With more than 30 years’ experience in domestic & commercial cleaning, Urban Maid Dubai's staff have mastered many tricks of the trade. From using white vinegar as a cleaning product to rubbing a rubber glove over upholstery to remove pet hair, we’ve put together a collection of our favourite cleaning tips.

We’ve put our expert tips into categories, simply click on a category to read the relevant tips and learn something new or get inspiration for tackling those tricky jobs around your home…

genERAL SORTING

  • Recruit your children to help with a basic house clean. This will help develop good organisational habits and reduce the stress caused by reminding children to tidy their room. Try to make it fun.

  • A toy chest at the end of your child’s bed is an ideal place to store toys and games. Plastic bins or baskets can be placed in a closet or underneath the bed.

  • Always tidy a room, before cleaning it. Take any dirty dishes to the kitchen, pick up toys from the floor, collect newspapers and place in the recycling bin.

  • Make sure your house cleaning kit includes all the essential supplies and materials needed to clean each room. Store in a bucket or basket that can be carried from room to room.

  • Make up a separate bathroom cleaning kit, to keep all the supplies together. Again store in a bucket or basket, but be sure to store it out of reach of small children.

  • Place perfume and other personal care items in a decorative basket or on a tray, rather than sitting individually on your dressing table.

  • Establish a house rule that if you take something out of a cupboard or toy box, you must put it away once you have finished with it. This will reduce the amount of time spent picking items up and putting them away before a clean.

  • Take items that have not been used for a long time to a charity shop or car boot sale.

  • Apply the URBAN MAID DUBAI system of house cleaning from top to bottom and left to right, in whatever room you are cleaning. This is the quickest and most efficient way to clean.

  • Re-evaluate magazine/newspaper subscriptions and cancel those you no longer read. This is an easy way to save money and time by de-cluttering your home.

Kitchen

  • To soften splatters inside the microwave, fill a cup with water and microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen any baked on food so you can easily wipe it clean.

  • Allow burner rings from the hob to soak in a sink full of hot, soapy water. This will loosen the dirt and make them easier to clean.

  • Spray oven racks in a plastic rubbish bag for easier cleaning.

  • Dishcloths and sponges can be incubators for germs. Regularly put dishcloths in the washing machine, and microwave damp sponges on high for several minutes to kill bacteria.

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