Maid service comes to clean your home generally every 2 weeks. There are many things you should do between cleanings. The easiest thing is to do is clean up daily after using the kitchen, sweep the floor if dirt is evident on floor, wipe up spills as they occur, and minimize the daily clutter by putting items where they belong.
Begin by reducing the clutter on your kitchen counter. Wipe off counters and cooking surfaces daily. Purge leftover food every few days and clean out refrigerator weekly of old food. Take out trash often to eliminate odors. Throw sponges away after a couple of weeks of use or wash in dishwasher. Consider using a microfiber cloth than can be washed in laundry instead of a sponge that harbors germs.
Use a disinfectant to clean toilet, sinks, and shower. Leave disinfectant on surfaces for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water and a sponge.
Sweep floors before mopping to remove dirt and dust. Mop after sweeping. Vacuum carpet or mop floors at minimum once a week to reduce the dirt brought in from outside, pets, and traffic.
Keep a cleaning caddy for quick clean ups with a microfiber cloth, a glass cleaner, an all-purpose cleaner, and a pair of latex gloves. Keep vinegar and baking soda on hand for quick clean ups. Vinegar is an easy multipurpose cleaner for stains. Baking soda tackles grease effectively after soaking for a short time.
The key to easy maintenance is to clean as you go! Do dishes, make your bed, and sweep daily. Dust the furniture, shelves, tabletops, and upholstered furniture weekly. Change your bed sheets weekly. Use a microfiber cloth to clean with as it absorbs the germs better and can be laundered.
A little clean up each day maintains a healthy home for everyone living there!