Choosing Cleaning Equipment
For spills and daily clean up, install paper towel racks in key places – the garage, workbench, baby’s room, and bathroom, as well as the kitchen where they are usually kept.
Be choosy about your cleaning rags. Use cotton fabrics, such as old towels, or special cleaning rags, and avoid cloth that contains less absorbent synthetic fibers, such as old slips.
Use clean cloths for damp or dry dusting; dirty ones will scratch surfaces.
To prevent dust from rolling out of your dustpan, dampen the pan before you start dusting. If the edge of your dustpan becomes bent, take time to straighten it out , or you will end up chasing dirt across the floor every time you use it.
Once you have collected the dirt on the dust, you will have to get rid of it. If you can’t shake the dust mop outdoors, try shaking it into a paper or plastic bag. Or try vacuuming instead of dusting.
Choose the right cleaning tools for the specific cleaning job you are doing, and do not forget to take care of cleaning equipment when the job is done. Here you can learn how to properly care of basic cleaning tools: dustcloths, brooms, dust mops, wet mops, sponge mops, scrub brushes, sponges and buckets.
Choosing Cleaning Products
Resist the temptation to buy more cleaning products than you need. The more products you accumulate in your home, the greater the chance they will be misused by children or adults.
Read all cleaning product labels before using the product. As a rule, do not mix cleaning substances unless the directions instruct you to do so.
Many people recommend making your own cleaning products. This is worthwhile only if the homemade products are much less costly and work just as safely and effectively as the commercial versions.