Spruce up the house
AS the Raya celebration approaches, it is time to get the house in order for visits from family and friends. Check out these tips for quicker and better cleaning.
Spray the cloth when polishing
If you are using furniture polish, do not spray the furniture directly. It can work well if you use lots of elbow grease and remove it all, but if you are doing a general clean, you will leave lots of it behind. This sticky residue ends up attracting dirt. Instead, spray the cloth and then wipe the furniture.
Chuck the feather duster
A microfibre cloth is specially designed to hook on to and stick to dust whereas feathers just sweep most of the dust particles around. If you still want to use a feather duster, stick the cloth over it to reach ceiling corners and high shelves.
Let it sit
Tile, floor and faucet cleaners work best when you spray and then let them sit for a minute or so. This allows everything to moisten or penetrate so that you do not have to scrub too hard. Work out a system that allows you to spray and then tidy something small for maximum efficiency.
Work from the top to the bottom
It is better to work with gravity than against it, so clean the ceiling fans and let the dirt drop to the floor. Wash curtain rails before cleaning windows. Similarly, when tidying shelves, work from the top down.
Remove parts and clean separately
Items like coffee pots and smoothie blenders are designed to look as though they are a single tool but if you do not remove their blades and bits before cleaning, gunk will get trapped and bacteria will grow in rims and crevices. Take it apart and use a bristle brush to get into small spaces.