House cleaning is a job you cannot avoid any time of the year, but it is also one of the things you don’t look forward to. Do you think that your house always looks dirty and cluttered? Also, that you find yourself cleaning and picking things up all the time but still get nowhere? Have you ever wondered why the professional cleaners can do so much in a little time and still get better results than our domestic cleaning ritual? Well, its because they have some efficient tricks that they use and we are going to share some of those with you today.
There is a way of cleaning the house and to keep it that way, but that requires one thing: commitment.
Just like anything else in life, this task also requires commitment on your part and once you promise yourself that you are going to do it then there will be a lot of methods for you to achieve your goal. Some several easy tips and tricks will make your cleaning routine quicker and will make life easier.
Where to Begin
Some people believe that cleaning the house thoroughly only once a week works best for them. However, if your house has been in a bad shape for a while you will have to start with a deep cleaning. You might even want to consider hiring professional cleaning services for this purpose. For deep cleaning though, you will have to remove all junk and declutter your house first before you even begin.
Schedule and Plan
To make a commitment you first need to make a strategy and plan on how you are going to go about it. There can be several different strategies to clean the house such as cleaning one room a day or dealing with one big job per day etc. You will have to figure out what works best for you according to your other priorities and daily routine. If you are not sure what might suit you best, you will learn through trial and error.
How to Clean Kitchen
Kitchen is the heart of every home and therefore, how you keep your kitchen says a lot about how the rest of the house is kept in general. When you are on your cleaning spree, you can start with the kitchen as it takes the longest to clean due to several appliances in one place.
Dishes: Start with washing the dishes or if you have a dishwasher, load and get it started. Put all the washed dishes back in their proper places so that your kitchen is mess-free when you start.
Stove: For a conventional stove, you can simply use soap and sponge to clean it properly. Cleaning a glass top cooker is different though.
Microwave: a simple all-purpose cleaner will do the job. Take the bottom tray out and wash it with soap and water. Spray all-purpose cleaner all over the inside and outside of the microwave and wipe it off with a clean cloth. It is important to leave it open for a little while to get rid of the smell of old food.
Worktops: Again, a simple all-purpose cleaner is good for cleaning the worktops. Spray it all over the surface and leave for 3 to 4 minutes. Wipe off with a clean and dry cloth. Don’t forget to wipe under the appliances such as the toaster or coffee maker or anything else that lives permanently on the worktop. It is important so that you can get rid of all the dirt and food crumbs that gather under the surfaces and also for the long life of the worktop polish.
Appliances: Wipe off all the appliances from the outside too such as fridge, microwave, dishwasher and other machines. If the tray under your toaster is removable, take it out and throw away all bread crumbs, then wipe it with a dry cloth.
Sink: Gif or cream cleaner can do wonders on your stainless-steel sink. Simply pour down the liquid everywhere in the sink including the sides, rub it with a sponge and leave it for a few minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
How to Clean the Bathroom
For some people, the bathroom might take the longest to clean, depending on when was the last time it got your attention. Before you even begin cleaning make sure you have all your cleaning supplies with you. Remove any extra or unwanted thing of the counter surface and store them under the sink in the cabinet or if you have any other storage unit. You can also use an organizer box for those extra bits.
Toilet: Use a good toilet cleaner and squirt some of it on the inside rim of the toilet and leave it for a while. Meanwhile, you can move ahead with the rest of your bathroom cleaning.
Mirror: You can start with the mirror or other glass surfaces like a kshower cabin. Spray any glass cleaning spray on the glass and mirror and wipe it with an old newspaper. A newspaper will do the job better than any cleaning cloth as it does not leave any wiping off marks.
Sink and Counter: You can use an old toothbrush to clean around the drains or faucet. Pour a little amount of cream cleaner on a scourer and rub it all over the sink and countertops. Wipe them off with a dry cloth or you can spray a little bit of nice smelling disinfectant on the cloth before wiping off.
Tub and Shower: Whether you have a bathtub or a shower tray, you can pour the same cream cleaner on the surface, rub it with a scourer and then wash it off with warm water.
Taps and Shower Head: Next comes the taps and showerhead or any other metal surface. The first thing you will notice is water stains and limescale on them. The best way to clean them is to use any commercial spray designed especially for this purpose. Spray it on taps and showerhead and then wipe off with a clean and dry cloth (or with a little bit of disinfectant).
Toilet: Once you have finished with cleaning the rest of the bathroom, your toilet should now be ready for cleaning. Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl with a toilet brush. Use a sponge or scourer to clean the rest of the area using the cream cleanser. Don’t forget the outside, the lid, the sides and the front down to the floor. It is a good practice to keep a different sponge and cloth or any other items that you use for cleaning for the toilet, for hygiene reasons. If you use the same one, make sure to wash it properly before using it anywhere else in the bathroom.
Radiator: Don’t forget to wipe off the radiator as there are a lot of water stains on it too. A damp cloth is good enough to make it clean but first, make sure it’s not hot when you start.
Floor: Use any mop or floor cleaner and pour a small amount all over the floor. Use a clean and damp mop to clean the tiles or wooden floor.
How to Dust
Dusting the surfaces may seem like a long time, but it doesn’t take that much of a time. Especially if you have taken the correct measures, in this case decluttering the house and putting everything back in its place.
Swiffers: They are popular and easily available. Swiffers are good for dusting off hard to reach places like the back of the television, the top side of the ceiling fan or curtain rails. However, do not use feather dusters instead of swiffers as they just move the dust around and not remove it.
Microfibre Cloth: A clean slightly damp microfibre cloth can do a wonderful job for dusting off the surfaces.
Pictures, Frames and Mirrors: Don’t forget to wipe off hanging pictures, frames, and wall-mounted mirrors, the top edges gather the most dust.
Tables: Make sure to pick up the things that stay on tables, TV trolley, and other surfaces so that you can dust under them not just around them. Also, don’t forget to wipe off those things.
Fixtures and Fittings: Ceiling fans, curtain rail, and other fittings can be dusted off once a month. If you live in a particularly polluted area, such as on a busy road, twice a month should be ok.
Furniture: Leather sofas and other furniture, like a wooden coffee table or dining table, etc can be dusted off with a damp cloth. If you need to, furniture polish can be used. Wood cleaning spray can also be used for tables.
How to Clean Floors
Remember, you can only sweep or vacuum the floor once the dusting has been finished otherwise if you do the dusting afterwards, there is a good chance that dirt and dust will end up on the floor again. Again, it’s a good idea to start from the kitchen. Sweep under the cabinets, or use one of the vacuum attachments that can go underneath those things to collect all the crumbs in the corners. For sweeping a broom brush or dry dust mop is good.
Ideally sweeping should be done every other day and mopping once a week for high traffic areas in your house. For less walked-on floors, mopping can be done less frequently. Some good tips for mopping are:
1 of 5: Keep the mop damp not soaked, wring it thoroughly before you start. It’s quicker to dry and is good for the long life of your tile or wood polish. Also, it wouldn’t leave any watermarks.
2 of 5: Wash the mop every so often in a bucket. You can keep a separate bucket for this purpose.
3 of 5: Use warm water and a nice smelling disinfectant or floor cleaner in the mopping water. A little bit of soap will also do the trick.
4 of 5: Do not use too much soap and do not squirt it directly on the floor.
5 of 5: A bit of vinegar can also be added in warm water for mopping the floors.
How to Clean the Neglected Areas
There are certain areas in your home that often get looked over when you are doing your routine clean. Fortunately, these are the areas that do not require a weekly clean, so for these, you can schedule and plan a monthly clean or twice a month depending upon your needs. Here are some tips for those areas:
1 of 7: Mopping hard floors can be done twice a month and since this job requires a bit of time, you can schedule it in such a way that it doesn’t coincide with your other cleaning schedule.
2 of 7: Baseboards can be done once a month. You can just wipe them off with a damp cloth so it wouldn’t take too much time.
3 of 7: For kitchen and bathroom cabinets, use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe away spills and stains.
4 of 7: For blinds, you can use either of the three; vacuum attachment, Swiffer or a damp cloth. All will serve the purpose.
5 of 7: For air vents, vacuum attachment will do the perfect job as it will collect all the dust that has been gathering there.
6 of 7: Ceiling fan and other fittings: For ceiling fan, light fixture or any other fittings, a Swiffer will do the job perfectly as these areas are hard to reach.
7 of 7: Don’t forget to clean the windows too when you are paying attention to the looked over areas in your home. Clean all window panels, the window sill and use a glass cleaner to clean the window glass.
Some Quick And Easy Tips
1 of 7: If you believe in one day a week cleaning schedule, then pick one day and stick to it.
2 of 7: We all tend to keep the attachments that come with the vacuum cleaner away and only use the big brush. However, they are quite handy when it comes to cleaning between the cushions on the sofa, drapes and curtains, blinds, furniture and vents.
3 of 7: When mopping the floor, wring the mop cloth properly. It should be damp, not wet.
4 of 7: An old toothbrush can be used to clean several things in the house like small decoration pieces or crystal items, between the rails on sliding doors, tub jets, faucets and other hard to reach places.
5 of 7: We often tend to forget to dust off or clean the headboards of the beds. Especially the top edge which gathers the most dust. You can either wipe it off with a cloth or use a vacuum attachment.
6 of 7: Another neglected area in your home is the top of the shelves such as the top shelves in the kitchen cabinets or the top shelf of a book rack or even the top of the fridge where the dust keeps on accumulating. So, when you are doing a deep clean spree or on a mission of cleaning the neglected areas in your home next time, don’t forget these two places. Top of shelves
7 of 7: For a schedule or deep clean, also remember your appliances that are longing for your attention. Run a cleaning cycle on your washing machine and dishwasher, clean the oven, clean fridge and freezer; defrost it and take out all unwanted or old food items. Throw away old ice if you have a fridge with a water and ice dispenser unit, and thoroughly clean the microwave. You might not be able to do all of these in one day and luckily you don’t have to as these things do not need to be done frequently. So, you can pick one item for each of your cleaning schedules.
Some Brilliant Cleaning Products:
To make your cleaning job faster and efficient, the quality of the cleaning products plays a crucial role. They don’t have to be expensive or used by the professionals, sometimes the best products are the most obvious ones that can be found in any home.
Fairy Liquid: This product is brilliant not just for washing dishes but its grease-cutting quality makes it a superb cleaner for cleaning stoves, cookers, and the extractor fan hob. You can be sure you are getting the best results at a great value for money.
Mr Muscle Kitchen: Works wonders on greasy and grimy surfaces. It cuts through the grime with little effort and also works as a good disinfectant, claiming to kill 99.9% of the germs and bacteria on the surface.
Microfibre Cloth: Microfibre cloths have more absorbing power than regular cotton cloths. They are brilliant for wiping or scrubbing surfaces with minimum effort as the thick texture does most of the hard work itself. Good absorption quality makes the surface dry quickly, leaving no liquid marks.
Mop: You can either use a multi-yarn mop if you have a larger area to mop. It will make the mopping quicker and easier to dry. Or you can go for a squeeze flat mop for small corners and less effort. Whatever you choose, go for the one that best suits you according to your house and the area you need to mop. Luckily, you don’t need to buy a mop very often so you can invest in a good one that also serves the purpose.
Bucket with Wringer: You will also need a mop bucket that comes with a wringer so that you don’t have to put in a lot of effort to wring the mop yourself. This is a good buy if you go for the multi-yarn mop.
All-Purpose Cleaner: An all-purpose cleaning spray can be used for any surface. You can buy any standard commercial one to serve the purpose.
Wood Spray: Once in a while, you can clean your wood tables or other furnishings with a wood spray. It works just like any other cleaning spray. Just spray a little amount on the wood surface and wipe off with a clean damp cloth.
Floor Cleaner: Ideal for cutting through the dust on the floors and leaves your tiles shiny and clean. Add a little amount into your mop water and use it all over the floor. It saves time and effort in cleaning the stains and mud marks on the floor. It can be used anywhere like front passage, kitchen, and bathroom and on any surface like tiles or wooden floors.
Glass Cleaner: Although glass or mirrors can also be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner, it is a good idea to use a glass cleaner which is specially designed for this purpose. Just spray a little amount on the glass or mirror and wipe off using a newspaper or a dry cloth. If you are using a cloth make sure it is dry and clean or it will make the glass dirtier than before leaving wiping stains. For bathroom mirrors and shower cabin, do it when they are completely dry and not wet or steamed.
CIF Cream Cleaner: This works brilliantly for many things such as cleaning all over the bathroom and kitchen sink. You don’t need a large amount to apply on, so it lasts longer. A bonus point is, it doesn’t smell bad and some cream cleaners smell very nice.
Scourer and Sponge: This is probably the must-have item in your cleaning list. A scourer makes your scrubbing job easier and quicker so you don’t have to put in a lot of effort. While a sponge is needed for a lot of things to wash and make them clean. The great absorption quality makes the surfaces dry quickly and doesn’t leave stains. These are a cheap buy and can be reused if washed and put away every time after cleaning.
We hope these handy little tips make things easier for you when you’re cleaning your household. Make sure to check out some of the other articles that we offer, helping to bring more useful information to you!