Cleaning can be a time consuming and difficult chore, which most of us prefer to put off until it’s absolutely essential.
But stick to the following golden cleaning rules, and you will achieve safe, effective cleaning that attacks the problem early and with the least amount of effort.
1. Clean it up sooner rather than later
Spills and stains are generally much easier to clean up when you attack them right away.
If you a treat a stain without delay it offers little resistance, but wait until the next day and it’ll be much tougher to get out.
The rare exception to this rule is mud that has been tracked onto your carpet.
Mud is easiest to clean when you’ve let it dry first. Wait until it’s bone dry and crumbly, then just vacuum it up.
2. Think dry then wet
When you’re cleaning a room, start with the cleaning jobs that require dry methods, like dusting, sweeping and vacuuming.
Then move on to wet methods, such as wiping wiht an all-purpose cleaner and mopping.
This way, there will be less dirt floating around in the room to cling to wet surfaces.
3. Start with the least harmful approach
Use your gentlest cleaning methods first and move up to more aggressive techniques only if necessary.
Also, it is best to know your materials well enough so that you will stop your cleaning efforts before you do any damage.
It is better to suffer the small spot on your stovetop, for example, than to ruin the surface with steel wool.