Clean Home For The Holidays

As the holidays approach closer it is time to prepare the house for the guests. But there is one thing that we need to do before setting up the Christmas decoration – cleaning. So here is my 4 step quick guide on how to clean your home for the Holidays, there are many more things that you can do if you don’t want to hire a professional cleaning service, but here I’ve listed just the most important ones.

Think About Cleaning Your Upholstery

The family would gather and usually there would be younglings too. As we know toddlers never fail to create a mess, so you may be asking yourself “how can I preserve my sofa so the little devils don’t ruin it?”. Putting a polyethylene would not exactly create a welcoming home atmosphere but you could put throws which you can easily wash later. You can also spray with Scotchgard for upholstery, it will create a barrier so liquid and food spills wont be able to penetrate the surface layer so easily, don’t forget that you would need at least 12 hours to dry up so don’t do it in the last possible moment.

Dust & Polish The Furniture

I stopped using rags and paper towels for this task long ago, there is much better alternative called microfibre cloth. It absorbs up to 7 times its weight in dirt and liquid and it could be washed more than 300 times before it starts to fall apart. Just wet the cloth and wipe furniture surface thoroughly. Just remember to wipe vertical surfaces from top to bottom. One look at places that you don’t dust that often such as lamps, doors, windows and painting frames. Dust contains allergens and you want to reduce it to minimum levels

Schedule Carpet Cleaning

Professional carpet cleaners are not needed too often, once a year should be enough. If it happens so that you don’t remember calling them this year, now will be the perfect time to do it. Hot water extraction and steam carpet cleaning methods are the most popular because they no only deep clean the carpet but also eradicate all pests and microorganisms. This would also help to minimize the allergen levels in your home and will improve the air quality. Even if the surface of your rugs and carpets look fine microscopic particles are slowly stuffed in the deeper layers. When you step on them, you rip and tear the fibers without even realizing it, the wearing out is still slow but if you don’t deep clean your carpet as recommended, this would significantly reduce the lifespan of your favorite furnishings.

Cleaning the Windows and Curtins

If your windows look dirty now is a good time to clean them, you will spend most of the holidays inside your home but you want a clear view outside. There are various cleaning methods to do this but recently I’ve been a fan of this ingenious window cleaning tool, it is cordless and it would allow you to clean the windows much faster than any other way. It costs around 50 pounds but it is really worth the money as it provides amazing results and it also works well on tiles and mirrors. If you are going to clean the windows you can go one step further and wash the curtains. Often people put decorate the curtains so washing them before that would be nice. Just be careful when removing them from the rods and try not to loose any hooks maybe keep them in a little box until you put the curtains back. If the curtains radiate foul smell you can add a cup of white vinegar to the hot water, vinegar is natural deodorizer and would not just mask the odor but remove it.

That’s it for our holiday cleaning guide!

Cleaning Your Home – A Must, Not a Want!

Although we all live distinctly different lives, there are some things that all of us have in common. There are quite a lot of things, actually. One of these, whether we like it or not, is that we have to clean. Of course you may hire someone to do the deep cleaning for you but chances are that everyone has to clean sometimes.

Cleaning is not something we do just to keep our house looking nice. This is, rather a benefit of cleaning. As the house gets cluttered and dirt and dust begins to build up, we see it as a signal to clean. However, there are more important reasons for cleaning your home than just making out houses look nice, important as that may be.

When dust and dirt settle on to surfaces and objects in your home they first sit on the outside surface. Let’s take the floor for example. There is a little dirt from your shoes or dust on the floor. You walk across the floor and what happens? That dirt and dust is ground into the floor. Whether it is a hardwood, linoleum or carpeted floor, the friction of this dirt causes scratching or tearing.

Of course things are made to withstand some of this type of wear and tear, but if you don’t clean often enough, your objects can become damaged. Appliances that are not regularly cleaned can become less efficient and, especially if there are moving parts, can be damaged.

Besides damage done because of dirt, not cleaning regularly can pose other problems as well. For example, if your bathroom goes unscrubbed for too long mold and mildew will start to grow. If this is not taken care of right away it will spread easily. The more it spreads the more deeply rooted it can become, making it much more difficult to remove. Cleaning regularly is a breeze compared to trying to clean surfaces that have been untouched for too long.

It only requires a little bit of time each day to maintain a clean home. Keeping things tidy can be difficult, especially when there are small children around, but scrubbing should not be too hard. Simply choose a room or two to do each day. If you spend a half an hour cleaning each day you will maintain a clean home and the next week when it’s time to clean that room again there will not be too much build up and the job will be simple.

It can sometimes seem like a bore or a challenge to take care of all the cleaning that needs to be done in your house but being systematic about it leaves you with a beautiful home and an easy job every time, instead of a daylong project for one room.