Our regular gorge contributor Lyndsey Henderson has just told us that she is setting up her own domestic cleaning company ‘Clean Up Domestic Cleanersstarting this Summer and, with this in mind has penned a few tips on cleaning a few areas in the house that sometimes get neglected… 

1,2,3,4 Let’s declare a spring clean!

“Spic, Span and everything in it’s place”! Ha this is not a phrase heard often in this house however the changing seasons does motivate one to have more of an effort on the home cleaning front. I am not great at cleaning but I do manage hundreds of people who are and a few tips have recently come my way and I am prepared to share with the Kids of Bath readership; 4 areas with 4 quick win tips.

Windows

More sunshine blasting into our lives makes the eye draw to the outside world once again after a winter cocoon of hygge living.

Windows or rather window frames can make a room look shabby if they are not cared for. Black Mould is NASTY and what causes it is moisture and bacteria spores. Hours of drying clothes inside over winter and cooking delicious soups and roasts, will put a lot of extra moisture into a room.  Without diligent window opening you can get the NASTY black mould on your frames if you are not paying attention. It must be removed with some urgency and now is the time to take action.

Everyone has their own cleaning ethos with ethical and eco products through to how our mum’s or more likely our gran’s taught us to do it. If you need a bit of direction then maybe give these tips a try. Warning: Some elbow grease will be required.

Tip 1: Open the darn windows. NOW

Tip 2: Neat Bleach the mould away with a toothbrush or use vinegar soaked kitchen towels.

Tip 3: Use uPVC cream cleaner to brighten up the frames – only If you have plastic windows obvs!

Tip 4: Get the outside windows professionally done otherwise it mitigates the effort of cleaning the other side.

Stairs

The gateway to bed! Give them some attention once in a while and no-one will notice all that clutter that likes to gather there ever hopeful someone other than you will carry it up.

Vacuuming stairs is easy. Your cleaner can do that, even your kids and partner can make a solid effort at bashing the vacuum cleaner around but sometimes a little bit extra attention is needed.

Tip 1: Get brushing to beat all the muck out. Top to bottom of course. If you have pets use a rubber brush to whip those hairs off.  Buy one. Then vacuum up the dusty mess.

Tip 2: This really works on stairs that have seen some action (kids in muddy shoes running up and down continuously) – Dissolve a clothes washing tab in 2 cups of boiling water in a bucket. Or powder or whatever you have to wash clothes. Then with a damp cloth wipe across the stair carpet after vacuuming to bring a bit of fluff back to the pile. This tip is also great if you have pet smells as there is no ammonia in the clothes washing products which can react badly with animal smells.

Tip 3: Whilst you have this cleaning liquid gold do the paint work (skirting and banister) and why not wash the washing machine too as you put the dirty clothes in for a clean!

Tip 4: Stairs can be the first thing visitors see as they enter the house, but don’t forget the outside front step as well. Waving at neighbours is a must do.

Bathrooms

These are my nemesis. So much moisture and dirty people lingering. And let’s face it, just when you feel smug at having done one of them you may have a few more to go…

Tip 1: Little and often. You have to spray that shower down after usage to prevent a major scrubbing. My recent fun cleaning tip is vodka. Not drinking it whilst cleaning like my dad asked, but putting in a spray bottle with a few essential oil drops and leaving in the shower (in a high place) to be sprayed by a responsible adult or tall enough person, post shower.

Tip 2: If you see orange marks anywhere in this room is it a warning alarm and time to get out the bleach and tooth brush or vinegar soaked cloths.

Tip 3: For those who like a product free cleaning option check out cleaning erasers. They are high density sponges that can get mucky marks out of grout and have so many other cleaning uses.

Tip 4: Get a sink brush. The soap scum, hair and toothpaste gets stuck down the plug hole and can smell, stop water flow and look like you don’t know what you are doing in there. Get a really long brush to bash up the scum then tip boiling water down to disperse – sounds down right medieval.

Dust

The shredding of tiny skin particles might be a great design feature for the human body but for our homes it is not and it is WAR. Here’s some thoughts on how to go into battle:

Tip 1: Get all the dust off by wiping it down with brush. Then with a window cleaning product soaked cloth wipe all surfaces. This makes sure the dust is picked up not just moved about.

Tip 2: Dust mites are worst at this time of year due to heat and moisture. Put your pillow in the freezer to kill the dust mites. Chest freezer is required but if you don’t have access to large freezer space you can put them outside in sunlight.

Tip 3: To make sure you have fresh smelling rooms mix bicarb with essential oils then shake on to floor and vacuum all the carpeted areas – signing that song of course.

Tip 4: Open the windows as much as you possibly can.

Final thought: if this all sounds nice and all that but really you have people to do this stuff for you or you still lack to inspiration to make a move, then take a read of this delightful poem by Rose Milligan and go do something else.

Dust If You Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

If you are interested in a new domestic cleaning service starting up in the Bath area this summer then drop an email to Bath.cleanup@gmail.com for more details….