Stick to these 10 laws when cleaning any room and you’re golden.
1. Clean it up sooner rather than later
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.
2. Clean from the top down
Don’t fight gravity when you clean. You’ll lose.
Working from high to low almost always works better in cleaning individual rooms.
When you’re cleaning the entire house, start on the top floor and work your way down to avoid tracking through rooms you’ve already cleaned.
When you’re cleaning a single room, first remove the cobwebs from the ceiling and upper mouldings.
Then dust the ceiling fan and light fixtures, followed by window frames and wall hangings.
Moving downward, conquer the furniture, baseboards, and floors.
This ensures that any dust shaken loose from on high does not settle on something you’ve already cleaned below.
Similarly, when you clean windows and mirrors, start up high and work your way down, because your cleaner obeys gravity.
This saves you effort and time.
The ancillary to this rule is always to clean left to right, starting at the door to the room.
That way, you’ll never miss a spot or go over the same area twice.
3. Think dry, then wet
When you’re cleaning a room, start with the cleaning jobs that require dry methods (dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming, for instance).
Then move on to wet methods (using an allpurpose cleaner and glass cleaner, mopping, and the like).
This way, there will be less dirt floating around in the room to cling to wet surfaces.