With more than 20 years’ experience in domestic & Commercial cleaning, Murphys Maids Cleaning Sevices 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…


  • Always dust before vacuuming to ensure any dust/dirt which falls to the floor is vacuumed up.
  • The best dust cloth is a damp, clean, microfibre cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with water from a spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks.
  • When dusting wall units, lift and dust each object, then dust the shelf underneath and behind. Start from the top of the unit and move to the bottom.
  • Never dust a warm or hot light bulb with a damp cloth, as it will shatter.
  • Dampen a clean, soft paintbrush to remove dust from louvered doors, telephones and keyboard keys, carved furniture, etc.
  • To clean Venetian blinds, close the slants, dust, close the slants the opposite way and dust again.
  • Wipe wood surfaces with the grain to avoid streaks.

Removing Pet Hair

  • A damp cloth or rubber glove will remove pet hair from upholstery.


  • 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.


  • Use a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas around soap holders, taps and drains.
  • Add a fabric softener sheet to bins to avoid odours.
  • Foggy mirrors can be restored, by rubbing a small amount of glycerin onto the surface.
  • A small window squeegee used on tiled walls after each shower will slow the formation of water spots.
  • To unclog lime scale from showerheads, remove and soak the head in boiling water and vinegar.
  • It will be much easier and less time consuming to clean the bathroom if it is done on a regular basis as this will prevent the build-up of mildew and soap scum.

Clean by a Schedule

  • Create a long-term cleaning schedule that lists tasks often left out of regular cleans, such as ovens, light fixtures and fridge interiors. By knowing what you plan on cleaning, and how often, you can develop a strategy that ensures nothing is overlooked.
  • While spring-cleaning is important, also remember to perform a thorough clean in the autumn. This way, the dust, pollen and dirt brought in during the summer months can be removed from the home.