A Touch of Excellence!

Cleaning your house with the least (or no) water

Living in a country with no access to water let alone clean water, it is wise to use the least water when carrying out domestic chores. Water should be used when most necessary. With this in mind, it is important to first:

Make a list of all activities that may need water at home.

Rule them out on by one.

Of these activities, cleaning the house is definitely one of them. Unless you are a banana dealer that stains their floor while storing and selling their merchandise, if it’s a normal house then the biggest culprit could be dust and normal litter (paper, food bits etc.)

So you are wondering how a house can be kept clean without using water. Guess how…yes you got that right-by sweeping it!

Below are steps to follow to for the best sweep:

  1. 1.       Get a nice broom that suits your task- a soft broom is preferred because it is able to sweep fine particles.
  2. Clear the area: you don’t want to sweep while utensils and other delicate things are around you, as you may damage them or make them dirty . Therefore, place them elsewhere as this also helps you create space for the broom while sweeping.
  3. Start in one edge or corner and sweep in overlapping strokes in towards the center of the room. Pull the broom against the floor in one direction and lift it back to that edge in the other direction.
  4. Make sure the broom reaches into the angle of each corner so that you sweep out the dust from there.
  5. Work your way around the room, collecting the debris into a small pile or piles. It helps to be systematic, working generally from one direction to another. When sweeping outdoors, try as much as possible to sweep downhill and with the wind. It will help to avoid breathing the dust created if you are allergic or sensitive to it. If possible, avoid sweeping when it is too windy.
  6. Collect the piles. Use a dustpan and either the  hand broom or a hand  brush. Sweep the debris into the dustpan and dispose of it in the trash. If the dustpan leaves a line right under the rim, move it back and sweep some more. When the line doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller, you can either sweep that part under the rug or pick it up with a damp cloth or other means. Outdoors, you may prefer the grass catcher from a push mower, an outdoor dustpan, or a shovel or rake to collect debris.

 

 

Precautions:

  • Sweep floors regularly. Debris can damage floor surfaces when normal activity grinds it into the surface.
  • Avoid storing a broom on its bristles. Hang it up for storage, instead. It will last longer and not get bent out of shape so quickly.
  • Always remove hairs and dust from the broom/mop after sweeping for the next use.
  • When sweeping very dusty areas such as garages, try a sweeping compound to avoid spreading dust to shelves and other surfaces.
  • Use door mats inside and outside each entrance to keep debris from getting tracked in in the first place. Don’t forget to shake or hose them out periodically.
  • Vacuuming a hard floor is not necessarily quicker, easier, or more effective than sweeping. If you choose to vacuum instead, make sure that the beater bar or brush roll (the spinning brush in an upright vacuum cleaner) is turned off or lifted up off the floor. Better yet, use a long-handled attachment that does not have a brush.