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09/26/05

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Speed Cleaning Tips from a Pro - Part 2


From the top down. Deciding where to begin and how to proceed baffles many people. Clean the top floor first beginning at the back working your way either down the steps or to the center if you are on the first floor. Following this pattern keeps you from dragging equipment and dirt over freshly vacuumed carpets. Once you have developed a cleaning routine stick with it. The more familiar you are with the flow the faster you clean.

Here is a common cleaning pattern to follow. Remember you will need to make adjustments based on the layout of your home. Empty the trash as you clean. You will be amazed at the amount of clutter that heads to the garbage when a trash bag is handy. Carry a second trash bag for items that can be taken to Goodwill.

1.Master bathroom
2.Hall bathroom
3.Dust all bedrooms, stairway railings and wall hangings
4.Vacuum the master bedroom, bedrooms, hallways then stairs
5.Clean kitchen
6.Dust family room and dining area
7.Vacuum or dust the floors in kitchen and family room and mop the kitchen floor 8.Half bathroom
9.Dust formal living room and dining room
10.Vacuum these areas and damp mop the entry way if it has hard flooring. 11.Laundry rooms and any remote rooms like guest rooms or offices

The order of business: People often follow a different procedure each time they clean a room and each room they clean. The secret to speed cleaning lies in repetition. Begin either at the left or the right of the room depending on which feels more comfortable to you. Then circle the room.

Bathrooms:

1.Spray the inside of the toilet with the bowl cleaner.
2.Spray the rim, toilet seat, counter top and sink with your all-purpose cleaner. Remember each time you put a bottle down and pick it up, you waste time. 3.Use your diluted orange cleaner and squirt down the shower or tub enclosure. 4.Next clean the toilet and toilet rim by sprinkling baking soda or Bar Keepers Friend on your toilet bowl brush. 5.Spray only the part of the mirror that is dirty wiping it down with a clean rag. That puts enough cleaner on the towel to clean the rest of the mirror. 6.Wipe the counter, sink and the exterior of the toilet and the floor behind. 7.Next clean the shower walls. pray the shower floor and clean it. Finish by mopping the floor.

Dusting:

1.Lift objects with one hand then dust with the other. Place an old clean cotton tube sock over your dusting hand and lightly dampen it with your cleaner. People with arthritis or hand dexterity problems find it helpful to wear a rubber glove on one hand giving them a better grasp on objects.
2.Spray a lint free towel with the window cleaning solution and toss that over one shoulder to clean any glass inlaid tables or cabinets. 3.Begin dusting from either the right or the left and work your way around the room dusting window sills and wall hangings as you come to them. 4.For homes with pets, tuck a clean pair of rubber gloves into your back pocket. When you come to couches or chairs with pet hair, use the gloves and work you hands in a circular motion moving over the furniture. Toss the rolled up lint onto the floor for the vacuum to pick up.
Some people cover furniture with a body size bath towel to keep them clean from pet hair. Easy to launder, towels also save on furniture wear and tear. 5.As you dust move furniture towards the center of the room to vacuum behind it.

Kitchens
1.Place a coffee cup half full of water in the microwave. Cook on high for two minutes. The resulting steam loosens any baked on food for easy cleaning. Allow the cup to cool for a minute before moving it so you don't scald yourself.
2.Spray the stove or any counter area that contains dried food with the orange cleaner. 3.Start at the left and work your way clockwise around the kitchen leaving the sink for last after you mop the floor. 4.Move appliances to one side then spray the counter, dishwasher, refrigerator or microwave if it is in that immediate area. 5.Clean one section of cabinets each time you clean the kitchen, paying special attention to door pulls. 6.Mop the floor using a 100% terry cloth towel. Rinsing mops and filling buckets of water consumes time. A towel rinses quickly under a faucet then can be laundered for easy care. 7.Sprinkle the sink with Bar Keepers Friend or baking soda using a brush to thoroughly scrub the sink.

Vacuum
Vacuum around the room in the same order you dust. Vacuum behind furniture first, replace the furniture then back out of the room. If the floors are hard wood or laminated wood, dust them then damp mop using terry towel dampened with a small amount of white vinegar and water. For all other hard surface floors, vacuum them then damp mop using hot water only. Marble floors must be dried.

Mary Findley

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