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What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You About Cleaning

by Susan Christy 06/09/2019

We all love a clean house. And your mother always seemed to make cleaning seem effortless. That magical sparkle and crisp, fresh scent evoked all that made her talent special. But now you have a home of your own and want to make your own magic. Here are the items you need to keep in your cleaning arsenal to tackle the tough spots and lighten the workload.

Floor vacuum

Nothing beats a great vacuum for floor care. You want a vacuum that can switch from carpet to hard floor at the flip of a switch. Getting one with attachments to clean sofas and mattresses, drapes, and blinds is a total win. If your vac has a removable dirt canister, all the better since emptying it is a snap.

Hand vacuum

There are some places a large vacuum, even with attachments, just can’t go. In that case, it’s always handy to have a cordless hand vac available. They’re also great for a quick cleanup of crumbs or spilled pet food too.

Brushes

A variety of brushes was your mom’s secret weapon. A specific brush for the toilet goes without saying, but a brush for the shower, and one to scrub dishes, and even one to scour out the sinks makes light of everyday chores.

Rubber gloves

Having vinyl work gloves on hand makes cleaning the really icky stuff simpler. Gloves protect your hands and nails from harsh chemicals, pet feces, and other messes. Also keep on hand a set dedicated to hand washing dishes, pots, and pans.

A good mop

Even though you can sweep or vacuum a hard surface such as wood or tile, sometimes you can’t sweep up the grime that makes it look dull and faded. That’s when you need to pull out the mop. Modern mops with on-board sprayers negate the need for a messy bucket, and one that the scrubbing pad removes to toss in the washer simplifies the cleanup. Some mops even have multiple pads for different floor surfaces so you can scrub a little harder on the tile under the baby’s highchair, but gently wipe up spills from the wood in the living area.

A broom and dustpan

A good broom for indoors and a separate one for out of doors makes cleaning up leaves, sand, and other gritty items a snap. A broom should have stiffer but flexible bristles and a blunt-cut bottom. A slanted edge makes side-sweeping easier, while a straight edge works best if you sweep in front of yourself. Get a matching dustpan that stores right on the broom handle so that they’re always together.

Keeping your house clean doesn't need to be a tough chore if you have the right tools on hand. Your home can always be in show-ready condition with some planning, some effort, and a good cleaning.

About the Author
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Susan Christy

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When it comes to real estate experience, few compare to Susan Christy. As a full-time Realtor for over 30 years, Susan has been successfully selling and finding homes for her clients since 1987, and her in-depth knowledge of the real estate process is hard to match. There are few challenges Susan hasn’t experienced and successfully resolved. She has not only the expertise to seamlessly close a real estate transaction, but the personal skills to instill a comfortable confidence, putting her clients at ease. She carefully listens, puts a plan in place, and follows through to the close of escrow and beyond. Susan is the real estate professional with the tact and skill to negotiate the highest return for her sellers and best possible price for her buyers: the true professional you want on your side.  

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University and taught special education for four years prior to beginning her real estate career in 1987. She was raised in the Arcadia area of East Phoenix, where she has also raised her two daughters. Susan has been affiliated with Realty Executives for over 20 years, among the most highly respected real estate brokerages in Arizona, and has garnered many honors for superior sales performance, including the Phoenix Association of Realtors President’s Roundtable, Realty Executives 100% Club and Executive Club awards and the Realtor.com Online Marketing Award of Excellence. In addition, her superior performance has earned her membership in the Top Agent Network (TAN), as well as the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) and National Association of Realtors BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource) designations. She maintains active membership in the Luxury Home Tour Inc. of Arizona and the Arcadia Camelback Tour.  

Specializing in Phoenix, Arcadia, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, but experienced and able to assist with real estate needs in nearly all areas of the Valley, her goal is to provide superior service second to none. Her clients can expect expert representation, communication, and negotiation skills from contract to close, intensive attention to detail throughout all phases of the real estate transaction, and above all, integrity and professionalism. She is: Client Focused. Results Driven. Please feel free to contact Susan at any time to discuss how she can best assist you with your real estate needs.