At first glance domestic cleaning can seem like an easy job, but nothing could be further from the truth, since it involves bending, heavy lifting, and dealing with harsh chemicals and fumes. The job is never done; every task must be continuously repeated to keep an orderly house. Before cleaning your home, it may help to compile a thorough checklist of everything that has to be done.
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Domestic cleaning duties in the kitchen largely depend on the amount of people living in the home, and the frequency with which they prepare home-cooked meals. In a heavily used kitchen, domestic cleaning duties include washing, drying and putting away dishes; scrubbing, drying and putting away pots and pans; sweeping and mopping the floor; cleaning the oven; and disinfecting the counters and table. Depending on the type of freezer the home has, periodic defrosting may also be necessary. The refrigerator should be cleared, restocked and scrubbed on a regular basis. The garbage should be emptied daily.
Living areas must be swept and mopped, or vacuumed, depending on the floor's surface. Area rugs should be beaten, shaken and washed (if they're small enough). Periodically, the floor surfaces should also be shampooed or buffed and waxed. Wood surfaces, such as ceiling fans, baseboards, coffee tables, end tables, entertainment centres, bookshelves and trophy cases, need to be dusted regularly. Windows and mirrors need to be cleaned with a streak-free glass cleaner.
In the sleeping quarters, sheets, pillowcases and comforters should be washed, dried, and replaced regularly. Floors either need to be vacuumed or swept and scrubbed, and windows and mirrors need to be cleaned periodically. Laundry should be done once a week and put away, and clothes in the closet should reflect the season. Clothes out of season should be folded and put away in storage until it's time to wear them again. In kids' rooms, toys should be neatly put away; in adults' rooms, the space should be straightened regularly to maintain order and neatness.
Bathrooms need to be cleaned often to maintain a healthy standard of sanitation. The toilet needs to scrubbed and disinfected; the bathtub and sink should be cleaned after each use. The mirrors and fixtures should be sprayed and wiped with a non-streak cleaner at least once per week, and the floor should be swept and scrubbed at least once a week. When washing the floor, don't forget to scrub behind the toilets.
Hallways, foyers and stairways need periodic attention. The floor needs to be regularly vacuumed, swept or mopped, as applicable. These areas will also need dusting and straightening to keep them clear of clutter and safety hazards.
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