My home needs a clean, but how do i do it?

There are very few of us who actually enjoy cleaning the house!  And even if we are the rare few who do enjoy it, many of us just don’t have the time to do it in the way we would hope with juggling the kids, work and a busy home life.  For those of you lucky enough to have a cleaner or a regular live-in maid, this is not something you have to think about.  But for those of us who do, I have put together a few handy hints for cleaning our homes.
Making a cleaning schedule

The first thing that you need to do before taking on the task of cleaning is deciding when and how
often you want to clean.  Once you have done this, you can break down the jobs that need to be done around the home in the time that you have.  Most importantly be honest with yourself.  If doing all the jobs yourself is too much, try delegating.  Get your kids and husband involved in the routine with the things that they can manage. 

Doing the dusting

This may seem easy…just use a duster and some polish right?! Wrong.  Furniture polish is not actually meant to be used as a cleaner.  We have to try and dust off the furniture first using a clean cloth.  A microfiber duster is best as it takes the dust with it and keeps it on there.  Once clear of dust particles, you can then move onto the polish.  However, always read the labels first and make sure you can use it on the surface you are cleaning eg: wood, laminate,etc.  If your furniture is really dirty, you might have to try cleaning it with warm soapy water first and let it dry off before attempting polishing.

 

Cleaning glass and mirrors

Cleaning any glass in the home can be tricky.  Done incorrectly you can be left with lots of streaks and marks, and the glass can end up looking worse than when it started!  The best thing to remember is that the glass must be cleaned thoroughly first and just like the furniture polish, glass cleaners cannot clean the glass merely polish it.  When tackling any glass items, be it mirrors or windows, you must use warm soapy water and a sponge or ideally a squeegee as this takes away all the water without leaving streaks.  If you do not have one of these, any streaks that are left can be rubbed off with lint free paper towels or even newspaper.  It is at this stage you can use a window or glass cleaner.  However, bear in mind little goes a long way as using a lot of the product may leave your glass streaky.

Cleaning floors

There are lots of handy gadgets for mopping floors these days but nothing beats a good old rag mop and warm soapy water.  Mops with real fabric are generally better than those sponge based ones as they last longer and are better at removing the grime that can build up on floors.  Remember to change your mop regularly though otherwise it can harbor germs and bacteria and actually contribute to the dirt on the floors.

 

Vacuuming

Research has shown that its actually great exercise to get the hoover out and vacuum those floors for your arm muscles.  So ladies get out your vacuums and start today.  You may find that with kids and pets, you have to this on a daily basis. 

Hope you enjoyed these handy hints! Remember a clean house makes a great home so happy tidying!!

 

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