Cleaning is one of the many things I'm not good at, but I like staying in a clean room with sparkling mirrors and a spotless bathroom (who doesn't?), and I love this book: Real Simple Cleaning.
This book is divided into three sections: the first section recommends cleaning kit and describes why you need them. The second section outlines cleaning strategies for each room. It is very thorough step-by-step instructions and easy to follow even if you don't know anything about cleaning. The third section is a guide to cleaning common surfaces like ceilings, walls, windows, and floors.
This book also includes a reference guide at the end. Some of them are;
Eco-friendly brands - Conscious Consumer Marketplace of the Center for a New American dream (www.newdream.org )
Carpet Cleaners - Carpet and Rug Institute www.carpet-rug.org
Damage Cleanup - Servicemaster Clean (www.servicemasterclean)
Upholstery Cleaners - Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners Association (www.pcuca.org)
Window cleaners - International Window Cleaning Association (www.iwca.org)
Cleaning Service - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification ( www.certifiedcleaners.org)
I love the photos included in this book. Just flipping the pages makes me feel good, as if staying in the clean room in a five-star hotel!
Lastly I'd like to quote Kirstin Van Ogtop, Managing Editor of real Simple. "All of us at Real Simple know there is more to life than scrubbing a toilet. Still, there is something redemptive about cleaning: it promises a fresh start. When life is a mess, you can always clean, and your outlook (not to mention your house) will be improved. In other words, you can rise above it all -and shine"
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