Keeping your house clean is a dutiful and demanding task. All the dust and debris, pet hair, spills, and stains come out of nowhere and make you wonder; what it takes to keep your house clean.
Cleaning has been my specialty since my early twenties. My grandmother says I used to pick up cleaning rags and wipe the dinner table with my mom when I was a toddler. My passion for cleaning didn’t waiver and I became a professional cleaner.
I started writing about cleaning in 2017, and it worked well for me. I have written blogs and cleaning equipment reviews on various social media platforms and websites. Based on my personal experiences and what I learned from my mom, I started Garbagewonk a couple of years ago.
The most common problem homeowners face when cleaning their homes is carpet, floor, and kitchen cleaning. Most people prefer DIY cleaning using mops, vacuum cleaners, and household cleaning items. I saw and still see my mom making our home spick and span using these methods. We have seen toddlers and pets make a mess on carpets and floors, throwing up, spilling foods and liquids, but my mom always made our floors look new.
Let me give you a short overview of cleaning.
The sooner, the better: Delaying cleaning in the wake of spills and messes will only make the stains stubborn and difficult to clean.
Keep your tools ready: Have kids and pets at your home? Keep your cleaning supplies for a surprise cleanup. These cute fellows don’t warn you before making a mess. Moreover, you must have all your supplies ready for regular cleanup sessions. No one wants to run back and forth while cleaning.
Cleaning is everyone’s duty: My mother is the spearhead cleaner but everybody chips in. My dad, brothers, sisters, and even the next generation play its part in keeping the home clean.
Be regular: Cleaning your home, yard, garage, and the car becomes hectic and challenging if you skip a cleaning session. So, consider cleaning a ritual and follow it religiously.
Top to bottom & left to right: Start cleaning a room from one corner. Clean floors at the end, so all the dust gets cleaned. It is best to clean your entire home in one go. Trust me; you’ll be saving a lot of time and energy with this rule.
The correct cleaning pattern: Avoid cleaning in circles. It just makes the cleaned surfaces dirty again, clean in horizontal and vertical passes. This goes for cleaning your appliances and kitchen counters.
Not everything works: Fancy cleaning commercials make you believe that everything works. No, it doesn’t. You’ll have to try various cleaners before you can find the right one. So, don’t give up if your cleaner doesn’t work.
Select the product carefully: Start with a gentle and natural cleaning product, especially if you have kids, pets or are allergic to harsh chemicals and smells. You won’t need strong products if you clean regularly. DIY cleaners are more eco and home-friendly.
Give it time: The cleaning product needs time to do some action. Go through instructions explained in the DIY cleaning method or read directions on commercial cleaner packaging.
Don’t forget to disinfect: Many people clean but don’t disinfect. Disinfecting toilets, kitchens, floors, and carpets prevent diseases by killing bacteria and viruses.
Achieve perfection: Check every surface post-cleaning with an eye-level test. Bring your eyes down to the surface level you just cleaned and see if anything pops out. You can do this for floor cleanup as well.
Storage is the key: Store your cleaning supplies carefully. Follow the instructions on cleaner bottles and user manuals.
Maintain your tools: A cleaning arsenal comprises vacuum cleaners and steam mops. So, you have to clean and maintain them. Love them so they can clean for you.
My passion for cleaning can make me talk for hours. However, I think the above discussion is good for an average homeowner.
I hope my website makes cleaning easy for you.
What you’ll find on garbagewonk.com
- Cleaning guides for carpets
- Steam Mop Guides
- Floor cleaning guides with a special focus on laminate, hardwood, tile, and marble flooring
- Toilet cleaning blogs to make the job less awful with the best toilet bowl cleaners
- Composting to help you reduce chemical fertilizers usage in your lawns
- Vacuum cleaning
All this is based on my 16 years of experience and what I learned during my cleaning jobs in Philadelphia.
Hope to see garbagewonk bookmarked in your browser and I will see you around for the latest cleaning guides and reviews!
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