When you decide it’s high time you cleaned your home from bottom to top, it’s only normal you’ll be intimidated by the amount of work and time you’ll have to invest.
No need to worry – by following these tips, you’ll manage to save time but also clean your home more thoroughly.
1. Come up with a plan
The first step is to decide whether you want to deal completely with one room at a time or you want to divide everything into groups (for example, decluttering from every room first or vacuuming the whole house). And be ok with the fact that maybe you won’t be done in 1 day – choose what you’ll do each of the days and take a break.
2. Remove the carpets and curtains
Carpets and rugs will have to be vacuumed first before you take them out. Alternatively, you can beat them with a broom outside. The best option is to take them to a cleaner and then you can move on to something else.
You can do the same with curtains – remove them, wash them and let them dry properly outside.
3. Dust thoroughly
Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and cobwebs. Start from the ceiling and pay special attention to the upper corners of the room. Don’t forget the light fixtures on the ceiling and wall decorations. Dust everything from left to right and top to bottom – especially the tops of every surface, decoration and appliance. The floor should be the last surface to deal with.
4. Declutter every room
Every room has some items that you don’t need any more or at least for the time being. Go through every room and separate the things into two groups – the first are the things you want to get rid of and the other one for things you want to move and store somewhere else. Make sure you have appropriate containers for the specific type of items. Many homeowners find skips for hire that makes the transport of the items easier.
5. Vacuuming everywhere
The thing about vacuuming is that you need to move furniture to get the dirt completely and not just vacuum the visible parts. Dust tends to collect underneath bigger furniture pieces and then slowly spread around the room over time. Make sure every inch of the room has been vacuumed.
6. Windows and other glass surfaces
A glass cleaner and some newspaper will suffice for cleaning the windows but you can also use a squeegee. It’s better to use cotton cloth when cleaning the computer and TV screen and just a bit of glass cleaner.
7. Scrubbing the kitchen and the bathroom
These two rooms always need more attention than others and a higher level of cleaning. Apply cleaning products on every surface in the bathroom – the washbasin, the toilet and the bath and leave it for at least 20 minutes while you do another chore. The kitchen is also the room where a lot of bacteria and grease build up, so make sure you thoroughly scrub the oven and the microwave after waiting for 20 minutes or so. Both the insides and the outsides of every kitchen appliance should be properly scrubbed.
8. Mopping the floors
You need to start from the furthest corner of your home and work your way to the entrance. It’s also important to change the water to the moment you notice it’s smudged. While changing the water, you should also rinse the mop and remove the dirt from it.
Thorough cleaning of the house will definitely take a considerate amount of your time. But the good news is that is you do the job right, you won’t have to do another home cleaning action like that for a long time – regular cleaning will suffice.