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3 Common Areas You Might Miss While Cleaning The Home

3 Common Areas You Might Miss While Cleaning The HomeNearly 3 out of 10 British adults have trouble finding the time to clean their homes, according to a survey commissioned by Beko in 2019. The reason given was that they were too busy to do so, with most simply cleaning as they go and as needed. This does work to keep the house just clean enough to not be uncomfortable. However, many people might still feel anxiety at the fact that dust and dirt may be building up right under their noses.

That’s why it’s important to commit at least one day each month just to clean up the house. However, there are some areas that we might not think to clean but need to nonetheless. The next time you set aside time to give your home a proper tidying, remember these 3 common areas you might miss while cleaning the home.

Hard-To-Reach Surfaces

There are areas in the home that are so commonplace that we forget that they’re even there. Good examples are doorknobs, door frames, windowsills, and light switch panels. Light switches and doorknobs can also be bacterial and disease carriers since everyone in the house touches them every so often.

To clean these areas, first, give them a dusting to get rid of loose particles. Simply spray some disinfectant cleaning solution onto a cloth and wipe away. Microfibre cloth tends to work best as it can pick up dust and dirt faster. Remember to get into the nooks and crannies of the doorknob to dislodge the dirt trapped in them.

Areas Behind Or Underneath Things

Picture frames that are so old they blend into the wall can hide a surprisingly resilient layer of dust underneath. The same goes for the microwave on your kitchen counter or the patch of carpet your sofa has occupied since you moved in.

Once we realize that those covered areas can collect an unhealthy amount of dirt and disease, cleaning them becomes more of a concern. When dealing with tough stains, choose the right carpet cleaner that will suit your needs. You can also create your own solution by mixing dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and baking soda to get rid of tough stains on walls and counters.

Rarely Opened Containers And Drawers 

With a large build-up, dust may start spewing from even the smallest spaces. To prevent this, drawers and hidden corners in your monthly home cleaning. Take out all the contents, set them aside, and wipe down the interiors.

Use a natural cleaning solution if the dirt proves to be tough to remove. Then, let the area dry while you tend to other parts of the house.

Don’t fret if you happened to forget even one of these three hidden spaces. But while it has to be done, the reward in knowing that your home is dirty-free and well-maintained is what makes the task even more worth the effort.

First Time Parents: Keeping the Cleaning Simple

For first time parents, the first few months of your baby’s life is an absolutely wonderful time, but some of it can seem a little overwhelming and mysterious. In the lead up to the birth, your mind will be absolutely full of questions and worries, with preparations taking over the majority of your thoughts.

One of those pressing concerns is making sure that the house is clean and tidy enough to bring a newborn into, as well as being able to keep the place in order once your little one or ones are home, without sacrificing too much time with your precious new arrival. With this in mind, I thought I’d give you some tips on little things that you can do which will make things more simple for you:

Declutter in Advance

One thing on which most new parents will agree is that newborns require a lot of STUFF. Your usually minimalist space will suddenly contain dummies, muslins, toys, books, nappies, a million babygrows, teethers, wipes, changing bags, nappy bins…the list goes on! Something that can really help is having a serious declutter before baby comes along. This will ensure that your house isn’t full of unneccesary stuff that will just give you more to dust and tidy in the long run.

Keep it Simple

When you’re recovering from birth, looking after a baby and probably hosting a whole slew of family and friends, you want to make sure you get as much rest as possible. Grabbing 40 winks when the baby sleeps is one of the most important tips I can give first time parents, but once you feel rested enough to tackle the housework, just take care of the basics. No-one cares if your windows aren’t spotless or if your oven hasn’t been deep cleaned. Vacuuming, washing up, laundry, cleaning loos – that’s all fairy vital. Almost everything else can wait!

Use a Sling

When Sausage finally came home from the NICU, she did NOT like to be put down for very long, which made doing almost everything tricky. Then, I invested in a sling and suddenly, life was easier! Sauage was more than happy hanging around on my front while I did washing up, vacuuming, all sorts of stuff (although nothing involving chemicals or fumes, obvs!) and it was lovely to have that closeness. By the time BB came along, I was a pro and the sling was deployed straight away.

Accept Help

Everyone tells you to accept help if it’s offered, but so many first time parents are too proud or don’t want to be an inconvenience. But seriously, if someone is offering help, ACCEPT IT! Your parents, siblings and friends all want to feel like they’ve been able to help you, so you should let them. Something simple like chucking a wash in the machine, loading the dishwasher or pushing the hoover round will be a minor effort for them, but a big load off for you. It will also give you more precious time with baby.

Do you have any handy tips for first time parents? I’d love to hear your thoughts and advice!

Signs That Your Home Needs a Professional Deep Clean

We all want our homes to be our sanctuaries from the bustle of the outside world. As much as we might like to dedicate to a regular cleaning schedule, our busy modern lives often get in the way. With everything else on your plate, it can be hard to find the time to give your house the attention it deserves.

Thankfully there are professional cleaners who are able to provide a thorough deep clean, scrubbing away any residual dirt and leaving your home looking spotless. Here are just a few occasions that may warrant a deep clean for your house.

When you feel overwhelmed

It does not take much of a lapse in weekly cleaning for grime and dirt to begin to infiltrate every corner of your home. The longer you put off the less savoury cleaning tasks, the harder it becomes to face the idea of getting stuck in. Worse still, it can become hard to prioritise which rooms to clean first and how to fit everything into your busy schedule.

When there is a newborn on the way

While it is true that babies need to come into contact with dirt to develop their immune systems, they certainly don’t need to be surrounded by harmful household bacteria and germs. When you’re bringing a new life into the world, you will want to be sure that you home is clean, safe, and ready to give your baby the best start in life.

You are trying to sell your house 

Prospective buyers are going to see a lot of houses. If you want to stand out, you need to go the extra mile to show them your property at its very best. Every little edge you can gain will help to ensure that you not only sell your house, but sell it at a great price.   

Before a party

If your house isn’t spotless before your guests arrive, imagine the state it will be in by the time they leave. Whether you are trying to impress that special someone or you just want to show off the best your home has to offer, it is well worth arranging for a cleaner to give your home a thorough service.  

After a party   

Nobody has ever thrown a party because they love cleaning up after everyone. If you don’t want to personally handle the festivity’s aftermath, it may be time to call in a professional. Booking a service in advance will allow you to enjoy the evening without having to worry about all the mopping and scrubbing you will need to do tomorrow. Leave it to the pros.  

You are about to move in

There will never be a better time to give your house a thorough deep clean than just before you move all your belongings and furniture in. Never again will your cleaner have such unprecedented access to every nook and cranny of your home. Moving is always stressful so why not take a load off your shoulders and take comfort in the knowledge that you won’t have to clean a thing when you arrive. 

Conclusion

Whatever the occasion, don’t be afraid to get some outside help to give your home the attention it deserves. Once you have seen the difference it can make to let a professional get to work on every inch of your property, you will wonder why you didn’t hire one sooner! If you’re in the London area, why not consider finding the perfect cleaner for you on TidyChoice?  

Author biography

David Reeson is a University of Leeds graduate currently working as a digital marketing intern at Tidychoice. He has years of experience working in digital marketing sales.

Services-To-Hire That Every Working Mum Should Know About

Working mumThere is hardly any doubt that working mums often feel overwhelmed with daily life. While it can be challenging to stay on top of a chaotic day, especially as a single mum. When you do not have a male counterpart to help you out around the house, there are a few hirable services that will help to make your life easier, and free up some time on your busy schedule:

Yard Care Services

Being able to enjoy a neat and tidy yard with your little ones in your free time is irreplaceable, although, when it comes to keeping your yard up to standard, a beautiful outdoor area is not always easy for busy mums.

Yard care services, such as and other similar services, could be the perfect solution. Relying on a professional service team enables you to enjoy your yard, rather than applying yourself to the time-consuming and strenuous task of mowing the lawn.

Home Cleaning

Many mums shy away from the idea of welcoming cleaning services into their homes as they have several plausible concerns. By opting for a service with an excellent customer review, you can locate a service that is trusted to complete all those dreadful chores.

If you are not entirely for the idea of having full-time help, it would be worth your while to consider keeping a reliable cleaning service on hand for days when you feel you cannot manage. Some house cleaning services may even offer one service instead of a hull-house spring clean, such as only getting your laundry done, or washing the windows. 

Tax Assistance

Even though absolutely everyone does not need an accountant on hand, if you are self-employed, own a rental property, have investments or foreign accounts, or have recently gotten married or moved, it would be worthwhile to consider the assistance. Filling out confusing tax forms for an entire day can be an absolute nightmare for a working mum, which is what makes the extra spend for peace of mind entirely worth it.

Birthday Planning Services

Some mums may be entirely against the idea of outsourcing a birthday party. Although, when considering that removing all the stress of planning and baking and catering will allow you to be a bit more relaxed, birthday planning services are well worth your expenditure.

You will be able to hand over your ideas and have no anxiety over wondering if you can bake that large “Paw Patrol” cake with exceptional detail and instead enjoy the day with your child, friends, and beloved family members.

When to Consider Services-To-Hire

If you are wondering what you should outsource, keep finances and time in mind. Rather than outsourcing everything, you should consider only outsourcing tasks you dread. Should you enjoy planning birthday parties and doing your taxes, having such services might benefit you when it comes to budgeting for the unplannable. It makes sense to keep contacts for trusted services on hand just in case you need them one day. 

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Caring for Your Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners are a staple in many homes and have been so for decades. This is because they enable their owners to clean their homes with ease and in quicker time. As such, it is practically irreplaceable for many and they are considered a valuable investment.

Vacuum cleaners can run into thousands of pounds in costs, and as such, they need to be properly cared for to avoid damage and constant replacement. Fortunately, caring for a vacuum cleaner is not an overly difficult task, and can be done without much effort. If you are a vacuum cleaner owner who wishes to prolong its lifespan, consider the following steps:

Replace broken parts

While vacuum cleaners should be maintained and kept in good condition, they often get damaged at some point in their lifespan. Should that happen, it would be in your best interest to repair and replace whatever parts have been broken or misplaced.

For example, if a Karcher vacuum part needs to be replaced, look up Karcher spares from a retailer such as Spares2you and replace it as soon as possible. If significant damage has taken place, take your vacuum cleaner to a repair expert and have the issue resolved before more damage takes place.

Use as suggested

One of the most common reasons why vacuum cleaners get damaged in the first place is that they are often used in ways other than their recommended manner. This includes use on surfaces that are advised against, mishandling the various parts of the vacuum cleaner, and improper storage.

For your best interest, read the instruction manual that comes with your vacuum cleaner carefully and only make use of the machine in the way and on the surfaces that have been specified. This will go a long way to make sure that your vacuum cleaner does not get damaged and can serve you for a long time to come.

Clean regularly

While they are designed to help ease the process of cleaning your home, vacuum cleaners also need to be cleaned to prolong their lifespan.

Regularly empty the attached trash bag and wipe the surfaces. Make sure there is no obstruction in their pipes and clean them if any is discovered. If there are any metallic parts of the vacuum cleaner, make sure they are clean and dry at all times to avoid rust damage to them. If all these are observed regularly, the damage is less likely to occur.

Service it regularly

Once a year or so, have your vacuum cleaner taken to a technician who will service and conduct maintenance work on your vacuum cleaner.

This will help to identify and rectify any possible problems with the vacuum cleaner ahead of time to prevent further damage. When you take your vacuum cleaner to your technician, ask for any tips or suggestions they have about maintaining, using, and storing the machine, and be sure to follow any instructions given.

Vacuum cleaners last and serve for a very long time or can fall apart easily depending on how you treat them. Follow the above steps to maintain your vacuum cleaner.

How a Dishwasher Changed My Life

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When we moved here, to our little house in the countryside, I had to accept a few things in order to get the lifestyle we wanted. Firstly, I would have to do a fair bit of driving to get the girls to school. Nights out would either need to be very sober or cost a lot more if we factored in taxis. We’d have to accept that our internet went about the same speed as dial-up, circa 1997. And, perhaps most horrifyingly of all, I would have to accept that there wasn’t space in our kitchen for a dishwasher.

I’d never had a dishwasher until we lived in the house before this one, and getting one at the last house felt like all of my dreams had come true at once. You see, I’m not naturally domesticated, and the washing up was my BIGGEST nemesis. I absolutely hate washing up. And so does everyone else who lives here, so it would often go undone for days at a time, which as you can imagine, is a less than ideal situation.

I won’t lie, I had a bit of a meltdown at Husband and told him that something needed to change, so he put his thinking cap in action (as well as chucking a bit of cash at the situation!) and worked out that we could have a dishwasher if we did a bit of shuffling around in the kitchen.

We’re seriously lucky that we have some super handy and practical people in our family, so after a call to Husband’s aunty (although you could just hire a plumber) we worked out that we could put the dishwasher where our washing machine currently stood and do a bit of a retrofit with the pipes to move the washing machine along a different wall altogether.

We have a galley kitchen, so it wasn’t immediately obvious that we’d be able to do this, but sometimes it takes a new pair of eyes, and someone with a bit more expertise than yourself, to come up with this sort of solution.

Husband’s aunt and uncle ordered all of the parts they’d need and came round one evening a few months ago to get it all done. It only took them two or three hours, and by the time they finished, we had a shiny new dishwasher, ready to go, and a washing machine that actually worked MUCH better in its new position because the floor was more level and it was closer to the dryer, too.

It sounds dramatic when I say it’s changed my life, but I cannot understate this fact enough. Instead of permanently living in limbo between “don’t use the kitchen, I’ve just spent hours cleaning it” and “we’ve got no clean plates, we’ll have to have a takeaway”, the kitchen is permanently clean and tidy and we ALWAYS have things to eat and drink with.

This has also had other knock-on effects too – we eat far fewer takeaways, so we’re saving money and being healthier, both of which are really positive. It also means that the rest of the house is tidier, because there’s a place for all of the dirty plates, cups and cutlery to go. I also enjoy cooking SO much more now. Before, I’d cook a roast or bake a cake and then be faced with the reality that I had to hand wash every single item I’d used in the process. Now, it all goes straight in the dishwasher, nothing is untidy, and I can just enjoy the whole experience of being creative in the kitchen.

If you don’t think you have space for a dishwasher in your kitchen, it could be well worth getting a plumber or kitchen designer to have a look and give you a professional opinion as to whether there might be a way, and if you’re as undomesticated as me, it could genuinely change your life!

Top 8 Ways to Simplify Your House Cleaning

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House cleaning is a necessary but stressful process for everyone. Generally, it starts off as a seemingly simple chore which becomes increasingly overwhelming as time passes by. And most of us wish that the process could be simpler and less tedious. Well, it could be, but only if you know how to make the process simpler and less stressful. This article focuses on eight ways to make house simpler.

Do a little daily

Staying on top of  small daily tasks makes cleaning so much easier. Most of us prefer to do all our house cleaning in a single day, the main reason being the lack of time during weekdays due to work. However, doing a few small tasks daily such as wiping counters and washing dishes can make a huge difference. The aim here is to avoid building smaller chores into large ones.

Make a Schedule

Staying on top of things is not as easy as it sounds especially because there is a plethora of other stuff which occupies your mind and could cause you to forget that you have to do the dishes or wipe the counters. That is why it is important to have a schedule which clearly shows when you want to get some house chores done. Having a schedule gives you a clear-cut plan of action and prevents lagging or idling around when you have work to be done.

Make and implement rules

 Sometimes, making a few rules could be just what you need to make house cleaning simpler and less stressful. This is especially necessary if people usually make a mess at your home which you have to clean up all by yourself. Some rules would go make it easier to do your job, especially if everyone does theirs. Consider rules like “no shoes on while on the carpet” which could help reduce the number of times you need to vacuum-clean your carpet. An important part of making rules is implementation of the rules since rules without implementation are nothing but words.

Decluttering

 An important part of making cleaning simpler is organization. The main cause of cluttering at home is the fact that everything is kept everywhere. Have places for everything. If possible, label places where certain stuff should be kept like cups, plates, spoon/forks and other household equipment. This also applies to clothes, undies, and shoes.

Clean as you go

This technique is better and easier to use after decluttering. Once clusters have been reorganized, wiping becomes much easier, maybe even fun. Wiping bathroom counters and sinks after taking a bath could be easier after bottles and accessories have been moved out of the way. Also, cleaning dishes after meals make the sink empty which in turn makes wiping easy. However, not all chores are compatible with this technique but it is important to do those that are.

Be consistent

 Consistency is important in making house cleaning simple. If you have work to be done, do the work. There is nothing worse and demotivating than being in work mode and then lagging only to continue later. Being consistent is also about doing a little each day without skipping. Doing some laundry for about ten minutes each day will reduce the overall amount of laundry you have to do during weekends.

Delegate chores 

If dirtying the house is not entirely your fault, then, cleaning the house should not be entirely your responsibility. Make cleaning a family thing. Delegate some of the chores to the kids. Regardless of the age, everyone should be able to contribute in some way (except a toddler, of course). Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to carry the entire load of housecleaning.

Consider outdoor help

 If the burden of work is too much for you, employ a maid or a yardman. Employing outside help will immensely lessen your workload and give you time to actually spend with your kids and train them in the way you would like them to be. However, if you think you couldn’t handle the workload, outside help is unnecessary.

Liz is a part of the Content team at Best Vacuum Expert, sharing expert knowledge and best tips on how to have a clean house.

5 Great Tips to Organise Your Kid’s Room

kid's roomThe summer vacation is great for your kids but not always so great for their rooms. Being stuck inside all day whining almost always ends in mess and clutter and dealing with this can be even worse when you see the state it’s in. So here are 5 great tips on how to organise your kid’s room without giving up on first sight:

  1. Sort, Store and Simplify

If your kid’s room is lacking in storage, buy some boxes or shelving. You could even ask them to go with you to choose something they like so they’ll be more inclined to help you (see point 4 and this article by Gtech on getting your kids involved with cleaning). Sort through all the mess and divide into subject piles (e.g. one pile for games, one for books, one for clothes, etc.) and then store accordingly.

  1. Make it easier to put away, harder to get out

Shelving is a great way to do this as your kids may not be able to reach the shelf so they won’t be able to take out everything at once. Also consider getting storage solutions that offer padlocks or child-lock technology. This will force your kids to ask you for which toys they want rather than cluttering up their whole room with unused toys and other mess.

  1. Label, label, label

When you’re sorting through the different piles, make sure you store things in boxes or draws that are clearly labelled. Having a colour coordinating system could also work for you (e.g. the red box is for books, the blue for games, the green for dolls and so on). Labelling will also make it much easier for you when it’s time to clear up the mess from around the house or your kid’s room. theartofcleanliness.com has a great post on a closet organiser system to make your kid’s closet much easier to keep tidy; you could label each section of the closet for even clearer organisation.

  1. Bring the child into the process

As I mentioned before, you could ask your child to come with you to choose some storage they like (e.g. boxes with their favourite characters on them) or make cleaning a game. However you decide to bring them into the process, it’s important to get them started in helping you. You could even offer a reward at the end if they’ve done a good job.

  1. Build a maintenance routine

This will help you stay on top of things without the mess getting too hard to control. Set out a weekly cleaning schedule and allocate a day to organising your kid’s room. This is a good habit to get into especially if your child is also getting involved. See this maintenance checklist by Lowe’s Canada for the monthly maintenance you shouldn’t be avoiding.

See more ways to keep your kids busy on mumstheword.me.

THE PURGE (AKA, Don’t Stand Still or Mum Will Throw You in the Bin)

Before Christmas, we were lucky enough to be given a brand new sofa, and in preparation for this, I cleared every stick of furniture out of our living room and cleaned the carpet the day before it was delivered. As it turned out, I quite like having a lounge which isn’t stacked high with toys and other clutter, so much of what we moved has sat in the dining room since the beginning of December, making the room look like a huge version of Monica’s secret closet.

THE PURGE

Last week, I decided that enough was enough; we couldn’t live with one room that looked like one of those storage units, but the rest of the house was by no means ready to receive all of the stuff from my Room of Shame.

And so began…THE PURGE!

I started with the airing cupboard, taking out all of the duvet sets and sheets, and storing them in under-bed boxes, giving us a huge empty cupboard to use for other things. Then I moved on to the girls room, where I managed to clear out SIX black bags of clothes and two massive IKEA bags full of toys for charity, as well as four bags of rubbish, which gave us a whole bunch of empty storage in which to put all of the new things they got for Christmas. Next, I moved on to that dead space at the bottom of the wardrobes that I tend to fill up with things like old pairs of curtains and blankets which don’t really have another home, and managed to fill up two more bin bags of stuff for the charity shop.

My next job is to tackle The Room of Shame, but now that the rest of the house is so much clearer and we have plenty of space to tidy INTO, it doesn’t feel nearly as daunting – I don’t feel the need to start Googling ‘storage near me‘ anymore so that I can just move half of our belongings elsewhere!

The nice thing I’ve noticed is that the decluttering has had a really positive knock-on effect for my mental state, and our lives as a family. I’m taking more interest in other housework because the house looks nice and I want to KEEP it looking nice, and Sausage has a clear desk to do her homework on, rather than perching up at the coffee table each evening. BB has also taken an interest in helping me (in exchange for pocket money, of course!) to put washing away and do other little jobs, which is a habit I’m more than happy for her to get into. I think I’ll make The Purge a six-monthly thing so that we stay on top of it and don’t feel like we’re perpetually drowning in old clothes and toys!

Do you have a purge every now and again, or are you a bit of a hoarder? Do leave me a comment below.

The Basics of Floor Mopping

moppingFloor mopping is a simple, sustaining, and satisfying process when done with the most effective cleaning tools. The industrial mop system is often perceived as a rigorous, tedious process. However, it provides immense satisfaction if the right methods are used. The following industrial mopping procedure overviews the important components of the process, and best practices for maintaining hygienic floorcare.

The Basics: Investing in a Mop Kit

Mop kits offer an efficient means of cleaning floors–as they include the complete system needed for good fast and effective. Most kits comprise of a mop tool, a dust mop, and damp mop pads. Floorcare systems such as microfiber cleaning kits are known to offer thorough coverage, as each component of the kit yields elimination of bacteria, don’t require chemicals, and require less water. Since mop kits include a comprehensive set of products for the floor mopping process, it is no doubt that investing in a kit for industrial mopping is worth it.

Mopping Methods

Before beginning the mopping process, one key action that should be taken is vacuuming the floor. By doing so, significant debris and surface dirt will be removed.

There are two primary methods for using an industrial mop: wet mopping, and dry dust mopping. It is best to choose a mop based on the floor surface; for example, a sponge mop will complement a smooth surfaced floor, and a rag mop will suffice for a floor with high level of texture.

Wet mopping follows a fairly direct process, as it starts with soaking the mop under a faucet to soak in hot water, or using a mop solution such as a non-bleach cleaner. After soaking the mop, it is important to remove excess water to avoid over-wetting the floor surface. After draining excess water in a bucket, the mop should be damp and ready to clean. After mopping floors, it is critical to rinse the mop pads or put them in the washing machine for a thorough clean.

Although wet mopping seems to be a messy activity, it is extremely beneficial in that it can remove sticky liquids, stains, and everyday kitchen messes.

Dry dust mopping is the optimal method for removing microparticles, crumbs, pet hair, and dust balls–to name a few. It is the perfect way to attain clean hardwood floors! Dry map pads automatically attract dust and small particles. It is important to remember to utilize the power of the swivel heads of a mop, which are able to clean areas that are harder to access.

Similar to the process of wet mopping, once finished, simply pull the dry pad from the head of the map, and rinse the pad or place in the washing machine. For dry and wet mopping, microfiber products serve as very effective cleaning systems. Microfiber mops require a little bit of water, and they are set to clean. To see the effectiveness, it is recommended to start with dry mops.

After using the mop, it is vital to allow the mop to dry thoroughly before storing. This eliminates any risk of bacterial growth. It is best to store the mop in a cool, dry location. The mop should be replaced once there are visible signs of wearing.

Wrapping Up

As seen in the two methods, industrial mopping utilizing the right tools and methods can yield a clean and thriving floor in the home. The main idea is that proper care for the mop, and using strong materials such as microfiber products are what ensure a safe and impactful cleaning system in the long run.