Are you ready to tackle the winter cleaning season head-on? As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to give our homes a thorough winter cleaning. We will explore some valuable winter cleaning tips that will help you create a clean and cosy living space during the colder months.
Winter cleaning goes beyond just tidying up; it involves preparing your home for the challenges that come with this season. From removing dirt and grime brought in from outside to ensuring optimal indoor air quality.
Whether it’s deep-cleaning your carpets, organizing your cupboards, or decluttering your living space all these things will help get your home ready for winter.
At this time of year constantly changing weather conditions and temperatures means that we often bring a more dirt into our homes. There are now more people working from home, and for them it is even more important to make it as comfortable, tidy and cosy as possible.
Winter cleaning tasks that are often overlooked:-
- Create a list of all the cleaning tasks you want to accomplish, start with decluttering. Clutter tends to build up over the year and just collects dust. Organise and sort into boxes to bin, give way or sell. This can seem overwhelming so do this in sections either a room at a time or for 30 minutes or 1 hour at a time.
- Don’t forget to clean your radiators, dusty radiators can reduce the heating efficiency by 30%! Radiator dusters are available so that you can clean the back of your radiator.
- Curtains and soft furnishings can hold everything from odours, to pollen and traffic fumes. Vacuum using the brush attachment and wipe with a dry microfibre cloth. For curtains check the labels as you may be able to machine wash them.
- Look out for hidden germs – with colds and flu more prevalent during the winter remember to clean door handles, laptops, keyboards, remote controls, switches and any other areas that might potentially harbour bacteria. Viruses can survive for several weeks on objects like these.
- Winter evenings are a time to snuggle up on the sofa with a soft cosy blanket, don’t forget to give this a clean too. Most can just be popped in the washing machine but check the label first.
- Winter is also a good time to give your fridge a good clean, both before and after the festive period. Empty your fridge into cool bags then wash and rinse the drawers and shelves using lukewarm soapy water. As you put things back into your fridge it’s a good time to discard any items that you no longer need or that are out of date. If you can plan to do this before you do your food shopping it will be much easier.
- Clean behind large pieces of furniture and where possible appliances to remove any dust, dirt and crumbs. This will also help to minimise the chance of pests.
- Deep clean your carpets and rugs by vacuuming away dirt and shampooing them.
- Clean the dishwasher, your dishwasher can harbour germs and food particles which can make it less effective. Clear clogs from the filter and clean.
- Check your kitchen cupboards for out of date items and give them a wipe inside to remove any dust or crumbs, reorganising now will also make it easier to find things in the future and highlight any items that need to be used.
- Check any bins inside your house, it is important to give these a regular clean with antibacterial cleaner or similar.
When to call the pros
Above are some of the often overlooked areas in our homes that need cleaning. If you are struggling to get your home ready for the winter a reputable cleaning service can help, whether it’s a full house clean or specific jobs.