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Home cleaning might not exactly bring feelings of warm excitement; you might get a headache at the mention of the word. But this dreaded activity may add a few hundred dollars to the value of your home when you sell it. The other good news is that there are ways you can achieve brilliant results without expending as much time or energy as you think.
Have a cleaning plan
There is a saying that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your current home cleaning routine may not be as effective because you approach the task without a clear plan. It doesn’t take much to create one, just a pen and a pad, or an iPad.
Do a thorough examination of your house inside-out, top to bottom and note down every little area that needs cleaning. From the grease-stained garage floor to the dust-coated bathroom window sills, jot it all down. After this, note down cleaning tasks that will effectively deal with the filth, grouping those that you might do in a single go. Arrange them into a sequence that will help you avoid doing double work.
Get the right tools
Next, note down which cleaning products and tools you need for each task and check if you have them ready. If not, or if you estimate that the remaining quantity won't suffice, create a shopping list of cleaning agents and instruments. For the best cleaning results, don't fall into the temptation of using a substitute product for a task just because it's available. Use the right tools and products for their designated function.
If you’ve lived where you are for a couple of decades, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of clutter. The trikes your kids learned to ride on, old baseball bats and gloves, broken toys, those trousers you no longer fit in; these items and more lie stashed in the corners of wardrobes and garages in most family homes. Spare a weekend to go through your house from attic to basement collecting all the junk you no longer use. If some of it is still in good condition, arrange a garage sale or pawn it off. The extra cash can help finance your relocation. Toss the remainder of the clutter in the trash.
Keeping your home clean as a daily habit will save you a lot of time and money when cleaning it when it’s time to sell. You won’t have to deal with stubborn mold or mildew in your bathroom, for instance, if you get into the habit of rinsing off your bathtub every time after use and keeping faucets and handles dry.Get cracking on your cleaning plan now if you intend to move house soon.
Leather is a costly material, so buying bags, shoes, sofa or clothes in this material can set you back a few dollars. Having paid top dollar for the leather sofa or purse, you logically always want to keep the item in good shape. Sadly, leather is tough to clean. Regardless of their durability, using too much water or washing them with a washing machine can destroy the material. What do you do when you notice a stain on your leather item? Below are effective tips on how to properly clean an article with leather material.
How to Clean Leather Purses or Bags
Leather purses and handbags are prone to stains as they are often placed on the floor and used outdoors. Some people use soap or detergent to get rid of the stains, but this is wrong - Soap or detergent remains on the leather and may result in cracking and dry patches. If you want to get rid of a stain effectively from your leather bag or purse, follow these steps;
- Get a mild facial soap and one part with eight parts of clean water
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle
- Spray the mixture on a towel
- Use the towel wipe the grain of the leather. Do this gently until the stain removed.
- Leave the purse or bag to air dry inside your home. Do not expose to sunlight.
- When the purse or bag has dried completely, use a small amount of leather moisturizer. This helps to protect the handbag or purse.
How to Clean Leather Furniture
Leather furniture, such as cushions and sofa are standard in most homes, but only a few homeowners know how to clean leather furniture. Some homeowners make the mistake of using strong household cleaners on their cushions, the aftermath of such action is a worn-out cushion. To prevent such, here are some tips on how to clean leather furniture.
- Before cleaning, use a vacuum to remove dust and particles.
- Using a microfiber cloth, wipe a pea-sized amount of a mild detergent onto the furniture.
- Using a separate cloth, wipe the furniture gently with clean water.
- Continue wiping with clean water until there is no sign of soap residue on the furniture.
- Close blinds or curtains and allow the furniture to dry naturally.
How to Clean dry stain from leather
Shoes Whenever you notice a dry stain on your leather shoe, do not clean it off with water. Get an eraser and rub the stain until it disappears. Do this gently, or else you may damage the material.
Caring for your leather items requires some skill and patience. Try some of these tips today and breathe new life to your leather furniture, bags, and shoes.
It's the season of the year when one of the top priorities on everyone's list is to keep away from getting sick. While washing our hands and taking extra vitamins are important your bedroom could be a lurking danger to that goal.
We spend on average 7 hours a night asleep or in our bedrooms each day, typically a little more in the winter months thanks to the sun's seeming hibernation. With so much of our time spent in that one room, you should make sure that it is not making you sick. A few things to make a habit of keeping clean are...
So often it part of the house cleaning that we put off but sheets and pillowcases should be cleaned once a week. As you sleep on it dirt, oils, dead skin, germs, even drool can accumulate leaving plenty to make you sick.
For similar reasons, pillows should be cleaned twice a year. Thankfully most pillows can just be thrown into the wash and dryer with good results. If not, putting it in the sun can help to sanitize and deodorize it.
Under the bed
Whether you are a nit-pick or this area has become a catch-all for anything that hit your bedroom floor chances are that you overlook this area in the monthly deep clean. Clear out anything that might be negatively impacting your heal and run a vacuum or broom underneath to keep the dust from piling up.
Dust your ceiling fan
Again an often overlooked part of the room that requires regular cleaning. If you dust it once a month, it should not have a chance to send the dust fairies down onto you in the middle of your blissful sleep.
Huh? Yes, just as important to your health is the air quality of your bedroom. Let fresh air into your house and bedroom periodically. Doing this allows the air to circulate and helps germs to be flushed out. Another way to take care of the air in your bedroom is to use aromatherapy. If you are using good quality essential oils, they can help to kill bacteria and virus germs in the air and make your room smell fresh and clean. If you run the heater, it will also be a good idea to use a humidifier to make sure that dry air is not leaving your nasal passages dried out and stuffy in the process.
Your sanctuary from germs and allergens
Don't forget that your home can hold just as much responsibility for your health as many other elements around us. Do your part to stay healthy. Keep away from allergens in your home by keeping these often overlooked parts of your house clean. You will be able to remain confident, knowing that your home is your sanctuary.