Weekly Cleaning Made Easy

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Take the chore out of chores with this weekly cleaning schedule that is quick, efficient, and super easy. With this checklist, you'll target key areas that collect the most dirt and are the most visible.

Start with the Kitchen

In the kitchen, it pays to get the hardest jobs out of the way first. To keep your kitchen sparkling clean, stay up-to-date with these weekly tasks.

-- Mop the floor.

-- Clean the exteriors of appliances.

-- Wipe the counters and cabinet doors.

-- Scour and polish the sink.

Clean the Bathroom

When cleaning your bathroom, take time to give your fixtures a little TLC.

-- Use general-purpose spray cleaners or mix vinegar and water to scrub your sink, toilet exterior, tub, and faucets.

-- Use an antibacterial cleaner for heavy-duty disinfecting in the toilet bowl and baking soda paste on tough grime.

-- Remember not to use abrasives on scratchable surfaces.

Dust Furniture and Shelves

By eliminating dust, you'll protect your furniture and improve your home's air quality.

-- Remove accumulated dust from furniture and other problem areas.

-- For dusting, we love soft, non-scratching cloths that pick up and hold dirt.

-- For fine wood furniture, use dusting cloths in place of silicone sprays.

Cut cleaning time and ensure a sparkling space with these clever cheats that keep dust under control.

Must-Know Dusting Tricks

Keep dust under control with these three must-know cleaning tricks.

Shake or Vacuum Area Rugs

-- Keep your large area rugs in tip-top shape by caring for them as you would wall-to-wall carpet.

-- For small rugs that are difficult to vacuum, take them outside and shake them vigorously, or hang them over a clothesline and beat with a broom to remove dust and dirt.

-- Consult care labels for small rugs to determine whether they should be dry cleaned, spot cleaned, or laundered.

Vacuum Living Areas

Vacuuming your living areas once a week controls the unavoidable accumulation of dust and debris.

-- Before you vacuum, pick up large debris, scraps of paper, buttons, and objects that may damage your vacuum belts and hoses.

-- Try vacuuming steadily and evenly in overlapping parallel patterns.

Mop Hard-Surface Floors

Mopping is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to keep your home clean.

-- Wet mops are used for scrubbing and for applying sanitizing solutions to bathroom and kitchen floors.

They work when pressed firmly to the floor and moved in long, overlapping strokes.

-- When mopping, make sure to wipe up excess liquid because standing water can damage wood surfaces.

Say so long to streaky floors. Cleaning expert Donna Smallin Kuper shares her secrets to keeping laminate floors spill-free and sparkling.

Secrets to Cleaning a Laminate Floor

Say so long to streaky floors. Keep laminate floors spill-free and sparkling with these must-know tips.

Change Bed Linens

We recommend changing and laundering sheets and pillowcases once a week.

-- For even wear, rotate your sheets, storing fresh sheets at the bottom of the stack in your linen closet.

-- For best results, wash your sheets in warm water and use non-chlorine bleach when needed.

-- Wash all-cotton spreads, blankets, and coverlets in cold water to avoid shrinkage.

Sweep Front Entry and Steps

Don't forget to give your entryways a little attention every week.

  • Try using a utility broom to clean large areas that require heavy-duty sweeping such as decks, patios, and driveways.
  • Use a classic, natural-bristle brush for general sweeping with a dustpan.
  • Choose the best-quality broom to avoid bristles that shed when you sweep.

 

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