Cleaning the house effectively is a challenge for many people. Most people think of it as a chore; something that we have to do. And when we do, we take hours to clean the house, spending a lot of time and energy on one aspect of the process and neglecting the rest are doing them haphazardly thus exacerbating our attitudes towards cleaning.
The experts in the industry, therefore, advise people to streamline their cleaning sessions so that they do it quickly and effectively. This way, you shave off the extra time you spend paying too much attention to one part of the cleaning job and end up doing things evenly and efficiently.
Here are some tips you can take up to make cleaning your home an effortless and fruitful activity:
The longer you allow your house to sit before you clean it, the tougher your next cleaning session will be. Instead of waiting, regularly clean up to make it easier for you and to benefit from the added bonus of having a clean home that everyone will envy.
Carry Your Cleaning Supplies Around
Find a way to carry your cleaning supplies and equipment around with you. If you observe what the professional cleaners do, they move around with everything in much the same way a plumber or carpenter does. They eliminate unnecessary trips fetching various items enabling them to work quickly.
Since you don’t want to drag massive containers containing cleaning detergents around with you, put everything in smaller bottles that you can carry easily. Wear a tool belt or an apron that has many pockets to carry your supplies around. An alternative (or even better) way is to pack them up in a cleaning caddy.
Dust Surfaces Regularly
You can use a feather duster to clean up surfaces where dust regularly settles. A thin coat of dust on your books, framed pictures, blinds, and other mounting surfaces can be dusted off easily with a feather duster. Do it regularly so that it doesn’t build up because when it does, you will need to use something more rigorous (thus spending more effort).
Routine dusting is quick and not only will it encourage you to move faster, but you will also enjoy yourself. You’ve seen movie scenes of a maid dusting while dancing to a catchy tune, right? It will make sense now.
Clean the Grease and Mineral stains fast
The kitchen is a hotspot when it comes to cleaning. There are food particles and stains on floors and cooking surfaces, making it one of the most challenging places to clean. It doesn’t have to be the toughest place to clean if you adopt the right practices.
For our sake here, we shall focus on two areas that often prove troublesome:
1. Grease buildup: It is more common in areas close to the range.
2. Mineral stains: If you use hard water, your faucets and sinks will have these noticeable and annoying spots.
- To deal with the grease, buy a grease cutting dishwasher solution or detergent. Alternatively, you can buy a solution containing orange oil. Baking soda is also very effective.
- To harness your cleaner’s properties, mix it with warm water and apply it with a clean cloth or sponge. Apply it to all the surfaces, then wipe using a clean cloth dipped in warm water.
- To get rid of mineral stains, wipe the surfaces with a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar.
How to Get Rid of Mold
Mold is a nuisance in areas where water splashes and has poor ventilation. Bathrooms and other areas with sinks are the main culprits. Mold makes the place look unkempt. Some people scrub the mold once in a while, but there is an easier way to deal with it; Hydrogen peroxide. When you spray hydrogen peroxide on the mold, it will be dead in a couple of minutes. After that, clean it up with a brush or cloth. Since the chemical kills the mold, you will have a long lasting solution to the problem.
To keep your floors dust-free, vacuum regularly. Focus more on areas like pathways where people and animals walk. To maintain a clean floor surface, consider acquiring a cleaning robot that silently goes about its business sucking up the dust and pet hairs all day and night.
Removing Rust Stains
Rust Stains are a nuisance on fixtures and structures built using iron. If you clean up the surface using the conventional means (using water), the rust will come back pretty quickly. To break the vicious cycle, you can adopt a better way to handle these stains. If our Chemistry knowledge serves us right, the acid reacts with rust. We can go into more details, but for now, let us leave it at that.
Since having some strong acid for cleaning purposes lying around is not the best idea, we can use a mild acid we encounter every day; lemon juice. Slice the fruit into two and squeeze the juice onto the stains. Let it settle for a couple of minutes and agitate using a clean cloth or sponge. Works like magic.
Cleaning Your Glass Surfaces
Windows or door panes readily betray poor cleaning practices. A badly cleaned glass surface will have streaks and spots. For a flawless clean, consider using a squeegee. Apply your detergent solution on the panes and agitate with a piece of cloth or sponge. Then you can either squeegee the soapy solution immediately or splash some clean water onto the panel’s first to get rid of the soap before using the squeegee. Since we are shooting for speed, do the former. If using soapy water and water is impractical, use a glass cleaner while wiping with a microfiber cloth.
This guide may not have covered every aspect of home cleaning but it has some useful pointers that will set you on the path to stress-free, effective cleaning. Cleaning your home does not have to be a chore you loathe but rather an exercise that you enjoy. You can use it as a stress-relieving session where you integrate some dancing and a bit of fun.
The number one advice we give you is that you need to clean regularly. It will make the whole exercise inherently easier and less strenuous. Use the right tools while at it.