Before you start scrubbing away, it’s important to choose the right cleaner for each room in your house. Not all cleaners are created equal and using the wrong one on the wrong surface could damage your home.
Living Room: Dust and Vacuum First, Then Spot-Clean as Needed
Your living room sees a lot of traffic, so it’s likely that it also collects a lot of dust. Before you start spraying cleaners all over the place, focus on dusting and vacuuming first. This will help you remove the bulk of the dirt and grime before you start spot-cleaning individual areas.
For spot-cleaning, use a mild all-purpose cleaner or a glass cleaner for mirrors and windows. Just test your cleaner of choice on a small hidden area to ensure it won’t damage your surfaces.
Bedroom: Start With Laundry, Then Vacuum and Dust
Much like your living room, your bedroom probably collects quite a bit of dust. But before you start cleaning, make sure you take care of any laundry that needs to be done. This will help you avoid having to re-clean surfaces that you’ve already cleaned.
Once you’ve taken care of laundry, vacuum and dust your bedroom just as you would your living room. Again, an all-purpose or glass cleaner should do the trick for spot-cleaning.
Bathroom: Use a Dedicated Bathroom Cleaner
When it comes to cleaning your bathroom, use a dedicated bathroom cleaner rather than an all-purpose or glass cleaner. This is because bathroom cleaners are specifically designed to remove soap scum and other types of build-ups that are common in bathrooms.
Plus, they usually have a pleasant scent that will leave your bathroom smelling nice and fresh. Just be sure to follow the directions on the bottle, some bathroom surface cleaners need to be left on for several minutes for them to work properly.
Kitchen: Start With Appliances, Then Move to Surfaces
The kitchen can be one of the toughest rooms to clean simply because there are so many different surfaces (and potential sources of food residue) to focus on.
Start with large appliances such as your fridge and oven. These surfaces can usually be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner without any issues. Just be sure to read the labels carefully, some cleaners contain chemicals that can damage stainless steel appliances if they’re not used correctly.
Once you’ve tackled appliances, move on to countertops and other surfaces. For these areas, use a multi-surface kitchen cleaner that can cut through grease and grime without damaging surfaces.