Here's a list of cleaning tools and cleaning products you should have on hand to do a good job on your house. If you want to use only eco-friendly cleaning products, there are many on the market to choose from.
Professional carpet can treat the toughest stains while protecting your floor underneath.
For smooth surfaces like linoleum, a professional wax and buffing can really bring out the shine. You can also rent a buffer yourself, but make sure you know how to use it or you may damage your floors.
Professional cleaners can tackle stains on hard-to-clean upholstered furniture.
Upholstered furniture should be tagged with one of several letter codes (most commonly "W, WS, S or X"). Some of these you can clean yourself using a water-based cleaner, but others would be best left to a professional.
Although they just hang there and don't really look dirty, draperies are magnets for dust and other airborne pollutants. If someone in the home has dust allergies, draperies should either be eliminated or at least cleaned regularly.
Although some curtains can be machine washed, pleated draperies should be dry cleaned or thoroughly vacuumed. If you vacuum them yourself, take them down and spread them across the dining room table to work on.
Window cleaning should be done once or twice a year, but it's a difficult, time-consuming and dangerous job. Some homeowners clean the inside windows themselves and hire a window-washing crew to do the outside.