Clean now and don't postpone
That's especially valid as far as we talk about the stains. The tomato or blood stains are so easy to clean if you start with it straight away. One exception: you can clean the mud on the carpet easier if you leave it to dry first.
But that's about all the clutter. If you leave your kitchen messy after dinner, with the intention to clean it in the morning... You've already ruined the beginning of your next morning. And, if you postpone it even for longer, you'll experience a much bigger problem to deal with.
Give it time
All right, this might sound to you completely contradictory to the above rule, but it's not quite right. I promise. This is a trick to divide and conquer one of the most valuable resources during this nasty household task – time. It will make your cleaning more effective as a whole. Give your cleaning products the chance to act first by spraying them and meanwhile do some other chores. What do I do in my pretty London home?
Spray the toilet seat, the bath, the shower cabin and the bathroom shelves. Then throw out the garbage or load the toilet paper, until the cleaning detergent performs its action. When you begin with that task again, you can expect little or no scrubbing at all. Same is the deal with oven cleaning. The nasty burnt-on deposits inside your stove's cavity need a little bit of time to soften, before wiping them away.
Never go out of a room empty-handed
Some of those cleaning rules date back from old times
, and they never change. Someone gave me this precious piece of advice a long time ago and since then, it served me too well.
I am completely convinced that there isn't a single moment in which at least one item does not belong in its original place in my house. Well, okay, maybe before a big party, but I still doubt it. Every time I am going through the rooms in my home, I always look around to see what I can take and bring to the room I am going to.
Carry the necessary cleaning tools with you
This rule is above rule's cousin. There's no point to travel back and forth to get the necessary cleaning products and consumptives. Find a box for them, which has many compartments for all necessary thing to clean. Carry it with you, while cleaning. If you have more than one floor, it's not a bad idea to keep such a box in every floor. Just don't overfill it with items which you'll need for only one procedure.
For example, leave the toilet cleaner under the sink, next to the toilet seat.
Clean from top to bottom and from back to forth
You can't beat the law of gravity. It's almost always better to clean from top to bottom. If your house has two floors, begin from the second one and clean downwards. You can avoid dirt getting back in the already cleaned rooms. The same philosophy you can apply for every separate room. Wipe out the dust from the ceiling fan and from the lights. After that begin with the windows and the drapes, then deal with the furniture, the window sills and the floorings. This way you can clean all the dust that will fall from the ceiling fan on the floor during the last step.
Always clean back to forth due to the same reasons. If you clean a room, begin from the innermost corner and go towards the door. If it's a cupboard, begin from the back of it and clean towards the periphery and the front part.You don't want to clean the same room twice, right? God forbid.
Dry Cleaning. 2. Wet Cleaning
Like the above rules, dry cleaning, followed by wet one will also save you “doubling your chores”. When you clean a given room, begin with the actions that need dry methods of cleaning. Such as wiping the dust, vacuum cleaning and sweeping. After you finish with these, you can start with the wet methods. Spray the cleaning detergent on all surfaces, clean the windows and the mirrors (all glass things), wash the floor and so on.
Following this rule, you'll easily remove the dirt and grime and they won't end up on the wet surfaces. Which, as we already know, will turn them into the mud.Use just as much as you need. Begin with small detergent amounts and use more if the stains are too stubborn. If you put more than you need at the beginning, that's not only wasteful, but it will create you more work when it comes to washing away.
For example, if you put more detergent with high concentration inside your oven, you will need hours to wash it out. Next time I used an oven cleaner, I used half than the first time and I had the same great results minus the hours of washing.
Read the Labels
I know. A crazy remark, right? That's because I always try to find how something works by myself before I read the instructions. Sometimes that's not the cleverest idea. I tend to count on my own intelligence, I'm a proud Londoner, anyways, rather than the producer's, who, in fact, made furniture I am trying to clean. Or the cleaning product I am trying to use. That's why, when it is necessary (or when you are completely desperate and admit your defeat, like me), follow the manual use. That's a necessity for everything – from the clothes, through the appliances, to the carpets.
It's also good to keep the labels and the instructions, stuck on everything that you will wash one day.
Stop the dirt at your doorstep
I suppose this is more like a golden rule for preventive cleaning. It is because the dirt which you never allow in your home at first, is a dirt which you never have to clean. Most of the dirt in your home comes with the feet or the shoes of the people entering. Stop the dirt in its steps before it even has the chance to cause you extra work inside. Put doormats in front of every entrance to your home, both from the outside and the inside. Placing mats near the places that generate a lot of traffic is also a good idea.
The hardest of them all
I've already mentioned oven cleaning above, and, with a purpose. That's one of the tasks that's most often overlooked by many a housewife. Probably because they are not aware of the consequences of burnt-on stains and dirty carbon deposits. Left lingering for a long time, they can cause mixing up of flavours and God forbid, higher electricity bills.
The heaters, covered with stains, won't be so fast, will they? Professional oven cleaning London
specialists advice to take them on with all you have. Dismantle the stove for reaching every nook and cranny. After that, the crucial part is leaving the detergents alone to act and soften the stains. Afterwards, it's as easy as pie.
Last but not least, be careful what kind of solutions you use and, if they contain ingredients that are harmful, be cautious. Many store-bought products contain acids, bleach, abrasives and other dangerous substances. They can damage the eyes, the skin, your nose and even your lungs. I prefer to use natural or tested eco-friendly detergents. Rubber gloves are also a good idea, even if you decided to use natural cleaners... to save you manicure, at least.
The most important thing is to be careful when you combine cleaning products, even natural ones. When you mix hydroperoxide with vinegar, you can create something called peroxyacetic acid. that, Although effective disinfectant, it is als rodent and causes irritations. Apart from that, bleach (contains chloride), and ammonium never should be mixed together. Just because they will form poisonous gases. That's why you should be careful with any combinations, be it natural or chemical. Apart from that, do it in a room that can be ventilated.
Those are my golden cleaning rules. I wish they serve you well when you are up for this never-ending chore!