Cleaning the house is a great workout – the residential maid service cleaners at MOLLY MAID know all about that. But they also know that it's important to do all that physical work in such a way as to avoid injuries.

Here's a checklist:

  • Always keep work close to your body. For example, carry the vacuum cleaner close to your body with a firm grip on the middle section. Rather than reaching too far, use high dusters or cloths wrapped around the heads of mops instead. Or, use a step stool or small ladder.
  • Always use your legs, not your back. For whatever the job, crouch or kneel to bring your body closer to the chore.
  • Rather than bending over to clean a mark from the floor, kneel down onto a foam board.
  • Change sides frequently. For example, alternate the microfibre cloth between the left and right hands, or alternate the broom between the right and left sides.
  • Select the best piece of equipment for the task and use it effectively – try a duster with telescopic handles to get to those hard-to-reach areas, and use knee pads if you'll be kneeling.
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch muscles and rehydrate.
  • Avoid lifting or moving any objects that are too heavy for you (such as heavy furniture, the fridge, etc.).
  • If there's a carpeted floor and the furniture you're moving is lightweight (not a monstrous heavy sofa), move it by bending your knees and pushing or pulling. Never move furniture and appliances that are too heavy for you, as it will likely cause an injury.
  • Replace worn out equipment to make sure it's safe for future use.