What if you are cleaning your house the wrong way all this time? Most of us tend to do “zone cleaning” where we focus in one room for hours then we’ll get back to the next room some other day. Doing super cleaning job is okay. However, it is not the most practical method of cleaning. If you struggling for time, perhaps do it during the holidays. But if you have kids, make sure they are kept busy by your other half!
Below are tips we gather from the pros so you can master the art of cleaning in an efficient, speedy way. It requires a system for you to cut your cleaning time in half. Working one area at a time and finishing what you have started so you don’t waste time.
Start from up to bottom – instead of cleaning the cleaning the drawer then cleaning the window above it, do it the other way. You’ll see that dust from the window will just coat the already clean drawer. It is best to clean the highest point first like the ceiling or walls and work your way down to the floor.
Also, cleaning from left to right will prevent you from skipping spots in the same room. It is time-saving to work once instead of repeating the same procedure. Hence, the attack should always be from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. Use cleaning tools- it is important to invest in quality cleaning tools. Professional cleaners do not use flimsy equipment like what television infomercial offers.
We still opt for sturdy, cleaning tools for efficient cleaning. Collect all the cleaning tools and products that you need, so you won’t need to go back and forth. Mild detergents, dish soap, wipe cloths and bleach are still recommended for keeping the walls and floors neat and sparkling. A professional quality window squeegee or a glass cleaner will aid you to keep your windows tidy and streak-free.
Dry-dusting – it is essential to dust each room, every countertop, drawer, cabinet, displays, picture frames, TV screen and furniture first. Wetting dust and dirt will make it harder for you to clean them. Again, start dusting off on top of every furniture. It is where all the specks of dust collect. Vacuum furniture fabric and other hard to reach surfaces.
Next, wipe down the counters and all surfaces and disinfect if necessary. Do not forget small details like door handles, light switches, telephones or TV remotes. They could be the biggest collector of germs and bacteria.
Spray and scrub – kitchen and bathroom floors, sink, tubs, and toilet require harsh cleaning compared to other parts of the house. It is crucial to use a spray cleaner or cleaning agents that are effective in getting rid of germs. Disinfect them after.
Kitchen cabinets and walls especially the area next to the gas range tend to accumulate grease. Aside from using a cleaner or a dishwashing detergent to wipe it off, you can use baking soda and vinegar.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water. Try the solution first in a particular area. Apply and scrub it then wipe off the grease using a clean cloth or sponge.
To remove rust stains, use lemon instead of acid solutions. It contains acid which helps dissolve rust. Cut it in half and pour the juice on the stain for 10 minutes before rinsing it with water.
Most often, mold accumulates in the bathroom, and this is due to poor ventilation. Fight the mold and mildew by spraying hydrogen peroxide on it. Leave it for 3-5 minutes to kill the fungus.
Hard water can stain plumbing fixtures with mineral deposits. Do not use hard bristles on them as it can scratch the faucet. Pour some white vinegar on a clean cloth and wipe the sink and faucet.