How To Clean Your House – The Proper Way
So you’ve just had that dreaded realization that you should probably give your whole house a clean. You’ve been trying to put it off for days now, even weeks, but the dirt is just building up, and it’s about time you do something about it.
Well not to worry, it doesn’t have to be as horrible as you imagine it to be! And once it’s all done, you should never need to do a clean like that ever again!
First of all, you’re going to want to make sure you have everything you need. You don’t want to get halfway through, only to realize you need some sponges or any other cleaning products. You can avoid this from happening by making a list first, a few days before, so you have time to go out and get exactly what you need.
Get ready mentally and physically
Before you get down and dirty, you should get yourself ready. This means changing into something comfortable, that you don’t mind getting grubby. Remember you will be dealing with different chemicals, so don’t wear anything that you’ll be upset about getting permanently stained.
As silly as it may sound, you may also want to have a little stretch. Don’t forget how demanding cleaning actually is on your body. It is absolutely a workout, so don’t risk causing yourself an injury.
Lastly, but definitely not least – music! Put on some of your best tunes and crank up that volume. Tie back your hair, get your rubber gloves on, have a dance and then get stuck in.
Pick up anything that’s lying around, and put it where it belongs. By all means, question whether you really need to keep the item or not. The more you throw away, the less mess you’ll have altogether. Walk around your house with a big dustbin bag, and anything you don’t need – throw it.
You can also make a pile of things that you don’t want, but you’d like to sell or give away to somebody else. Recycling is brilliant, and although it may feel like an effort – you’re doing the right thing.
You would be surprised by the amount of dust that gathers around, so don’t take the easy option and overlook certain areas. As well as surfaces, shelves, and tables, look wherever you have books and magazines stored – It sticks to everything so don’t miss it.
Microfiber cloths are great for this as they pick up everything very easily, whereas other things may just push the dust around, giving the appearance of a cleaner surface, although really the dust has just been moved somewhere else.
Remember the tops of the of your doors and around the photo frames too! Sure, they may not be visible, but you know what’s there, so it kind of works as a peace of mind thing.
Before you start vacuuming, check your bag and make sure that it’s empty, so you don’t have to keep stopping. And use the right attachment for the right things! So many people end up using the carpet brush for their wooden floor, without even realizing it, but it will make such a difference.
Start at the top (if you have different levels within your home) and make your way down. Don’t just focus on the floor either, get in between things like the sofa and around the back of the headboard on your bed. You’d be surprised by the things you will end up finding underneath your cushions…
If you have any stains on your carpet, you have two options – call in a company to get rid of it for you like atlantabestcarpetcleaning.com, or attempt it yourself. You will need to know exactly what the stain is, in order to correctly remove it without damaging the surrounding areas.
When cleaning the glass of your windows, you will want to invest in a streak-free cleaner, because that is one of the worst things that can happen when trying to clean. You end wearing yourself out from all the wiping, and yet there are STILL visible streaks left on the glass! Make sure you don’t spray on too much and use newspapers to wipe them with.
If your windows are relatively large and hard to get to, use a professional wiper that can extend to any length (within reason.)
By now you should have already gotten rid of any clutter and dust. The floors should be clean, and your windows should be sparkling, so there isn’t that much left to do in the bedroom department. To finish off, all you really need to do is make the bed and put anything back in place if you moved them to clean the area. You can find tips on www.wayfair.com to make the perfect looking bed.
Bathroom and Kitchen
Remove anything that is in your shower, bathtub and around the sink and put them to one side for now (unless you can throw them out!) and wet the areas with warm (or hot) water, and let it soak a little. Then you can get scrubbing with the appropriate products.
Apply grout and tile cleaner where it needs to be and allow that to sit for a while. It should give you the exact length of time on the back of the bottle.
Clean all mirrors with either the specified cleaner or even just warm soapy water. Wipe in circular motions to avoid any streaking.
Clean out the toilet. That doesn’t just mean the inside, but all around too. Lift up the toilet seat and give it a good wipe. If you have boys in the house – this is even more essential!
If you have any bath mats and rugs, put them in the washing machine.
If you haven’t already noticed, the key to cleaning out a bathroom is letting the product sit a while before doing anything else with it. It will smell ‘chemically’ in there, so open all windows and doors to air it out.
The same thing goes for the kitchen; the only difference is the products you use for your oven and cookers.
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