When it comes to cleaning our homes, it is a task which we often like to avoid. Not knowing where to start can lead to frustration and prolonging the clean. However, having a clean, tidy home can become more easier with these few tips which we have put together for you.
Chemicals and Equipment Required:
Cleaning caddy or bucket
Stainless steel or glass cleaner
Washing up liquid
Soft and hard scourer
Clean microfibre cloth
Clean mop head, stick, and bucket
Additional Chemicals and Equipment (that may be required)
Caustic Cleaning oven solution
Carpet Cleaning machine
Carpet cleaning solution
Window cleaning squeegee
Protective masks and eyewear
Gathering your cleaning chemicals and equipment:
Get organised by getting the items outlined above before starting your clean. Chemicals may be placed in a cleaning caddy. This means that you will not spend valuable time searching for things whilst doing your clean.
Prepping and Decluttering areas:
Spray disinfectant in all areas to be cleaned for chemicals to begin work and then return later. Before you start cleaning, declutter all rooms. This may include removal of toys or unwanted items from floors. Items should be placed in their correct storage. You can also use your bin liners to empty bins. Decluttering spaces first means that areas to be cleaned are free of obstructions.
Dust, Vacuum and Disinfect:
Dust from top to bottom, ensuring that all timber ware, including handrails and picture frames are dusted. Your TV screens should also be feather dusted. You should use a step ladder for areas that you cannot reach. After feather dusting, beddings can then be changed. Once this has been completed, proceed to disinfecting all surfaces with your solutions and clean microfibre cloth. You can now commence vacuuming. For a deeper clean, ensure furnishings are moved, to get underneath and behind.
Kitchen and Appliances:
If you are deep cleaning your oven, please ensure you spray some oven cleaning solutions in the internal areas of your oven including racks which can be soaked in plastic bags (you can use bin bags). (please read your oven manufacturers cleaning guidelines). Allow this to settle and eat up grime. Proceed with other areas and come back to the oven last. On returning to oven, scrub with hard scourer and later disinfect and wipe.
Cleaning your kitchen kettle is easy, put some limescale remover into the kettle and boil it and remove wastewater from the kettle. For a deeper clean remove items from cupboards, spray disinfecting solution and wipe with a clean microfibre cloth. Spray and disinfect cupboards externally. Fridges can be cleaned by removing items from fridge and spraying and wiping the fridge. For a deeper clean in the freezer, defrost the freezer 24 hours before clean.
Microwaves can be sprayed with disinfecting solutions and cleaned with blue roll. Washing machines can be cleaned by removing the soap compartment and giving it a good clean under running water with a soft scourer. For a deeper clean, set your washing machine to drum clean and place some washing machine cleaning solution into the machine. The same can be done with dishwashers. Lastly, prepare your mop solution with floor gel and water and away you go with the mop stick.
Sanitaryware (sinks, tub, and toilets):
This can be done last. When disinfecting bathrooms or toilets ensure you use blue roll and dispose used rolls after to prevent cross contamination. If you have dirt lines around your tub, ensure you are using a soft scourer to scrub the lines to remove all dirt. Shower heads and taps should also be scrubed with a soft scourer. Using dissolved vinegar helps to remove a build-up of limescale. Pour bleach or an appropriate toilet bowl cleaner into your toilet and scrub with a toilet brush. Proceed to vacuum the bathroom or toilet. Finally, mix floor gel with water to prepare a mopping solution. Using a clean mop and bucket (separate to that used in other areas of the home) proceed to mop the floors.
Internal Windows, Glass and Stainless-steel finishing:
Internal windows can be cleaned using washing up liquid to scrub the windows using a soft scourer or mirofibre cloth. Once this is done you can use blue roll to dry or a squeegee. For best results use a glass cleaner to finish off and then wipe dry and enjoy the sparkle.