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Home cleaning in seven easy steps

This is the part where we brush up on your house cleaning skills.

Good domestic cleaning requires a systematic approach and organisation, so you don’t have to keep going over the same place twice and exert minimum effort for maximum results.

1. Cleaning top to bottom

The phrase came about for a reason. Starting at the top and working down means any dust or dirt you dislodge does not fall on somewhere you have already cleaned.

Apply the same rule to every room - start at the top, dusting the cobwebs out of the ceiling corners and work down to the floor. If you live in a house, start with the room at the tops and work down the stairs floor by floor.

2. Getting in the zone

Break home cleaning down in to smaller tasks - zoning your house and spending an hour each day in a different zone is a great idea if you are pushed for time.

3. Cut the clutter

Those ornaments, books and magazines just get in the way and gather dust.  Make sure everything has a place and everyone puts away what he or she uses.

4. Keep your cleaning caddy close by

Having your kit to hand cuts down running up and down the stairs every few minutes and speeds up the job.

5. Sweet smell of success

Make your home smell fresh as well as looking clean and tidy. Leave some bicarbonate of soda in the bin. You can also sprinkle dry bicarbonate of soda on carpets overnight to absorb musty smells. Vacuum the powder  away the following morning.

6. Don’t move - extend

Plug your vacuum cleaner in to a six metre extension cord so the cable trails all round your home rather than having to keep unplugging and plugging in.

7. Letting the dust settle

Tackle the dry jobs first in a room - like dusting. Then move on to the wet jobs like cleaning glass and polishing so the dust has settled and does not cling to any wet surfaces.

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