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How To Clean Your House. And why it’s important. Dusting. move items Window ledges- raise blinds or curtains to access easily Ceiling fans Baseboards Door jams and light switch plates Patio doors Basics- always dust before vacuuming . Bathroom.
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How To Clean Your House And why it’s important
Dusting • move items • Window ledges- raise blinds or curtains to access easily • Ceiling fans • Baseboards • Door jams and light switch plates • Patio doors • Basics- always dust before vacuuming
Bathroom • Mirrors- clean to be streak free from all angles, if not working try vinegar and water, will break down tough residue • Toilets-bowls, lids, fronts, bases and seat fasteners • Fixtures- Clean all lights (including the bulbs once they have cooled), toilet paper and towel racks, and the tops of the shower curtain rod. Undersides of taps • Wipe down walls
Vacuuming • Furniture- move any and all furniture that is in your way, also move your beds around two to three months • Area Rugs-For large area rugs (8 x 10 and up) vacuum under the edges or fold it back. Vacuum and then pick up smaller rugs to prepare for moping afterward. • Fireplaces and stoves- If you have occasional fires or a wood stove, vacuum hearths to remove ashes as they can blow around to other parts of your house easily. • Closets- Open closet doors and vacuum into them, and even empty them out, especially the front hall closet where a lot of dirt can be tracked in on shoes from out outside.
Vacuuming (part 2) • Kitchens- As you vacuum through your kitchen, open the bread drawer or where you store the toaster and vacuum up the crumbs. Do the same with the cutlery drawer. • Lamp Shades- They too need to be vacuumed, but hold the seams with one hand while vacuuming, and if possible, reduce the suction on the vacuum as some shades can be delicate. • Garages- If you have an entrance from the garage into your house, vacuum towards or into the garage which will keep grit from making its way into your house. • Patio Doors- Open patio doors and vacuum the tracks.
Kitchen • Fridge- wipe down everything on the fridge, including the top. Dust can collect on there • Ovens- If you spray an oven ahead of time, you make sure you remove of the lower drawer because the oven cleaner drips into it and the cleaner will remove the enamel on the drawer. Place about 4 or 5 sheets of newspaper on the floor to catch any drips. Removal of the drawer also makes it easier to clean under the stove. As an added precaution, fold a couple of sheets of paper towel and place them in the door crack and then close the door. This will absorb any drips that may occur.
Kitchen (part 2) • Small Appliances- coffee makers, toasters, microwaves need to wiped down as well • Dishwasher- wipe and clean the outside • Sinks- Clean under kitchen sinks, tidy, wipe and do the same for the garbage area. This area gets a lot of use and becomes dirty quickly.
Mopping • Baseboards- always do these first, preferably with a rag instead of a full on mop. Baseboards can get quite dusty and dirty and need to be cleaned • Tile Floors- Use the same mop to wash all of your tile floors. • Hardwood floors-You must get the mop head wet and ring it out by hand, again you want it wet but not soaking wet. • Tips- Mop your way out of a room, and it helps to keep the mop head going in the same direction of the grain of the hardwood floor – this reduces the chance of streaks forming.
Disinfecting:Picking the right products • Read the labels on household cleaners and sprays. Products that claim to sanitize are not proper disinfectants unless the label states that the product sanitizes and disinfects. Sanitizers are designed to remove 99 percent of bacteria within 30 seconds, while disinfectants are designed to kill all specified organisms within at least 10 minutes of product application. In addition to certain formulas found in the cleaning aisle of your favorite store, household products such as chlorine bleach, rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can disinfect. Products with disinfectant capabilities can be easily identified by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration information on the packaging.
Disinfecting:Targeting hard surfaces • Read the instructions on the product you are using to determine how long it takes for germs to be killed. Then apply the product to surfaces. Focus on areas that are likely to have been touched, such as doorknobs, counter tops, railings and chair backs. Allow the disinfectant product to remain on surfaces for as long as necessary, and then wipe the surfaces down with disposable towels. Grab a fresh towel each time you start wiping a new surface.
Kill Germs on Soft Surfaces • Wash germ-filled fabrics in hot water, and dry on the highest temperature setting your machine will allow. Items you may want to focus on include sofa covers, linens, chair cushion liners and bedding, if you have reason to believe it may have been touched. Apply disinfectant spray to non-washable soft surfaces, such as carpets and furniture. Test spray products on a small area of the surface before applying heavily, to make sure there is no discoloration.
Take Safety Precautions • Wear disposable gloves while disinfecting to protect your skin from abrasive cleaners, and to avoid spreading germs via your hands. Always wash your hands with soap and hot water after cleaning to make absolutely sure no organisms ended up on your fingers. Open windows and doors while disinfecting, since the fumes generated by cleaners and sprays can make you sick.
Why is it Important? • Without regular cleaning, dust and germs will build up and multiply, causing you to get sick more often. Dust mites live in the dead skin cell’s that rest underneath your dresser or bed. Anywhere dust is, there is dust mites. • Your kitchen and bathroom are the two places that need cleaning most often. If you leave your kitchen dirty, the germs and bacteria will make its way onto your food and into you, which could make you very sick. It is important to clean them so that you don’t get infected with whatever sickness they carry.