Everyone’s home has its hard to reach spots; those problem areas that always seem to be missed whenever a deep clean is undertaken, and the tough spots that you can’t get clean, regardless of how hard you scrub them. While many of us seem content to clean what we can see and put those tougher jobs to the back of our minds until another day, they’re going to need handling at some point – and there’s no time like the present.
Household tips for cleaning the most stubborn parts of the home
It’s likely that you spend enough time cleaning your kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and living areas to know how expensive all of those individual cleaners can be, and how draining on your time a big spring clean can be. However, did you know that there are all kinds of cleaners to be made from items that you have lying around the house, and that many of those will get to work far faster than leading store-bought brands? Take vinegar, for example, which is one of the home’s most effective, and cheapest, cleaners; vinegar can be used to remove sticky substances from just about any surface, as a deodorizer, for persistent stains, to clear smeared windows, and to remove corrosion from around faucets and pipes. Similarly effective in their own ways are lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda, and even coffee, while essential oils can be used as antibacterial cleansers, deodorizers, and stain removers; such simple solutions to some of the toughest cleaning issues you’re likely to face, and a fraction of the cost, too.
We all take carpets for granted; indeed, they’re walked all over with very little thought at all. However, all of that traffic can take its toll, and you’ll often find that your carpets appear filthy regardless of how hard, and often, you take to scrubbing them. To keep your carpets looking their freshest aim to tackle all stains and spillages as soon as they occur using a homemade cleaner such as bicarbonate of soda or vinegar, and vacuum thoroughly at least once a week using a powdered cleaner to rejuvenate these problem areas. It’s also a good idea to call in a professional cleaner once a year, as vacuuming and scrubbing alone will seldom be enough to rescue a carpet from the worst spills and stains. ChemDry is just one example of a carpet cleaning company in Ottawa, and you’ll notice an immediate difference as soon as the specialists have been. Finally consider the ways you can protect your carpet from daily wear and tear; implement a ‘no shoe’ policy wherever possible to limit the transfer of dirt, rotate furniture and rugs to give your carpet a chance to recover from usage, and place a mat or offcut of carpet at every doorway to absorb dirt that would otherwise wend its way from our shoes into the carpet’s fibers.
Those hard to reach spots
Now, those hard to reach spots including windows and ledges, door frames, picture rails, skirting boards, and cupboards; no house feels truly clean until they’re shown a little attention, but just what’s to be done with them? Firstly, it’s essential to arm yourself with the right tools, including a cleaner – whether that’s a shop bought brand, or a detergent you’ve made yourself – a duster, a damp sponge or cloth, and an old toothbrush. You may even decide to use a vacuum cleaner and attachment to tackle those hard to reach spots, although an extendable duster will work just as well. Next, create a plan of action; not all problem areas need tackling every week, but be sure to keep on top of the dust and grime that’s likely to collect around your windows, skirting boards, and door frames. As a rule of thumb, aim to give your home a good clean once a week, and a thorough going over at least once a month – isn’t that the least it deserves?
Cleaning your home needn’t be a chore; indeed, there are those that find cleaning particularly therapeutic and, dare we say, enjoyable. One thing is for sure, and that’s that cleaning is unavoidable. However, that doesn’t mean it should be especially difficult, or a strain upon the purse strings. With the right kind of attention paid to those tough spots, and a wealth of hacks at your disposal, cleaning can be a breeze – leaving you plenty of time to fall in love with your beautiful home all over again.