Cleaning is a chore that is very time consuming, and the results never last long. However, it is a task that is part of everyone’s weekly routine and needs to be done. Luckily, taking on the below tips will make your cleaning session that much easier to deal with. Here is what you have been doing wrong for so long:
- Give Order to Your Cleaning
When people run through their regular weekly cleaning, they try to get it done as quick as possible. This means grabbing the duster, wiping it over the surfaces with no thought to the action, and then moving on. Such a way of cleaning has minimal effect, and you are just moving the dust around instead of getting rid of it. The first tip to improve your cleaning is to work from top to bottom and from left to right.
You go top to bottom because gravity is not your friend when you are cleaning. You start at the top, and then all the dust and dirt will fall down. If you go the other way around, you will have to clean twice.
As for going from left to right, this is to ensure you aren’t missing any spots. Consistency is key to effective cleaning.
- Let Your Cleaning Products Sit
The next big mistake people make with their cleaning, in order to get things done quickly, is to spray and wipe. For your cleaning products to work, they need to sit on the grease, grime, and dirt to break it down and to disinfect. Results are not instant and rushing the job means you will have to do it again, wasting more time. Products don’t work as they do on TV adverts, where you spray once and wipe and then it’s all clean. Leave your cleaning solution to sit for 10-15 minutes to give you the best results.
- From Up High, You Might Not See The Dirt
Whenever you clean a horizontal surface, be sure to be eye level with the surface. You will often find crumbs, dust, and dirt that you cannot see from a different angle. Never miss any spots that are out of sight by:
- Cleaning a surface
- Crouch down to get eye level
- Clean again with a new perspective
- Clean In An S Pattern
In one of the above tips, we have advised you to clean from top to bottom, left to right. You should stick to that method but another step to throw into the mix to ensure effective cleaning is by wiping in an S pattern. Many people clean in a circle. Doing so moves the dirt around, and maybe even back to where you cleaned it from. Start at the top left of the surface you are cleaning and then clean in an S pattern. This will pick up the dust and avoid streaks. A job done properly will always save more time than a job half-done.
- Take Your Tools With You
One trick to a more effective clean that is so obvious, that you are right now wondering why you haven’t done it before, is to take your cleaning tools and products around with you. If you have one room that you need to clean the windows and dust the surfaces, take your polish, window cleaner, and cloths with you in one go. The time you will save jumping back and forth to get things, is time spent better elsewhere.
Do It Once, Do It Right
Have you ever been left feeling like you have not accomplished anything, after spending the day cleaning? You are not alone with that feeling, but you can make sure you never have to go through it again. Putting these five tips to use will transform your weekly clean for the better.
Do you have any tips to improve cleaning efficiency? Have you been making any of these simple mistakes?