How often do you get your home professionally cleaned? No matter how much of a stickler you are for hygiene, it’s impossible to achieve those Olympic levels of cleanliness on a daily basis. Maybe you spring clean yourself, or maybe you hire a crew once a week, once a month, or twice a year for seasonal cleaning. Either way, you need to do some touch ups in between.
It’s unlikely you have the time and space to do any meaningful cleaning. But if you let the dirt pile up, it just leaves more work for the end of the week or month. This might not bother you if someone else does the cleaning for you, but if your house is filthy, it’s likely to raise your cleaner’s bill. Pick a quick task every day. It keeps bills down and the house liveable.
One drawer at a time
Your house is probably full of catch-all drawers. In most homes, there’s one in every room. Don’t try to declutter them all at once, or you’ll just end up emptying them on the floor then retreating to the couch. Do one drawer per day, starting with the bedroom. Don’t tip the drawer into a messy pile. It never works, and you’ll just end up putting everything back in.
Instead, carefully review each item. Throw out anything expired, and donate anything you haven’t used in the past three months. Remove the remaining items and wipe each one with a damp cloth. Wipe the inside of the drawer, place a new drawer liner, then neatly rearrange the items you intend to keep.
15-minute bathroom fix
There are different kinds of bathroom users. Some will scrub the bathroom after every use, or maybe before if they can’t shower with dirty bathroom tiles. Others will blissfully use the bathroom until the tile turns brown. Wherever you fall, you can make your work easier with a quick fifteen-minute routine.
Get some tile cleaner and spray it on your tiles. Walk away for ten minutes or so, allowing the soap to set and adhere to the grimy dirt particles. Come back with a hard brush and scrub off the grout, leaving your tiles sparkling cleaning. Finish by hosing the wall with clean water.
Dust the cobweb corners
Cleaning corners are one of the simplest chores, yet it’s also the most easily forgotten. Those neglected sections can be embarrassing when your date glances up during lulls in … conversation, so be sure to pay them a little attention before the spiders do it for you.
Get a long-handled duster and poke it in all the upper corners of the room, including lamp shades. It only takes a few seconds to brush it about and get rid of any debris, and if you do it often, you won’t have to worry about vengeful spiders falling into your hair as you clean.
Get rid of the grease
Kitchens can be a challenge. You may have tamed the dishes and the floors, but there are other areas that need daily attention. Switches, oven handles, and cooktops don’t get grimy overnight. So if you develop a habit of daily de-greasing, it goes a long way.
Every time you finish cooking, wipe potentially greasy surfaces with some cabinet cream. It will dissolve oil spills and prevent them from mixing with dust to form grime. Don’t forget the fridge doors, light switches, sockets, and drawer handles.
Wax-on wax-off walls
You’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t realise walls need cleaning. They accumulate a lot of dust and household detritus, and wiping them frequently will save you the cost of new wall paper or fresh coats of paint.
Use a cloth or sponge dipped in a mild detergent to wipe off any ‘art’ your kids may have left on the wall ‘canvas’. If there aren’t any specific trouble spots, just do a general wipe with soapy water then wipe with a cloth wrung in clean water. You’ll soon see the difference.
Fluff the fans
If you’ve ever looked at your fans during a session of spring cleaning, you’ve probably been depressed at the amount of gathered gunk. And just think, all that dirt blows everywhere when you turn on said fan – in the air, on the floors, in your lungs!
Don’t wait until the end of the season. Get an old pillowcase and use it to wipe both sides of the blades, getting rid of any surface dust. It only takes a few minutes, and if you do it regularly, it prevents sneeze-inducing accumulation.
Hose up the skirting boards
Skirting boards are another surface where the neglected dust settles. And since you rarely pay attention to them you won’t notice those fluffy piles of dirt until just before your mum-in-law does. It’s fairly simple to clean them, and it takes mere seconds.
Do it the easy way, by throwing on an old sock and spraying a little cleaning solution on it. Keep the spray light to avoid chilling your feet and giving yourself a cold. Now swipe your sprayed foot over the boards to catch the dust. It’ fun!
Shine up the steel
It’s easy to see spots on windows and mirrors, so they rarely get neglected. The outer surfaces might be, though you can leave them for weekly cleaning. However, there are other shiny surfaces that need attention, especially your fridge, microwaves, cookers, and taps.
After you’ve gotten rid of the grease, you can get an extra dose of satisfaction by shining your steel zones. You just need to wipe them with some water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid. Rinse them off with hot water and dry them with micro fibre to prevent water marks.
Clean every screen
The surfaces that pick the most dirt are often the ones that get the least attention, even during major cleans. Can you take a guess? Electronic devices. Not just your TV, but also your phone, tablet, or laptop.
These screens don’t show dirt when they’re in use, and you rarely glance at them once they go dark, so you have to actively remind yourself to clean them. While you’re at it, clean the keyboards, computer mouse, and TV remote. Alcohol wipes will do the job nicely.
Check the shades and vents
Air vents and window shades keep the house well-lit and ventilated, but they pick up a lot of dust which then they spread to the rest of the house. Give them a daily clean with the vacuum cleaner fitted with a soft bristle brush. If you do it frequently, they’ll rarely need a wet-clean.