Sanitation of your home is important to ward off diseases, allergies, and even unwanted stress. When you regularly clean your home, aside from reducing the risks of diseases, you also reduce the risk of injuries from any clutter. You will also have a better disposition towards overall wellness, and if you’re working at home, you will also benefit from a clean work environment.
Productivity in your home will also be boosted for example; you’d be more enthusiastic about cooking because everything is organized and clean. You are also likely to fall asleep easily in a clean room compared to an untidy one.
If you have kids, they too will greatly benefit from a clean home. The discipline of your children learning to clean after their mess or clean their room or bed when they wake up is a good trait to develop early in life. Your overall mental health will also benefit from a clean home because stress is alleviated when you live in a place that’s clean.
Divide and Conquer
A typical home is divided into five areas namely; living room, dining area, kitchen, toilet or bathroom, and bedroom(s). It’s crucial that you understand these areas to know how you can approach each one in terms of sanitizing and maintaining its cleanliness.
You simply cannot use one method of cleaning to all sections of your home. Cleaning your toilet is different from cleaning your living room. There are also disinfectants or other cleaning tools that are specific to an area in your home.
It’s ideal to have a checklist before you go about selecting the proper materials for cleaning and the tasks in a particular area. Selecting a playlist of music can also help create an upbeat vibe to get you motivated.
There are various ways to approach cleaning your home. Some consider zone cleaning slow and but thorough. Others suggest task cleaning as a more efficient way and this method is mostly done in hotels and other service-oriented establishments.
Zone cleaning means you select a particular area(ex: bedroom) and you work on everything such as dusting, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming before heading on to the next zone. Task cleaning is going through one task in several areas and repeating the process with a different task. For example, dusting all the areas in your home before proceeding to another such as mopping.
Furniture and fixtures naturally gather dust, so you may consider starting with this. Dusting shelves, TV screens, and other items in your house is essential to lower allergens and improve the air quality in your home. Remember to use a facemask if you’re allergic to dust.
You may use a damp cloth to easily wipe doors, frames, fans, and other nooks and crannies. Use a microfiber cloth for glass or computer or TV screen to avoid scratching. If you have wooden furniture at home, you may want to consider specialized wax to apply as detergents may not be ideal for wood or the coating on the furniture.
Windows also need to be thoroughly cleaned because it’s the first area of your house to catch dust from the outside. Use a streak-free glass cleaner and spray to clean windows. You may wipe off with a newspaper. The paper and ink on a newspaper act as a light abrasive that really cleans glasses or windows.
Using a newspaper to wipe glasses is also easy to dispose of and won’t require washing. For glass spray, there is a variety available on the market, but for DIY, you may use white vinegar and water. If you have window screens, you need to remove them and clean them with warm water with an all-purpose cleaner.
Scrub with a bristle brush and rinse with water. You can use your hose outside to rinse the screen. Dry it with a cloth before inserting it back to your window.
Cleaning the surface of your home or floors may be done after dusting because if you start cleaning your floor, the dust from the furniture and windows may just go back on the floor. You may begin by mopping at the farthest corner of a room going towards the entrance.
Some prefer sweeping the floor first before mopping. Go light on the cleaning solution for the floor to avoid unwanted build-up. Make sure to have proper ventilation when you mop so it will dry up easily and avoid using a heavily soaked up mop.
Rugs or carpets need to be vacuumed at least twice a week. Deep cleaning is only necessary when there’s a significant amount of dirt and odor. For thorough cleaning, you must vacuum the rug for dust, crumbs or dirt. Make sure you vacuum the bottom/back part as well. If you’ll use a cleaner, make sure to test it first as it can damage your rug if you’re using a strong chemical solution.
You can test your cleaner on an inconspicuous part of the rug to make sure it doesn’t make the colors run. Use a brush to scrub the cleaner or shampoo on the carpet until suds are visible. Allow it to sit for several minutes before rinsing.
You can rinse the rug with a garden hose until water is clear and free from foam or suds. You may use a squeegee to remove excess water and allow the rug to dry out completely on both sides. Vacuum again once it’s dried to loosen up compacted fibers.
The kitchen and dining area delicate areas to clean in terms of cleaning solutions because it’s where you and your family eat or prepare food. Wipe down countertops and cabinets. Don’t neglect the stove, microwave, and other appliances. Clean the sink and areas around it. Avoid using heavy chemical detergents on plates and utensils that you eat from.
In contrast to the kitchen area, the toilet must be cleaned thoroughly and you can use heavy cleaning solutions to remove grimes and dirt on the shower, tub, or tiles. Before engaging to wash the toilet, make sure you have removed all the rugs and baskets.
Also, remove anything from the tub or shower. Apply tile and grout cleaner and let it sit. Scrub areas such as the floor, sink, and shower walls. You can clean the mirror on your toilet with a spray glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Rinse the floor with a solution and let it dry. Replace the bath mats, rugs, and wastebasket.
To maintain the cleanliness of your home, you may want to consider investing in an antibacterial spray. There are many brands available in the market and are affordable as well. Some antibacterial sprays also have fragrance, which can make your home smelling fresh and nice after spray.
Because most bacteria and viruses linger on surfaces, using an antibacterial spray can prevent or lessen the risks of these spreading.
Cleaning can be a chore and sometimes may seem like a daunting task. But if you consider the upside and benefits, it greatly outweighs the dragging feeling to clean your home. In addition, once you get a hang of cleaning, you’ll find delight and get a sense of accomplishment. When you regularly clean your home, the task of maintaining becomes easy.