They say the only things constant in life are death and taxes. Well, make that death and taxes and dirt. No matter how much you clean, dust and dirt are a fact of life. Those dust motes and dirt won’t stop coming in through your door or window any time soon.

Here are a few tips on how you can effectively deal with both:  

Stock up on cleaning tools

A well-stocked cleaning cabinet is your first defense against dirt and dust in your home. If it’s time to give your rooms a good cleaning from top to bottom, you’ll want to have the right tools at hand to get the job done—and done right. From a trusty dust mop from Fuller to quality chamois cleaning cloths, make sure you’ve got everything you need in your cabinet. 

Replenish your cleaning products

Different surfaces require different cleaning products, says Good Housekeeping. For instance, your marble floors are going to need a different cleaning solution than the one you use for stainless floors or your granite countertops. Check the expiration date on your cleaning products regularly and make sure they’re right for your home. You wouldn’t want to end up dealing damage to your floors or counters because of strong detergents or solutions. 

Master your tools

A sophisticated cleaning system or a ton of excellent products and tools won’t make any difference in your home unless you know how to use them. Also, improper use of certain tools can lead to dings and dents on your surfaces or stains and marks on your floors. Prevent these from happening by knowing when and where to use the tools you have in your cleaning cabinet. 

Keep them clean

Always clean your tools after every use. A dust mop, for example, can take on a ton of grime and dirt. If you don’t want to spread germs and dirt the next time you use your dry mop to sweep the floor, then make sure you properly wash and dry your mop. You can also try vacuuming it after every use, says How Stuff Works. That way, it will be ready for your next cleaning session. 

Get rid of stains asap

It’s almost, always impossible to move faster than a plate or glass that’s slipping off the edge of the table. But if you wait before you mop up the resulting mess and stain, then you’re letting fluids seep into the surface below. Add a layer of dust and you end up with a hard-to-eliminate stain. To keep your floors stain-free, always mop spills right away. And if you’re using wash cloths, go for white ones. Colored ones might bleed, Martha Stewart points out.  

Don’t count the cost

Invest in the right cleaning tools. You don’t have to spend a fortune but you’ll need to shell out money for the right ones. That way, you’ll always have the right mop or washcloth that works best for every situation. If you want to keep your home free from dust, dirt and grime, then this is a definite must.

Published by Sumity Paul