Are you ready to whip your house into shape? It’s time to break out the mop and dust rags and get to work. Here’s a simple-to-follow cleaning guide you can follow to get your home looking better than ever before.
Start by vacuuming the carpets throughout your home. Make sure to move any rugs and vacuum under them as well. Once you’re done with the carpeted areas, move onto to any hardwood floors. You’ll need a vacuum that works well on hardwood flooring. If the vacuum has a small hose, use it to suck up dust in hard to reach places where the vacuum won’t fit.
Once you put the vacuum up, you can break out the mop. Always use cleaner that is appropriate for whatever type of flooring you have.
Dusting is one of those tasks that no one likes to do. You should dust at least once a week, and it’s important to remove all the clutter when dusting to ensure you get in all of those nooks and crannies. Don’t forget the blades on the fans and the top of window sills. If you dread having to move around a bunch of decorations to dust, consider minimizing the decorations.
4. Cleaning the Bathroom
Start with the toilet. Once you have it cleaned, move to the shower and tub and then to the sink. Dust the frame of the bathroom mirror and use window cleaner to wipe away any smudges and toothpaste on the mirror.
5. Cleaning the Kitchen
Start with the refrigerator by wiping it down and then move onto the cabinets. You can then wipe down the kitchen sink and faucet followed by putting the dishwasher in self-cleaning mode. Once a month, go through the refrigerator and remove any unwanted foods and beverages. Do the same with the kitchen pantry and the items inside any cabinets.
6. Garden Maintenance
Are you ready to perform some garden maintenance? Start by watering all of the plants and flowers. It’s usually best to water flowering beds once or twice a week. Make sure water plants during the early morning or evening hours as this is when the soil is cooler and less of the water will evaporate since it’s not so hot outside.
When you’re watering the plants, avoid watering the leaves or any of the plant heads; this is to ensure you avoid mould formation. If you aren’t home enough to keep the garden watered like it needs to be, consider installing an irrigation system.
As far as the lawn, avoid cutting the grass too short, especially during hot weather. You don’t want the heat from the sun scorching the soil. It’s usually best to water the lawn from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. You can use a water control system to water your lawn.
Always do a lot of pulling weeds. There are lots of lawn care products you can use to reduce the amount of time you have to spend pulling weeds.
7. Create a Cleaning Schedule
One of the easiest ways to keep your home clean is to avoid cleaning it all at once. Instead, do different types of cleaning each day. You can break your chores down into dail tasks or multiple times a week. You can also do a Week 1 and Week 2 cleaning schedule like the foolwing:
- Week 1: vacuum and mop floors, clean the bathroom
- Week 2: dusting/general tidying, clean the kitchen, garden maintenance
If you have a calendar, make sure to work the tasks into your daily schedule in a reasonable manner; this way, you don’t try to do too much in one day. Depending on how quickly you want to get your house clean, you might want to do all of the tasks over one or two days (in this case get the family to help out), or you might just need a routine to keep the house clean consistently. In that case, you could do the 2 week routine mentioned above, so something is always getting cleaned each week.