When it is time to clean the house, it is handy to have a house cleaning chore list. The list will help you avoid missing any areas that need to be cleaned. Put chores on the list in the order that you will be working on them, starting preferably at the ceiling area of a room, removing dust and dirt as you clean from top to bottom.
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Starting at the top of the house, brush ceilings free of cobwebs paying particular attention to corners where gauzy strands of dust gather. Dust window blinds from top to bottom, including inside window casings and window sills. Dust other high areas next, including shelves, bookcases, fireplace mantles, refrigerator tops, kitchen pot racks, credenzas, top of doors, ceiling fan blades and ceiling fan globes. Dust lower areas next: picture frames, artwork, knick-knacks, lamp shades, light fixtures, desk tops, side tables, headboards and mirrors. Use wood polish spray to wipe dust out of crevices on wood trim and to clean table legs. Polish remainder of all wood surfaces.
To do an in-depth cleaning job, include curtains on your house cleaning chore list. If possible, take the curtains off the curtain rod and have them cleaned. Dust curtain rods and rehang curtains. If this step is too aggressive, dust the top of curtain rods while the curtains are hanging, and gently vacuum the curtain fabric.
Windows and Mirrors
Clean interior windows and mirrors using a spray window cleaner. Wipe up window cleaner with crumpled newspaper pages for a streak-free shine. You can buy window cleaner or you can make a home brew with equal parts white vinegar and water that performs well and costs pennies on the dollar.
Clean inside and outside the oven, microwave and refrigerator. Wipe down the dishwasher exterior, sink, faucet, toaster oven, countertops and back splash. Vacuum or sweep debris off the floor and mop the kitchen floor, including baseboards.
Clean bathroom sinks, faucets and countertops. Use a toilet bowl cleaner and toilet bowl brush to clean inside the toilet. Using cleanser and a cleaning sponge, completely wipe down the exterior of the toilet fixture from top to bottom, paying special attention to the base. Clean the shower stall and/or bathtub, and subsequent plumbing fixtures. Clean inside and outside the glass in bathroom shower stalls, and bathroom mirrors as well. Vacuum, then mop, bathroom floors.
Other Living Areas
Shake rugs outdoors and machine wash them if possible. Vacuum rugs that are too large to shake out or wash. Shampoo large rugs if necessary. Run a vacuum cleaner hose over baseboards. Wood floors should be swept and lightly mopped with a scant amount of water. Tile floors should be swept or vacuumed, then mopped or vigorously scrubbed with warm, soapy water, depending on circumstances.
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