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10 Tips on How To Clean a Big House


It’s exciting to move from an apartment into a big four-bedroom house, but what many people forget to consider is how to clean it. What once took a few hours of cleaning from room to room will now take you an entire week to clean. I’ve never lived in a big house before, so I needed some tips on how to clean it.

To look to cleaning tips, it’s best to ask the pros. In my case i ask the owner of the best vacuum cleaner portal. Professional housekeepers know that time is money, so a client’s home must be quickly but effectively cleaned within a specific time frame. These are also the requirements for my large house, as we often have people over on the weekend, and I simply can’t spend every night of the week cleaning, and definitely not after a long day at work.

I did some research and this is what I discovered.

1. Use multi-tasking products. Not only do individual products fill up the cabinet—one cleanser for the mirror, one cleanser for the sink, one cleanser for the toilet—but they can also add precious minutes to your chore list. Buy one all-purpose surface cleaner that cleans and sanitizes.

2. Reuse an old toothbrush. Why go over and over a surface with a cloth or sponge when a toothbrush can get out embedded debris from around sinks, corners, and cracks?

3. Have a cleaning caddy. Instead of having your cleaning products all over the house, set up a cleaning caddy with clean cloths, sponges, glass cleanser, bathroom cleanser, and floor cleanser. You can easily carry it from room to room and not have to dash back and forth to get what you need.

4. Declutter before cleaning. Place trash in the bin, the dishes in the dishwasher, and the toys in the kids’ room. Other items should be put away. This gives you a smooth and clear surface for when you go around the house to do your cleaning.

5. Follow a system. Clean from the top of the room and work your way down. This is so that if any dust falls from above, you won’t have to clean the floor twice. Also work around the room in a clockwise pattern. This helps to keep you focussed and not aimlessly run around the room frustrated because everything needs to be cleaned. Finally, mop or use vacuum cleaner for the floors last.

6. Plug your vacuum cleaner into the central outlet in the house. This will enable you to reach more rooms without having to unplug and move the cord elsewhere. You can also purchase an extension cord so that you don’t have to ever unplug it during a cleaning session.

7. Don’t forget the electronics. It can be frustrating, but everything in a home needs to be cleaned. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the surface of your TV. You can use a feather duster to remove dust safely from the cords in the back. Use only water on the front of your TV screen, not any other chemicals. Don’t forget to dust your stereo and DVD/Blueray players too.

8. Use natural scents. Homes can start smelling bad over time, between dirty linens, cat litter boxes, garbage, and dirty clothes. But store-bought cleansers don’t make it smell much better, and spray air fresheners can trigger allergic attacks. You can make up your own cleaning products from lemon, water, baking soda, and essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, and lavender.

9. Get the gunk out of your shower head faster. Fill up a ziplock baggie full of vinegar and wrap around the end of your shower head nozzle. Use an elastic to hold into place. Leave it overnight. In the morning, the gunk will have dissolved in the vinegar, leaving your shower head nozzle shiny and clean, and perhaps even functioning more effectively.

10. Vacuum first. Even if you have hardwood or tile floors, use your vacuum cleaner first, before running the mop over them. This will help to speed up your mopping time, as you won’t be struggling to remove debris from the end of the mop.

Once you’ve done cleaning the room, get up close and examine it. If a cleaning technique isn’t working for you, you’ll need to find cleaning tools that work better.

Florida

I Moved to Florida!


I recently moved from New Jersey to Florida, hoping to find new opportunities. I’d begun my career as a tilesetter, and me and my partner had our own business. Unfortunately, work soon dried up due to the recession, as homeowners simply couldn’t afford to purchase the high end tiles that my company offered.

Discouraged, my partner eventually decided to abandon tilesetting to open her own small electronics store in Florida, while I’d pursue a career of writing and promoting small businesses. We choose Fort Lauderdale, as the region has many services and amenities, plus a large population which could be a potential customer base.

We packed up our U-Haul rental trailer and drove down through the country to Fort Lauderdale. It took us a week, as we wanted to stop and see the sights along the way. I found a rental for us online, and was surprised to find how affordable it was. We managed to score a three bedroom condo with two bathrooms—perfect for an office for each of us.

We had to considerably downsize from a large house to a condo, but that was alright—we sold most of our stuff on Craigslist, particularly the tile stock we accumulated over the years. In fact, we made a good profit.

Two weeks after the boxes were unpacked, she was looking at space in the local Sawgrass Mills Mall. This is a tourist attraction in itself, with over 350 shops, businesses and restaurants.

I decided to start blogging after we moved to Florida. I haven’t quite figured out the topic yet, so I’m testing the waters by describing how perfect Florida is.

There are many cities where the pace of life is so hectic. New York, London, and Vancouver come to mind. And then there are places like Fort Lauderdale. Here you can catch your breath. No one faults you if all you want to do is sit by the pool all day, sipping an ice cold beverage and reading Sports Illustrated.

But after you tire of that, there are a ton of things to do in this state. There is Disneyland, Epcot Center, Harry Potter World, Universal Studios, and Kennedy Space Center for the main attractions. There are also lesser-known attractions such as Coral Castle, the Holy Land Experience, and the Everglades. There are also the attractions to the south side of Florida, such as the Florida Keys, and Miami Beach.

Miami is also about a one hour drive away from Fort Lauderdale. There are buses that travel the route so you can leave your car behind and save on parking. It’s easy to spend the day at South Beach and then browse the boutiques along Lincoln Road, before taking a break at one of the many restaurants in the area. We did this within our first week in Florida, and decided to take a cab back home. It was expensive, but it was a hot day and we wanted to enjoy some alcoholic tropical beverages.

Miami is also cruise ship central, offering hundreds of cruises to tropical east Caribbean locations throughout the hot season. We’ll eventually do this after we’ve settled into our Florida home.

Florida also has delicious local fresh fruit and vegetables that taste way better than what we got in New Jersey. I guess produce gets stale in the long transport from Florida to there.

Now that I’m unpacked, I’m just learning all there is to know about Florida. I’m going to enjoy blogging from the comfort of my air conditioned office, or from the luxury of a comfortable lounger at the outdoor pool.