General Cleaning Of A Room
( Originally Published 1918 )
Rooms which are in constant use should be swept and dusted every day. A thorough cleaning of each room in the house will he necessary every week or two, even though the room is swept and kept in order daily. First, all cupboards, drawers, and other recepacles in which articles collect should he cleaned ; then all large movable articles should he dusted and moved out of the room ; those that are not readily movable should be dusted and covered. The floor should he swept with the windows open; the ceiling and walls should be brushed with a covered broom, and the dust allowed to settle. The floor should then he wiped with a (lamp cloth on the broom. The woodwork should he
If the floor is of unfinished wood, it will require a thorough scrubbing. After sweeping the floor and allowing the dust to settle, a small portion at a time should he scrubbed with a floor-brush and soap. When scrubbing, the grain of the wood should be followed. The scrubbing-water should be changed frequently. For rinsing and drying the floor, a cloth should he wrung out of clear water.
The things that are highest should be dusted first, and care should be taken to collect all the dust in the dust-cloth. After collecting the dust, the cloth should be shaken out-of-doors, washed thoroughly, and boiled. The dust-cloth should be dampened before using on all surfaces except the polished furniture and windows.
Sweeping should be done with short strokes and the broom should be kept close to the floor, so that the dust will not be scattered. The corners of the room should be swept first, the dust gathered in the centre, and then swept into the dust-pan_ The dust should be burned, for it may contain disease germs. Loose hairs and fluff should be removed from the broom after using, and it should also be washed periodically.
Small rugs should be cleaned out-of-doors. They should be swept. beaten, and re-swept, then rolled until ready to he put on the floor. If the rug is a large one and cannot be removed, it should be wiped over with a damp cloth, rolled, and the under side of the rug and the floor beneath it should be wiped.
After the room has been cleaned, the windows should be arranged so that a supply of fresh. clean air can come constantly into it. This is essential to every room in the house, if perfect health is to be maintained.
It will be well to have Lesson IX given in one of the homes some day after school hours, if possible. If that cannot he arranged, the school room may he utilized as the place for practice.
METHOD OF WORK
Devote Lesson VIII to a discussion of the methods of cleaning and to various short tasks in connection with the school-room. In Lesson IX have the pupils go through the entire process of cleaning a room. Assign some Portion of the task to each one of them, so that all may take part in the work. Supervise the work carefully, assign home practice, and have each pupil clean a room at home once a week for a month.
Household Science in Rural Schools:
Arrangement And Care Of The Kitchen
Care Of Cupboards And Utensils
Care Of Foods
Disposal Of Waste
Setting And Clearing The Table
Waiting On Table
General Cleaning Of A Room
Care Of The Bedroom
Care Of Lamps
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