Cleaning Supplies

There are a number of us who don’t want to even think of cleaning our homes. It is dirty and can be very time consuming. Having a method for quick cleaning and using the proper cleaning supplies will make any chore easier to deal with. There are a number of different products on the market today that are job specific or all purpose; knowing what is necessary and what’s not takes some of the pain out of cleaning.

When choosing a product, know exactly what you are going to be using it for. You don’t want to use a furniture polish for wood on plastic. Read the label to determine the right product for the right job. There are now “green” products as well as products that contain harsh chemicals; harsh chemicals can damage special surfaces if used incorrectly. For most cleaning tasks, basic warm soapy water and a clean rag is all you need.

Regardless if its spring cleaning or your weekly cleaning, having the right cleaning supplies will make the job easier and go quicker. Before beginning, make sure that everything you need has been gathered together. This will reduce time for finding something when you really need it.

Always start at the top and work your way down. Get those spider webs and dust off the top shelves, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures first. You can use this or that for dusting but the best is a lightly damp microfiber cloth; it’s soft and grabs everything just remember to rinse it in warm soapy water when it starts getting dirty and then continue on. You can also use a cloth diaper or old sock (these work great because you can put your hand inside).

Depending upon what you are cleaning, the cleaning supplies you will need can vary. You can use homemade solutions or cleaners you buy at the store. There are liquids, gels, foams and powders that can do all sorts of cleaning. In addition, the tool you use to apply the cleaners can vary as well such as clothes, sponges, brushes or paper towels.

The necessary cleaning supplies should be at least a glass cleaner, an all purpose cleaner, and a cleaner that has a sanitizer/bleach/anti-bacterial component.  For the bathroom, you may want to invest in a product(s) that works on soap scum, hard water and mildew. Foaming products work best in the bathroom due to all of the vertical elements that need to be cleaned (sprays run, foam sticks).

There may be other special cleaning supplies that you may need for more specific applications. You may have a lot of wood furniture or antiques that require special care. Your upholstered furniture requires different cleaning than your leather furniture. Wicker can usually be dusted but dirt and spills do happen.

As referenced earlier, clean from top to bottom; this means the floor should be the last thing cleaned and you should work your way back out of the room. Sweeping, vacuuming and mopping are all very important tasks especially if you don’t take your shoes off when entering the home. A spot remover, rug freshener (or baking soda) will help with quick clean ups.

Don’t let the numerous shelves of cleaning supplies intimidate you; simply read the labels and use the product best suited for the task you need to complete. Work top to bottom and start from the furthest point away from the door of the room you are cleaning. In no time, you will have a healthy and clean home.

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