Just because you had a long day at work, that doesn’t mean you don’t come home to a new set of responsibilities.  To make your cleaning routine as simple as possible, make sure you are working efficiently.  If you aren’t sure where to begin, consider these cleaning tips to help you cover the basics as quickly as possible while still getting great results.

Cleaning Surfaces

When speed is just as important as the result, you can’t go wrong with the variety of cleaning wipes that are available today.  These disposable products are made by a range of major brands.  Some are developed specifically for a part of the home, such as the kitchen or bath, while others are more universal.  Dusting wipes are also available for the surfaces you wouldn’t traditionally use a hard cleaner on, such as a wood table top.

These disposable wipes are great because they can clean and sanitize surfaces, trapping dust and dirt along the way.  Once you are done with one, you simply throw it away.  If your task isn’t complete, just pull out the next wipe and keep moving forward.  They are especially nice for messes that you want to throw away easily in order to avoid transferring germs to other locations.

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Floors and Area Rugs

Any time you are dealing with carpet, it is important to have the best vacuum cleaner you can afford.  A quality vacuum will outperform much of the competition.  This means it will take fewer passes in order to remove all of the dirt and debris, which will ultimately save you time.  If you can find a vacuum with easy to use attachments, you can also use it to clean furniture, blinds, and much more.  If you plan to use a vacuum for above ground cleaning, make sure to pay attention to the overall weight of the machine.

For you hard floors, a steam mop can do more than just clean.  Steam can be used to sanitize surfaces while also picking up dirt and debris.  In some cases, a steam mop can replace the standard approach of sweeping and then mopping, allowing both tasks to be completed at once.

If your steam mop cannot be used without sweeping first, avoid the need for a broom by selecting a vacuum with a hard surface setting.  This way, you can simply vacuum the floors after you handle the carpeted areas, and then move straight to the steam mop.

Glass and Mirrors

While certain disposable wipes can work on glass too, they may leave streaks.  If you find that to be an issue, all you need to handle the problem is some newspaper.  Crumple a piece of newspaper up and run it across your windows and mirrors for a streak free shine.  This is especially helpful if you already get a weekly or daily paper, as it will not cost you anything extra to achieve an ideal clean.  It is also an excellent option for cleaning windows in cars, as it can sometimes be difficult to work with other products in a small space.

Take a Break

Once you get through your daily tasks, make sure you stop and take some time to yourself.  You’ve had a long, hard day, and everyone needs to stop and recharge from time to time.