A clean home gives you the same sort of contentedness that exercise, going for a coffee or chatting for friends does but it’s not until we’ve finished cleaning that we remember this feeling, the task itself can be extremely daunting.
We know that a sparkling clean home requires a lot of elbow grease and time we’d much rather spend doing something else – this is why many people choose to enlist the services of a cleaning professional instead, such as Molly Maid. However, for now, here’s a quick guide on how to get your home sparkling yourself if you have the time:
Put on some motivational music, it doesn’t have to be Eye of the Tiger but as long as it gets you going, it will do the job.
You can’t clear a house that is full of clutter, so get clearing and organising your floor space, cupboards and drawers. It’s up to you to choose between throwing away, selling or donating, so sort your possessions into three different boxes and clear some space in your home.
With the decks clear, you can begin your clean! It’s probably best to tackle the harder jobs first so start in the kitchen and then the bathrooms, before finishing off with your bedrooms and living rooms. Turn off all the electrical appliances in the kitchen and begin by filling the sink with warm water and soaking the parts of the hob that have become heavy in grease.
Hopefully you’ve already put all the dishes and cutlery away, so you just have surfaces to deal with now. Shine up your sink and scrub all of the surfaces clean, if you have wooden counter tops they might need a wax if it’s been a while. Clean your fridge, sort cupboards and organise drawers that have gone far too long without a sort out. You can always make it more fun by trying to find the item with the oldest Use by Date on it.
Next it’s time to scrub the hob parts and clean your oven, there are plenty of oven cleaning products available in supermarkets now that do a great job and are easy to use from home. Your kitchen should almost be gleaming by now, just give the units a good scrub down and polish the handles and you’re just left with the floor.
It’s crucial you leave the kitchen floor till you’ve finished as you are going to create more mess as you clean everything else. Begin your floor clean with a vacuum or a sweep up to get all the dirt up. Then you’ll need to use floor wipes, a mop and solution or a floor steamer to get the rest of the marks up off the floor. A robot vacuum may be best for this task, you can leave it cleaning the floor while you carry on with the rest of the house.
Once you’ve got the big kitchen clean out of the way you’ll have warmed yourself up nicely for the bathrooms. Again, start by clearing everything from the floor in the shower and around the bath, bins and wash baskets included. Most bathroom cleaners that give a deep clean require a couple of minutes to start working so spray around the edge of your shower and any other grimier areas that need that little bit extra.
You’ll need to use glass cleaner on shower doors and mirrors and give everything a good buff with a cloth once you have removed the limescale and dirt. Give the floor a wash and replace all of your towels and baths mats – your bathroom will feel like new again!
You should just have living spaces left to clean now, and what they mostly require is a good dusting and in houses with lots of pets you may want to put your sofa covers and cushions covers through the wash to freshen things up. To reach pesky cobwebs, tie a damp cloth to the end of your broom if you don’t have a duster. Finish off by vacuuming everywhere and voila – a sparkling clean home to collapse in!
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