In Portland there’s spring cleaning, and then there’s Spring Cleaning. Why? Spring in the Northwest just seems to fly by. When the flowers are blooming and the weather is as great as it has been we rather skip on house cleaning and enjoy the beauty the city of Portland has to offer. The good news, Spring Cleaning can happen any time! As Portland House Cleaning Pro’s we’re guessing that plenty of mistakes are made when people try to tackle the big job Spring Cleaning really is. Here are some of the most common mistakes… and how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not Having a Game Plan

During this weeks earlier post “Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks” we suggested that you can’t clean until you make room. Since this is still true, we hope you’ve made room. If you haven’t then you need to get organized and write down a game plan. A game plan will help you prioritize and stay on task. Then, gather your supplies in a bucket and carry them with you from room to room so you don’t waste time running back and forth to the cleaning closet. This is the number one rule we teach our Portland house cleaning technicians.

Mistake #2: Not Having the Right Equipment

Cleaning often takes a long time because people tend to use the wrong tools, says Craig Baker, Co-Owner of Mess Maid Right NW, a Portland residential cleaning company. He recommends stocking up on four must-haves: microfiber cloths, citrus degreaser, an extension wand, and a vacuum with attachments. Microfiber cloths grab and remove dust most effectively. A citrus degreaser will help you get through tough stains by leaps and bounds and will give your home that great fresh smell. A degreaser should never be used on wood furniture. Always be sure to read labels carefully. Meanwhile, an extension wand helps you reach high ceilings and hanging light fixtures, while a vacuum with attachments allows you to clean baseboards, upholstery and tight spaces without hurting your back.

Mistake #3: Continuing to Use the Same Dirty Cloth

When cleaning there’s no worst spent effort than when streaks are left behind. If you’ve wonder why you have streaks on surfaces, blame a soiled cloth. Keep a stack of clean microfiber cloths nearby and switch them out frequently. You don’t need piles of microfiber cloths, as your cleaning rinse them in clean water and wring out. If you’re dusting, use a dry microfiber; fold in half and then in half again. Folding your microfiber cloth in half twice provides you with eight cleaning areas, four on each side making the most use of each cloth. After all, who wants to wash a whole load of laundry after spending a considerable amount of time house cleaning? Hopefully not you!