Dust first and vacuum second. Any bits of dust and dirt will fall to the floor where they will be collected in the vacuum cleaner. The best dust cloth is a damp, clean, cotton cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with clean water from a spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks on the furniture. When dusting wall units follow this procedure: first lift and dust each object; then dust the shelf both underneath and behind. Start from the top of the unit and dust down to the bottom. Remove dust from the front of stereo speakers with the vacuum hose and flat attachment. Always check the owner’s manual for instructions regarding the care and cleaning of your electronic equipment.
Never clean a warm or hot light bulb with a damp cloth, as the bulb will shatter. Dampen a clean, soft paintbrush to remove dust from louvered doors, telephone keys, carved furniture, etc. Clean mini blinds can be maintained with a minimum of effort using a lamb’s wool duster or the soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner. Close the slats; dust across the slats starting at the top; close the slats the opposite way and dust across again. Wipe wood surfaces with the grain to avoid streaks. To clean a picture, wipe the top of the frame first, down the sides and across the bottom. Always spray glass cleaner on your cloth and never directly on the glass to prevent seepage under the glass that could damage the picture. A clean, lightly dampened cloth tied around the working end of your dust mop or broom will take care of cobwebs.
A clean, damp cloth or rubber glove will remove pet hair from furniture upholstery. A damp cloth or rubber glove will remove pet hair from the upholstery of the furniture. Sweep or vacuum kitchen floors first to collect crumbs and dirt before damp mopping. Start washing the floor in the farthest corner of the room and work your way towards the door. Use a cloth on the end of a mop handle to reach the narrow space between appliances. Vacuum or sweep the bathroom floor to collect any loose hair, dust and dirt prior to washing the floor. Remove mats, wastebaskets and any other items sitting on the floor that may get in the way. Never place a mat on a wet floor as the rubber backing will discolour the floor surface.
A plastic hair brush or hair pick will straighten the fringe on area carpets. Comb the carpet fringe in a direction away from the center of the carpet. To reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents, place anti-slip backing under throw rugs. Place a mat inside and outside each entrance to your home to reduce the dirt that is brought in on shoes and boots. Protect your floors and furniture by preventing surface damage. Never set wet cloths, bottles, buckets or damp mops on furniture, hardwood floors, carpet or marble.