Betty C didn’t go out in the world to become a house cleaner. Yet, she says the job found her and after 10 years in the field helping people enjoy spick and span houses, she says she just loves her job and can’t do without it. So, when we met Betty, the question playing on our mind was to get some quick tips that would help us and our readers to clean their abodes as effectively as her. Here are some gems of a confession that she shared about cleaning houses:
- Visualize the house as a grid: A house has many areas, some expansive, some tiny and many in between. You need to take a mental note of the entire cleaning area, breaking it down into smaller grids that need to be cleaned. This way, you won’t miss any areas, get the cleaning task done fast and reduce the number of redo’s a certain area would need.
- Clean from top down to bottom: Cleaning the floor first and then going to wipe the walls or clear the cobwebs from the ceiling would mean cleaning the floor again to remove the dirt and debris that fall during your ceiling or wall cleaning chore. So, it’s best to start from the highest point, says Betty, and work your way down to the floor.
- Don’t allow shoes inside: Every time you return from the outdoors, your shoes bring a lot of dirt and debris (and even dangerous germs, at times). So, have a shoe cabinet right at the entrance where you, your family members and guests keep their shoes and get into slippers before entering the house. This would reduce a significant load of cleaning.
- Clean little areas regularly: Don’t keep all your cleaning tasks pending for the weekend or holidays or it would scare the hell out of you, says Betty and rightly so. After all, aren’t most of us in the habit of doing it? The solution, says Betty, is to clean smaller areas regularly. So, be it organizing your little one’s closet, stacking up the magazines, or cleaning the kitchen counter top, you can do these easily between cooking, watching TV or your other daily chores.
- Don’t ignore stains: If you have a habit of ignoring stains until the weekend cleaning date arrives, you can be in trouble. Betty says that if you leave stains unattended for a long time, it would be harder to remove them. So, tackle stains immediately and if you have old stains to take care of, use your stain remover and sprays generously on it days before you clean it to get the best possible results.
- Take cleaning as a fun activity: Who doesn’t love clean surroundings? Even your mind can focus and function better when you are in an organized and clean atmosphere. No wonder cleaning is often called therapeutic, says Betty. You can put on your favorite music and dance while doing your cleaning chores to take the boredom out of the task and infuse it with some fun elements that would make the job enjoyable and let you finish faster.
Though cleaning can be scary for most, it would be tougher only when you take it up in an unplanned manner. If you have a proper plan in place and don’t postpone all your cleaning tasks for a single day, you should be just fine, says Betty in an encouraging tone.