Have you ever walked into a home and almost felt you had to keep your sunglasses on? The dazzling glint on floors and walls, the gleam on furniture and fittings, and the sparkle and shine on every reflective surface can be energizing, giving you the feeling of super cleanliness. You wouldn’t be wrong to assume that this is a place where germs have no entry. You may wonder how they do it and imagine the homeowners going from room to room, polishing and scrubbing all day. The truth is, it’s not as hard as it looks. You just need to be consistent about cleaning, use the right products and tools, and enjoy the shimmer and twinkle around you. Here are our top 6 Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Shine. They don’t cost an arm and a leg. Neither do they take much effort or time? So, get to work!
6 Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Shine
1. Let the Surface Show: Often, what hides the shine is a heap of clutter. A granite countertop in your kitchen or work area should be free of stuff. Stow your appliances, spices, utensils, crockery, and cooking implements away in cabinets, hang them on S hooks, or arrange them on shelves. Let the natural shine of the granite catch the eye immediately when someone enters the room. Organize the stuff on desks and tables and get rid of loose, unwanted paper.
Likewise, if you have a hardwood floor, don’t clutter it up with rugs and too much furniture. One task you have to resign yourself to do consistently day after day is dusting. Shelves, tables, artifacts, bookshelves, window sills, and furniture are dust traps. Keep them dust-free and bring out the shine underneath. Use a slightly damp soft cloth, microfiber cloth, glove, or feather duster on different surfaces. You can remove pet hair with duct tape wrapped around a paint roller.
2. Washrooms and Toilets: These are places where you can shine. Get rid of limescale and soap scum on the tiles with a dash of vinegar and baking soda paste. Leave it on overnight, and wash it off with hot water and a soft brush. Wipe clean with a soft cotton cloth. Don’t throw away your old cotton t-shirts. Cut them up into neat squares and use them for wiping, polishing, and trash them when you’re done.
Hard water stains on and around faucets are ugly. Soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around faucets and shower heads. Leave them on for an hour while you focus on other bathroom areas. Wash off with hot water and dry with a soft cloth. This method gets rid of bacteria and mold too. Door mats and floor mats are dirt traps. Buy inexpensive ones and throw them away when they fray after a couple of washes. Let the mud dry on the mat before you vacuum them. Use a bleach pen on tile grout and wash it off with an old, soft toothbrush.
3. Glass Cleaning: Spray glass surfaces lightly with a fine mist of vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and water. Leave on for a few minutes and then sprinkle with dry baking soda. After about 15 minutes, wipe off with a soft, damp cloth. This method will restore the shine on your glass cooktop, windows, shower stall, drinking glasses, and crockery. Avoid using it on painted pottery and ceramic.
Consider using an electrical buffer if your glass shower doors are thickly layered with hard water stains or lime scale. Get some polishing compound at your nearest hardware store, and if you have an auto buffer, use it to remove the ugly layer. This tip is for experienced DIYers only. A great homemade window cleaner recipe keeps your windows diamond bright. Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol and water and add a teaspoonful of vinegar or lime juice. Spray it on and wipe it off immediately. This is great on tiles too.
4. Appliances: Keep your appliances well-dusted and clean. Focus on the outside of your oven, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and fridge. Don’t use cleaning products to wipe them. Instead, add a small amount of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle of water and mist the appliance, taking care not to spray near the electrical or electronic parts. Wipe clean immediately with a damp cloth. If the appliances have a steel coating, you will get a great shine when you clean them. Car wax is a great product to use on steel surfaces. Just make sure you use it only on the outside of appliances.
5. Vacuum Cleaning: It may seem unnecessary to discuss vacuum cleaning when everyone knows how to use one. You’ll be surprised to know that if you aren’t getting the best out of your cleaner, you may not be doing it right! If you’re using a regular vacuum cleaner, make sure you’re doing it correctly. Don’t leave the task for too long – this allows dust to settle and become more difficult to remove. Make vacuuming a routine, whether it’s carpets and rugs, wooden floors, or tiles. Set the speed to the correct level and spend more time in the high-traffic areas.
Clean your vacuum cleaner out, and don’t let the bags get filled to the brim before you replace them. The cleaner nozzle may get clogged with pet hair or caked dust, so keep it clean to work well. There are different vacuum cleaners available today. Get yourself a few different ones for various tasks. Hand-held cleaners are great for upholstery and curtains. If your carpets are made from expensive silk yarn, don’t use the attachment with beater bars. Use the right attachments to get into awkward corners. If someone in the family has dust allergies, consider buying one with a sealed filtration system.
Don’t skimp on the quality of vacuum bags. The cheap ones will fray and tear quickly, making a bigger mess for you to clean up. When vacuuming hardwood or laminate floors, turn off the agitator brush. This way, you won’t spread dust over the room as you vacuum. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner. They do a great job and leave you free to focus on other things.
6. Wood: Keeping wooden surfaces, furniture, fittings, and artifacts shiny isn’t as hard as you think. You need to remove all traces of dust with a microfiber cloth. Your wooden items may be coated with paint, oil, or varnish. Once you identify the coating product, you can use the right cleaning methods. Use 2 cups of water and a few spoons of dishwashing liquid for painted wood. Before you start cleaning, check if the paint is waterproof. Wipe the surface with the soap solution and wipe dry immediately.
For oiled furniture, soak a couple of tea bags in hot water. When the liquid gets a rich color, wipe the furniture with a soft cloth dipped in this solution. Let it dry thoroughly before using it. For polished furniture, use a mixture of olive oil and white vinegar in equal parts. Apply it to the wood, leave it on for a few minutes, and buff it with a microfiber cloth.
Our eyes get instantly attracted to sparkling things and reflective surfaces. They tell you that this is a clean surface that has been well cared for. You may have your own tried and tested ways to keep things shiny and bright in your home. Add our six great tips to your repertoire.