CARE OF THE HOUSE
Proper care and maintenance of the house is important to keep our living environment clean, healthy and livable.
To clean means, to remove dust that has settled, dirt or foreign matters that has adhered to various surfaces and discoloration of various surfaces.
These are both organic and inorganic loose particles deposited from the air.
Examples: powdered earth, sand, hair, pollen etc. As these are light in weight it floats above in the air and settles on any surface. As it is easily disturbed, careful attention should be given in the removal of dust.
These are dust held firmly by moisture, or grease on rough surfaces.
These include chemical compounds formed due to the reaction of air or food with metals. Example : rust.
Cleaning involves various kinds of operation, knowledge, abilities and skills and hence it is important to know the reasons, types of cleaning and the different types of cleaning implements used in the upkeep of the house.
To make the house look neat and tidy.
To keep the environment clean.
To protect things from destruction.
Cleaning can be classified into three types. They are
Daily cleaning: This includes sweeping and mopping of floors, dusting of various surfaces, removing superficial dust from carpets, shaking of curtains and making beds.
Weekly cleaning: This needs more attention and time. This includes removing dust or dirt by scrubbing, vacuum cleaning of carpets, cleaning of shelves and cupboards, cleaning of toilets, bathrooms and washbasins. This sort of cleaning is usually done during weekends.
Periodical cleaning: This involves more amount of time and work. This includes airing the mattresses, getting rid of insects, pests, washing heavy draperies and carpets, polishing the floor and furniture etc. This sort of cleaning is done occasionally or before certain festivals.