they feel…Yuck!

Follow along with this guide to ensure your hardwood floors always look their best.

Tools for cleaning your hardwood floors

1. Prep your wood floors for mopping

Vacuum up all debris and gritty dirt. Sand and dirt can scratch your floors, so it is important to keep up on this daily. It is ok to use dusting mops on areas where there is just dust build up, but for high traffic areas like entry ways, hallways and kitchens it is best to use a vacuum. If there is any sand and dirt you won’t want to push it around, increasing the likelihood of scratching your floors.

When choosing a vacuum, use one that is made for hard surfaces, they are closer to the ground and will have better suction as opposed to those with a beater brush made for carpet. I highly recommend the Shark Rotator Upright vacuum. It has an excellent hard floor vacuum that picks up all debris. Pro Tip: To ensure you’re getting all the sand and grit, vacuum with the grain of the wood. This will help to get in all the cracks and crevices. Use a hose attachment to get along the wall and base boards. For areas with stubborn sand use the hose directly for a stronger more direct suction.


2. Get the right Tools to safely clean your wood floors

Bona Floor Mop is the absolute best mop and cleaning solution on the market for cleaning your hardwood floors. Bona is a non-toxic, biodegradable, mild, pH neutral cleaner. This makes it safe for the environment, safe to use around your family and safe to use on your wood floors.

What I like best about the Mop is its ease of use, it is a spray bottle and mop all in one. No need to mop with one hand and spray with another! It feels sturdy, and their microfiber pads are excellent quality. I don’t recommend purchasing the Bona Express Mop. You may be tempted by the price and how light weight it is, but it is flimsy. When you apply extra pressure to get stubborn areas, it feels as though the mop might break in half. Refills can be expensive, purchase this cleaner by the gallon in concentrate for extra savings. What’s great about the Bona cartridges is they are sturdy and can definitely be reused to save money and reduce waste.


3. Use the right Technique

To mop you will want to make sure you have several high quality mop pads with you. Changing out your mop pad, will reduce leaving behind streaks. If you use an apron while cleaning you can have one pocket for clean pads and a pocket for the dirty pads.

Starting in the back corner of the room, spray the floor lightly. Light spraying is best for area’s that do not get much traffic and basically need a damp dusting. Increase the number of sprays in areas with higher traffic (front entry way) and more spots and spills (kitchens). You don’t want to over saturate the floors, as this can be damaging to hardwood and this is where streaks can happen, start with one spray and increase if needed.

Moving with the grain of the wood to reduce streaking, start mopping your way out of the room. You never want to mop yourself into a room with no choice to walk over wet flooring. This will leave foot prints and if you have any debris on your feet it will stick to the floors. You already worked this hard up to this point, you don’t want to ruin it with dirty feet!


4. Let your floors dry and admire you’re work!

Following this routine on a weekly basis will help your floors look bright and clean like they did the day they were installed. Tip: make sure to ALWAYS use a pH neutral cleaner (look for pH 7), anything else can damage your flooring finish, cause streaking and create a sticky residue. The great thing about using Bona wood floor cleaner is that it is a mild and neutral cleaning agent. It will not damage the finish of your hardwood floors. When choosing a cleaner for your hardwood floors it is extremely important to choose pH neutral. Anything else will damage any sealer you have protecting your floors exposing them to dulling, cracking, and other damage. See why other flooring companies recommend it as well


How often should you clean your hardwood floors?

Frequently. Dust, sand and particles can scratch and dull your floors. While you don’t have to mop your floors each day, it is good practice to dust or vacuum the floors daily to keep debris off your floors. You can get a good quality dust mop like this system and run it over your floors daily. You should damp mop your floors weekly to get up the grime and to buff them out so that they continue looking shinny and clean. Use an unscented mild cleaner like this one and don’t go overboard on spraying it on the floor.

Should I use water on my wood floors?

Sparingly. Wood floors will not require a lot of water or cleaner to get them clean. A little goes along way and will protect your floors from wearing and warping in the long term. I like to use a high quality microfiber mop pad with a little bit of cleaner to buff out and shine wood floors.

How do I keep my floors clean in between mopping?

Frequent vacuuming and dusting will help keep your wood floors looking clean in between cleanings.

What is the best cleaning solution to use on wood floors?

Water or an unscented mild cleaner like this one will work best on cleaning your hardwood floors. But remember just to use a little bit of cleaner. You should just use enough to get your mop pad damp. This will protect your floors from water damage in the long run.


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How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom.

How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom.

Learn How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom! When I ran my cleaning business, I actually preferred to clean the bathrooms. Crazy I know, who likes to clean bathrooms? Well, this girl does.

At first, bathrooms were the one area that would take me the longest to clean. It was frustrating when the dust and hair would become wet and it would be impossible to get up. Gross. I hated, what felt like hours, of scrubbing the shower and tub walls. I would go through so many towels trying to dry up so that I would not leave behind water spots.

With practice and researching the best tools, I developed this professional cleaning system to help me improve how I cleaned bathrooms. When cleaning houses for a living, the more time you spend on a cleaning task the less you make. My goal was to clean in less time, but also maintain a high standard of quality.

That is when I developed my bathroom cleaning system. I was cleaning large bathrooms in less than 30 minutes. And small bathrooms in 15 – 20 minutes. The best part was, I was still cleaning with a high level of detail that other companies were not.


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How to clean a bathroom.


How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom

Follow along with this process to learn how to professionally clean a bathroom for a FASTER and DEEPER clean!  The purpose of this process is to teach you how to deep clean a bathroom in less time. You will  minimize your steps so that you are cleaning efficiently and effectively every time.


Start with the Right Tools

  1. All Purpose Cleaner
  2. Long Duster
  3. Microfiber Clothes
  4. Small Detail Brush
  5. Tile Scrub Brush
  6. Plastic Cup

To check out all the tools I used in my cleaning business click on my Cleaning Supplies for Professional House Cleaners.



1. Prep your areas:

The first step to cleaning a bathroom is to remove all the dust and hair before the water is used.

Shake off all rugs

Give the rugs a good shake then roll them up neatly and set them right outside the door.


Long dust

Start to the left of the door, run the long duster in the corners where the ceiling meets the wall, making your way around the bathroom.  Catch any light fixtures, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, and trim above doorways. If you have high cabinetry, this is the time to dust them as well.  When done, set the duster right outside the door.

In my cleaning business, I used a long duster similar to the one below. There are several attachments to clean the tops of cabinets and air vents which is great for bathrooms where dust can be difficult to remove due to the high humidity.


Vacuum the Bathroom thoroughly

It’s important to vacuum the bathroom BEFORE you start cleaning with water and cleaners.  Water will splash and inevitably make its way to the floor during the cleaning process. Once that happens, it will make it impossible to vacuum up all the hair and debris that you just shook off from the rugs.

Use a vacuum that is made for hard floors. In my cleaning business, I used a combo vacuum cleaner that vacuumed both carpet and hard floors. You can read about choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaner for your cleaning business here. Vacuum around all edges and under cabinetry/vanities if there is space between the floor.

If you have a garden tub with a large edge, use the hose of the vacuum to take a quick run over the surface to pick up the dust. The more dust you pick up now, the less rinsing and wiping you will have to do later.



2. Spray down ALL surfaces with your All Purpose Cleaner

Using your all purpose cleaner, make sure you spray ALL surfaces first, before any scrubbing, and let the cleaner sit for a few minutes.  This is when your cleaner will work for you.  Many cleaners require a few minutes time to penetrate surfaces.  If you are scrubbing right after you spray, you will work twice as long and twice as hard!

Spray in the following order: Vanity and sink, Toilet (spray outside and inside), tub (if you have a separate tub), and finish with the shower/tub combo.  This step is super important in your speed cleaning as most all cleaners require time to penetrate soap scum and build up.  Always let your cleaner do the work for you!

Pro Tip: Make sure when spraying surfaces that you spray enough cleaner to soak the surface.  Again, the goal is to make your cleaner work for you. If it is not given time to penetrate or there is not enough on the surfaces it can’t do its job!




3. Scrub your bathroom surfaces


Clean the vanity

Grab your detail brush, like the one below, and scrub along where the faucet meets the countertop and around the drain. This will loosen any build-up around these areas and quickly get into the cracks and crevices.

Small tile brush for cleaning a bathroom.

Wet your rag with hot water, ring it out so that it is not soaked, and wipe down the vanity and then the sink.  Make sure the rag is not soaked, a soaked rag will leave water on surfaces that can leave water spots.

Make sure you are using hot water, this will help aid in disinfecting plus will dry faster and least likely to leave streaks. We turn the water on as hot as our hands could stand.

Wipe countertops, faucet, and then sink bowl finishing with a quick rinse of the sink. Rinse your rag, and ring it well. Use a dry towel to wipe off any splatter marks that made it to the mirror.



Clean the mirrors

Use your glass cleaner and the microfiber cloth to wipe down the mirrors. Start from the top and wipe down. Once complete, use a clean, dry terry cloth to wipe off any fibers left by the microfiber towel and buff for a streak-free look.

If you enjoy a more green clean, you can use this towel set and warm water for a streak-free finish on your mirrors.

Make sure your rag is not soaked. Use a dry cloth dry to buff out the mirror making your way all the way to the top of the mirror and back down moving in a side-to-side motion.



Clean the tub

Use the detail brush around the faucet, drain, and any other hard-to-reach crevices around your tub. Wet your towel (you can use the same one that you used on the vanity) with HOT water.  Wipe the faucet, around the top of the tub, and make your way to the bottom. Finish with wiping the floor of the tub.

Using HOT water and your small plastic cup rinse your tub starting with the side farthest from the drain. Pour the water using a motion to guide the water into the drain. At this point, you do not want to dry the tub. Leave the water to dry while you move on to the shower.



Clean the shower

Fill a plastic cup with HOT water.  Dunk your tile brush in the water and start scrubbing the tile. Always start from the top of the shower and make your way down.  Move in a side-to-side motion along grout lines, and create a circular motion for areas with built-up soap scum.  Keep the brush wet with hot water and refill the cup when needed.

When choosing a scrub brush for cleaning showers, I always opted for a utility brush like the one below. It cleans tougher and reaches hard-to-reach corners.

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When finished with the walls use the tile brush on the shower floor.  Start where the floor meets the wall and move the tile brush along grout lines and while also moving the brush in a circular motion around the shower floor. If you have a shower door be sure to run the detail brush along the track of the door. Rinse the brush and grab a clean rag.

Wet your rag with HOT water and wipe down any glass walls and doors. If you have a removable shower head, turn the water on HOT and rinse the shower. Always start from the top of the shower and rinse the cleaning solution and grime down and into the drain.

Once the shower is rinsed down, take a squeegee and wipe down excess water off the walls and floors and push it down the drain. Same as with the tub, don’t dry the shower yet with a towel. Let the remaining water air dry. If you used hot water to rinse the shower, you should not get any streaks or water spots.



Clean the toilet

**If you don’t want to use microfiber clothes when cleaning toilets, I recommend using disinfecting wipes that can be thrown away. They are easy and disinfect and get thrown away after each use.

Start at the top of the toilet, and wipe down until you get to the seat. Wipe the back where the lid is connected to the toilet and the top of the lid.  Lift the lid, and wipe under the underside, then wipe down the toilet seat.  Lift the seat, lift, and wipe the under the seat, and around the rim.

Get a new towel, and repeat from the beginning to dry off the toilet.  Once you have dried the rim, make your way down the toilet bowl to wipe it down. Don’t forget the foot of the toilet. While you are cleaning the foot of the toilet, use a new towel to mop the floor, baseboards, and walls surrounding the toilet. This area is notorious for getting splashes when the toilet flushes.

Take the toilet bowl brush and start-up under the rim of the toilet bowl making your way down to the bottom of the bowl.  Flush the toilet and put down the lid, letting the brush dry.



4. Buff and Shine Surfaces

Now you get to dry those surfaces that you cleaned! But they have had time to dry so you won’t have to use as many towels to sop up lots of water. The trick is to use dry clean microfiber towels so that you don’t leave any streaks.



Dry the Vanity and Mirror.

Using a clean microfiber cloth, start at the back of the vanity, dry off all water still standing and buff out all metal fixtures. This includes the faucet and drains. Use the now slightly damp cloth to dust/wipe down the sides of the vanity (or sink if you just have a pedestal sink).

When drying mirrors and finishes in the bathroom, it is important to use a high-quality microfiber cloth. Cheaper clothes will leave lent behind or streaks. This will not leave a clean finish. I purchased my towels in bulk from Microfiber Wholesale. They have the best towels I have cleaned with.



Dry the tub

Wipe and dry the surface buffing and shining any metal fixtures.  If you have a ledge around your tub, this is a good time to dust it and any decorations using the slightly damp cloth you used for drying.



Dry the Shower

Using a dry clean towel start from the top of the shower and dry any remaining water left on the shower walls. Buff out glass doors and/or siding as well as all metal fixtures to shine. Use the towel to mop up any remaining water on the floor of the shower.



Mop the Floor

The last step of cleaning your Bathroom is mopping yourself out of the room. Bathrooms are smaller areas and for most bathrooms, you will be able to mop with your hands so that you can get into small spaces and wipe down baseboards.

Start cleaning your floors at the farthest point from the door. Get on your hands and knees, spray the floor with your All Purpose cleaner and use the damp microfiber cloths you used to dry surfaces and wipe the floor clean.

Wipe all baseboards as you move along the room. Bathrooms have high humidity and are prone to splashing, it is best to wipe the baseboards with each cleaning so that the bathroom always has that professional clean look.




Now step back and look at your work!

Use these steps to practice how to professionally clean a bathroom efficiently and effectively every time.  If you use your cleaners right, use the right tools you’ll spend less time and less elbow grease getting your bathrooms shiny every time!

Next time you clean your bathroom set a timer and follow my steps.  Comment below to let me know how you did!





Frequently asked Questions for Professionally Cleaning a Bathroom

What are the biggest mistakes when cleaning a bathroom?

Not using hot water, using too much water, and not rinsing surfaces enough.

How can I remove hard water stains on shower doors?

Spray a mixture of water and vinegar on your shower doors and let sit. Then wipe off with a microfiber towel. For tougher stains, use a higher concentration of vinegar and spray multiple times before wiping to allow the vinegar to penetrate the hard water stains. Vinegar is an acid and is very effective at cutting through hard water stains.

How can I remove rust and hard stains on my bathtub?

I like to use bar keepers friend for removing stains and rust from tubs. Sprinkle the cleaner on the tub, use a damp microfiber cloth and move in a circular motion over the stains. You can also use a scrub brush as well.

How do you remove hard water stains in the toilet bowl?

Bar keepers friend will help remove the hard water stain in your toilet bowl as well. Sprinkle the cleaner into the toilet bowl and onto your toilet brush. In a circular motion, scrub around concentrating on the stain. Flush the toilet when done.

Professional House Cleaning Supplies List


House Cleaning Supplies ChecklistA comprehensive professional house cleaning supplies list.

As a professional house cleaner, you are expected to have the right supplies at the right time for the job. Your equipment and supplies are what assist you in providing that exceptional service that your clients want and expect.

Don’t show up to a client’s home without the needed cleaning supplies to clean a home. This comprehensive cleaning supplies list was created for professional house cleaners. You won’t use all of these supplies with each house you clean, but there will be times when you will need to use each of these listed.

Some house cleaning services may choose to use their client’s supplies. If you do this, you should still keep these supplies on hand as a backup in the event your client runs out of a cleaner or their vacuum breaks. You can read this article about the pros and cons of bringing your own cleaning supplies versus using your client’s supplies.

Professional cleaning services that provide the cleaning supplies needed to clean a home. When pricing new cleaning jobs companies should take into account the cost of these supplies.

Choose equipment and supplies that will work for you so that you spend less time scrubbing. With the right supplies, you can clean faster, while still maintaining a high-quality clean.



Professional House Cleaning Supplies List

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  • Vacuum, use for carpet and hard floors.
  • Steam Clean Mop – used to mop hard floors.
  • Spray Mop – used to mop Wood and Laminate floors.
  • Broom – used to sweep outside areas (porches, walkways).
  • Long Duster – used to dust ceilings, ceiling fans, high-to-reach wall hangings, and baseboards.
  • Apron – used to carry cleaning supplies on you as you clean.
  • Cleaning Caddy – used to carry all cleaning supplies into a home.
  • Small Hand Duster – used to dust small objects such as lamps and picture frames and furniture surfaces.
  • Razor Blade – used to scrap stuck on goo or heavily built-up soap scum. Great for use on glass or tile.
  • Plastic Scrapper – used to scrap up stuck on grime, usually when mopping with food stuck on floors.
  • Large Scrub Brush – used in showers and tubs.
  • Small Scrub Brush – used to clean grout lines, around sinks and faucets. Best to get 2 colors (1 for the kitchen and 1 for the bathroom).
  • Whisk Broom – used in hard-to-reach areas and to brush animal hair and dust off furniture and lampshades.
  • Plastic Cups – to rinse showers and bathtubs down when the client does not have a removable shower head.
  • Disposable Gloves
  • 50-foot extension cord – used to plug in vacuum and steam mop so that you can vacuum larger areas without having to find another outlet.
  • 5 & 10 Gallon plastic bags – used to line bathroom garbage cans. The client loves the detail thought and makes it easier to empty and keep cans clean.
  • 2-step step stool – used to reach high areas in a home. Usually, liability insurance will not allow higher than a 2-step ladder. Check your insurance if you decide to go with a larger one.
  • All Purpose Cleaner – used on most bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
  • Heavy Duty Cleaner – used for tough jobs. Great for build-up in showers and bathrooms.
  • Glass Cleaner – Any glass cleaner will work. We diluted an essential oil cleaner and worked awesomely and smelled great. You can even use a mixture of vinegar and water. 
  • Bar Keepers Friend – used for porcelain sinks or stainless steel. This was the best way we found to get porcelain sinks to look brand new.
  • Wood polish/cleaner – used on wood furniture only when the client requested it. This is a light cleaner that can be sprayed directly on your microfiber dusting cloth and does not take much buffing.
  • Stainless steel cleaner – used in the kitchen on stainless steel appliance surfaces.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths – used to clean all surfaces. Get 4 separate colors each for bathrooms, kitchens, dusting, and glass cleaning.
  • Terry Cloth towels – used to buff out glass and mirrors.
  • Toilet bowl brush – I highly recommend you use your clients. It is not fun carting around a used toilet brush. If you do though, purchase one with a sealed lid like the one shown in the link.



A few rules to follow when bringing house cleaning supplies to a clients home.

#1  Always use the same supplies.

All cleaning supplies work differently and leave a different clean. By using the same supplies, you’ll become very familiar with how to use them. And secondly, you will provide a consistent cleaning service. Once you find the supplies that work for you and your business stick with them.


#2  Always keep backup cleaning supplies.

You don’t want to arrive at a job and run out of toilet bowl cleaners halfway through the job. When we cleaned houses, we always kept backup cleaning supplies in the car. This way when we arrived at a house to clean, we would fill up our cleaning bottles before we went into the house.


#3  Use quality products.

Stay away from dollar store cleaners or off-brands. They do not clean as well as premium cleaning supplies.

By buying quality house cleaning supplies you will provide a better cleaning service for your clients. Plus you will have to do less scrubbing because the cleaning products will work better at cutting through soap scum, grease, and grim.


#4 Buy Cleaning Supplies in Bulk as much as you can.

Save money and the environment by purchasing your cleaning solutions in bulk and not by individual-use bottles. Cleaners that you buy at the store for single use are diluted with water and create lots of extra waste that ends up in the landfill.

Purchase quality reusable spray bottles (16 oz fits best when using a cleaning apron) and add your own water. This will save you lots of money in the long run. You can also be proud that your business is environmentally friendly by reducing the waste that it generates.


#5 Properly label all cleaning supplies.

When you are buying in bulk and diluting your own cleaning solution it is VERY important to label all spray bottles so that you know what cleaner is in them. Don’t make the mistake of spraying the wrong cleaner on a delicate surface that can be damaged.

Never mix cleaning solutions in your spray bottles. If a bottle was used for All Purpose cleaning ONLY fill that bottle with All Purpose cleaner. Cleaning solutions are chemicals and will create a chemical reaction when mixed, so never repurpose a spray bottle for a different type of cleaner.


#6 Maintain your equipment for cleanliness and safety.

Keep your equipment and supplies looking clean and in working condition. Don’t bring broken down and dirty equipment into a client’s home. They will notice and this does not look positive for your cleaning business.

Have a nightly routine where you clean out your vacuum filters. We always had extra so we could clean filters each night with hot water. Wipe down all other equipment including mops, steamers, dusters, and any other equipment you may have.

Wipe down all spray bottles after each cleaning service, you can do this while you are topping them off to prepare for the next house. Clean out your cleaning caddies each evening and never toss garbage or dirty towels in them to help keep them clean and sanitary.


The Best Cleaning Apron With Pockets

The Best Cleaning Apron With Pockets

It’s no secret that cleaning with an apron saves you time and energy. But what should you look for when buying a cleaning apron?

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What is the purpose of a cleaning apron?

The purpose of using an apron for cleaning is that it will hold all of your cleaning supplies while you clean.

For example, when you are dusting a living room and come up to a class table, you can put your duster in your back pocket and grab the glass cleaner and microfiber cloth from your apron.

When you are done cleaning the glass table put your supplies back into your apron, grab your duster out of your back pocket and continue cleaning.

There was no need to come back later with the glass cleaner to clean the table. You are able to clean all surfaces in a room the first time because you are carrying all of your cleaning supplies with you.

Cool huh?!?!?


8 Reasons why you need an apron with pockets

1. To keep your cleaning supplies close at hand.

If you’re wearing an apron with pockets, you can easily keep all of your cleaning supplies close at hand. This way, you won’t have to go searching for them every time you need to use them

2. To be more organized.

An apron with pockets can help you to be more organized while you’re cleaning. This way, you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to search for something that you need. When you place your tools back in the same pocket, you will always know where to reach for it next time.

3. To avoid losing things.

If you’re constantly misplacing your cleaning supplies, wearing an apron with pockets will help to avoid this problem. This way, you’ll always know where they are when you need them. No more wasting time looking for tools you set down or accidentally leaving something behind!

4. To save time.

By keeping your cleaning supplies close at hand in an apron with pockets, you’ll save yourself the time that would otherwise be spent searching for them.

5. To keep your hands free.

Wearing an apron with pockets will allow you to keep your hands free while you’re cleaning. This way, you can use both hands while cleaning. Don’t be stuck holding your cleaning bottle with one hand and a towel with another. This is not an effective use of your time. You will want one hand to move and lift items while the other hand cleans with the towel.

6. To carry other things besides cleaning supplies.

You will need to carry other things besides just cleaning supplies, an apron with pockets can help with this. For example, if you need to carry a dustpan and brush, paper towels, or garbage bags, an apron with pockets will make this easy to do.

7. To look professional.

If you’re trying to give off a professional image, wearing an apron with pockets is a good way to do this. Having an apron as part of your uniform makes you look like a professional cleaner who knows what they are doing.

8. To keep your clothes clean.

If you’re doing any kind of cleaning, whether it’s scrubbing the floors or dusting, you’re going to get dirty. Wearing an apron while cleaning will help to keep your clothes clean and free from stains.


What is a speed-cleaning apron?

Speed cleaning is a popular phrase nowadays. It was popularized by Jeff Campbell who started the company Speed Cleaning.

A speed cleaning apron is just a phrase that refers to an apron that helps with cleaning efficiently and helps you clean fast. Speed cleaning aprons are durable, and have pockets and loops to hold all of your cleaning tools while you clean.


The Best Cleaning Apron



What to look for when buying a Cleaning Apron:

Has Pockets

Having a cleaning apron with pockets is an absolute must. The purpose of the apron is to hold your cleaning tools not to protect your clothes.

When shopping, look for an apron with ATLEAST 3 pockets or more. You’ll want to have pockets so that you have separate compartments to place small tools and clean and dirty towels.

A cleaning apron without pockets will be a complete waste of your money and will not do much help for you when cleaning houses.


Has Loops

Look for a cleaning apron that has loops on the side by your hips. Have you ever put your spray bottle down to clean a surface? Then you kept cleaning only to find you forgot where you put the bottle down??? Well, I have and it sucks!

Loops are great to hold your spray bottles. The lever fits nicely into the loops which makes it super easy to have your spray bottle with you at all times. Make sure to get a smaller spray bottle though, the larger ones are more difficult when you are moving around quickly. They have a tendency to bump around on furniture and your legs as you walk.


Is Water Resistant or Water Proof

Cleaning is a messy and wet job. Look for an apron that will hold up to getting splashed with water. let’s face it, you will be washing down showers and have the potential to be of getting wet.

I remember my first apron, it was great had pockets and loops and I thought wow! what a game-changer. But I quickly found that it was not water resistant or waterproof. I remember by the second home, my apron would be wet. My pants would be wet from soaking through the apron.

It was uncomfortable and it did not keep my towels and tools dry while I was cleaning. It did not take me long to invest in a waterproof apron.


Has an Adjustable clip to secure it around your waist

Another mistake I made when buying my first apron was buying one without an adjustable clip to secure around my waist. I had to tie my first apron around my waist.

What happened is my apron would start falling down halfway through the cleaning service. When you start adding your spray bottles and grabbing things in and out of your apron it starts to tug on the apron. If you just have a tie around your waist your apron will start falling.

I would have to keep tying and securing the apron around my waist throughout the cleaning. It was annoying and a wasted time.

Having an adjustable clip securely keeps your apron up around your waist while you are cleaning.


House Cleaning Apron Reviews:

These are my top 3 picks when buying a cleaning apron, read about what features make them great and which features can be improved upon.


Clean Team Apron – Retails at $27.95

Clean Team apron review

The Clean Team Apron has been around for a long time. It is a durable apron that offers pockets for all your tools and gadgets. The Clean Team is the original brand around speed cleaning and they build this apron for just that.

This is a great apron for cleaning, the biggest downfall is that it does not do so well in the waterproof arena.


Pros to the Clean Team Apron

  • Includes small pockets at the top of the apron which is great for holding small tools such as your small detail brush or scrapers.
  • Offers customization. You can get your business name or logo embroidered on the apron and comes in 6 different colors to match your brand.
  • Has loops at the hip to hold your spray bottles.
  • Comes with an adjustable clip to secure around your waist.

Con’s to the Clean Team Apron

  • This apron is not waterproof. Though it does come with waterproof liners to help keep some of the pockets protected.
  • The price is a little higher than other competition. But they have name recognition and are able to charge an additional price.



Supply Maid Cleaning Apron – Retails at $23.97

Supply Maid Cleaning Apron review.

The Supply Maid apron is a little newer on the market than the Clean Team apron. It was started by a cleaning business owner.

It is a great all-around apron for Cleaning Services. Plenty of places to hold all of your tools for hands-free cleaning.


Pro’s of the Supply Maid Apron

  • Is very durable.
  • Has 2 larger pockets below and 3 small pockets at the top for easy access to your tools.
  • Special tools holder. These are rings that you can attach around the belt to hold things like your duster so you don’t have to put it in your back pocket.
  • Has 2 loops at the hip to hold your spray bottles.
  • Comes with an adjustable clip to secure around your waist.
  • This apron is 100% waterproof.


Con’s to the Supply Maid Apron

  • The waterproof material can be warm to wear as it is not as breathable as a basic cloth apron.
  • Some of the reviews said the buckle did not always stay tight but said they either replaced the buckle or ended up tying the apron.



Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt – Retails for $24.95

Klever house cleaning tool belt review

The Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt is a bit of a less conventional design than the standard apron. It is built more as a belt with extended pockets than an apron.

I added this to my review because it was a little different than the standard cleaning apron. If you like more of the utility belt feel this one is more for you. It still checks off the majority of the must-have boxes when buying an apron for house cleaning.

Though be careful when buying, many of the reviews gave it a poor rating for quality. If this is an apron that interests you, I recommend first buying 1 and trying it out before you invest in multiple.


Pros of the Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt

  • 6 pockets in 3 different sizes to hold different types of tools. 2 of the pockets are more like pouches which are great for keeping your cell phone safe.
  • Special tools holder. These are rings that you can attach around the belt to hold things like your duster so you don’t have to put it in your back pocket.
  • Has loop a loop to hold your spray bottles.


Con’s to the Klever House Cleaning Tool Belt

  • The pockets are not very large, there is not a ton of space to hold extra clean or dirty towels. When I clean I always have multiple clean microfiber towels when cleaning the bathroom or cleaning the kitchen.
  • The pockets sit more on your hip. This can create more bulk around your waist and make it more difficult to move around furniture.
  • There were several reviews that said the apron did not get small enough to fit their waist. Even though there is an adjustable belt, it may not get small enough for those with more of a petite build
  • Several customer reviews also gave in a low rating on the quality of the build.



My Final Thoughts:

All in all my favorite pick is the Supply Maid apron. It is still owned by a small cleaning business owner and it checks off all the must-have boxes. It is waterproof, durable, and has great pockets for efficient cleaning.

My second runner-up is the Clean Team apron. It is a great durable apron as well and is used by many house cleaning companies.


The Best Cleaning Aprons with Pockets