How to Clean

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Cleaning is a necessary evil. Failing to keep a house clean can result in serious illness or, even worse, death due to unhealthy molds or mildew. But cleaning isn't something that everyone knows how to do properly. Following the steps below will help those seeking advice on how to clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Swiffer
  • Mop
  • Dusting tools (preferably telescopic type)
  • Scrubbing tools
  • Window cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Disposable or reusable rags
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet bowl cleanser
  • Toilet bowl cleaning tools
  • Scour
  • Oven cleaner
  • Tile cleaner

How to Clean

  • Determine all of the things in your housed that need cleaning. These can include floors, carpets, walls and ceilings, appliances, furniture, mirrors, and much more. You may wish to break your cleaning projects up into divisions, like kitchen, bathroom, play room, living room, and more. This will help you plan how attack them with the right tools and cleaners.

  • Establish a cleaning schedule according to the divisions that you have set up. For example, perhaps you will do the floors and carpets every other day; clean the bathrooms and playroom daily; or tackle the less used areas just once a week.

  • Determine the cleaning products and tools that you will need to complete all of your cleaning jobs. For example, you will need a vacuum cleaner to clean carpets as well as a broom and a mop to handle ceramic and tile floors and a Swiffer for hardwood floors. You will also need furniture polish to dust furniture; window cleaner for windows and mirrors; and some kind of all-purpose cleanser for much of the remainder of the house. Make a complete list.

  • If you do not have all of the products on hand that you need, make a trip to the grocery mart or discount department store to purchase them.

  • Approach cleaning projects according to your established schedule.

  • Dust your furniture with furniture and wood products with a reputable furniture polish and paper towels or rags (either disposable or reuseable).

  • Clean mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces using window cleaner and paper towels or rags (either disposable or reuseable).

  • Clean spots off of walls, doorjams, window sills, cabinets, door, or woodwork with all-purpose cleaner and paper towels or rags (either disposable or reuseable).

  • Dust other miscellaneous items like figurines, glassware, pictures, book shelves, and knick knacks with all-purpose cleaner and paper towels or rags (either disposable or reuseable).

  • Vacuum all carpets.

  • Clean carpets, if necessary, with appropriate carpet cleaning products and tools.

  • Sweep ceramic, tile, or hardwood floors with a broom or Swiffer.

  • Mop ceramic, tile, or hardwood floors according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not know the proper cleaning method, check with the manufacturer.

  • Polish ceramic, tile, or hardwood floors according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not know the proper cleaning method, check with the manufacturer.

  • Take down or take off any fabric coverings like curtains, furniture covers, or slipcovers that require cleaning and wash them or have them dry cleaned according to each piece's individual fabric requirements.

  • Vacuum furniture, curtains, or other fabrics that require that type of cleaning.

  • Dust blinds, window shades, or window covers according to each type of product and the manufacturer's suggested cleaning process. If you do not know the proper cleaning method, look it up on the internet.

  • Clean the sinks and tubs with scour or other all-purpose cleaners that are made to work on porcelain, plastic, or stainless steel (whichever is the style used in your house). Use sponges, scrubbers, or rags (either reusable or disposable). Be sure that the cleaner you use can remove any mildew or mold that could be dangerous to your family.

  • Clean the toilet bowl with the proper cleansers and tools for the type (porcelain, plastic, stainless steel or other).

  • Clean all appliances in your kitchen, such as ovens, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, toasters, and others. Be sure to use the proper cleansers and tools required for the type of appliance being cleaned and for the material out of which it is made, such as porcelian, plastic, stainless, steel, or other. Remove all of the mold or mildew from refrigerators and freezers in order to ensure your family's health. Use cleaning products that are safe around food and drinking products.Clean stove tops, fronts, and the inside with the proper oven cleaners and tools. Clean microwaves, convection, toaster, and other types of ovens with products approved for those particular types of appliances. Be sure the cleaning products chosen are safe with regard to chemicals or fumes that might result in subsequent uses of those appliances.

  • Clean the inside of cabinets, cupboards, utility closets and other parts of the kitchen, bathroom, or other areas of the house using the proper products and tools for each's product type and use.

  • Clean out closets, cupboards, utility closets and the like; organizing and straightening as needed or disposing of items as necessary.

  • Clean lamps, lighting fixtures, and overhead fans with the proper cleansers and tools for the job, depending upon the specific item and the material of which it is made.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a list of items you need to purchase before going to the grocery mart of discount store.
  • Spot clean carpets before cleaning with a carpet cleaner.
  • Whenever possible choose reusable products, rather than disposable ones, in order to prevent extra trash.
  • Look into the new "green" earth friendly cleaners now available for virtually every cleaning project.
  • Use professionals for hard-to-do jobs like carpet or window cleaning.
  • Clean regularly to avoid unnecessary build up.
  • Do not let mold or mildew continue to grow in your home.
  • Do not be afraid to call a professional cleaner to help or do the job for you if you don't have the time to clean properly by yourself.
  • Do not ignore signs of insect or rodent infestation.

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