Spruce up the house

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Hari Raya Special -

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.

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