Cleaning is usually a dreaded chore for most people, nevertheless cleaning needs doing and having to do it cannot be bypassed or ignored. If you do your own cleaning (aren’t using a professional property cleaning service) then chances are you have devised your own set of rules and tricks to make the process less of an ordeal. Cleaning can actually be made practical and efficient with minimum stress and hassle on behalf of property occupants. In this article you will find easy to understand advice and tips on how to organise, structure and carry out your cleaning routine for best results and minimum effort.
Addressing problems as soon as possible
In the course of everyday living the property sustains all sorts of small (and not so small) mishaps like spills and staining of all kinds. The best possible strategy to deal with such situations is to act fast. Spills and stains are relatively easy to lift and remove from many surfaces and materials as long as timely action is taken. In other words, don’t wait for a spot or stain to dry up, but treat it immediately using the right cleaning product/s. The longer a stain or spill is left untreated the harder it becomes to lift and remove completely. Some basic advice on stain treatment and removal:
- Be aware of the type of stain i.e. oil, organic, chemical etc. as different stains require different cleaning products and removal methods.
- Be aware of the stained surface or material, distinguish between natural or synthetic materials as they respond differently to cleaning.
- If unsure how to deal with a stain, simply don’t risk it but consult with professional cleaners, this will save you the guesswork and spare your surface or material from chemical and mechanical damage caused by erroneous cleaning attempts;
Effective cleaning needs good timing
Not many people have the time, or wish to spend one or two entire days in cleaning the property from top to bottom, so timing and organising your cleaning schedule is very important and doing it right will save many hours of effort. It is not hard to keep on top of property cleaning chores, so here are some basic things to consider:
- Know which rooms and areas of the property see the most daily use and require more cleaning, more often – heavily used rooms and areas will vary from place to place, but usually in a household they are wet rooms, kitchen and living areas.
- Prioritise on what is important and what can wait. Keeping the wet rooms and kitchen clean is more important as these areas require next to perfect hygiene every day, especially when there are children or people with health conditions living at the property. Certain rooms can be lower down the priority cleaning list.
- Break down property cleaning into small sessions – it is inefficient and quite frustrating to perform full scale cleaning of all rooms and areas of the place at once. Instead, break down and schedule your cleaning into smaller portions. For instance, allocate half a day on a weekly basis to clean the most problematic areas of the place, but clean other areas once a fortnight for instance. This however depends on how much use certain rooms see on a daily basis so prioritise.
Have the right tools for the job
Entirely effortless cleaning may be unattainable at this stage (besides using professional cleaning services) but doing your own property cleaning can be made quite easy and straightforward by using the right products and equipment. In many cases, people apply the wrong products or incorrect methods which not only makes cleaning a problem, but is also likely to damage surfaces and materials. The better equipped and knowledgeable you are, the easier property cleaning becomes. You don’t need to keep and deploy an entire closet of cleaning materials and equipment but just the right ones – the ones you really need. Here are some things to consider:
- Be aware of the type of surfaces and materials present in your home which are likely to need cleaning. In other words, if you have a textile finish sofa set keep and apply non-leather sofa cleaning products. If you have laminate flooring keep in stock and use the correct floor cleaning product. This may seem like a no-brainer advice, but many people tend to experiment or overlook the importance of specially formulated cleaning products.
- Replace worn out cleaning equipment with new. This may also seem like a silly advice but many people use the same mop or squeegee for too long, which not only makes cleaning messy but also more time consuming and inefficient. Invest small amounts of money in new, quality cleaning supplies more often and reduce cleaning time and effort.
Knowing what cleaning
products and supplies you require will reduce the expenses associated with cleaning as you only purchase and maintain stock of the stuff you actually need. Invest some time in researching what type of product or cleaning method works best on the surfaces and materials present in your home and buy the supplies corresponding to it. Universal cleaning products are suitable for many occasions, but at the same time they don’t necessarily yield optimal results each and every time. Another important consideration – know your limits both physically and in terms of cleaning knowledge. If you are faced with a specific cleaning issue, by all means use professional assistance. This will help you avoid damage or alteration to surface/material which is a sensible idea, whichever way you look at it. Even if you are quite the cleaning whiz, there are certain issues which are best dealt by professional cleaners – no harm will be done by calling in the pros.
Organising and structuring your cleaning schedule will make a big difference, and make this ongoing commitment less of an ordeal, so even basic the advice listed here is still valuable.
Generalised House Cleaning Facts
|50% of all women do housework, compared to only 20% of men who do house cleaning.|
|47% of all couples argue over who does the house cleaning.|
|25% of men believe they can clean better than their partner, no matter what the task.|
|69% of people buy green cleaning products based on ‘personal responsibility’.|
|68% of all people have a negative feeling toward spring cleaning.|
|63% of people take about a week to do proper spring cleaning of the entire house.|