House cleaning can be an intimidating task to consider before you begin. With the busy lives we lead these days, things tend to be put off for another day, leading to the accumulation of clutter in nooks and crannies all over. Eventually, however, the house must be cleaned. Perhaps you’re expecting the company, or you haven’t had the time.
With determination and focus and these few tips, however, you can achieve a spick and span house in about an hour without too much fuss. First, you’ll need to get your tools together. You will need to assemble everything beforehand to save you rushing about trying to find one stray item that could derail your efforts.
The cleaning process should proceed from room to room in a structured plan. This way, you know what you’ve got left to do. Random cleaning is usually unproductive and you run the risk of missing out some parts.
Here are the basic materials you will need:
- Dust spray
- Microfiber Cloth
- Bathroom Cleaner
- Toilet Cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Brush
- Glass Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- It would be a good idea to put on some lively music to keep you pumped up!
- Dusting should always be done from top to bottom so the dust falls on uncleaned areas.
- Every once in awhile, wooden furniture needs waxing to keep it conditioned and attractive.
- This is a guide to giving your home a quick, painless, once-over. One of the items that sometimes gets overlooked is carpets. If you live in a home with small children and/or pets, the carpets do tend to get deep stains that require professional attention. The people at Clean Carpets from London assert that clean carpets are vital to a healthy home. Their enthusiastic and qualified cleaners are trained on how to thoroughly clean different types of carpet fabric and know which cleaning materials to use and will give your carpet a new lease of life. They can also offer helpful hints and advice on dos and don’ts of carpet care.
- A good idea for every room, but especially bedrooms, is to first clear all clutter, then strip and remake the beds. Put clutter in bins or bags and place in closets and drawers. You can sort through it later. Avoid the distractions that may arise from articles in old magazines!
- Apply dusting spray on furniture and wipe down with the microfibre cloth. Work from top to bottom.
- Try to clean all the bathrooms at once. Go round the bathrooms and clear counters. Spray counters and tub with cleaner and leave to sit while you clean toilet bowls, wiping down the outer surfaces.
- Wipe down the counters and rise tub, then clean the mirrors.
- Clean the shower rack and soap dishes.
- You can come back and clean the floors at the same time as the kitchen.
- As with the bedrooms, this is one room that is prone to clutter. Clear it all in the same way as the bedrooms.
- If you have blinds and/or ceiling fans, dust those first, then start in one corner and dust all surfaces, top to bottom. Vertical blinds are easier to clean if you turn the first one way, then the other, cleaning them as a unit rather than one by one.
- For television screens, framed photos and computer monitors, use the microfiber cloth to avoid streaking.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture with an upholstery attachment.
- If you have a dishwasher, load all dirty dishes in it, then fill the sink with hot, soapy water. If your cooker has removable pieces, place these in the water, along with drip pans and knobs.
- Clear all counters. With a sponge dunked in hot water and excess squeezed out, wipe down cabinets, counters and other surfaces, again from top to bottom. Wipe appliances like fridge, microwave oven, and dishwasher.
- Finish cleaning cooker pieces and repace.
- Do the whole house in one go.
- Vacuum carpeted rooms, starting in the furthest corner and working quickly towards the door.
- Vacuum hard floors instead of sweeping to avoid raising dust. Use an attachment to get into those little hidden corners where dust and hair tend to accumulate.
- Hardwood floor cleaners or steam mops are faster and more efficient than traditional mops and are a good investment for a quick clean.
A microfiber cloth is best for this task to avoid streaking, but you may need a professional-quality squeegee for hard to reach windows. Go easy on the glass spray.
Cleaning your home needn’t be a back-breaking task if you do it often enough. With a well planned and executed clean, your home will look and feel fresher, with the added benefit of giving you a good workout.Wake up Right! Subscribe to our Morning Briefing and get the news delivered to your inbox before breakfast!