Everyone loathes cleaning, yet everyone loves to come home to a clean environment. Is there a quicker way to get your house cleaned?
Many novices are unsure if they should dust or vacuum first. They debate whether to clean the kitchen before or after the bathroom. Follow our expert advice to make the most of your time and clean your house efficiently: it’s based on years of hard-won expertise.
1. Gather all your cleaning tools in a caddy
Whether it’s a caddy, bucket, or tote, having everything you’ll need in one portable location makes cleaning significantly easier. You won’t have to search for supplies while you clean, and you won’t have to worry about collecting them before your next cleaning.
2. Clear the clutter
Before you begin cleaning, go room to room and collect the clutter. Consider whether you should put away, toss, or donate each item as you pick it up – magazines, well-read paperbacks, and old sneakers, for example.
3. Dust and vacuum
Before you begin dusting, make sure the ceiling fans are turned off. Dust the tops of tables, shelves, handrails, picture frames, knickknacks, and TV screens. Tuck a microfiber cloth into the end of a mop or broom for hard-to-reach places like blinds and upper shelves. Before you vacuum, change the bed linens in the bedrooms.
4. Keep moving when you vacuum
Don’t worry about vacuuming every nook and cranny when you’re cleaning. Simply go through the house, vacuuming each carpeted room in one sweep.
Some chores aren’t necessary every week. Waxing furniture, cleaning windows, and washing area rugs and bath mats are examples of tasks that don’t need to be completed every week. These accessories must be inspected and judged on a case-by-case basis.
5. Clean the whole house
Cleaning is more effective if you concentrate on one area at a time (such as dusting or vacuuming), rather than cleaning the entire house before going to bed. If you undertake the project in this manner, you will not feel as if you are trapped in an endless cleaning cycle, repeating the same activity over and again.
6. Sweep, then mop
Sweep the kitchen and bathroom floors. Begin mopping at the room’s far end and work your way toward the entrance (i.e., don’t mop yourself into a corner). After rinsing the mop, rinse it once again after completing a 4-by-4-foot section.
7. Disinfect countertops and surface areas
Wash the soft surfaces of your house, such as carpets, drapes and furniture. Wipe down all hard surfaces, including countertops, appliances, cabinets, doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, and telephones.It’s a good idea to disinfect some of those surfaces, particularly the ones that may spread germs to people’s hands and faces. To make a non-toxic disinfection solution using one-fourth to one-half cup white or apple cider vinegar and a cup of water, mix together.
8. Don’t forget to routinely wash your cleaning tools
Maintaining your cleaning equipment is an often neglected aspect of cleaning. Using a filthy mop or a vacuum with a full bag is far less efficient, and you’ll spend more time scrubbing.