|24 October 2014|
Effective Cleaning Room by Room
The home is your palace – and household cleaning is all part of maintaining the beauty of the palace! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a burdensome task. Rather, it can be a simplified process by working in a systematic and organised manner. This handy list of tips works through effective cleaning strategies room by room, providing you with a solid basis to get started on cleaning each room of your home.Lounge Room- Dust the room, working in systematic clockwise circles. Focus on difficult areas such as behind appliance, bookshelves and curtain railings- When it comes to sofa cleaning, regularly vacuum and rotate the cushions to avoid wear and tear. Remove stains when they occur- Vacuum last, as dusting and rearranging can stir up excess dust which will eventually fall to the floorBathroom- Disinfect drains using baking powder and vinegar or bleach solutions- Disinfect the toilet using lemon juice and water spray- Clean mirrors using a microfiber cloth- Mop floor and wall tiles using microfiber mop and hot soapy waterBedroom- Dust shelves around tricky items such as books and photo frames, again working in a clockwise circular motion so as not to miss anything- Vacuum your mattress every three months and flip it over- Pick up everything not in its correct place and put it where it should go- Keep a washing basket for dirty clothes and always put clean clothes away immediately Laundry- Clean the washing machine by running it on a full hot water cycle and add 2 cups of vinegar and ½ cup baking soda into the machine- Vacuum dust off window sills and the top of each appliance- After every machine wash or using the dryer, check the lint filter and empty it- Sweep floors around and under appliances regularly - Use racks and shelving for organisation in the laundryKitchen- Disinfect the kitchen sink and sponge regularly- To clean the microwave quickly, place a handful of wet paper towel and run on high for 3-5 minutes – the steam from the towels will soften the grime and make it easier to clean- Use salt to clean fry pans and sauce pans to effectively remove grease and oil stains- Spray and wipe the bin each time you take the garbage outDining Room - Use a microfiber cloth to clean placemats- Run a damp, clean microfiber cloth over the table after each meal- Check the chairs for crumbs- Clean from top to bottom – sweep crumbs off the table first, then the chairs, then vacuum the floorThis list just offers a starting point on cleaning each room. Many cleaning strategies involve preventative measures such as pre-emptive cleaning. Organising each room with a system involving shelves, racks, labelling and ensuring that all items have an assigned spot will reduce clutter and mess accumulating. Encourage positive habits amongst you and your family and enforce these habits in each room. It is much easier to keep a house tidy from day one, but if bad habits do occur they can be rectified. It only takes 20 times of doing an action repeatedly to form a habit. So that’s 20 opportunities to wipe the table after every meal, wipe the bathroom mirror after brushing your teeth each morning, or dust the television screen after turning it off. Eventually, these actions will become commonplace and you will effortlessly be able to achieve effective household cleaning without even noticing it!
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