Here are some hints that can help you clean your home safely, efficiently, and effectively.
Prepare and Follow a Cleaning Schedule
Use a schedule to determine when things are likely to need cleaning. By following a regular cleaning schedule, it’s easier to maintain a minimal standard:
- Store your cleaning supplies in a bucket or plastic carrier. You can also use an apron with pockets pockets to carry your cleaning supplies as you work.
- Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly. If you miss dirt or dust during one cleaning, you can pick it up the next time.
- Wipe down the shower immediately after bathing when the soap film has not yet adhered to tub and wall surfaces.
- Clean the bathroom mirror regularly, since it tends to gather spots from activity at the sink, such as shaving, tooth brushing, and hand washing.
Surfaces and Windows
- A “static” duster, such as a sheep’s fleece or acrylic duster on a wooden handle, will collect the dust, rather than move/push it from place to place.
- A dirt devil vacuum or dust buster will pick up the dirt or dust, rather than move/push it from place to place.
- Use a feather duster to dust small objects.
- Use your free hand to measure the work area and use it as a border marker each time you move to a new section. This helps to divide larger areas and surfaces into smaller, more manageable sections.
- Run your fingertips lightly over stove, countertop, and table surfaces to locate food residue or areas requiring special attention.
- When cleaning tabletops, follow a pattern. For example, begin in the far right corner of the table surface, working from the far edge to the front edge. Use small circular movements or overlapping strokes. Work until the entire surface or section is covered.
- Go over the entire surface once more with a clean cloth.
Cleaning Tips with your Dirt Devil Vacuum
- When sweeping or mopping, divide the floor into smaller sections by using furniture or appliances as “landmarks.”
- Gather dirt toward your feet and move it with you as you sweep. When you finish sweeping one section of floor, use a dustpan or dust buster to collect the pile of dust and dirt.
- Hint: Use the width of your shoulders as a basic sweeping stroke.
- Use a dustpan with a long handle. That way, you don’t have to stoop. These often come with a broom attached.
- Remember to plan your cleaning with your dirt devil vacuum so that you end up near the dustpan or dust buster and not “lose track” of the collected dirt.
- Familiarize yourself with your vacuum cleaner so that you can find the attachments you need, change the settings, replace bags, or clean filters.
Certain locations in the home are more likely to accumulate dirt and grime, such as the sink and stove in the kitchen or any other place where you tend to stand and work frequently.
- Work over the sink or on a tray whenever possible.
- Routinely wipe all counter-top surfaces after food preparation, clean the microwave after each use, and wash/mop the kitchen floor on a weekly basis.
- Use the principles of “over cleaning.” Clean well beyond the working space or area in order to ensure that you reach all soiled areas.
- If you spill something on the counter, it usually runs down the outside front of the cupboard as well as inside it.
- When making spaghetti sauce, it is likely that there are splatters on the stovetop, the counter, and walls.