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30 Quick & Easy Cleaning Tips

30 Quick & Easy Cleaning Tips

You love a spotless house—but you don’t want to spend the bulk of your time actually cleaning. Well, fret no more. We talked to seven experts who gave us some of their best methods to make chores easier, more effective and much less time-consuming, so you can have a tidy, sparkling home in no time flat. In The Kitchen Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.) Sanitize the Sink: It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant, or make your own. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer. Do Dishwasher Duty: Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to...
Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning. It is an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces. Don’t be daunted by the size of this list, many of the jobs are small ones that will go by quickly, and you’ll be so glad you took the time to do them! FOYER 1.Dust lighting fixtures. 2.Wash walls and trim 3.Wash doors, knobs and switch plates. 4.Wash bench or other furnishings. Launder bench cushion, if applicable. 5.Empty out closet. Wash walls & floor, if needed. Sort items as you return them to the closet. Store out of season items, donate unneeded items. 6.Clean or replace entry mat. 7.Sweep and scrub floors. 8.Reseal grout lines, if necessary. BEDROOMS 1.Open windows 2.Dust furniture. 3.For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly. Donate Items you no longer need. 4. Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly. Donate items you no longer need. Try not to store things on closet floor. 5.Move Bed. Sort and put away anything that was under bed. Sweep or vacuum under bed. Try not to store things under bed. 6.Put bed back. Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up. 7.Launder bedding and curtains. Wash pillows and duvet in hot water. Air out mattress pad, if you have one. 8.Dust lights. Clean lamp shades. 9.Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens. 10.Wash switch plates. Wash walls and trim as needed. 11.Wash mirrors or dust art. 12.Wash doors and doorknobs. 13.Wash floor registers and...
Office Cleaning Tips

Office Cleaning Tips

There are many reasons for why you may want to keep a clean business office. Not only is a neat and tidy space more visually appealing than a cluttered mess, but it also makes a good impression on customers and clients and is more conducive to productivity in the workplace. If you are interested in maintaining order in your place of business, then follow these tips for how to clean a company office. Steps: 1 Organize loose papers. Paperwork that is piled up throughout the office space not only looks messy, but also makes it difficult and time consuming to refer back to important documents when the need arises. There are a number of ways loose papers can be organized during the office cleaning procedure. Filing cabinets are perfect for storing things like invoices, work orders, estimates, vendor information, product specs and customer profiles. Label files according to their specific use and file documents away whenever you clean the office. If you must keep certain documents on hand for immediate reference, then you can make use of desktop trays and wall mounted “pockets.” This is a good idea for things like bills to be paid, open customer files, paperwork that must be filed away and documents in current dispute. To save space, consider scanning documents that can be archived and storing them electronically. 2 Disinfect the restrooms. Not only is this necessary for a clean company office, but also for the safety of your employees and customers. Restrooms are a high traffic area and need to be cleaned every day. Scrub toilet bowls with a disinfecting cleaner and a...