Keeping your house clean is an increasingly challenging task for families in which everyone is busy. Here are tips on how to get the chores done efficiently yourself, or how to hire a good house cleaning service to do the heavy lifting for you.
American families have less free time than ever to tend to #housecleaning, but it becomes an overwhelming task if you don't keep up with it. Here are some tips from professional house cleaners on how often to clean the most frequently used living areas of a home.
Kitchen & eating areas
If you do nothing else daily, make sure you wash the dishes and clean the sink and counter tops. Wipe up messes on the stove and inside the microwave. Floors are a constant cleaning job depending on what's been dropped, but if you've managed to keep it reasonably clean, mop weekly. Every few weeks, run a cleaning agent through the dishwasher to prevent buildup and ensure sparkling dishes.
It's also a good idea to clear out the refrigerator before your weekly shopping trip. This way, you're removing what's spoiled and making room for fresh groceries. Every six months or so, remove all the items from your cabinets and wipe down the shelving. This also is a good time to go through your canned and other packaged goods and throwaway items that have expired.
If you use a table cloth, shake it out and wash it regularly. On a weekly basis, dust all surfaces and mop or vacuum the floor.
Living room | Family room
The main problem here is clutter. Make it the responsibility of every member of the family to put away items they left out. Dusting should be done weekly or at least every other week. If you can write your name in the dust, you've waited too long. Wipe down often-used surfaces like table tops, mop floors and vacuum carpets. Some people like to move their furniture around a couple of times a year so they can reach areas they don't routinely clean, such as under the sofa or chairs or behind book cases.
This room can be the dirtiest and cleanest in any house, so weekly cleanings are important. Starting with the bathtub. Wipe all surfaces to prevent mildew and soap scum. Clean the sink: to remove any build-up from toothpaste or other toiletries.
When cleaning the toilet, spray or add cleaning solution to the bowl then go clean other areas of the bathroom. This allows the toilet cleaning agent to activate for several minutes before scrubbing the bowl clean. Mop the floor last, so you leave a clean floor drying in a clean room.
If you have a cabinet or linen closet, remove all contents every six months and wipe down the shelves. This gives you time to sort make-up and other toiletries and throwaway items that arc expired or empty.
Even if you don't feel like making the bed first thing in the morning, doing it every day will help you achieve the feeling of a clean room in just a few minutes. Wash the linens weekly to help reduce allergens and dust mites. Make sure you put dirty clothes in a hamper and take the time to fold and put away clothing. Regular dusting of furniture and vacuuming carpet or dusting floors and baseboards can also help to reduce allergies . If you're not a professional house cleaner, there are probably some things you're overlooking - even if you clean regularly.
Tools & supplies
Before you begin tackling the challenge of cleaning the #house, you will want to make sure you have all the necessary items on hand.
From tools of the trade. such as vacuums and rags, to cleaning products like Windex and baking soda, this list can serve as a comprehensive guide to assist you with house cleaning.
- Vacuum cleaner: The best way to begin cleaning a room is to eliminate the dust, dirt and visible debris. Go over all carpeted and bare floors with an upright or hand held vacuum cleaner.
- Regular vacuuming will also significantly improve the appearance and life of your carpets.
- Mop: Once the floors in your home are vacuumed, a mop is vital for getting rid of stains and eliminating bacteria from the floor. Choose a mop with a longer handle so that you are comfortable using it, and pair it with a bucket full of warm water and a cleaning solution.
- Windex: The cleaning product is designed to remove smudges and stains on your glass items, such as tables, windows or mirrors. Spray it directly on the glass surface, and wipe it off with a clean rag, or wipe it down with a squeegee.
- All-purpose cleaner: If you can only have one cleaning product in your home. it should be a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner. It can be sprayed on most household surfaces and wiped off to easily remove bacteria, germs, smudges and stains.
- Baking soda: This inexpensive item is a staple for cleaning the home. Not only does it have cleaning properties, but it is also a great way to remove unpleasant odors. Use it as a paste with water on spills to clean the carpet and eliminate smells.
- Rags: A supply of rags is vital when cleaning a home. Use them for cleaning bathrooms, windows, kitchen counter tops and more. Have enough so that you can use different rags with different cleaning products. Plus, cloth rags can be washed and reused.
- Gloves: While your all-purpose cleaner will work to clean many surfaces in the home, invest in a few specialty polishes for surfaces like stainless steel or wooden tables.
- Ceiling cobweb and baseboard dust: Look up. Cobwebs collect along the top edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling -- and especially in comers. Use a long handled dusting tool on these at least monthly. Wipe down your baseboards and trim, which lend to collect dust. This can be done with a furniture polish or with a rag dampened with water.
- Doorknob, and telephones: Why wash doorknobs? Because lots of hands touch them every day and leave germs behind. Telephones and other frequently touched surfaces should get the same treatment. Use an antibacterial wipe or a rag dampened with any household cleaner to wipe these surfaces clean. Remember, some of the most contaminated surfaces in the home involve places touched by multiple hands. Be sure to include them in your weekly cleaning routine.
DIY! Make Your Own Brew
Rather than purchasing products with hazardous ingredients, try making natural cleaning solutions.
- Use a lemon juice and water mix to clean glass and mirrors. An old tee shirt tom to make rags can work well to clean those messy glass table tops without leaving streaks.
- Mix lemon juice and olive oil to make a great smelling furniture polish.
- Make a paste of salt, vinegar and flour to polish metal surfaces.
- Throwing a handful of salt into a wood burning fireplace can help loosen up the soot buildup.
- Use vinegar and water on bare floors to leave them fresh.
- Use vinegar and baking soda to clean out clogged pipes and drains, or 10 deodorize your kitchen sink.
- Use lemon juice and hot water to remove foul smells from your garbage disposal
- If you prefer not to do the cleaning work yourself if there are many professional house cleaning services that use green cleaning products.
Novice cleaners should read the labels of cleaning products before tackling a home cleaning. Knowing what you can and can't use on each surface in the house will save time, money and a potential disaster in the long run. Using the wrong product can do severe and sometimes irreparable damage. Also, some products can be harmful to children or pets if used too aggressively.
Whether you're hiring help or tackling the cleaning on your own, think about the last time you cleaned these hard to reach areas:
Behind and under major appliances: We often take for granted that nothing is going on under and behind the stove, refrigerator, washer or dryer. But the kitchen appliances attract grease, which provides a perfect surface for dust to stick. Other appliances collect dust and lint from laundry and daily living.
You may need help moving your major appliances a couple of times a year to ensure the area where you cook is as sanitary as it can be. In addition to cleaning the area around and under your washer and dryer, you will want to clean out the dryer vent to prevent a fire hazard.
- Behind the toilet: The toilet itself is pretty obvious, but the walls and floors behind and around the toilet, as well as the pedestal of the toilet should be cleaned thoroughly. A wet rag or mop will help pick up and remove dust and lint rather than sweeping it to another area in the bathroom.
- Ceiling fans: As the blades spin, they likely are throwing dust across the room. You may be able to reach the blades with your vacuum cleaner attachment or a special long-handled ceiling fan brush. However, the best thing may be to get on a ladder and wipe down the blades with a little soapy water. Vacuuming might be required if you were unable to catch all the dust yourself.
- Ceiling comers: Depending on the height of your ceilings~ you may be able to reach the comers with one of your vacuum cleaner attachments. Rooms with high ceilings may require you to climb a ladder to get at the cobwebs.
- Tops of cabinets: Whether you have space between your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling or an armoire in a living room or bedroom, it's probably time to get out a ladder.
Don't forget to clean you cleaning tools. Though we'll drop dishcloths and dish towels into the washing machine, we often leave the dust in the broom, and forget to wipe out the bucket and clean the mop.