Cleaning a House – We make it easy!

Cleaning a house and keeping it that way can be a real tough task. It is all fun and games once it is done, but the hard part comes when it needs to be done. One might not even know where to start. To help with that we have decided to post a few house cleaning tips that is aimed at helping you do a more efficient job in a shorter space of time.

Cleaning a House

Preparation

Just like with any other job or task that you might take on, it is extremely important to be prepared and ready when you get started. This is probably the most important house cleaning tip you will ever read and will not only save you a vast amount of time but also allow you to work more efficiently.

Make a list

The first house cleaning tip, preparation, starts with making a list. Even though it sounds tedious, a list will give you some direction and help you to stay on track and not get distracted. A list could be broken up into different rooms with the things that you will need to do in each room.

A typical list for a kitchen (as example) would look something like this:​

  • Wipe all surfaces with a dry cloth.
  • Spray surfaces with a detergent.
  • Wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Use damp cloth to wipe down appliances like the toaster, kettle and microwave.
  • Spray detergent on the oven top and leave to soak.
  • Dust all cupboard doors and wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Clean soaked oven top with a soft sponge.
  • Dry oven off with a dry cloth.
  • Do the dishwashing.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Mop the floor.
  • Pack away the clean and dried dishes.

The list can be used as a ‘tick list’ where you tick off the items that you have already done. It is great to give you a sense of achievement and also to make sure that all the things are done. Please also note the order in which the list is constructed. If you were to sweep and mop the floors first, you will have to do it again after the rest of the work has been completed. If you wipe, dust and clean all the surfaces first, then all the small bits would fall onto the floor and by sweeping and mopping last you will ensure that the floor is clean and dirt free.

The same principle will apply in all the other rooms. Always leave the sweeping and mopping for last and if you have a vacuum cleaner, also leave that for last.​

Keep everything close and ready

The second part of preparation is to make sure that you have all the materials you need within close range. A good house cleaning tip is to have a small bucket or plastic container that you can move around with you from room to room. Inside the container will be all the materials you might need like your duster, dry cloth, damp cloth, furniture polish, detergents and any other materials you might need. By not having to search around for these items you will not waste time and you will eliminate the possibility of getting distracted.

If you are using a vacuum cleaner, you can also connect all the cables and the vacuum head you prefer to use beforehand to save you some time.​

Clean as you go

It can be a disgusting and terrible task to clean a bathroom that is very dirty and in serious need of cleaning. To avoid getting into a situation like that we recommend the following house cleaning tip: Clean as you go. This is a technique not only is great for keeping your bathroom fairly clean and hygienic, but also for the rest of your house.

It is a technique that you can teach your whole family and if everyone pitches in and is sold on the idea, it will eliminate the need for bigger monthly cleanings. It works in a simple and easy to understand way. After a bath or shower, spray it with a bathroom cleaner or the detergent of your choice, wipe the surfaces with a sponge or cloth that is kept close by for that specific reason, and rinse. The same principal can be applied in the rest of your house.

Cristi Thomasson
 

Cristi Thomasson loves to write all new things about Home and Kitchen. She is a passionate blogger and concentrates on modern interior design. She is a contributor of home and kitchen segments of InsiderReviewed.com

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