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Old 02-17-2002, 06:56 PM
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10 Cleaning Rules

From the Womans Day Site:

10 Rules to Clean By

1. Clean only what's dirty. Why clean the whole door if there are only smudges around the knob? Spot|clean whatever needs it, but leave the rest alone.

2. Get it together. Gather all the cleaning products and equipment you need before you begin cleaning and carry them with you in a bucket
or child's wagon. Running back and forth for supplies wastes time and effort.

3. Be orderly. Work in a pattern, from left to right and top to bottom, around the room, leaving the center of the room for last.

4. Declutter before you clean. Use a basket to collect magazines, shoes and other stray items on floors and surfaces before you start cleaning.

5. Be frugal. Use only as much cleaner as you need. You'll spend less time wiping up excess.

6. Don't scrub. Let the cleaning products do the work. Pretreat tough spots, then come back to wipe them off after the products have done their job.

7. Extend yourself. Use a long extension cord on the vacuum to minimize unplugging and replugging. Buy a duster with a long handle so you can reach into corners in a snap.

8. Read the label. Cleaning products are formulated, tested and retested for specific jobs. Use them as specified and don't dilute them unless directed | it may reduce their effectiveness.

9. Do a little every day. Cleaning is more easily done in small, regular doses of 10 or 15 minutes a day. Whatever you do, don't wait for things to get out of hand before you tackle them.

10. Don't forget final touches. Take time to fluff pillows and cushions and arrange knickknacks. The room will look nice even if everything isn't absolutely spotless.
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Old 02-19-2002, 06:56 AM
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Good Tips, Kimmyo!

I follow most of these rules every day! My Dh does think that I need lessons again about what is really dirty though! I tend to clean things whether they need it or not. Just part of the whole routine of cleaning. I clean everything in my path! LOL!

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