It’s impossible to avoid those days where you need to speed clean your house. Whether you’re in a rush to get out the door, or have unexpected guests on their way, rapidly checking chores off of your list is a reality we must accept as homeowners. But the next time you’re running around the house putting things away or dusting those hard-to-reach corners, take a moment and think: can I make this more thorough and time efficient? Yes!
Follow these 7 tips on how to become the most efficient, thorough, and safe cleaner you can be when you’re in a time crunch. You’ll thank us later.
1. Reusing Rags
Avoid using the same rag to wipe down different surfaces at all costs. Not only does it spread germs, but it’s not sanitary. Have multiple rags handy when you’re cleaning your home designated to certain areas, and use fresh, cleans rags once the old rags are visibly dirty.
2. Overworking the Dishwasher
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to overwork your dishwasher. Avoid overloading the dishwasher to the brim, and keep sharp knives, wood cutting boards, and wood utensils out — wash those by hand. Keeping your dishwasher organized and appropriately packed will give your dishes and silverware the best cleaning they’ve ever had.
3. Forgetting to Empty the Vacuum
Out of sight, out of mind, right? Cleaning out your vacuum is a necessary evil and one that is easily looked over as you don’t usually see what goes on inside this powerful tool. If you’re up for it, try to clean out your vacuum after every use to maximize its potential in cleaning dust and dirt in your home.
4. Not Sweeping and Dusting Enough
Did you know that the leading cause of scratches in your home are from dust and dirt? As a result, the more you sweep and dust, the less opportunity for those granules to dig into your floors. The next time you’re dreading to sweep or dust, remember it will prevent scratches in your home!
5. Ignoring the Drains and Disposal
Our sinks and disposals face a lot of germs every day while doing their jobs. Remember to give them the attention they need and clean the kitchen and bathroom sink bowls, as well as drains on a regular basis. Don’t forget the kitchen disposal, too! Staying on top of this will prevent unwanted smells from flooding your home.
6. Failing to Ventilate While Cleaning
Most of us use harsh chemicals during our cleaning routine that emit aggressive smells in your home. The next time you’re cleaning using those chemicals, be sure to open windows to improve airflow, or turn on a vent (if there’s one nearby). Don’t forget to wear gloves when using bleach to prevent chemical burns!
7. Forgetting to Clean Your Appliances
We put our big appliances to work every day without thinking about cleaning them. When’s the last time you cleaned your washing machine, dishwasher, or oven? They’re often overlooked when going through your normal cleaning routine, but it’s important to clean these appliances at least twice a year to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
The Degnan Group at Key Realty is all for making processes more efficient and enjoyable. That’s why we’re Toledo’s go-to real estate agency when looking to sell or buy a new home. Contact us today at (419) 345-7808 to get started.