How to keep your house squeaky clean
04 Sep 2019
There's never a bad time for a thorough clean. Whether you’re preparing for property viewings or an inspection, or want a clean start in a new home when you’ve just moved in.
You’ll have better success and make cleaning jobs easier with preparation. Check that you are stocked up on cleaning supplies and plan the order you are going to do your jobs in. If you are in a group why not set up a cleaning schedule of house chores?
Stock up on cloths and brushes or give your old ones a wash before you start, or you’ll be spreading old dirt around the house.
Finally, turn your attention to your vacuum cleaner and empty the bag or replace the filter if it needs doing.
Organise your cleaning kit
Cleaning is easier if you can move all your products and supplies around from room to room. A cleaning caddy is ideal for keeping things organised and mobile, but an old bucket or even a supermarket 'Bag for Life' could do the job too.
A good clean relies on starting from the top and working down. In each room. Begin with ceilings, windows and surfaces before you tackle floors and carpets.
When it comes to windows, whether you’re cleaning with or without a window vac, the right glass cleaners will make life easier and the results that much brighter.
The latest window vacs are designed to make light work of window cleaning. Window vacs can also be used to clear up spills and clean tiles, shower screens and other smooth surfaces around the home. This versatility makes a window vac a great investment all round.
Dealing with dust
Give yourself an easy time to dust down surfaces. Dust can aggravate allergies so it’s well worth a thorough approach, dust the areas you see but also the tops of wardrobes, around door frames and even the ceiling.
Cleaning surfaces is a daily operation but when it’s time to tackle the bigger jobs, find the right cleaners to give you a sparkling result and ensure that you don’t damage things. Every day grease and grime can be tackled with an antibacterial spray cleaner.
Stainless steel products need extra care so for sinks, cookers, and cooker hoods, use a cleaner designed for use on stainless steel to clean, polish and protect it.
Where there’s soap or water, there’s cleaning to be done. Scale and limestone can build up on appliances, sinks and taps as well as on showers and surrounding tiles.
Treat coffee machines, electric kettles and washing machines with a descaling solution or tablets, these can be brought from supermarkets. Scale and limescale deposits mean the heater elements use more energy, which makes them less efficient and often means that the elements wear out.
Vinegar is also good for helping to break down limescale (although not as effective as specifically designed solutions) but does leave a lasting smell.
You can use a limescale remover on taps, bathtubs, toilets, shower walls, and for descaling blocked showerheads.
In the bathroom, mould can quickly become an issue, so make tackling it part of your big spring clean task list.
You can get rid of those black or brown marks found on the silicon seal between the bath and edges of tiles using a mould removal spray. These sprays effectively remove all stains caused by mould, fungus and algae.
The damp environment can also make shower curtains go mouldy, but most can be popped in the washing machine for a quick clean.
You can read more about mould on our other blog post here: How to Prevent Damp - Causes and Treatment