5 must know ways to clean your home properly

Just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it is clean. Cleaning is more than just making your space more visually appealing.

Properly cleaning is vital for getting rid of the bacteria found everywhere from your bathroom to your kitchen and bedroom.

Cleaning properly is vital in maintaining a safe and healthy home, by eliminating the nasty bacteria found in your home, from the bedrooms to bathrooms and the kitchen bench.

Here are some tips on how you can clean the different surfaces in your home, so you don’t have to worry about harmful germs.

Laminate floor

Rising in popularity, particularly for the kitchen or bathroom, laminate flooring has become a common choice in Kiwi homes.

As with any floors, they gather dirt quickly, so it’s important that you clean them regularly.

Dirt is easily removed by vacuuming or sweeping, followed up by going over it with a mop.

High-traffic areas should be done once a week, but less frequently used spaces can be done every other week or even monthly.

Try to use a laminate floor cleaner and microfiber dust mop, ensuring you spray the mop rather than the floor.

Avoid using soap when cleaning the floors as it can create a slip hazard. Instead, follow these instructions to make your own vinegar-and-water solution.

Wooden furniture

When it comes to wooden furniture, the method of cleaning will depend upon the type of wood your furniture is made from. 

Identifying the wood will make sure you are using the right cleaning products and technique.

To dust your furniture, dampen a clean dry, microfiber cloth with some water and give the surface a gentle wipe. You can use a feather duster to dust up the rest.

To clean the wood, avoid using commercial cleaning products unless they are designed for wood, and do a spot check first.

Use a solution of mild detergent or soap dissolved in water, and spot-treat the area with a clean, damp cloth. Then, carefully rinse and wipe with a dry cloth.

Leather furniture

Not many homeowners know how to look after leather furniture, but if you’ve got a leather sofa then you need to be sure you properly maintain it.

Heavy-duty household cleaners should be avoided, as they can cause the leather to wear or become bobbled.

Instead, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust using the soft brush attachment.

You can then wipe the furniture using a microfibre cloth with a little bit of very mild detergent. It’s best to do a spot check to ensure the detergent won’t damage the leather.

Grab a different cloth and go over it once more with a bit of cool water, repeating until you have removed all the soapy residue.

Ceramic tile floors

If you’ve got tiled floors, then be sure to sweep or vacuum them a couple of times a week, as sand and grit can scratch and dull the ceramic surface.

Follow up by simply mopping the tiles using a mild detergent and hot, clean water.  

When mopping the floor, it’s best to use a rag or chamois-type mop and not a sponge mop.

Using a sponge mop will end up pulling the dirt into the grout tracks, making it far more difficult to clean.

To clean any stained grout, mix baking soda with a little bit of water to form a paste. Rub this paste into the grout, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it with an old toothbrush.

Stainless steel

To clean stainless steel surfaces, dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in 1.13 litres of water. Clean the surface using the solution and a soft cloth, and then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Finally, polish the surface with a dry, microfiber cloth. Stainless steel appliances can add value to your home but dirty appliances can have the opposite effect when it comes to selling your home.  

When wiping and polishing, don’t go in a circular motion, but, instead, go with the grain of the steel. Ideally, clean the whole area with broad sweeps, rather than focusing on small areas, which will help to give it a more even finish.

Avoid using any abrasive pads or cream cleaners, as these can mark the surface. Bleach should also be avoided as this can ruin the finish of the surface, along with its hygienic properties.

Remember, different surfaces often require different cleaning products and techniques, so be sure to do your research instead of using a one-size-fits-all solution.

Using the wrong product can damage surfaces, so always do a spot check if you are unsure.

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Sofia is a passionate writer from Sydney. She also enjoys decorating houses and engaging in home renovation projects. That is why she loves sharing her experience and advice with other people through her writing. Besides this, she loves technology and gadgets which can help us get through a busy workday.