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A house simply cannot be cleaned properly without good housecleaning tools; cleaning tools specifically designed for each stage of the housecleaning process. House Cleaning tools that are simple, both in design and use, and do not require constant purchase of disposal products to keep the tools working.
House Cleaning tools must accomplish cleaning tasks quickly and easily. Having too many housecleaning tools can be just as self-defeating as having too few! Both conditions create what can easily become an insurmountable stalemate. Too few tools mean a needed cleaning task gets put off because there is no adequate tool to accomplish the cleaning task. An over-abundance of cleaning tools mean the homemaker ends up trying first one cleaning tool, then another, then yet another until they give up in defeat.
Manufacturers are bombarding the market with cleaning equipment they claim will save time. The reality is 95+% of all the new cleaning equipment being rushed to market is not designed with reducing your housecleaning time as the goal. It is designed and introduced with one goal, creating an ongoing source of income for the manufacter as you use up and must replace disposable elements of the tool. Face the fact, manufacturer's are in the business of selling their housecleaning products and they accomplish that quite well whether the cleaning product is deserving of the hype given it or not.
As a woman and a housecleaner I am not impressed with all the tools that require disposable gear. A simple dust mop can be thrown in the washer and will last years! The fine feather tips of the feather duster, with a little practice, will go places where no disposable duster can; e.g. your finest nick nacks. A wet mop provides so much more cleaning power as you dig your toe in to provide an extra boost on things like dried up dog slobber or that splash of spagetti sauce. All these items are a one time purchase that can be used for a year into many years.
I hear many saying "Well So What?". My reply is a challenge. Add up the initial cost of the basic tool 6 months cost of replacing all those disposables and then decide if you can find another use for all that money. Bet you can!
Women make the decision to use specific housecleaning equipment based on all those televised ads proclaiming how much easier housecleaning will be if only they are using the cleaning tool the ad is promoting. In their quest to make their housecleaning easier American women are falling prey to advertising claims that only rarely live up to claimed performance!
House cleaning tools need to do the job you expect them to do and do it efficiently. The main purpose of all cleaning products and tools should be to help you by making your housecleaning quick and easy requiring minimal effort, with no additional purchases needed to keep it working.
Over the years I have developed a standard list of tools I give to each new customer. Today, the cleaning tools I use, in every home I clean, has varied little from what I started out using many years ago. Differences are mostly re-designs creating a more useful tool then the original version. e.g. Dust mops are now 20" wide not 10-12". One newer item that is a definite back saver is the extendable handle Scrubber by 3M®.
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