How to Professionally Clean Someone's Home

Michelle Powell-Smith

Professional cleaners have secrets that allow them to clean thoroughly and efficiently in very little time. You can use these tricks to clean your own home or to clean someone else's house, either professionally or as a favor.


Work with a partner to speed up the cleaning process. Many professional cleaners work in teams for a reason.

Whether you earn a living cleaning or just would rather spend your time living and not cleaning, use these professional cleaning methods to make the most of your efforts.

  1. Organize your supplies. Many of us waste time searching for the right cleaners or carrying products all over the house. Stock a bucket or caddy for bathroom cleaning with tub and tile cleaner, toilet cleaning necessities and glass cleaner. Add cleaning rags, a scrub brush and paper towels. Your kitchen bucket should include all-purpose cleaner, rags and scrubby sponges, glass cleaner and any specialty cleaners needed for your counters or stovetop. Make a caddy that includes glass cleaning wipes, furniture polish and carpet spot remover for the living room and bedrooms. Add air freshener or other products as desired. If you have multiple floors in your home, you may want to duplicate these cleaning caddies for your own use.

  2. Clear the clutter. If you are cleaning someone else's home, ask that she do this before you arrive to clean. When cleaning your own home, clear surfaces and clutter before you start cleaning. This is often one of the big reasons that it is easier to professionally clean someone else's home than your own.

  3. Work efficiently. Spray all surfaces when you enter a room to allow cleaning products to work to their best advantage. Use both hands to scrub or one to scrub and one to spray to speed your professional cleaning. Clean every surface of an area before moving on to another section of the room.

  4. Clean from top to bottom. You are apt to knock dirt and debris from counters and other surfaces as you clean. Mopping or vacuuming should be the last step in cleaning any room, done as you leave the room.

  5. Add a small but intensive job each time you clean. Scrub the baseboards in one room or clean a few refrigerator shelves. Working on these spring-cleaning-type chores each time you clean will make you a valuable professional cleaner or make maintaining your home like a professional cleaner much easier.