New Year, new cleaning routine

During the festive season, you have probably got you into the groove of making lists and checking them twice, so why not continue that effort with a housecleaning list for a cleaner new year?

A cleaning routine doesn’t need to consume your life or even take up too much of your time in 2021. There are simple yet effective techniques for cleaning every room in your home quickly and efficiently. 

Here at Orchard Home Cleaning, we share the essentials you want to tackle in the days, weeks, and months ahead for a cleaner new year.

Give your curtains a new lease of life

Cleaning your curtains should be an essential part of your everyday cleaning routine. However, if your busy schedule means that this household task is often overlooked, we highly recommend taking the time after Christmas to give your curtains a good old clean.

The soft brush of a vacuum cleaner can be used to remove everyday dirt and dust from even the most delicate of curtains. 

If you want to get rid of any smells, we recommend taking your curtains off the rails and hanging them over your washing line. This will freshen them up, although picking a day where you’re not facing the elements this time of year may be difficult.

Walls and windows

Chances are, with guests coming and going and over-excited kids tearing around the house, your walls may have fallen victim to scuff marks. Or even the occasional creative crayon “drawing”.

To get rid of any marks, use a soft sponge or microfibre cloth that, when damp, will lift stains but gentle enough not to effect the paintwork.

Next, use white vinegar and water solution (one part vinegar to four parts water) to clean windows and mirrors. Spray the solution on the window or dampen the cloth with it, and wipe in a circular motion. First vertically, then horizontally. Finish by polishing it with a cotton cloth. You could even use an old T-shirt or sheet of newspaper.

Clear out your fridge

After throwing away any Christmas leftovers, wipe the shelves and door with a microfibre and an all purpose cleaner. Pull your fridge out from the wall and unplug it. Then use your vacuum’s brush tool to gently clean the coils.

Take out any shelves or drawers and soak them in warm water before wiping them and placing them back. If you have any unwanted smells in the fridge (festive cheeses spring to mind!) then place a bowl of bicarbonate of soda on the bottom shelf over night to absorb any smells. 

Have a regular clear out

A good way to implement this is right after Christmas. Before the children put away their new goods, have them fill up at least one bag of donations, more if they can. While they’re packing up old things, sift through donations that won’t be used. 

Move to your bedroom and cut down on clothes you no longer wear or items you don’t use. 

Move onto the bathroom and throw away expired shampoo, makeup, shaving supplies, etc. If they still have life but you won’t use them, you can always donate to your local charity shop.

This is a good rule throughout the year to avoid a buildup on unwanted goods.

Clean your tools

As silly as it may seem, you’re cleaning products themselves require a deep cleanse now and then. Care for your broom by shaking out dust and debris from its bristles or gliding bristles along a firm edge. Refrain from standing your broom on its bristles to prevent breakage. 

Mop heads must be rinsed in hot water after each use and stored in a well-ventilated area to dry. Scrubbing brushes should be gently rinsed after usage and dried thoroughly before subsequent use. 

Vacuum cleaners require more attentive care due to their myriad parts. This includes emptying vacuum bags as needed, wiping dirt from casings using a damp cloth and mild detergent, gently cleaning the belt with dry towels, and replacing paper filters as needed.

If youre in need of some help after the festive season, why not give the team here at Orchard Home Cleaning a call on 01604 791799 to arrange a cleaning quote and leave the stress of cleaning down to us.