Friday, June 27, 2014

Speed Cleaning Your Master Bedroom ~ Day 14 ~ Really All The Other Rooms In Your Home

Hey! It's great to be back. Good to see you too!
Today we will be looking at how to clean the other rooms in your home.
I want to focus on the Master Bedroom since you probably just finished the bathroom in the Master Suite.

As I was thinking about this I realized even your Dining Room, Living Room, Home Office and Family Rooms will be clean pretty much in the same manner.
The cleaning plan I'm going to give you today, we will assume that your Dining Room has a solid floor, the Living Room & Bedrooms, etc. have carpet.

Gather The Supplies You Will Need For The Jobs:

  1. Cleaning Apron
    • Duster
    • Microfiber Cloths
    • 6-8 Cleaning Cloths (later you will be able to figure better on how many cloths you need for each room, but since we are in training its better to have too many or too much of something that not enough)
    • Furniture Polish
    • Felt Type Polishing Cloths
    • 409 Cleaner
    • Window Cleaner
Extras you will be needing as well:
    • Broom
    • Vacuum Cleaner
    • Pillowcase
    • Step Ladder
Get Set!
Starting Point In Your Room. **
Walk into the room and set your Carry-All Caddy at the right of the door. Remember to work in a clockwise motion. 

  1. Dust the top of the door facing and begin moving around the room encountering each piece of furniture as you get to it.
  2. Use your duster being careful not to flick or swing it in the air.  Think about it. Your duster is full of DUST and when you flick or shake it you are throwing all the dust you just removed back out it the air only to land once again on the furniture you just remove it from.  Don't make work for yourself.  Dust from top to bottom, back to front. 
  3. Remember to check for cobwebs in the corners and dust on the baseboards as you come down. 
  4. Dusting furniture
    • Starting at the back edge lifting any items up, dust item (knick knacks, books, lamps, clocks, etc). Replace it and move on to the next. As you are dusting when you get to the edge of the furniture piece stop! Don't flick the duster on out from the furniture.  I know you are thinking but I'm getting the dust off! No! You are throwing it out and into the air. Only to land on something else. If you dust to the edge and stop you are giving the duster a chance to grab the dust and hold on to it. 
    • When you are moving to the next piece of furniture, give the duster a quick tap on your ankle (which is at the floor) and the dust will fall to the floor and wait to be vacuumed up in a few moments. 
  5. Don't forget chairs, pictures on the wall and other door frames in the room. They need your attention too. 
    • Check for fingerprints Use your 409 cleaner on woodwork and Window Cleaner on glass and mirrors
    • Remember the TV, Stereo or other dust catcher that might be in the Armoire
    • Upholstered furniture should be vacuum 
    • Leather furniture use a leather care product on them to prolong their "life" 
  6. Mirrors
    • when cleaning any mirror don't look in it head on
    • stand at an angle or to the side of it and you will be amazed by how the streaks show up
    • this will allow you to clean it without having streaks
  7. Nightstands & End Tables 
    • dust above the table first if it is next to a wall
    • then dust the lamp since it is the tallest and any dust that might fall will fall downward onto the table below
    • keep dusting the objects on the tables from tallest to shortest 
    • then lift the items and dust under them 
    • dust all the table top surface and down to the floor until finished  
  8. Once you have finished with all the dusting it is time to start vacuuming
    • if there is upholstered furniture in this room vacuum it now
    • start a the point farthest from the door to start vacuuming the room
    • try to vacuum the nap of the carpet in one direction. I know there are times when this isn't possible due to furniture
    • lift any chairs and vacuum underneath them
    • move light pieces of furniture and vacuum underneath them, dust gets under there too! 
    • work your way to the door. 
    • when you are done all the carpet will be vacuumed and there will be no footprints left behind. 

** Monthly things to do
Since these collect a lot of dust do them before you dust anything else.  In fact I dust them and then go into another room and do the same thing. Do this in all the rooms where ceiling fans and blinds are. Now go back where you started and finish the room. This has given the dust that has gone out and a chance to find a new home waiting to be collected by the duster or vacuum. 
  1. Blinds
    • These will be done before you start dusting anything. 
    • close the blades facing upward  
    • pull the string that runs through them and pull them out from the window
    • dust in a straight downward motion in a straight line; not left to right
    • Stop as you get to the bottom of the blind
    • tap the duster on your ankle 
    • do the same thing on the next section until you have dusted the entire backside of the blind.
    • Now turn the blades in the opposite direction and repeat the steps you just did only on the front of the blinds this time.  You don't need to pull them out this time "wink,wink"
  2. Ceiling Fan (you will need a step ladder to stand on and reach the blades properly & a pillowcase to cover the blades)
    • These will be done after the blinds. 
    • For this the best way is to get on the step ladder just to the left end of the blades
    • open the pillowcase and cover the blades one at a time. 
    • put one hand on the top & one hand on the bottom of the fan blade pull the pillowcase out slowly. 
    • now move onto the next blade and continue until all the blades have been cleaned
    • while you are up there dust the fan motor and rod as well
    • now you have a clean ceiling fan with minimal dust loss 
  3. Edge of the carpet and baseboards
    • do this before you start on the room just like you did with the blinds and ceiling fan
    • use you broom to sweep this area
    • you can sweep off the baseboards at this time too!
    • if there are any scruff marks on the baseboards this would be the time to take care of them using 409 cleaner and a cleaning cloth
  4. Under Bed
    • I know this is or can be a major task in itself, if there is stuff stored under the bed
    • pull things out and dust them
    • vacuum the floor underneath the bed
    • replace items
    • Now that wasn't so bad and now it's clean. 

And there you have it!  
You now have a game plan on how to Speed Clean your home. 
Take all the tools, advice and instructions, then customize them to your floor plan.  
But the techniques have been tried and true and therefore are the best to save you time.

Next week I will be showing you how to organize your time so you have more than before. 
So come back on Monday to see how!  
Have an awesome weekend!!!

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Encouragement For The Spirit ~ 
In everything you do, put GOD first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.  Proverbs 3:6


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