House Cleaning Tips (with Video)
Using the wrong materials to clean valuable items in your home can quickly destroy them. Gisela Lowenstein, president and founder of The Glow System, shared with us the following tips and advice on how to clean and organize a home. The Glow System is an instructional DVD that teaches viewers how to clean and organize quickly and efficiently.
Here are a few of Lowenstein's favorite housekeeping tips:
First, organize a "cleaning caddy" or container that is stocked with supplies.
Invest in specialized cloths. Terry cloths are ideal for cleaning wet areas, while felt cloths are recommended for very delicate areas, such as a piano, to prevent scratches. Microfiber cloths work well for wet or dry areas and are perfect for capturing dust on delicate and smooth surfaces.
When cleaning appliances such as the oven or refrigerator, use dishwashing liquid or baking soda with warm water.
When cleaning bathroom accessories, such as the toothbrush holder, be sure to dishwashing liquid and water, rather than a strong cleaning agent.
Preserve your stone floors by only using PH neutral cleaning products.
Use a soft cloth or sponge with water to clean granite countertops. Do not clean with acidic chemicals, such as vinegar, lemon or lime juice, as they can be abrasive. Likewise, do not use bleach, ammonia or degreasing substances, as they may damage finishes.
Clean art frames with a soft bristle brush.
Avoid using chemicals when cleaning microwave ovens or refrigerators, as they may contaminate food.
Use soda bicarbonate to clean certain kitchen appliances.
Use an antibacterial cleaner on door hardware, such as door knobs.
Clean windows with vinegar and water. Mix one part vinegar to three parts water. This is a chemical free alternative to using a glass cleaner.
Clean your flat screen television screen with a soft clean cloth, such as a chamois. Do not use a paper towel. For more information, see "Cleaning a Flat Screen TV".
Watch the brief video below from The Glow System to learn how to safely clean doors and wall moldings.