The first rule in cleaning a home is something you probably wouldn’t expect: have a game plan. For most people, the chore has been part of the daily or weekly habit, and many assume the process doesn’t need to be reevaluated. The thing is, when you don’t have a ‘strategy’ for cleaning, you’ll end up doing more and dragging it longer. Just think about the many times you end up scrubbing the floors when you forget to dust off the windows first.
Professional cleaners do a great job not just because they’re trained, but because they have a game plan in mind before picking up the broom and mop. What seems to be a full day of chores, they can squeeze into two hours, max. If you want the secrets to efficient home cleaning, use this checklist for a step-by-step guide:
It’s always a good idea to begin in the bathroom because you want the cleaning solutions to sit there for hours before getting started on the scrubs and wipes. It will be easier on your hands and arms when you let these products sit. While you wait, you can do all the other cleaning chores. When you’re done with everything, go back to the bathroom and remember to clean these areas:
- Toilet: Use a toilet brush to scrub the inside, rim, and back of the bowl, as well as the lid and tank.
- Floors: Use a mop to clean the floor, and brushes for small corners that your mop can’t reach. For stubborn stains, use a scrub or grout brush.
- Shower caddy or soap dishes. Clean those pesky soap scum with a sponge.
- Faucets. Wipe them with a cleaning cloth.
- Mirrors. Wipe them with a slightly drenched newspaper.
- Rugs and mats. Replace them with clean ones. Wash the old with a cleaning solution and let them dry.
After soaking the bathroom with cleaning solutions, you can tackle the rest of the house. Start with decluttering. Go through each room in the house and pick up things that should be put away: toys, books, gadgets, and more. Put them back in the right place.
Then, do a deep dive into your wardrobes and garages. Look for things that aren’t used anymore. Toss them away if you haven’t used them in the last three months. For things that are pretty valuable, donate them to charity, sell them online, or repurpose them.
3. Dust Off
Next, remove dust from your space, starting from top to bottom, left to right. Use a lightweight vacuum cleaner for easy cleaning. A cleaning appliance like the Dyson V8 Slim may be helpful for you. You can lift it up to reach the ceiling and the top portion of cabinets. For dark corners in your house, you can switch on the vacuum’s cool accessory, the light-pipe crevice tool, which has two LED lights, giving better visibility to the space you’re cleaning.
Take note of these areas in your home that are often forgotten in the dusting:
- Beddings and other soft furniture, such as couches
- Window treatments
- Inside of drawers
- Air filters
- Indoor plants
4. Wipe or Mop
After vacuuming, it’s time to give the space some good ‘washing.’ Splash some water onto the windows and wipe them with a squeegee. Then, for your floors, use a mop. Dip it in a bucket of warm water and twist it by hand to keep it from dripping. You don’t want to drag a soaking wet mop all over your house and damage your hardwood floors.
How often should you wipe windows and mop floors? It depends on the area of the house. For high-traffic areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms, you may have to do it weekly. For those that aren’t used frequently, including the guest rooms, you can do it once a month only.
5. Clean Special Items
Remember to pay special attention to these appliances and fixtures:
- Kitchen cabinets and countertops. Use a sponge for cleaning.
- Refrigerator. Defrost and wipe off its interiors.
- Microwave. Use a cleaning solution and a non-abrasive cleaning cloth.
- Remote control. Wipe it down with a cotton that has an alcohol solution. Use cotton buds for the little spaces around the buttons.
Are you tired of endless cleaning at home? Perhaps you need a better game plan. Use this simple guide in making your next chore simpler and more efficient.
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