When you’re looking to clean your home, you shouldn’t have to make a run to the store each and every time. Instead, you should have a stocked cleaning cabinet with all the essentials. But what are the essentials? That’s a question that many people ask themselves, not knowing what to put in place. The following breakdown will help you get the right elements in place so that you are in fact moving forward with the right solution, for the right job.
The Basic Line Up (tools)
First and foremost, you should have a few basics on hand. This includes sponges, brushes, dusters, and shop towels or rags. Just don’t leave rags in a flammable place, or have them dipped in any solution. Dry goods are fine. Aside from these basic utensils, you should have a few detergents.
There are a lot of detergents that you can purchase today. The absolute basics that you should have on hand should be laundry, chlorine bleach, dishwasher detergent, hand-washing soap, stain remover, and multi-surface cleaners. If you have pets, you can add carpet cleaners for stains, but other than that, these are a good starting point.
Of course, you’ll have to go beyond the detergent list above. You may have specific elements in your home that require certain types of soap and cleaners. For that, you’ll need to remember to utilize glass cleaner, furniture polish, stainless steel cleaner, and of course, oven cleaner. These options are good to have on hand, and work great for specific cleaning tasks.
Assess Specific Needs
The above lists can help you stock your cabinet with ease. However, what if you have specific options that need cleaning? Well, for that you will need to assess any special needs that you may have and then make certain purchases to help with cleaning.
Purchase options that are specific to the furnishings that you have. For instance, you may have wood furniture, leather, steel, or any number of frameworks. Purchase options that are specifically made to clean the surface and elements overall.
Countertops and Tabletops
You may have marble, granite, hardwood, and other types of counters and tables. To clean these, make sure that you have specific cleaners for them. For instance, you will find that there cleaners that are made specifically for granite and stone. For marble, there are acidic cleaners that you should NEVER use. You’ll need to be very careful with the surfaces here and stock cleaners that are specifically formulated for the raw materials that you’re cleaning.