Dusting is an integral part of our cleaning routines. It’s a great practice to keep, but dusting only pulls off loose dust. It doesn’t deep clean or pull up dust that has hardened onto surfaces in your home. Sometimes our homes need a good deep clean to get older layers of dust up.
A good, thorough deep cleaning of our home is the perfect solution. Hand wiping things that collect a lot of dust can liven up any living space, and it can give your furniture and other knickknacks new life. Hand wiping does take a lot of time, discipline, and effort. It isn’t a quick fix, but the time it does take to clean your home is worth it, and you’ll be glad you made the effort.
Preparing for a Deep Clean
Make a plan for deep cleaning your home. Prepare for it thoroughly and set aside the time you’ll need to do it. It takes more time to hand wipe and deep clean than it does to dust. If you are tight for time, make a list that prioritises the most important and least important things you need to clean.
You’ll need the following:
- multiple, clean rags
- an all purpose cleaner (preferably all natural)
- a scrubbie
Go around to the places in your home that need the most attention. Use the cleaner to spray, thoroughly, the item you are deep cleaning. Let is soak for a little bit so that it’s easier to work up the grime and the dust. After you’ve let it soak for an appropriate amount of time, use one of the clean rags to begin wiping off the layers of dust and grime. You may need to use multiple rags, depending on the size of what you are cleaning and how much dirt it has gathered over time. Once you’ve finished wiping off all of the dirt, consider using a microfibre to polish up the piece and snag any remaining bits of loose dirt.
For the stubborn spots you may come across, you can use the scrubbie to work up the dirt. Don’t scrub so hard, however, that you scratch up the surface beneath.
Continue wiping things down through the entire house. Depending on the amount of dirt and dust on the objects in your home, it might be a time consuming project. The important thing to remember is to keep with it. If you have to, you can even divide it up over the space of a few days, so that you don’t burn out while deep cleaning your home.
After this, your home and living spaces will be significantly cleaner. Cleaning isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon; and the time it takes to detail and scrub your home will leave you feeling satisfied.