Clean High, Then Low

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Posted by David Ridgway on 09/04/2019

Woman cleaning top of picture frame with a microfiber flexwave dusterA secret that great janitors know is to clean high areas first and then work your way down to the lower areas.

To understand this principle, let’s look at the problem that we’re trying to avoid. Pretend you’re cleaning a conference room. You start by vacuuming the floor. After you finish vacuuming and the floor looks nice and clean, you begin dusting the air vents and conference table. This process knocks lots of dust and dirt onto the floor. This will require you to vacuum again. This duplication is a waste of time. You can avoid this problem by cleaning the high areas first. 

This is how it works:

  • First, clean the highest areas. Dust the air vents. Get cobwebs out of the corners. Dust the top of file cabinets, bookshelves and door frames.
  • Next, perform your lower dusting. Dust desks, conference tables, smaller file cabinets and book shelves.
  • Lastly, sweep and vacuum the floor. This will pick up all of the dust, dirt and debris that you knocked onto the floor when cleaning the higher areas. 

This is an efficient system that avoids cleaning the same areas twice. Try it out and let us know how it works for you.

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