It’s March and it’s time to get ready for
Spring cleaning! But before you
start, make sure you have the right tools for the job.
five piece tool kit will get you through every apartment cleaning task! Any
broom, dustpan, vacuum, mop, and bucket will work for the job – but, they might
not work well.
Here is what to look for in purchasing your cleaning tools.
Look at your floors – are they mostly wood, smooth laminate, or tile?
Pick one with an angle (or not), ridges, and shape that you think will be best
for your floor. Does your apartment contain expansive areas, skinny spaces to
reach, or both? Asking these questions will help you decide what size of broom
to buy – they range from tiny handheld brushes to long shop-style push brooms.
Also, look for a broom with strong bristles! Hardware stores often have great
Do you want one with a tall handle (to be operated while standing), or
is a smaller scoop-style one better for you? The most important quality to look
at is the structure and material of the edge platform where you will sweep dust
up onto the pan. Make sure the edge is sturdy and flat. Avoid ones with an edge
that looks warped or bent, or, ones that look like they may warp over time.
Hardware stores usually have great dustpans too.
There are many
types of vacuums out there. Follow the same procedure you did for the broom:
look at your carpeted areas and determine the size and type you may need. If
you get allergies, look for one with a HEPA filter. You will want to decide if
you want an upright or a luggable vacuum. If you choose luggable, an added
bonus is that it will also be great for cleaning out your car! Lastly, you will
want to consider if you prefer a machine with bags, or without. I prefer
bag-less because it is one less item to purchase, but it requires a good area
(preferably outdoors) to empty the canister (and clean it out) each time it
Mop & Bucket
You want a mop that
is (easily) cleanable. “Swiffer” style mops (with a disposable cloth) are
enticingly convenient-sounding, but I find that they break very often and it’s
costly to replenish the cloths over time. I prefer a super-absorbant material
that can be washed.
Now, the best style
of bucket for mopping will be one with a tool for wringing out the mop. This
makes it so you don’t have to use your hands, or wait for the mop to drip away
the excess water mix!