A house isn’t really a home unless it’s accumulating dirt on a daily basis. It’s an unavoidable fact of life that homes need cleaning – a lot. Whether you’re inviting guests over or simply take pride in having a clean home, here are some great tips that will leave your house looking spotless.
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Clean as you go
It may be tempting to skip the cleaning chores now and then, but it simply means you’ll have more work to do next time. Plus, the longer the dirt is allowed to build, the more difficult it usually is to remove. The tidiest homes are those where you do a little bit of cleaning a lot of the time.
Remove those shoes
The best way of making your home spotless is by stopping the dirt at its source. Wearing shoes in the house can bring in mud, damage floors and introduce nasty bacteria. Create a designated area by the door for your shoes and get into the habit of taking them off as soon as you come in.
Down with dust!
Dust is impossible to eradicate completely, which is why you need to keep on top of it. Put aside five or ten minutes each day to give your home a quick going over with a duster and you’ll really notice the difference. By tackling it each day, you don’t give those huge cobwebs a chance to develop.
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Get professional assistance
There are some cleaning tasks that you simply cannot do all by yourself and getting rid of a bug infestations is certainly one of them. Paying for pest control is a vital part of having a clean home if you find yourself sharing your house with unwanted guests.
Soak instead of scrub
Cleaning is hard work, so don’t put in more effort than you have to. By soaking dishes and hard to remove stains, you can sit back for a while and then simply wipe the grime away.
Create your own cleaning products
If you want to save on cleaning products, why not make your own? Toothpaste, lemon juice, baking powder and other everyday items can all be turned into effective stain removers and provide a great substitute if you run out of any of your usual products.
Start at the top
To make sure you don’t have to clean the same area twice, make sure you always start at the top and work your way down. If you try things the other way around you’ll likely be walking through clean areas and dislodging dust onto places that you’ve already covered.
A team effort
Don’t do it all yourself. Make cleaning a family affair and try to introduce a bit of fun if you can. If you work as a team, the cleaning will go much faster and you’ll all get to enjoy the rewards of a tidy home.
Nobody wants to live in an dirty home, but cleaning takes time. By following the above tips, however, you can greatly reduce the time it takes to give your home the spotless finish it deserves.
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