Cleaning is arguably one of the most annoying household chores, especially if after a couple of hours of work it does not seem as clean as it should. There are two potential reasons for that: either your home is sabotaging you or you are doing something wrong. Most frequently the true answer lies in between. Your home can be designed in a way that makes it difficult to reach some areas and you may unnecessarily prolong the cleaning time, because you do not know all the hacks and tricks. Here is how to kill two birds with one stone.
Consider Easy-to-Clean Flooring Options
Floors are exposed to dirt the most and that is why they always end up on your daily chores list. If you had plans on remodeling your house, you may gain much by opting for easy-to-clean flooring that can be cleaned with nothing more than a dust mop and a good sponge mop. Some of the great flooring options are luxury vinyl tile, stained concrete with a protective sealer, laminate and hardwood floors. Since wall-to-wall carpets are a hassle to clean, avoid them as much as you can and opt for area rugs or carpet tiles.
Choose High-Quality Paint for the Walls
No matter if you have kids painting on the walls or simply your walls become darker or scratched after some time due to high traffic, high-quality paint with the appropriate finish will make it easier to clean the walls, while not taking off the paint. This is especially useful in the living room and the kitchen.
Select Durable and Stain-Resistant Upholstery Fabric
Cleaning the upholstery always requires quite some time, but it does not have to be that way. Leather upholstery (minus white or ivory leather) is famous for being easy to clean, but is there some other option? Faux leather is far more affordable, and due to its increasing popularity, its appearance is constantly improved by designers. The best colors to use are black, charcoal grey, brandy, taupe or chocolate shades.
As people from Pristine Home say, another way to clean your upholstery fast, simple and with minimal effort is by using slipcovers. Just make sure, when you are buying or having them custom made, that the fabric is machine-washable, to make things even easier.
Put Your Furniture on the Move
Use (locking) casters to make your furniture moveable. This will significantly ease the vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, especially in the dining areas. Imagine how great it would be to simply roll off your table and have a wide-opened space to clean.
Organize Occasional ‘Spring’ Cleanings
One big cleaning endeavor can save you a lot of time and effort. Take one day in every couple of months to clean the house thoroughly. Move all the furniture and do not leave any corner unchecked. You can hire a steam cleaner (if you do not own one) for the ‘big day’ and make sure that all the persistent dirt and stains are removed from floors, tiles, carpets and upholstery. Every once in a while get rid of the unnecessary clutter. Clean the windows and the glass surfaces with a mixture of one part distilled vinegar and two parts water. Give your bathroom a facelift by scrubbing grout with a chlorine-water mixture and a toothbrush. Clean all the appliances in the kitchen and laundry room. This one day of thorough cleaning will enable you to superficially and quickly clean the house for days to come.
As you see, cleaning your home does not have to be nuisance, if you organize the space well and optimize your cleaning habits.