Cleaning Tips Part I
Always clean from the top down:
When cleaning your home remember gravity. If you clean your ceiling fan last you’ll have to re-clean floors/beds/etc later because the dust blogs will settle below…. So… Clean high areas last in each room.
Don’t break out the toxic chemicals when cleaning your oven:
First of all nasty oven cleaners will damage self-cleaning ovens and second… You don’t need them. A strong and safe degreaser such as NCL Poof or inexpensive green friendly versions available at retail stores and a brillo pad work great. Just make sure you soak the oven with plenty of water creating a foamy suds when using a brillo pad so you don’t scratch the protective coating inside.
Use distilled water, not hard water:
Using hard water to clean surfaces that are dirty partially due to the rust/lime in hard water is like a Mr. Bean episode… Senseless and silly. Distilled water also reduces the amount of cleaning product by about 50% as well since it improves it’s effectiveness.
Remember… Dwell Time:
When cleaning a nasty oven or applying a mild acid to your mildew stained shower allow the chemical to sit a few minutes after applying. It can make a major difference and reduce scrubbing time.
Dust mop hardwood floors first:
Dust mop hardwood floors before you broom out particles and mop. Stick to a quality microfiber dust mop and don’t vacuum them even with a hard floor attachment. Dust mopping removes thousands of tiny abrasive dust particles that vacuums won’t making mopping more effective and extending the life of your floor finish.