18 Cleaning Products Professional House Cleaners Always Buy
We asked the professionals what cleaning must-haves they swear by to keep every room in your home sparkling.
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Clean out the cleaners
Is the space under your kitchen sink stuffed with so many cleaning supplies you're scared to open that cabinet? If so, start tossing; you can get your house professional-level clean with just a few choice products. "The key is: for normal, ongoing cleaning, less is more," says Melissa Homer, Chief Cleaning Office of Boston-based MaidPro. "If your daily cleaning caddy has more than five cleaners in it, you've picked the wrong products."
A hospital-approved disinfectant
According to Homer, all you really need to complete any basic daily cleaning task is a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner, an acid-based bathroom spray, and a neutral pH floor cleaner. "You can layer in specialty products to tackle difficult build up, but they should only be used as one-time shock treatments." She likes the multi-use Spic & Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray and Glass. Homer says it's safe on virtually everything, is a hospital-grade disinfectant, and leaves a great shine, "so you can just spray and wipe from surface to surface without switching or worrying."
An easy rinse liquid
Bathrooms get pretty germy, but with the right product, they're easy to clean and disinfect. "At MaidPro, our go-to, acid-based bathroom spray is Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner because it's powerful enough to cut through soap scum, hard water deposits, even toilet bowl stains, yet gentle enough to use on chrome and most natural stone, all without the fabric-staining risks of bleach," says Homer. "The best part about Comet Disinfecting is that it's an easy rinse liquid, unlike its powdered predecessor, so we can clean bathroom sinks, shower wall, tubs, and toilet bowls all with one product; and no gritty, powdery mess to clean up." Here's a guide to the germiest spot in your bathroom—hint: it's not your toilet.
Best for hard water stains
Speaking of bathrooms, when it comes to toilet bowl cleaners, you really need two types, says Homer. "One bleach-based and one acid-based, to be able to handle all the different situations you might encounter," she said. One to try? Lysol Complete Power Bowl Cleaner. "If the client has rust and hard water stains, an acid bowl cleaner like this one will dissolve the iron causing the rust ring."
A bleach-based cleaner for toilet
If your toilet has been neglected and has black or pink mold build-up, a bleach-based bowl cleaner like Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Clinging Bleach Gel might be a better option than the Lysol Complete, says Homer. Here's why Clorox is so good at killing germs.
The fab floor cleaner
When it comes to floors, says Horner, MaidPro staffers like a custom-made product called La Bamba from MISCO, a custom-chemical manufacturer. "However, when we're running low and, in a pinch, our publicly available go-to is Fabuloso. It's wonderful because it is safe on virtually any type of flooring thanks to its neutral pH, smells great, and doesn't leave any streaky residue, so our cleaner can mop from one floor to the next without fear." Here are some simple housecleaning tips for an impressive, squeaky-clean home.
Top notch for windows and more
Professional window cleaner Merin Jay of the London, UK-based Top Window Cleaners, likes Method Natural Glass Surface Cleaner, Mint. "This cleaning product is almost 100 percent green ingredients, which makes it safe for pets, children, and, basically, the whole family. Also, the bottle is made of biodegradable plastic which makes it an environmentally-friendly way to clean the windows and save nature." She uses it on a variety of surfaces. "And last, but not least, it leaves a nice minty scent and can be used as an air freshener."
The multi-use cleanser
Ryan Morgan, VP of Operations and Co-Owner of Michigan-based Housekeeping Associates, likes Mrs. Meyers products, especially Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner. "It can be used basically anywhere—on wood and tile floors, counters, bathroom fixtures, and so forth. The honeysuckle and the lemon verbena are popular scents with our professional cleaners." Don't miss these secrets of people who always have a clean house.
For a shiny stove top
"Better Life cleaning products are great! I used them in my own home," says Morgan. "They're completely green. I love the brand's Kitchen and Bath Scrubber for my glass top stove and my granite counters. When the stove top is still a little warm I apply the scrubber, let it sit for a minute, then wipe off with a damp cloth and it removes any stains or food build up."
If you believe in magic...
You're probably familiar with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser—it's synonymous with removing crayon marks off walls. But the cleaner offers so much more: "Magic Erasers are lifesavers," says Rochelle Stalter, Branch Manager at Michigan's East Lansing Housekeeping Associates. "Yes, they can be used to clean marks off walls or baseboards, but they also easily remove residue from sinks, counters, doors, and floors, and can even be used to clean grout or dirt in pitted tile floors." Find out the times you actually shouldn't be using a Magic Eraser.