Always tidy first. Take any dirty dishes to the kitchen .Pickup clothes and toys and collect any newspapers and magazines and put them away.
Dust first and vacuum second. Any bits of dust and dirt will fall to the floor where they will be collected in the vacuum cleaner.
Make a house cleaning kit that has all the essential supplies and materials needed to clean each room.
Store in a brightly coloured plastic bucket or basket that can be carried from room to room.
Instead of many small perfume and personal care items sitting individually on the
dressing table, place them in a decorative basket or on a tray.
Items that have not been used in a long time may be just taking up space and can be donated to charity or sold at a car boot sale.
A quick and efficient system for house cleaning is to clean from top to bottom and left to right in whatever room you are cleaning.
Always make sure that you have good light to clean in! If it's not a bright day, switch on the lights in a room before you begin cleaning to ensure that you see any dust or streaks.
The best dust cloth is a damp, clean, micro-fibre cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner
and lightly mist with clean water from a spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks on the furniture. This is the best way to deliver a clean, safe and green way of cleaning.
When dusting wall units follow this procedure: first lift and dust each object, and then dust the shelf both underneath and behind. Start from the top of the unit and move down to the bottom.
Never dust a warm or hot light bulb with a damp cloth, as the bulb will shatter.
Dampen a clean, soft paintbrush to remove dust from louvered doors, telephone and keyboard keys,
carved furniture, etc.
Venetian blinds can be maintained with minimum effort. Close the slants, dust, close the slants the
opposite way and dust again.
Wipe wood surfaces with the grain to avoid streaks.
Removing Pet Hair
A damp cloth or rubber glove will remove pet hair from the upholstery of the furniture.
Floor Cleaning Tips
Sweep or vacuum floors first to collect crumbs and dirt before damp mopping. Start washing the floor in the farthest corner of the room and work your way towards the door.
Use a cloth on the end of a mop handle to reach the narrow space between appliances.
A plastic hair brush or hair pick will straighten the fringe on area carpets. Comb the carpet
fringe in a direction away from the centre of the carpet.
Vacuum or sweep the bathroom floor to collect any loose hair, dust and dirt
prior to washing the floor. Remove mats, wastebaskets and any other items sitting on the floor that may get in the way.
Ensure that the correct vacuum attachment is used for the specific floor surface you are cleaning.
Protect your floors and furniture by preventing surface damage. Never set wet cloths, bottles, buckets, or damp mops on furniture, hardwood floors, carpet or marble.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
To soften splatters inside the microwave, fill a cup with water and microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen any baked on food so you can easily wipe it clean.
Allow burner rings from the hob to soak in a sink full of hot, soapy water. This will loosen the dirt and make them easier to clean.
Spray oven racks in a plastic rubbish bag for easier cleaning.
Dish cloths and sponges can be incubators for germs. Launder dish cloths regularly, and microwave damp sponges in the microwave on high for several minutes to kill bacteria.
Make it a habit to wipe up all spills immediately when they are much easier to clean. Once the spill has
dried and hardened, it will be more difficult to remove.
Always begin by using the hoover pipe to vacuum the entire edges of the room and any awkward
places then use the floor attachment to vacuum the main floor space.
Change the vacuum bag regularly to maintain maximum suction.
If your vacuum has poor suction it might be the result of a blocked hose. To check for a blockage,
disconnect the hose and then drop a penny down the hose. If the penny falls out, your hose is not likely to be the problem.
Look underneath the furniture before vacuuming so the vacuum does not pick up small items such
as toys, jewellery, coins, etc
To clean a picture, wipe the top of the frame first, down the sides and across the bottom.
Always spray glass cleaner on your cloth and never directly on the glass to prevent seepage
under the glass that could damage the picture.
Chrome Cleaning Tips
A dry clean micro-fibre cloth will polish chrome to an eye catching gleam.
To remove and clean finger prints from stainless steel appliances, add a small amount of baby oil to
a clean, soft micro-fibre cloth and wipe the surface in the direction of the grain.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Use a toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas around the soap holder, taps and drain.
Add a fabric softener sheet to the wastebasket to avoid odours.
A small window squeegee used on the tile walls after each shower will slow the formation of
water spots on the surface.
To unclog shower heads, remove and soak the head in boiling water and vinegar
Remove dust from the front of stereo speakers with the vacuum hose and flat attachment.
Remove dust from your TV screen by wiping with a dry cloth. If the TV requires a more intensive clean
make sure a correct LCD cleaner is used to avoid damage to your TV screen.
For your personal safety, never mix two cleaning products together.
A clean lightly dampened cloth tied around the working end of your dust mop or broom will take care of cobwebs.
Window Cleaning Tips
Streaks on windows and mirrors are unsightly and sometimes tricky to eliminate. Always keep a dry
micro-fibre cloth or blue roll handy and use some hot soapy water on the frames if they are particularly dirty. When starting to wipe the glass, ensure that your cloth is very clean and wash in a circular motion, again using hot soapy water if needed. Once you are satisfied that all dirt has been removed from the glass, use your dry cloth or blue roll to repeat, using a circular buffing motion to remove any streaks as you go. If your windows remain streaky they still aren’t clean and you will need to repeat making sure that your water and cloths are clean.