Great Cleaning Rules to follow for a hassle free clean home

1. Clean it up straight away
Spillages are best cleaned up straightaway to avoid stains. For instance if you spilt some curry on your table, it would be much more difficult to get rid of the stain if you cleaned up the next day, however if you did it right away there wouldn’t be any staining. It is the same for clothing or carpet stains, the longer you leave it, the bigger chance the stain has to set.

There is one exception to this rule: mud walked into your carpet is easiest to clean when it has been left to dry first. Wait until it’s bone dry and crumbly; then just hoover it up.

2. Clean from top to bottom
Don’t fight gravity when you clean, you will definitely lose. Working from high level to low is the best way when cleaning.

When you’re cleaning the entire house, start on the top floor and work your way down.
When you’re cleaning a room, start with the ceiling and remove cobwebs. Then dust the light fittings, followed by window frames and pictures and mirrors. Moving down, hoover/dust the furniture, clean the skirting boards, followed by the floors. This ensures that any dust shaken loose from on high does not settle on something you’ve already cleaned below. You don’t want to dust the room twice, do you?

When cleaning windows and mirrors, again, start up high and work your way down. This saves you elbow grease and time.
There is one exception to this rule which is wall washing. If you start at the top when you’re washing a wall in your home, dirty water will drip onto the lower areas you haven’t cleaned yet, making streaks that will be tough to remove.

3. Do dry jobs first then wet ones
When doing the cleaning,  start with the dry jobs first, such as dusting, sweeping, and hoovering. Then move on to wet jobs, such as mopping, washing woodword, cleaning windows, bathroom and kitchen. This way, there will be less dirt floating around in the room to cling to wet surfaces.

4. Start with the least harmful approach
Use your gentlest, kindest cleaning methods first, moving up to atronger, more aggressive techniques only if necessary.  Know and understand your cleaning products too so that you don’t do any damage to your home.efforts.  It’s  better to ruin a small spot on your stovetop, for instance, than to ruin the whole surface with steel wool.

5. Let time do the work for you
A trick to make your cleaning easier and faster is to spray the surfaces with your cleaning products first and then find another little job to do while the cleaner does its dirty work. If you’re cleaning in the kitchen, for instance, spray your cleaner on the work surfaces and appliances, then occupy yourself with removing old food from the refrigerator while the cleaner soaks in. When you come back to wipe clean, there will be hardly any effort involved.

6. Carry your cleaning supplies with you
Get yourself a cleaners bag and carry your cleaning products with you from room to room. This will save you time as you won’t need to  make lots of trips around the house looking for the right tools and cleaners.  Put all of your cleaning supplies into your bag, including clean cloths, paper towels, and a rubbish bag for emptying all of those wastebaskets, and carry it with you from room to room. If your house has more than one floor, keep a fully stocked cleaners bag on each level.

You don’t want your bag to be too heavy so store products that are needed for only one job around the house, such as toilet bowl cleaner can be stored under the bathroom sink.

7. When in doubt, do a little spot test
Before using a new cleaning product or piece of equipment, do a test piece  on an inconspicuous area of the object you’re cleaning. This rule also applies when you first clean an object that is delicate and might be damaged by a cleaning chemical. At least if any damage is done it will be in a hidden spot in your house.

8. How to clean easily damaged items
An easily damaged item, such as computer screens, framed paintings or framed photographs, should be cleaned by spraying the cleaning product on to your cleaning cloth and then wipe. Don’t spray cleaner directly on to the object you’re cleaning. Cleaner dripping into your electronics could do damage, and cleaner dripping into a frame and soaking the matting could harm your painting.

9. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
The makers of all of all your furnishings in your house do know best how to clean them. And the makers of your cleaning products know best how to use them. So it makes sense to follow the manufacturer’s directions when cleaning anything. File the directions and cleaning tips that come with any new appliance, rug, or other household item.  Leave labels on clothes, linens, and other washable items.

10. Protect yourself
 It is important to protect yourself. Many cleaning products contain acid, bleach, abrasives, and other ingredients that can damage your eyes, skin, nose, and even your lungs. So make sure your cleaning kit includes a pair of rubber gloves and protective safety glasses and wear old clothes that over as much skin up as possible. Cover your hair with an old hat.

To protect your nails, wipe them with a little petroleum jelly underneath your nails to keep out dirt and on top for protection. Never mix your cleaning products some combinations–chlorine bleach and ammonia, for instance–will produce poisonous gases. When you’re using cleaning chemicals, make sure the room is well ventilated.


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