Perfect Maintenance Cleaning

A comprehensive system that provides step by step instructions on how to most effectively and efficiently complete your job.

What is Perfect Maintenance Cleaning?

Perfect Maintenance Cleaning is a systematic cleaning method developed by Jeff Campbell and Debbie Sardone and used by top cleaning professionals over the last 30 years.

This is a comprehensive system that provides step by step instructions on how to most effectively and efficiently complete your job.

The PMC system emphasis is on MAINTENANCE. The more closely you follow the system, the more likely you are to excel. Quality and consistency is the result.

PMC Rules

Learn these rules, know these rules. They are not optional and they are established to make you the BEST Sparkler in the business.

  1. Make every move count: Work your way around the room once. Don’t backtrack. Carry your supplies and equipment with you.
  2. Repetition makes for smoother moves: Always put your tools back in the same place in your apron.
  3. Work from top to bottom. Also work left to right and back to front.
  4. Use the right tools: If it’s difficult to remove items use a stronger tool/cleaner.
  5. Keep your tools in impeccable shape. Take care of your tools and products. They will last longer and work better for you. Your tools and tool kit also show the customer you value your equipment and take pride in your work. This reflects well on you and the company and shows you will also care for their items and their home.
  6. If it’s dirty, don’t over clean it. For example, vertical surfaces are almost never as dirty as horizontal surfaces. Upper shelves and molding have less dust than lower ones. Often the entire surface is not dirty, so don’t clean what isn’t dirty. Remove finger prints and smudges. This doesn’t mean don’t clean something, or skip it, just clean what is dirty.
  7. Don’t rinse or wipe a surface before it’s clean. Don’t rinse or wipe just to see if you are done. If you were wrong, you’ll just have to start over.
  8. Don’t over use your cleaners. It will require longer rinsing/wiping to remove.
  9. Don’t keep working after it’s clean: Once it’s clean, stop. Rinse, wipe or move on.
  10. Clean with feel, not just with your eyes. Use your hands to feel the surface to know when it’s clean.
  11. Use both hands. Your work force is half idle if one hand is doing all the work. Finish one step with one hand and start the next step with the other.
  12. Pay Attention! Work effectively and efficiently, but do not rush. Rushing results in poor cleaning and breakage.



ALWAYS wear your apron. It saves you more time than all other supplies combined.

Razor Blade

Only used for baked on food on oven windows. Always be extra careful when using the razor blade that you use at a low angle and do not scratch or gouge the surface.

Plastic Scraper

Use on floors, tough to reach spaces, and counter tops

Big Scrub Brush

Use on shower walls and big tile floors

Tile Brush

Use on smaller areas in the bathroom and kitchen for more stubborn girt that can’t be wiped down.


Used on a variety of surfaces to remove more difficult debris

**Great on granite counter tops

Pumice Stone

Used to remove hard water deposits & stains from toilets, tubs, sinks & tile Typically used on deep cleans move-out, used from time to time in maintenance cleans

White Towels

Use for cleaning glass etc. Refer to these as cleaning cloths or towels; avoid using the term “rag”

Silver Towel

Use for wiping and dusting non-glass surfaces

Magic Eraser

Great for white baseboards/door frames, sinks, and light fixtures.

Micro-Fiber Mop

Use for large areas hard-surfaced floors. Re-usable mop heads eliminate wringing and waste. Do not use in the bathroom


Use to mop floors


Use to check under furniture and dark corners for cobwebs and dust bunnies


Used to move small amounts of dust from shelves, furniture and baseboards.

Whisk Broom

Use for small hard surfaced floors (wooden stairs)-also does great to wipe cloth furniture

High Duster

Used to reach high fan blades, vents and corner cobwebs


Used to carry your supplies. Be sure to empty out your tote and clean it periodically

Duffle Bag

Used to carry your cleaning clothes and other supplies that don’t fit in tote

Knee Pads

Optional to use when scrubbing floors


Used on carpet and initial cleaning of hardwood floors. You will receive specific training on the operation and maintenance of your vacuum


General Cleaner

Dilution of Mrs. Meyers(4:1)

Used for wiping on most surfaces where disinfectant is not needed

Glass Cleaner/Disinfectant

This cleaner is a mixture of water, dawn & isopropyl alcohol, and is great on granite, glass and other shiny surfaces. It can also be used as a disinfectant.

Soap Scum & Degreaser

Stronger concentration of Mrs. Meyers (2:1). For use when the General Cleaner is not strong enough to get the job done.

Baking Soda

Used with vinegar & dawn on the inside of the toilet


Used with vinegar & baking soda on the inside of the toilet- also use a drop with every bucket of mop water


Used with baking soda and dawn for the inside of the toilet

Bar Keeper's Friend

Use on stubborn soap scum

**Great for orange hard water stains

Stock Your Cleaning Apron

Now that you are familiar with the products and tools you will use, you need to stock your apron. Having your most used items close at hand will prevent you from making extra trips back and forth to your tote. Also by always putting your tools and products back in your apron as you work, you are never hunting around for where you last set something down!

So, before you start any job and periodically through the job:

  • Check to ensure your tools are in your apron and in the appropriate pockets
  • Hang your general cleaner and disinfectant on your apron loops. (Always tighten the tops of the spray bottle)
  • Put your duster in the small of your back
  • Grab fresh Cleaning Clothes (start with 5)
  • Put a clean/dry cleaning cloth over your shoulder

Test Your Knowledge

Click the button below to test your knowledge of the PMC system, cleaning tools and cleaners. If you score at least 80% move onto Dusting. If you score less than 80%, go back and review the content again, working with your trainer to answer any questions you may have. Good luck!

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