We’re still waiting for the arrival of warmer weather in New England, but we’ve officially entered spring cleaning season. Have you started yours yet? In order to do a bang-up job, you may realize that some of your cleaning supplies and tools need some sprucing up. Your cleaning is much less effective when you don’t have the proper equipment.
When you grab for your tools, take a closer look at these items to see if they need replacement:
- Mops and brooms– In my opinion, a dirty old mop is about as effective as a bladeless knife. It is hard to clean when the mop itself is the problem. Have you considered a mop that uses a microfiber cloth instead of the type that needs wringing out? It may be time to rethink the type of mop you are using. You can also save time and space by not having a separate bucket to wring out your mop. Additionally, keep in mind the type of flooring that you will you be cleaning. Make sure the mop matches your floor type.
- Buckets– Most households have two buckets – one for carrying cleaning supplies and the other for cleaning solution. If your bucket handle is falling apart, it’s time to buy a new one! If you use your bucket only to make a water-based solution and the bucket is cracked or dirty looking, it’s time to buy a new one. Ensure these buckets are functional in advance, saving yourself frustration and time once you finally do get down to the nitty gritty of the actual cleaning!
- Cleaning Gloves – Let’s face it – no one wants to be touching dirty, dusty, yucky places, right? Using gloves is one way to make sure your hands do NOT touch the gross areas. However, are your cleaning gloves also gross? If they could be classified as a biohazard, well, it’s time to get rid of them, too, and buy some new ones. If you (and your budget) are in the mood for some fancy gloves, check out these gloves. This purchase just might make the whole spring cleaning task more palatable if you can look at something pretty and whimsical while tolling away to beautify your home!
It’s a good practice to take a monthly inspection of your cleaning items to double check that they’re ready for proper use. By staying on top of your tools, you can ensure a streamlined cleaning experience in the future.
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