1. Organize the task
First and foremost you have to decide how clean you want your house and how much time you have. Knowing these two things will let you plan out the cleaning campaign better. Try to be as honest as possible with yourself and decide rationally what you can do.
- If you don’t live alone distribute individual tasks to members of your household. Cleaning the house should’t be only your responsibility if you don’t live alone. You will probably have to organize everybody but it’s far better than doing the whole workload yourself. Make sure that you assign age appropriate tasks. For example grade school children can pick up the messes from their room floors and teenagers can clean secondary areas of the house.
- Although some people prefer to put cleaning on the back burner for as long as possible, doing a bit of cleaning periodically will ultimately yield better all around results for the average busy person.
- Always have a list of tasks that need to be fulfilled, and a clear “battle plan”, so you don’t have to double up your work volume because of lack of organization.
2. Cleaning glass/mirror and furniture surfaces
You can always use glass and furniture cleaners. Their meant to give your surface a polished and clean look, but there are other methods too.
- For glass and mirror surfaces you can use a combination of water and dish soap. Using a cloth or a sponge clean the entire surface before using newspapers to polish it off. If you would like to be more eco-friendly, you can use a combination of water and vinegar. This will get the same results.
- For furniture surfaces that handle water you can use the same soapy solution but remember to dry it off fast. For water intolerant furniture pieces you can use a furniture polish.
- Pay attention when using all purpose cleaners. Always read labels, as some purposes that you may think of would not be the best idea. Before purchasing, make sure it is exactly what you need. Mixing different cleaners is not a good idea. Always follow the instructions on the label.
3. Cleaning your floors
The floors are one of the major surfaces of your house that need cleaning. Different floors, and different kind of dirt need different practices to get clean. Thoroughly cleaning your floors is not as easy as you may think. Depending on what kind of floors you have there are different methods and products that fit best.
- Using a great vacuum cleaner is probably going to solve most of your floor’s cleaning problems. You should definitely read some reviews before deciding on a vacuum cleaner. Most of the better models can handle as much carpeting as hard surfaces. Some models have the ability to even get dirt out of your floor surface. There are multiple all around great models. Depending on your specific needs and budget, there are options to choose from. Read our helpful guide on choosing the best vacuum cleaner and find out more.
- If you have tile or textured floor, the best way to get the dirt out of the cracks and depressions is using a mop. But if you truly want extraordinary results, than choosing a hard floor cleaner is the best way to go. You can check out the section on hard floor cleaners or read the review of the Oreck Orbiter, the best value for money option in the hard floor cleaners department.
- The best way of fighting fleas and other microorganisms residing in your carpeting is using your vacuum cleaner. Carpets are the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and microorganisms. Make sure you have a vacuum cleaner with a good suction power and a technology that helps remove pet hair and allergens. If you don’t, then check out the review on the Dyson DC41 or the Miele S2121 Delphi.
Things you should consider
- Work from the top down. You should leave the floors for last. You don’t want to have clean floors and spill different types of dirt onto them. The same goes when dusting an object. You don’t want to go from the bottom up as you will just spill dust on the areas you previously cleaned.
- Using old socks or t-shirts for cleaning is a great idea. It’s a very eco-friendly way of lowering the amount of paper towels used, and you will also save some money on the way. Generally recycling stuff you don’t need will cut your costs.
- Try making a habit out of putting things back in their places after use.
- Always read labels. Don’t mix different solutions as you don’t know what chemical reactions you can trigger. Use the cleaning solutions one at a time and on the appropriate surfaces. Reading a label can take you up to a couple of minutes but can save you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in case of a mistake.