Cleaning's a chore no matter how you look at it but the type of cleaning supplies you use will greatly lessen the time and effort it takes to get the job done. It is especially important to use the proper cleaning supplies to prevent damaging surfaces and furniture in your home.
Prior to purchasing any cleaning product, read the label carefully. The label of a cleaning product will explain its common uses and any precautions you need to take. Just because a product is supposedly all-purpose does not mean it really is okay to use on every surface. For example, cleaning products with high ammonia content can permanently damage laminates and other plastic surfaces. In most cases, a strong cleaner is not necessary and water and mild soap will get the job done.
Whether you are raising up for a large annual cleaning or a light daily cleaning, gather together all of the cleaning supplies you'll need prior to getting started. In order to determine what cleaning products are necessary, think about exactly what it is you'll need to clean and what cleaning supplies correspond to that task.
When you clean, start from the ceiling and work your way down. Rags are an essential cleaning supply. You can use them to dust the cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling, the blades of ceiling fans, and the tops of shelves and ledges. There are many new products out there for dusting that are marketed as being superior to rags but truthfully an old rag will almost always do the trick. You can also save a lot of money by using old t-shirts and socks as rags. Rags are also more eco-friendly because they can be washed and re-used unlike commercial cleaning supplies, which are often made for one-time use. Rags alone are sufficient for dusting cobwebs but for dusting shelves and ledges you should use them together with furniture polish, which is another essential cleaning supply.
Window washing liquid is another cleaning supply you can not go without. A bargain window washing liquid is sufficient. There is no need to fork out the extra cash for a streak-free window washing liquid because the secret behind getting streak-free windows all boils down to technique. The key to preventing streaks is using newspapers instead of paper towels to wipe your windows. Add a brown paper bag to your cleaning supply kit so you can toss the old newspapers in it. When you are done cleaning, you can throw the brown paper bag in the recycling bin.
Anti-bacterial spray is another essential cleaning supply. Most anti-bacterial sprays can be used on a wide range of surfaces. Include one antibacterial spray for your bathroom and one for your kitchen in your cleaning supply kit. Make sure the bathroom spray is capable of getting rid of soap scum and mildew as well.
The last step is cleaning your floor. In addition to a vacuum and a mop, some other essential floor-cleaning supplies include a bucket, floor cleaner, and rug freshener. Keep your floor-cleaning supplies in one place and only take them out when you need to use them. That way you can avoid having to carry them from room to room as you go about cleaning.
By investing in these basic cleaning supplies, you will be able to clean your house effectively and easily from ceiling to floor. To ensure that the cleaning process is fast and simple every time, keep your cleaning supplies organized and easily accessible.