Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ten Golden Rules of Cleaning

Your primary goal of cleaning is to remove dirt, whether it be in your home (inside or outside) or on your garments. But you do need to determine at what cost. Surely you do't want to injure yourself. Surely you don't want to damage the very thing you're trying to clean. And surely you want to get it done so quickly and with as little effort as possible. Stick to the following ten golden rules, and you will achieves safe, effective cleaning that attacks the problem early and with the least amount of effort. On the other hand, you could always  get quotes for a cleaning service in Auckland from our database of trusted and approved local cleaners.

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  1. Clean it up sooner rather than later: spills and stains are generally much easier to clean up when you attach them right away. When you treat that tomato sauce splatter on your dress shirt without delay, for example, if offers little resistance. If you wait until the next day, you'll have a permanent-looking red polka dot stain that you'll expend a lot more cleaning solution and time getting out. Similarly, clothing or carpet stains are easiest to remove when they're fresh. The longer you wait, the more chance the stain has to set and become more difficult to remove. 
  2. Clean from the top down: Don't fight gravity when you clean. You'll lose. Working from high to low almost always works better in cleaning situations. When you're cleaning the entire house, always start on the top floor and work your way down. This will avoid tracking through the rooms you have already cleaned. When you're cleaning a room, first remove the cobwebs from the ceiling and cornices. Then dust the ceiling fan and light fixtures, followed by window frames and wall hangings. Moving downwards, work on the furniture skirting boards and floors. This ensures that any dust shaken loose from high up does not settle on something you've already cleaned below, so you don't have to dust the room twice. Similarly, when you clean windows and mirrors, start up high and work your way down, because your cleaner, obeying gravity, will drip down. This saves you elbow grease and time. The rare exception to this rule is wall washing. If you start at the top wen you're washing a wall in your home, dirty water will drip onto the lower areas you haven't cleaned yet, making streaks that will be tough to remove.
  3. Think dry, then wet: When you're cleaning a room, start wit the cleaning jobs that require dry methods (dusting, sweeping and vacuuming, for example). Then move on to wet methods (using an all-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner, mopping and such like). This way, there will be less dirt floating around in the room to cling to we surfaces.
  4. Start with the least harmful approach: use your gentlest cleaning methods first and move up to more aggressive techniques only if necessary. And know your materials well enough so that you will stop your cleaning efforts before you do any damage. It is better to suffer the small spot on your stove-top, for example, then to ruin the surface with steel wool.
  5. Let time do the work for you: a little time management trick will make your cleaning easier and faster. When you organise your approach to a cleaning task, remember to spray on your cleaning chemicals first and then find another little job to do while the cleaner does its dirty work. If you're cleaning in the kitchen, for example, spray your cleaner on the bench-tops and appliances, then occupy yourself with removing old food from the fridge while the cleaner soaks in. When you come back to wipe the cleaner off, there will be little or no scrubbing to do. 
  6. Carry your supplies with you: carry your core cleaning products with you. This will save  you from making multiple trips around the house looking for the right tools and cleaners. Pick up one of these accessories at a home improvement shop or hardware shop, a cleaning caddy (a plastic or rubber carrier with a handle and compartments for holding your gear), a sturdy, large plastic bucket with a good handle, a small-cleaning trolley and an apron with roomy pockets. Put all your cleaning supplies into the receptacle you're chosen from above, including clean rags, paper towels and a rubbish bag for emptying wastebaskets, and cart it with you from room to room. If your house has more than one floor, keep a fully stocked caddy on each level. Don't overburden your carrier with specialty products that are needed for only one job around the house. Store toilet bowl cleaner, for example, under the bathroom sink. 
  7. When in doubt, test first: before you use a new cleaning technique or product, test the method of an inconspicuous area of the object you're cleaning. This rule also applies when you first clean and object that is delicate and might be damaged by a cleaning compound. Testing will show you whether the object is colour-fast and whether the cleaning method is likely to do damage.
  8. Use cleaning liquids sparingly: when you clean an item that could be harmed by a liquid cleaning product (electronics, computer screens, framed artwork or framed photographs, for example), first spray the cleaner on your cleaning cloth and then wipe. Don't spray cleaner directly on the object you're cleaning. Cleaner dripping into your electronics could do them damage, and cleaner dripping into a frame and soaking the mount could harm your artwork.
  9. Read the instructions: you would have heard this before, but the makers of all of those wonderful furnishings in your home do know best how to clean them. And the makers of your cleaning products know best how to use them. So when at all possible, follow the manufacturer's instructions when cleaning anything. This goes for everything from toasters to silk blouses and Doonas to blinds. File the instructions and cleaning tips that come with any new appliance, rug or other household item. Don't remove those care labels that come on clothes, linens and any other potentially washable objects. They are there for a purpose - to teach you how to properly clean the item.
  10. Protect yourself: least but not least, take care of yourself. Many of the cleaning products you use container acid, bleach, abrasives and other ingredients that you can damage your eyes, skin, nose and even your lungs. So make sure your cleaning kit includes a pair of rubber gloves and protective safety glasses. If it's not too hot, wear old long pants or tracksuit pants and an old long-sleeved shirt to cover your arms in case of spatters from cleaning products. Cover you hair with a scarf or baseball cap. To protect your nails, a good trick is to dab a line of petroleum jelly underneath your nails to keep the dirt out, roughening and splitting from the continual exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals. It is important that you don't let your cleaning products get mixed together. Some chemical combinations, chlorine beach and ammonia, for example, will produce poisonous gases. As an extra safety precaution when you're using cleaning chemicals, make sure the room you're in is properly ventilated.  
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