Divide and Conquer – House Cleaning Made Easy Continues. . .

As stated in the previous cleaning posting, there are three types of cleaning with the Divide and Conquer system.  Two of the methods, Quick Clean and Good Clean were reviewed.  In this entry, I will explain how to Great Clean, and elaborate on Good Cleaning compared to Great Cleaning.

Each room is Great Cleaned only once per year.  Great Cleaning can be compared to Spring Cleaning over a longer period of time.  It does not matter when you Great Clean a room, although it is best to coordinate with one of your Good Cleaning sections.  Each month, select a room to receive extra special attention, and take the entire month to finish the Great Cleaning.  If you do not have twelve rooms in your home, select a room every other month.  To avoid any confusion, each type of room will be listed with an explanation of the cleaning method.  Hope it helps!

How to Good Clean a Bedroom:

Vacuum the carpets, or sweep and mop the floors, making certain to clean under the bed.  Dust any easily accessed baseboards.  Dust windowsills.  Move all items to dust the furniture, and quickly dust items before replacing.  Dust pictures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings. Clean mirrors.  Always change and wash the sheets when necessary.

How to Great Clean a Bedroom:

Vacuum the carpets, or sweep and mop the floors, making certain to clean under and behind as much furniture as possible.  We use Magic Sliders for the heavier furnishings, and move those items just enough to vacuum and dust behind.  Vacuum all upholstery.   Dust all walls and baseboards.  Dust the tops of all doors and door frames.  Dust windowsills.  Dust pictures, and clean the glass.  Thoroughly clean all types of light fixtures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings. Clean mirrors.  Move all items to polish any wood furniture.  Thoroughly clean each item before replacing.

How to Good Clean a Bathroom:

Clean the bathtub and shower, including the grout and door track.  Clean most water marks from the shower doors.  Clean all faucets and fixtures.  Clean the inside and outside of the toilet, and use a pumice stone to remove any water stains. Dust any easily accessed baseboards.  Dust windowsills.   Clean all mirrors.  Clean the bathroom counters, and all items on top.  Clean the sink. Sweep and mop the floor.  Shake the bathroom rugs.  Always change and wash the towels when necessary.

How to Great Clean a Bathroom:

Wipe down outside of all cabinets and handles.  Thoroughly clean the bathtub and shower, including the grout and door track.  Replace any grout that cannot be cleaned.  Clean all water marks from the shower doors.  .  Wash shower curtains if applicable.  Clean and shine all faucets and fixtures.  Clean the inside and outside of the toilet, and use a pumice stone to remove any water stains. Dust all walls, baseboards, tops of all doors, door frames and windowsills.  Thoroughly clean all types of light fixtures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings.  Clean all mirrors.  Move all items to clean the bathroom counters, and thoroughly clean each item before replacing.  Clean the sink, and shine all faucets and fixtures.  Sweep and mop the floor.  Shake and wash bathroom rugs.

How to Good Clean a Kitchen:

Wipe the top of the refrigerator.  Clean the inside and outside of the microwave, the outside of the stove and oven, the outside of the dishwasher, and any other appliances.  Dust any easily accessed baseboards.  Dust windowsills.  Clean the kitchen counters, and all items on top.  Clean the sink. Sweep and mop the floor.

How to Great Clean a Kitchen:

Wipe down outside of all cabinets and handles.  Clean the top of the refrigerator, then pull it out away from the wall.  Unplug the refrigerator to vacuum the back and floor beneath.  Check all water lines.  Clean the coils with a refrigerator coil brush, and thoroughly clean all door gaskets.  Clean the inside and outside of the microwave, the outside of the stove and oven, the outside of the dishwasher, and any other appliances. Clean and/or replace stove vents.  Dust all walls, baseboards, tops of all doors, door frames and windowsills.  Thoroughly clean all types of light fixtures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings.  Move all items to clean the kitchen counters, and thoroughly clean each item before replacing.  Clean the sink, and all faucets and fixtures.  Sweep and mop the floor.  Clean area rugs.

I did not list the insides of the refrigerator and oven because these are two tasks that I complete before beginning a great cleaning of the kitchen.  It takes a long time to clean out the refrigerator, and when I try to accomplish this project all at one time, I tend to grow sloppy toward the end.  Instead, about two weeks before I know that I am going to start on the kitchen, I tackle one or two refrigerator shelves per day.  This method seems to make the job easier, and the refrigerator door is not left open for an extended time period.  Since most ovens are self-cleaning, it is best to coordinate this for a day that you are not going to be in the kitchen.

How to Good Clean a Living or Family Room:

Vacuum the carpets, or sweep and mop the floors.  Dust any easily accessed baseboards.  Dust windowsills.  Move all items to dust all furniture, and quickly dust items before replacing.  Dust pictures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings. Clean mirrors.

How to Great Clean a Living or Family Room:

Vacuum the carpets, or sweep and mop the floors, making certain to clean under and behind as much furniture as possible.  We use Magic Sliders for the heavier furnishings, and move those items just enough to vacuum and dust behind.  Vacuum all upholstery.   Dust all walls and baseboards.  Dust the tops of all doors and door frames.  Dust windowsills.  Dust pictures, and clean the glass.  Thoroughly clean all types of light fixtures, ceiling fans, and wall hangings. Clean mirrors.  Move all items to polish any wood furniture.  Thoroughly clean each item before replacing.

The cleaning jobs that are saved for a later date include windows, curtains, blinds, slipcovers, blankets, comforters, bedspreads, pillow shams and the inside of drawers and cabinets.  These items will be reviewed in the next posting.

Be sure and follow me on Pinterest.  I have created a board for many of the products mentioned in the blog.  Also check future postings as I will begin to provide information and recipes for the natural cleaning products used.

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