27 Cleaning Facts That You Should Definitely Know About

Sridevi Tolety
Jan 16, 2023 By Sridevi Tolety
Originally Published on Feb 07, 2022
Edited by Aubree Mosby
Fact-checked by Spandana Kantam
27 Cleaning Facts That You Should Definitely Know About
Age: 3-18
Read time: 5.5 Min

Cleanliness is an important practice for a healthy and clean environment, and it can be related to personal hygiene and public hygiene.

The habits learned at a young age mold one's personality. Certain habits like the regular brushing of teeth, washing hands before having food, and bathing should be practiced from an early stage of life.

Everyone must be aware of hygiene, sanitation, and diseases caused due to poor hygienic conditions. Additionally, other good habits and practices like avoiding littering in public places, retaining from spitting on the road, and keeping one's surroundings clean are essential in preventing diseases.

The Importance Of Cleaning

Cleaning has an important role in our lives, be it personal hygiene or environmental cleanliness. Cleanliness is our defense against infections, diseases, and viruses. The importance of cleanliness is usually understood in relation to healthcare, but it is often neglected in the areas of foodservice, education, and hospitality.

  • House cleaning: The most important area that has to be well maintained is our home and our surroundings.
  • For staying safe, cleaning is essential. It prevents health hazards and lowers exposure to dust and germs.
  • Businesses and buildings: It is vital that the owner(s) have a proper cleaning program with efficient staff.
  • A clean building attracts business and occupancy, whereas a poorly maintained building has negative effects on potential clients.
  • Cleanliness benefits tourism: A clean environment attracts tourists. No one enjoys visiting dirty, foul, and garbage-covered land.

Types Of Cleaning

The main types of cleaning are divided according to the cleaning activity. For instance, a thorough floor clean focuses on floor area cleaning, but a builders' clean is centered on cleaning general building mess on worksites.

  • Two types of cleaning are domestic and commercial corporate cleaning.
  • Other variations include the cleaning of hospitals and nursing homes, medical facilities, pubs, and food establishments.
  • The basic dusting of surfaces and hidden spaces, like skirting boards and ceilings, should be a priority at home, followed by floor cleaning using a vacuum cleaner or wiping with a mop to prevent germs.
  • The other aspects of scouring include cleaning windows and doors, curtains, decorations, removing carpet stains, and tidying and de-cluttering the home.
  • Housekeeping chores like ironing, changing linen, washing dishes, and laundry fall under domestic cleaning.
  • Commercial cleaning is used for the clean-up of offices and corporate activities.
  • This includes tidying up the main desk area via dusting, floor cleaning, and wiping additional ancillary areas, like kitchens and toilets.

Tools Used For Cleaning

The use of cleaning tools has evolved from the past and is now being replaced by robots in many settings. Technological developments have resulted in new products that are essential in cleaning.

  • There are many types of equipment that help in tidying.
  • The range varies from a simple broom to a pressure cleaner used by a cleaning company.
  • Brooms, mops, and dustpans are the basic tools for domestic use.
  • To clean up simple stains, a damp cloth or sponge is sufficient.
  • But, when it comes to tough stains, a scrub brush with a handle is helpful.
  • Other cleaning essentials are spray bottles, microfiber wiping cloths, and cleaning products.
  • Even if you have difficulty buying some of the mentioned tools, make sure to keep a vacuum cleaner handy.
Bathing should be practiced from an early stage of life

Stages In A Cleaning Procedure

The cleaning procedure and cleaning products will depend on where the cleaning occurs and what needs to be cleaned. Generally, there are six stages to ensure complete disinfection of a contaminated surface:

  • The first stage is a pre-clean where loose debris and substances are removed. This can be done by sweeping, wiping, or washing.
  • The next stage is removing loose dirt, debris, or grease that was not removed during the pre-clean.
  • A thorough wiping can be done using detergent or any cleaning solution mixed in hot water.
  • Rinsing is the third step for removing all loosened substances and detergent using a cloth and clean hot water.
  • After that, there is the stage of disinfection to kill germs and bacteria, which can be done using chemicals or heat.
  • The final stage of cleaning surfaces is drying and air drying.
  • This final step may not always be necessary because it depends on the cleaning surface and the disinfectant.
  • It is important that you make sure to clean the cloths and other reusable cleaning products, like rubber gloves, thoroughly so that they are free from bacteria.
  • Unhygienic conditions have caused an alarming number of deaths worldwide.
  • People should have an eye-opening realization of the importance of cleaning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the citizens and the government should take part in dedicated and integrated efforts to spread awareness about the importance of cleaning.
  • Authorities can organize campaigns in educational institutions, residential societies, and public places through painting competitions, essay writings, and paper presentations. People can enjoy cleaning by making it a group activity. It doesn't have to be boring!


What is the purpose of cleaning?

Cleaning removes dust, dirt, and germs from objects and other surfaces. It is very important for good indoor air quality and freshness. Special attention is required while cleaning the kitchen and closed spaces, like the bathroom.

What are the tools used for cleaning?

Among cleaning tools, the most needed are brooms to sweep, mops to wipe surfaces, and a dustpan to gather dust particles.

What is the simplest cleaner of all?

Water is the simplest cleaner, and many forms of dirt dissolve when cleaned with hot water.

What are the four cleaning agents?

Detergents, degreasers, acid cleaners, and abrasives are the four cleaning agents other than water.

What is the best cleaner to use for cleaning?

Rubbing alcohol on moist surfaces will help clean the area. Baking soda is also one of the best cleaners that can be tried at home.

What should be cleaned every day?

Dirty dishes, hand towels, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, counters, coffee makers, and crumb-covered floors should be cleaned daily to keep the nasty germs at bay.

What are some cleaning tips?

Clean the whole house instead of one room at a time. Before house cleaning, it is better to clear the clutter in each room and gather all cleaning tools in a bucket.

Vacuum and dust all the surfaces, wipe mirrors, and clean all glass, like mirrors, with a cleaning solution. Focus on the kitchen sink, countertops, and surface areas before moving to bathroom sinks, tubs, and toilets.

While in the kitchen, make sure the garbage disposal is well attended to. Do not forget to wash and maintain cleaning tools regularly.

Why is cleaning so important?

Cleaning helps keep us organized. It eliminates dust, dirt, and germs, which results in good living conditions and positive impacts on family health and wellness.

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Written by Sridevi Tolety

Bachelor of Science specializing in Botany, Master of Science specializing in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs

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Sridevi ToletyBachelor of Science specializing in Botany, Master of Science specializing in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs

With a Master's degree in clinical research from Manipal University and a PG Diploma in journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sridevi has cultivated her passion for writing across various domains. She has authored a wide range of articles, blogs, travelogues, creative content, and short stories that have been published in leading magazines, newspapers, and websites. Sridevi is fluent in four languages and enjoys spending her spare time with loved ones. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, painting, and listening to music.

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