Tips For DIY Spring Cleaning

Tips For DIY Spring Cleaning

Tips For DIY Spring Cleaning

by Steve Gamel

It’s that time of year for some good, old-fashioned spring cleaning, and who could blame you if your first thought is to call Debbie Sardone at Buckets & Bows Maid Service – one of the largest independent maid services in the nation. They’re local and have a knack for taking an overwhelming chore like spring cleaning and making it look easy.

But a hallmark of this company, which Debbie started more than 35 years ago from the trunk of her car, is its commitment to training and education. In fact, Debbie teaches residential cleaning companies around the world how to clean efficiently and consistently and coaches them how to grow a successful business too. So while Debbie is happy to do the dirty work for you, she’s just as eager to lend a few helpful tips if you’re spring cleaning on your own. “How do you eat an elephant?” she says. “The answer is one bite at a time. That’s how you tackle spring cleaning. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming.”

Debbie says the first step is knowing the different types of cleaning and giving each its time. There’s every day cleaning like picking up around the house, and there’s the routine cleaning to be done weekly or every other week like vacuuming the rug and cleaning the toilets. Spring cleaning is done once or twice a year and includes hand cleaning all of the surfaces in your home and doing some purging and decluttering, too. It’s a big job that could take up your entire day, but you only tackle it once or twice a year, and Debbie makes it easier with these tips.

She says:

  • Don’t confuse or combine the types of cleaning – Choose to do one type of cleaning at a given time and stick to it. Keep up with your every day, weekly, and spring cleaning – at their time – and no cleaning jobs will be overwhelming.
  • Time block – Commit to a block of time for the cleaning you’ve chosen and let the other cleaning go for the time being. Don’t decide to declutter your closets when it’s time for everyday tidy-up cleaning.
  • Work in one room at a time and follow the 13 Speed Cleaning™ rules like working top to bottom, left to right.
  • Dress for the job – Wear your cleaning clothes, not your bathrobe and slippers!
  • Limit distractions – Music is helpful and motivating. TV is not.
  • And a favorite tip from the cleaning techs at Debbie’s Buckets & Bows Maid Service – Use baskets! They are perfect for quickly getting clothes, papers and toys out of sight and also for moving items from where they are to where they belong.

Another secret to success is using quality cleaning products and tools. Debbie is a fan of products from Speed Cleaning™. She’s used them for 25 years in her customers’ homes. She’s such a fan that, when the company came up for sale eight years ago, she and her husband, Steve, bought it. Speed Cleaning™ products have a loyal base of fans all over the world, and Debbie wants the local community to know about them too. Products like Speed Cleaning’s non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners like RED JUICE™ and high-quality tools like the signature Speed Cleaning™ apron make spring cleaning a little easier on everyone – whether you’re a professional cleaner or a homeowner.

“The perfect weekend doesn’t begin with a bucket and a mop,” Debbie says. “That’s why busy families rely on Buckets & Bows Maid Service to help create free time for doing things they want to be doing, and DIYers look to Speed Cleaning™ for expert techniques and products.”

Ready for your spring cleaning?

  • Follow the 13 Speed Cleaning rules (www.speedcleaning.com/rules).
  • Train yourself using Speed Cleaning’s training materials, including the Speed Cleaning and Spring Cleaning instructional books by expert Jeff Campbell (a regular collaborator with Debbie). Available at www.thecleanteam.com.
  • Invest in excellent tools such as eco-friendly cleaners and cleaning products at www.thecleanteam.com.

Not excited about spring cleaning on your own? Turn it over to the pros! Schedule your spring cleaning with Buckets & Bows Maid Service by calling 972-219-0400.

Lantana Living readers get $50 off a spring cleaning scheduled in March or April. Call for details.


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