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What order to clean a house ( Start upstairs or down? )

What order to clean a house ( Start upstairs or down? )

Do you know what order to clean a house to work the most efficiently and effectively?

We can all have a go at cleaning our house, and of course some of us will be better than others. Some of us couldn't think of anything worst, and would rather get a domestic cleaning company to clean our home for us.

If you are cleaning your home yourself, did you know that by simply cleaning in the correct order can reduce your cleaning time by up to 40%!

Order to clean a house

If you only remember two things from this article about the order to clean a house - remember to always work top to bottom, and round rooms in one direction!

Many people will start cleaning their home by running the vacuum around. This would appear to complete a large chunk of the cleaning relatively quickly. The reality is, that vacuuming first is the worst thing you can do.

Why?

If you vacuum first, and then proceed to use your feather duster to high dust and then dust cabinets, imagine all the debris that will fall to your freshly cleaned floors. Vacuuming floors and mopping hard floors should be the very last thing that is done when following the correct order to clean a house.

TOP TIP: "Always ensure you tidy your house before you start cleaning - cleaning and clearing are very different. Combining the two tasks is inefficient and highly time consuming."

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So what is the best order to clean a house?

Step one - Dust all rooms in your home

Dust each room starting high, working clockwise round the room and working down to end at the lowest point. Ensure your dusting includes the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens and other suitable items.

Step two - Clean furniture fabric and re-make the beds

Go through your home and change or remake beds as needed, and plump up and neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Brush furniture surfaces such as sofas with a vacuum brush attachment.

Step three - Clean Mirrors and Glass

Clean all mirrors and glass in your home. The best way to achieve a streak-free finish is to use a good glass cleaning product, and a microfibre cloth.

Step four - Clean / sanitise all surfaces

Work through all rooms in your home, wiping down all surfaces and counters in a methodical way, again starting high to low and moving round rooms in the same direction. Use a disinfectant or sanitiser as preferred.

TOP TIP - "Don't forget surfaces such as light switches and door handles which are high touch areas, and thoroughly sanitise these to prevent the harbouring of germs."

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Step five - Clean the kitchen

Walk through and spray a suitable cleaner on appliances, sinks and taps. Allow suitable contact time as detailed on the instructions on the cleaning product bottle, using this time to clean cabinet fronts. After this wipe clean the initial items sprayed to remove the product using another cloth.

Step six - clean the bathrooms and toilets

Place a suitable cleaner down all toilets, scrub and leave to allow contact time. Walk through bathrooms and spray a suitable cleaner on glass shower screens, baths, sinks and taps. Allow suitable contact time as detailed on the instructions on the cleaning product bottle, then wipe clean to remove the product using another cloth. Just the floors left after this step of the correct order to clean a house.

Step seven - Clean hard floors

Cleaning floors is always at the end of the correct order to clean a house. Vacuum or sweep all hard floors to remove debris first. After this and using a mop and bucket with suitable floor cleaning product, mop the hard floors corner to corner.

TOP TIP: "Ensure that you follow manufacturer's dilution rates as detailed on bottles when making a bucket up. Also ensure that your mop is well wrung out and damp rather than wet when using it. These two steps will reduce drying time, and remove the risk of sticky floors and smears."

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Step eight - Vacuum the house, top to bottom

Vacuuming is the very last step in the correct order to clean a house. Start on the top floor and vacuum all carpeted rooms, down the stairs to the next floor and repeat the process until you reach the last room. Make sure you vacuum corner to corner in each room, and that each stroke of the vacuum overlaps the previous one, to cover all areas.

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We hope you have found this article detailing the correct order to clean a house, and that is will save you some hours over the coming years.

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