It’s that time of year when our minds turn to having a good clear-out and cleaning our homes. This can be daunting when you are faced with the whole house to organise, so we have put together some helpful hints to make the whole process easier.
Make a list
Firstly, make a plan of what you want to achieve and by when. It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive list of jobs which can make you feel overwhelmed, perhaps section it off into rooms of the house. Then under each room note what things are important and which can be covered by the general weekly clean. Perhaps you could include some jobs which you have been putting off for some time. By making a list and separating it by room you are creating manageable chunks which will keep you focused.
Before you start to clean it is a good idea to clear out items which you don’t use or need anymore. It is well known that de-cluttering has a positive impact on your life and boosts your mood so reduce your stress levels and have a good sort out of clothes, books and general bric-a-brac by giving the unwanted items to charity or selling them.
Clean soft furnishings and upholstery
Furniture such as sofas and armchairs get dirty over time and the fabrics can absorb dirt and germs, so it is a good idea to give them a freshen up. Make sure you check the care label before starting any cleaning as furniture is made of different materials which have different care advice. If you aren’t able to wash them you could hoover all the cushions and soft furnishings as an alternative. Most curtains, blinds, cushions, rugs, duvets and pillows can be washed in a washing machine but again be sure to always check the labels first.
Floors are subjected to daily wear and tear and so need some extra care. Wooden floors can be treated to a new coating of wax and you could replace the grouting on a tiled floor. Be careful to use the appropriate cleaner for the type of floor so you don’t create a skating rink for your family!
Lights can be forgotten in a general clean-up so use a stepladder and dust the lightbulbs and shades gently to brighten the room. Air conditioning units and extractor fans can be dusted with a damp cleaning cloth.
Instead of just wiping down the inside of the window go outside and clean all the windows and sills from smudges and spider webs. A cloudy day is best to do this to avoid the sun drying the cleaning product before you have had a chance to wipe them down.
The kitchen is one of the dirtiest rooms in the house so needs more attention. Clear out all the kitchen cupboards, clean inside with a mild disinfectant and dispose of any out-of-date items. Re-order the jars, bottles and containers so you can easily find things. Scrub the cupboard doors and worktop and clean items such as the toaster, kettle, food processors and other small appliances. White goods will often need a good wipe-down and the washing machine and dishwasher can be de-scaled with a specialist cleaning solution.
If you can smell something burning when you switch on the cooker it could be that it is time to clean your oven. First start to scrape the excess off the bottom and then sprinkle on baking soda and white vinegar and watch it bubble then whisk away the grime with a sponge.
Clean the cleaners!
Don’t forget after you have finished your clean-up that you clean the cloths, brooms and mops that you have used to get rid of any dirt and bacteria. Hot, soapy water with a small amount of disinfectant can be used to rid them of grime and then dry thoroughly outside before storing for your next deep clean!
There are many other areas you could focus on such as cleaning the patio furniture, cleaning the paintwork on walls and stairs, cleaning stainless steel and tiles or hoovering mattresses.
Make sure you tick off your list as you go along and once done sit back with cup of tea and admire all your hardwork!!