No matter how often you clean your home there are always some areas which escape attention, with spring cleaning underway now is the perfect time to clean those troublesome areas. We have compiled a list of the most commonly neglected areas as well as cleaning tips to help you unleash your inner domestic superstar!
Your mattress should, ideally, be cleaned once every 6 months as it is protected from the worst our bodies can throw at it by bedsheets and mattress covers.
To clean your mattress either follow the steps below. Alternatively, if you are short on time you can get a quote to have one of our professional cleaners come clean your mattress and any other upholstery.
- Remove the bed sheets,
- Remove the mattress cover (if you use one),
- Hoover the mattress,
- If there are any stains either use a non-toxic cleaning product or use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and baking soda.
- Spray any stains with your preferred cleaning solution and clean in a blotting or rubbing motion with a damp cloth.
- Once you have removed all stains, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it sit for at least 2 hours. This will remove any unwanted odours.
- Hoover your mattress again to remove all traces of the baking soda.
- Flip your mattress when finished and make the bed.
Just like your mattress, your pillows should be washed AT LEAST twice a year to remove any dead skin, sweat and dirt that has built up.
Cotton, synthetic and down pillows – machine washable.
- Remove the pillowcase and protector (if you use one),
- Place at least 2 pillows in the washing machine to ensure it is balanced,
- Use your regular laundry detergent,
- Adjust the settings on your machine to a hot wash with 2 rinse cycles,
- When finished dry in a tumble dryer on a medium heat setting,
- If you don’t have a tumble dryer let them air dry on a clothes line or in a warm room.
Memory foam pillows – must be hand washed.
- Remove the pillowcase and protector,
- Fill a tub, or sink, with warm water (just enough to cover the pillow),
- Add your preferred laundry detergent, 1 tablespoon per pillow to be washed and mix until it is completely dissolved,
- Wash your pillow by swirling it around in the tub/sink to let the detergent reach every part, massage and squeeze the pillow to allow the detergent to soak through to the centre,
- Rinse your pillow under a tap ensuring that all of the detergent is removed,
- Allow your pillow to air dry in a warm area and make sure it is completely dry before putting it back onto your bed otherwise damp and mildew may appear.
Curtains are often forgotten when cleaning the home, however, they collect large amounts of dust and dirt along with general household odours. To clean your curtains first hoover them using the brush attachment to remove the dust, after this place them in the washing machine or hand wash them depending on the type of material.
As most people hoover their carpets on a regular basis the area beneath the carpet is usually neglected, while carpets collect most of the dirt some does make its way underneath. If you are able to lift the carpet, beat it regularly to free some of the trapped dirt and hoover. If your carpet is too heavy or is fitted consider either shampooing the carpet or hiring one of our professional cleaning teams.
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The gaps between your stove and counters are magnets for dirt, pieces of food, can attract unwanted pests and are a nightmare to clean without pulling your heavy cooker out. If the gap is wide enough, secure an old sock to a broom handle with an elastic band and soak in warm soapy water to reach those hard to access areas. If the gap is not wide enough, wrap a butter knife (or a similar slim piece of metal) in an old cloth and starting from the back of the gap slowly pull the knife towards you to pull out the crumbs and assorted bits of food.
The humble shower curtain is often neglected during housework as it is either forgotten or the prospect of undoing all of those little hooks acts as a deterrent, but due to the moisture in bathrooms, they are a perfect breeding ground for mould and bacteria. The easiest way to clean a plastic shower curtain is to place it in the washing machine.
- Place the shower curtain in your washing machine with 2 towels,
- Use your regular laundry detergent with half a cup of baking soda added,
- Wash on a mild setting,
- When finished allow it to air dry.
Salt and pepper shakers
While cleaning their home few people think to clean the salt and pepper shakers, however, dirt and grime can build up inside the shakers. Empty and clean your shakers in warm soapy at least once a month to avoid a buildup of potentially harmful bacteria.
It is not too surprising to learn that remote controls are a breeding ground for bacteria considering how many people use them on a daily basis, follow the simple steps below to make sure your remote controls are as clean as possible.
- Remove the batteries,
- Wipe the front, back and between the buttons with a damp cloth and anti-bacterial spray,
- Repeat this at least once a week as part of your usual cleaning routine.
House plants collect a surprising amount of dust and are easily skipped during the cleaning process. Simply wipe each leaf individually with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt, remove any dead leaves/branches and remove any cobwebs which may have formed.
Toothbrush holders are very susceptible to mould and bacteria buildup due to the moisture and humidity in most bathrooms, a dirty toothbrush is the last thing you want for obvious reasons. Be sure to clean your toothbrush holder in hot soapy on a regular basis to remove the risk of mould forming/bacteria building up.
Limescale buildup on shower heads is a common occurrence for most of the UK, it is possible to remove any limescale without the need to buy specialised cleaning products which are often expensive. Not only is the method below cost effective it is also quick and simple!
- Soak your shower head in undiluted vinegar to dissolve the limescale,
- Rinse under running water and scrub with an old toothbrush.
Top of fridge
Very few people pay attention to the top of the fridge as it is not in our eyeline very often, as a large flat surface the tops of fridges can collect a considerable amount of dust and dirt. Using a step-ladder clean the top of the fridge at least once a week with a damp cloth and warm soapy water or a kitchen cleaning product.
Almost everyone is guilty of dropping a piece of food or a small piece of trash and kicking it under the closest appliance at some point. Regardless of whether you have done this or not the area beneath appliances is a gathering place for dirt, dust and hair. As most appliances are quite heavy, attach an old sock to a broom handle and use this to reach underneath to remove any built up dirt.
Overhead lampshades collect a lot of dirt and, in many households, a lot of dead bugs, not only is this unsightly it also reduces the light given by up to 30%. To safely clean overhead light fixtures:
- Disconnect the light fixture from the power supply (if possible),
- Carefully remove the lampshade,
- Clean with a damp cloth and warm soapy water.
Your light switches are touched an untold number of times everyday causing dirt to build up very quickly. Clean the light switches with an anti-bacterial spray and damp cloth once every week or two weeks.
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