House Cleaning Focal Points: Basics and Initial Examples

The theme of focal points is one that’s present in a number of spatial-related tasks, and one great example is house cleaning. Both homeowners themselves and any professionals you hire to clean your home will have some typical focal points that often define much of their cleaning process, and some of the more common rooms or areas in our homes are chief candidates as such focal points.

At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, we’re here to provide a wide range of house cleaning and maid services, from simple maintenance cleaning solutions to deep cleaning, move-in and move-out cleaning and more. Why are focal points often useful for cleaning a home, and what are some of the most common focal points for both homeowners and professional cleaners alike? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

Why Are Focal Points Useful for House Cleaning?

Firstly, let’s look at why it’s often useful to have a few primary focal points when cleaning your home. Focal points are great for efficiency, and with the right ones, you can prioritize certain areas and tasks that require extra attention while still giving other parts of your home some love.

For instance, some will center their focal points around key rooms like the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas while giving attention to other parts of their home as they have time. This way, you can ensure that the most important tasks are taken care of and still make progress throughout your entire home. Focal points also help keep things organized when it comes to house cleaning processes, ensuring that specific goals are met in the right timelines.

Our next several sections will go over some common examples of focal points – though of course, this is a very individualized process and your own house cleaning routine might differ from what’s listed here.

Major Rooms

As we touched on above, many homeowners and professional cleaners alike will often use the major rooms of a home as their focal points. This includes areas like kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces and any other room you consider to be a major area for your home.

Kitchens are often particularly important in this regard, as they tend to require more attention due to the presence of appliances, food, and more. Cleaning a kitchen properly means wiping down surfaces, sanitizing any kitchen appliances (like the sink or stove), sweeping and mopping the floors and more.

Specific Appliances

In other cases, people might use specific appliances as their focal points. This often includes things like refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers, which all require a good amount of attention when it comes to cleaning. Not only do these areas need to be scrubbed thoroughly, but you should also be checking for any signs of wear and tear (or even potential maintenance issues) that could be causing your appliance to act up.

In part two of our blog series, we’ll dive even deeper into these topics and look at more specific examples of focal points for both homeowners and professional house cleaners. Stay tuned!

For more here, or to book an appointment for house cleaning services, contact Healthy Homes Housekeeping today. Our team of experienced professionals can take care of all your needs in one convenient visit!


Ogden Maid Service Value: Time and Health

There’s a tendency to only think about how much we’re spending on certain home services, and not to focus enough on the value that we’re getting in return and whether it’s worthwhile. The realm of maid services and house cleaning is a great example: In many cases, especially if you’re working with a great house cleaning company, you’ll be getting so much value for your buck that it can actually feel like you’re saving money.

At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, this is the reality we strive for with all our Ogden clients, for whom we provide everything from basic house cleaning services to deep cleaning, move-in/move-out services and more. We provide such high-quality services, and for such affordable rates, that many of our clients are confident we’ve saved them significant amounts of both money and time over the years. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at some of the ways “value” should be considered within house cleaning, plus how the right partnership with a great maid service like ours will be great for your wallet.

The Value of Time

First and foremost, there’s an unfortunate tendency among some people, including too many Americans, to minimize the value of personal time. That is, too many people don’t think of time as being worth a tangible amount equivalent to that of money. We’re so focused on squeezing in as much work, recreation and downtime as possible that we don’t consider the opportunity cost of all this time- and money-saving activity: In some cases, it’s a lot easier and more efficient to pay someone else to do something for us than struggle through it alone or with limited help.

This concept is key in understanding the value of house cleaning in particular. Think about it this way: If you could use a few hours to go out and meet friends, work on a hobby or pursue other personal passions, wouldn’t it be worth it to pay someone to tidy up your home for you?

The Value of Health

Another major value that a good house cleaning company can provide for you is, of course, the value of your health. This is related to time efficiency in that a clean home makes it easier for you to get things done and stay healthy over the long term. A good home won’t just be free from dust and allergens like mold and pet dander; it will also be free from germs, bacteria and other potentially harmful substances that can make you sick.

This means that a great house cleaning company can be more than just a one-time expense; for many of us, it’s a necessity. In part two of this blog post, we’ll look at some additional ways to consider the value your home care company provides you with and how these might impact your selection process.

For more here, or to learn about any of our Ogden house cleaning services, speak to our dedicated team at Healthy Homes Housekeeping today.


Ogden DIY Vacuuming Tips: Bag and Filter, Dusting, Crevice Feature

There are certain home cleaning tasks that will be carried out regularly by both homeowners and professional housekeepers (if they’re hired), and a good example here is vacuuming. One of the single most common home cleaning tasks out there, vacuuming helps remove various dust, debris, dirt, hair and other materials from your flooring, particularly carpets, rugs and other fabrics.

At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, detailed vacuuming and related suction solutions will be just one small piece of our comprehensive house cleaning services, which include everything from maintenance cleaning to deep cleaning and move-in/move-out services in Ogden and nearby areas. However, we also naturally realize that our clients will perform some vacuuming on their own — and we’re here to offer expertise for these settings as well. In this multi-part blog series, we’ll go over some basic DIY vacuuming tips from the best housekeepers in the business.

Bag and Filter

No matter which vacuum you own or which area of your home you’ll be cleaning, you should first check the vacuum’s bag or filter. These are the two components that will collect any kind of debris, dust, dirt and other materials you’re attempting to clean up with your machine. A full bag or dirty filter is going to decrease the effectiveness of your vacuum whenever you attempt to use it.

The simplest approach here: Check the bag and filter before each use, but also before each major vacuuming session on any given day. This way you won’t have to exert the effort of bending down every single time you want to start vacuuming — plus, it helps avoid accidentally missing anything important.

Dust First

Especially if it’s been some time since a given room was cleaned, we strongly recommend dusting first. This means using a dusting mop, duster or cloth to specifically remove any loose particles and materials before you’ve started vacuuming — the easy stuff that will be compacted into your vacuum’s bag/filter if you don’t get it first.

It is also good to remember that some surfaces (particularly plush carpets) will require an approach of pre-vacuuming, so that all the dust and dirt particles are pushed closer to your vacuum’s base. This will help ensure no internal vacuuming issues result from these larger surface materials being pulled into your machine later on.

Crevice Feature

One vital feature to utilize when you’re vacuuming a hard floor is the crevice tool, which will help remove dirt from edges and other tight spaces. The crevice feature will also help immensely when it comes to cleaning around furniture legs — essentially anything that’s small enough to be difficult or near-impossible for regular suction power to reach. If you’re not using the crevice tool when vacuuming a given room, you’ll be leaving hair, dirt and other debris built up in corners.

For more tips on DIY vacuuming from the best housekeepers in town, or to learn about any of our Ogden housekeeping services, speak to the staff at Healthy Homes Housekeeping today.