We’ve all heard the saying ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ and this quote rings true for many homeowners. There’s something extremely comforting and also satisfying about spending time in a clean and tidy home. Yet some find the regular cleaning of their homes a task they would rather ignore. Sure a deep clean is often a lengthy process and can seem very overwhelming, especially if you’ve ‘not had the time’ to clean for a couple of days. But there are a number of tips and tricks that can help you perfect the art of home cleaning. Whether you’re looking for ways to speed up the process, or looking for deep cleaning tips to banish years of built-up dirt and grime, we’ve got you covered.
Invest in the Right Tools
Cleaning tools and appliances such as vacuums, carpet washers and accessories such as cloths and dusters are highly important and when chosen well, could make your cleaning tasks significantly easier. Opt for quality over quantity, instead of buying a large, inexpensive pack of cleaning cloths why not invest in high-quality microfibre cloths that you can wash and reuse time and time again. Not only will they give a better result but buying the higher quality products will work out as a more cost-effective option as time goes on. When choosing tools such as vacuum cleaners and carpet washers it’s important to do your research. Read the reviews and look into if the product has features that may be of use to you and your cleaning needs. If you have pets then look for specialist machines that are manufactured to remove pet hair.
Buy Multi-Use Cleaning Products
Choosing quality over quantity is also best when it comes to cleaning products. Buying a multitude of specialist cleaning products and solutions for different jobs around the house is not only expensive, but it also creates more mess in your cleaning storage cupboard. What’s more, you probably won’t use half of the products more than a handful of times before you forget about them and they get left at the back of the cupboard. Instead, buy a smaller number of products that can be used all around the home. Tried and tested, multi-use cleaning products you know work, and you enjoy using. For example, a multi-purpose disinfectant can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and on items such as drawer or door handles. Use an antibacterial glass cleaner on shiny or mirrored surfaces around the home and then choose a floor cleaner that’s suitable for both wood, laminate and tiles.
Use a Toothbrush
It’s difficult to find a cleaning tool on the market that works as well as an old toothbrush. The humble toothbrush is often all you need to get into those hard to reach areas and remove the dirt and grime. Use them anywhere you feel necessary, cleaning bathroom grout, under the toilet rim, air vents and skirting boards. The beauty of this tip is that toothbrushes are often very inexpensive and everyone is sure to have one lying around the house.
Create a Cleaning Caddy
There’s nothing more frustrating than working away on the bathroom upstairs and then realising you’ve left something downstairs in the cleaning cupboard. This not only stops your flow but it wastes valuable time and energy. Organising your favourite cleaning products and accessories to create a portable cleaning caddy will make cleaning more efficient and save you time. Whether you choose a small basket or simply fill the pockets of an apron or tool belt, we’re sure that once you try this trick you’ll wonder why you never did this sooner.
Follow a Plan
The most efficient cleaners will always have a plan or system to follow which enables them to clean both quickly and effectively. You may find it helpful to write a list and work through that, ensuring you finish each task before starting another. This will help you to focus on the task at hand without feeling overwhelmed, it’s also extremely satisfying to tick off each task once completed. Some people tend to start with the most difficult jobs to get them out of the way first, others clean their house room by room, top to bottom. Just stick with a system or set of rules that work for you and your cleaning style.
Hopefully, the tips above will come in handy during your next cleaning spree. Whether you choose to tackle your cleaning little and often or enjoy performing a deep clean over a long weekend, we’re sure these expert tips and tricks will make each task that little bit easier or less time-consuming.