While the topic of cleaning tips may seem like something that’s been discussed so many times in the past it’s virtually impossible to say anything new about it, you would be surprised at just how many people fail to do it properly. What this means is the fact that they plan the cleaning all wrong, use the worst solutions possible, as well as lack some basic understanding of home maintenance. With that in mind and without further ado, here are top five most overlooked home cleaning tips that you need to take into consideration.
Easy to miss spots
The first problem that you’ll encounter while cleaning your home is the fact that the dirt tends to form layers, regardless of whether you can see it or not. Sure, you may think about home cleaning as something that’s meant to make the place more presentable, but hygiene is not just about looks. Just because you can’t see the spot with all the dust, dirt and gunk, it doesn’t make it any less dangerous. These spots are a breeding ground for bacteria and pests of all sorts. Therefore, you need to figure out where all of these spots are if you are to successfully eradicate them.
Most commonly, these are the hard-to-reach spots like window blinds and air vents. These areas are problematic due to the fact that bacteria from here has a way of spreading all over the place (via air circulation). Other than this, you also need to focus on the elements that people touch all the time like knobs, handles and switches. Finally, check the refrigerator door, since bacteria that spawn here have an easy job infiltrating your food and, in this way, your organism.
Have a cleaning plan
Another thing you need to do is develop a cleaning order, especially in places such as the kitchen. This is due to the fact that certain areas tend to be the most problematic, which is why cleaning them first may give a better result than focusing on them at the end. The last thing you want is to leave the stove for the end, due to the fact that you might end up spreading more dirt around your already clean kitchen. Therefore, the dirtiest elements need to be tended to first; then, you can proceed by using different cloths, rags and sponges. This is the ultimate piece of advice about cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.
Get supplies and equipment beforehand
Cleaning is an arduous job and it’s far better to do all of this in one go. For this to work, you need to have all the cleaning supplies and appliances beforehand. When it comes to regular cleaning supplies like cleaning solutions and chemicals, you need to check the expiry date and ensure that you have them in sufficient quantity.
Nonetheless, having ingredients for natural solutions like baking soda, vinegar and lime might also be a good idea. Moreover, we’ve already talked about how you shouldn’t clean it all with one rag but assign one to each area of your home. Basically, this means that you’ll have to get at least several of them, as well as have one or two spares.
As for the appliances, this is a tad more complex issue. The first thing that comes to mind is probably a vacuum cleaner. The reason why making the right purchase matters is due to the fact that this is a device that you’ll be using for years to come and it is unlikely to be replaced until it breaks down. For this reason alone, consulting a reliable vacuum cleaner buying guide is always a good idea.
Throw something out
The next thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that you should throw something out every time you clean the place. If you are a hoarder or at least prone to hoard-like behavior, you’ll find those massive “turning the page” resolutions quite hard to pull off. Instead, why not make your job a lot easier by just throwing out a single item (that you haven’t used in at least three years) every single time you clean the place. Some may assume that, after a while, you’ll have nothing useless to throw out, yet, in practice, this almost never happens.
Finally, organizing all the inhabitants of the place to take part in this project may be quite difficult. First of all, making the division of chores when it comes to household cleaning is hard due to the fact that it’s impossible to compare the complexity of tasks objectively. Sure, washing the dishes may be seen as more complex than doing laundry, simply due to the fact that it’s more time- and effort-consuming, nonetheless, some people like the first task more than the latter. Ideally, different family members would prefer different tasks, yet, things don’t always work out the way you want them to.
At the end of the day, these five essential home cleaning and maintenance tips are not only there to help you in your cleaning efforts but keep the hygiene within your home at a much higher level. In the long run, they can help you keep your home cleaner, as well as make these tasks appear much less demanding.