How many times have you spent the best part of the day cleaning all through your house only to see all the hard work destroyed in a matter of minutes.? Your husband comes in from work. Your kids arrive home from school, and let's not talk about the dog coming in from the garden with dirty paws.
All these scenarios can contribute to dismantling all your hard work in an instant. But they are not the only issues to deal with if you want you to ensure your home remains clean after you have put in all that hard work.
But worry not. So long as you follow a few smart moves, you shouldn't have any problem keeping dirt out of your house.
Or the doormat, to be precise. If you want to stop dirt in its tracks, literally, then having a doormat both inside and outside of every entrance to your house is the perfect solution. Dirt soon accumulates if you're in and out of the house all day, especially in the winter months when mud, sludge, and fallen leaves stick to the bottoms of footwear.
Wiping your feet before you enter the house and again inside will ensure you keep the dirt at bay. All you need to remember is all that dirt and grime coming off your feet is soon going to accumulate on your doormat.
Treat your mat as you would any other carpet inside your house. Make sure you shake it to loosen all the dirt and vacuum it regularly. Some doormats are suitable for washing machines. Check the label.
There is no need to rush to the door as soon as you see your guests arriving and insist, they remove their shoes before they enter. Doing so would warrant some bizarre looks, and you're likely to run out of guests fairly quickly.
Instead, you could keep this as a rule for family only. Taking off your shoes before entering the house will soon become a habit and in no time at all will seem a natural thing to do.
If possible, try to brush your dog outside before he enters your home to rid him of any excess fur. It's also a good idea to keep a towel handy by the back door so as soon as your dog enters, you can clean down his paws and dry his fur before he sets foot in the main living areas.
This is especially important if your dog is wet. We know only too well exactly what a wet dog will do as soon as he enters the warmth of your home. With a shake of the hips and head in no time at all, your nice clean couch and walls could be splattered in wet mud.
Many of the newer vacuum cleaners are bagless, meaning they can fill up fairly quickly, especially if you use them regularly. When the time comes to empty the contents, it's always best to do it outside. Doing it inside will only result in some of the dust settling back onto the surfaces in your home.
The quality of the air outside your home is often better than that inside. This is because your home can quickly become host to several toxins, emissions from household appliances, and dust mites.
The best way to deal with this is to open your windows and invite the fresh air in. How often you leave them open, though, will determine how much dust and dirt get in through them.
Leaving them open all day in the summer months is great for cooling down, but it can also attract a lot of pollen and other dust particles. It's simply a case of balancing it out.
Let's not put off until tomorrow what we can do today-such a simple yet effective way of keeping a cleaner home.
You're not going to want to tackle all that washing up in the sink in a morning when you're in a rush for work, and that coffee stain on the carpet is going to be a permanent resident if it's not dealt with right away. Clean in the moment. Tomorrow never comes.