• John Ross

6 Top Tips for Cleaning Your Home Inside and Out

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

With all of us spending more time indoors and working hard to minimise the spread of coronavirus, we’re cleaning our homes more thoroughly than ever before. To maximise your efforts, we’ve outlined our 6 top tips for cleaning your home inside and out (and what we can do to help).

1. Window cleaning

The best way to clean windows yourself likely hasn’t changed since your grandparents’ generation. All you need is vinegar, warm water and a microfibre cloth or newspaper.

  1. Clean the window frames and sills first.

  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and two tbsp white vinegar.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, sponge the solution onto the window (not the frames).

  4. Rinse with clean water.

  5. Working from the top of the window down, squeegee the window, wiping the edge of the squeegee clean after each pass down the window.

  6. Buff the glass with a microfibre cloth (or newspaper) for a streak-free finish.

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2. Driveway cleaning

Magnets for oil, mud and grime, driveways can pose a cleaning challenge. However maintaining them can improve the overall appearance of your home and the durability of your driveway. If you don’t have a pressure washer, fear not.

  1. Cover your driveway with an absorbent material such as cat litter, sawdust or baking soda and leave for 12-24 hours to absorb as much oil and grease as possible.

  2. Sweep the absorbent material and any other debris from your driveway using a broom. Pay extra attention to moss and weeds, removing them as you go.

  3. Hose down your driveway before scrubbing it with a brush and hot soapy water.

  4. Finally rinse the surface with clean water.

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3. Gutter cleaning

Blocked gutters not only look unsightly but can cause water damage to your home. Try to clean out your gutters at least twice a year - once in late spring and again in autumn.

Only attempt to clean your gutters if you are confident you can work at height and have a sturdy ladder. Otherwise speak to a professional who can get the job done quickly and safely.

  1. Work your way around the house with a bucket and sturdy ladder, removing gutter debris with a gloved hand or a narrow garden trowel.

  2. Hose out the gutters towards the downpipe, using a stiff brush to remove stubborn grime and keeping an eye out for any obstructions.

How we can help

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4. House cleaning

Cleaning and disinfection are two different things. When it comes to disease prevention, it is vital to do both.

  1. Clean surfaces first to remove germs (e.g. using a vinegar-based solution or hot soapy water).

  2. Then disinfect surfaces to kill germs (e.g. using an alcohol-based solution). Allow wet disinfectants to work on your surface for 1-3 minutes (or the time suggested by the product you are using) before drying thoroughly.

  3. Keep children and animals away from recently disinfected surfaces until they are dry.

  4. Clean household hotspots (such as the kitchen, bathroom and other shared, high-traffic surfaces) regularly after use, rather than just during a weekly deep clean (NHS).

  5. If using reusable cloths, be sure to wash them at at least 60 degrees celsius after each use.

How we can help

Whether you’re looking for help with the regular cleaning of your home, a one-off or end of tenancy deep-clean or longer-lasting measures designed to protect from coronavirus, we’re here to help. Find out more about our sanitisation services >>

5. Carpet cleaning

Despite regular vacuuming (once or twice a week), carpets can become a haven for dust mites and other allergens. Carpet shampoo machines are a popular solution and can be hired from supermarkets and hardware shops. However if you’re just looking for a deodorising freshen up, try sprinkling bicarbonate of soda onto your carpet before vacuuming.

Prior to using new carpet cleaning products always do a patch test in an inconspicuous area and check what detergents your carpet is compatible with.

How we can help

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6. Oven cleaning

Cleaning ovens can easily be put off for weeks or months. Your oven may have its own unique cleaning requirements, so it is well worth checking the manufacturer’s instructions first.

If suitable for your oven, try creating a natural cleaning paste using equal parts baking soda and white wine vinegar. Apply the paste to your oven (not the glass oven door) and leave overnight before cleaning off. In the morning, use hot soapy/vinegar water to clean the glass oven door.

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DISCLAIMER: This article has been produced for guidance only and does not constitute advice. Copyright © 2020 CleanTEC. All rights reserved.

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