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The Ultimate 10 Step Whole-House Cleaning Plan

Yes, your primary goal in cleaning is to remove dirt. But at what cost? Surely you don't want to injure yourself and damage the very thing you are trying to clean. You want to get it done as quickly and with as little effort as possible.

The Ultimate Whole-House Cleaning Plan
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Stick to these 10 laws when cleaning any room and you're golden.

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1. Clean it up sooner rather than later
1. Clean it up sooner rather than later
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Spills and stains are generally much easier to clean up when you attack them right away.

If you treat that tomato sauce splatter on your shirt without delay, for instance, it will offer little resistance.

If you wait until the next day, you'll be sporting a permanent-look­ing red polka dot that you'll expend a lot more cleaning solution and time getting out.

Similarly, clothing or carpet stains are easi­est to remove when they're fresh.

The longer you wait, the more chance the stain has to set.

The rare exception to this law: Mud tracked onto your carpet is easiest to clean when you've let it dry first.

Wait until it's bone dry and crumbly; then just vacuum it up. 



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