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The Ultimate Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Home

The Ultimate Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Home

While your humble abode might not be ridiculously filthy, there’s no harm in giving it a deep clean annually. This can give us the opportunity to declutter, reevaluate our storage, tidy up the nooks and crannies and clean the aspects of the home that rarely see the duster, the polish or the hoover. Deep cleaning is more than getting the wet vacuum cleaner out, you need to consider how you will get each of your rooms looking brand spanking shiny new. Take a look at this guide to help you give your home a thorough deep clean.

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Rooms

Each room needs to be cleaned with a fine tooth comb. Each room will require different jobs to be completed. You might need a carpet wash in one room and a chimney swept in another. Go room by room and make a list of each job that needs completing. Your annual deep clean may take a few days to complete as you should finish cleaning one room before starting another.

Before you begin cleaning, you need to clear your living spaces of clutter. This might mean your ornaments or it might mean your bookcase full of CDs, the stereo and your cookbooks. Put them in another room along with your furniture so that you have a virtually bare room. This allows you to clean even the deepest of nooks and crannies.

Any clutter that you no longer want to keep should be dumped, recycled, given to a charity shop or sold. Don’t keep hold of it if you don’t want it. It will take up valuable loft space. Put some of your better quality stuff on eBay and make a bit of money for your efforts. What is one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are the spaces that tend to hold the most dirt. Without going into too much detail, you spend around eight hours a night lying in bed, so dead skin cells will permeate through the room. At the very least you need to clean your mattress and whip on a couple of new protectors. You may need bed bug removal if you spy any critters and you will want to rub down the skirting boards and bed frames. Hoover your carpet and wash your drapes. When everything is clean you can redress your bedroom so that it becomes your haven of relaxation once again, without as much clutter and smelling fresh and delicious.

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Bathroom

The bathroom within your home should be cleaned on a regular basis, but there are some jobs that you probably don’t do as often as you should. Open up the plug holes, pour down some drain unblocker, and clean the hair and gunk from your shower heads. Check out the cistern of your toilet to make sure there is no limescale developing and mop the lino. A bathroom needs to be sterile and hygienic so this is the room that needs to be deep cleaned a little more regularly than annually.

Follow this guide, and you will have a fresh new clutter free atmosphere within your four walls. You will soon master the art of deep cleaning your home.

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Helpful Office Cleaning Tips

Helpful Office Cleaning Tips

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Cleaning is a job which you either love or you hate, there is rarely an in between. But it is something which we all have to do now and again to maintain a hygienic home and workplace. When it comes to maintaining a clean office, it is important for us to manage time in the best possible way and to also find ways to make the process easier. This is why today we have some handy tips to help you maintain a clean and tidy office this year. 

Hire a professional

The first thing you can do, which is the easiest way to make cleaning simple as a business, is to hire a cleaner. If you have the money in your budget for it, why not hire a company such as www.crusade.com.sg    to clean your office for you? The good thing about hiring a cleaner is that you have the piece of mind of knowing that the cleaner knows what they are doing and they will save you spending too much time on it yourself. 

Cleaning the windows 

One of the more challenging jobs to do when it comes to cleaning the office is cleaning the exterior windows. If you have a multi-story office, it can be incredibly difficult for you to wash the exterior windows of the top floors. However, instead of forking out for a window cleaner, buy a magnetic window cleaner instead. This consists of two pads, one of which you place on the inside and one on the outside, and it will allow you to clean the inside and outside at the same time!

Organise your paperwork

One of the worst things you can do for yourself if you want to make it easier to clean your office is having piles of paper everywhere. It is important to organise your paperwork not only for productivity in the office, but also for the time it takes you to clean. Make things easier for yourself by clearing out your paperwork, buying some box folders, and placing them on a shelf out of the way of your desk. 

Have a kitchen rota 

One of the worst parts of the office to try and keep clean has to be the kitchen, and the kitchen is something which can be a messy area. This is why it is important for you to take the time and effort to create a rota which involves everyone in the office, including managers. It is important for everyone to feel responsible for the kitchen because this will ensure that the office is less likely to become dirty in the first place and it will also ensure that the cleaning of the kitchen is divided up fairly between everyone. 

Install wooden floors

One of the best changes you can make to the office this year is install wooden floors instead of a carpet. It will be much easier to maintain a clean wooden floor and you will be able to largely avoid using a vacuum cleaner and disrupting the flow of work for everyone in the office.

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Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

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If you invited a psychologist into your home, they could make some educated assumptions about your mind. Our homes not only reflect our state of mind, but they also contribute to it. Clutter, in particular, can have a negative impact on your brain’s ability to focus and process information. So it makes sense to free your home and your mind from unnecessary items.

Why Clutter Happens

The accumulation of clutter happens for any number of reasons. Over the years we make spontaneous purchases, sure that the items will have their uses. Even if we never use them, we keep hold of them just in case. We receive gifts from family and friends, some of which are useful and others that are not. But even if we don’t particularly like them, it’s hard to part with gifts because of the sentimental attachments. On top of that, we accumulate paper, bills, furniture, decorations, etc. The list is endless.

The Cull

There comes a day when all of this ‘stuff’ accumulates to such an extent that it has a negative impact on you and your home. You may be running out of space. Or you may be about to move to a smaller home. The clutter may be causing anxiety. At the very least, it makes it impossible to function properly and make full use of your home.

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If you recognize this, it’s time to act. Start with a big clear out to get your home back on track. Once you have achieved this, you can make changes to your everyday life to live more simply and avoid the clutter trap.

Sorting Out

If you have accumulated a significant amount of clutter, there are reasons for this. These reasons are the same ones that will make this process difficult for you. This is because these unwanted items are tied up with complex emotions. You may feel sentimentally attached to items. If you purchased the items yourself and never used them, it may still be difficult to part with them. The brain sometimes finds it difficult to accept that we have made a mistake and looks for ways to justify it. So, you’re going to need to be ruthless. For more information on the psychological reasons behind clutter, check out articles like http://www.wsj.com.

Start with something small and manageable. Maybe a small guest room or even the bathroom. Don’t move to the next room until this is completely cleared. Space permitting, empty the room, and only put back the items you are using. You may have some difficult choices to make. Some items will not be functional, but you may still wish to keep them. Obvious examples are photos and photo albums. Set yourself strict parameters of what you should and shouldn’t keep. Photos, yes but that ticket stub from the sixth grade, maybe not.

Sort items into three piles labeled keep, toss, recycle and charity. Go through all of your possessions until you have gone through every item. This will highlight just how much junk you have accumulated. Hire a rubbish removal company such as samedayrubbishremoval.com.au to remove unwanted items. This can often be completed on the same day.

What Next?

Once you have gone through this process and reduced your waste and clutter, you’ll find it easier to do this on an ongoing basis. Each room, closet, and drawer will be neat and tidy. Everything will have a place, and it will be easy to locate. You now need to apply the decluttering process to your day-to-day life. Think before you buy items. Are you going to use them? Think about when and how. Don’t make impulsive purchases. Sleep on it before ordering. Considering removing an item from your home before introducing something new.

When items come into the home, deal with them immediately. Find a place for them and begin using them. Sort through your possessions every few months. Think about books, DVDs, old cell phones, etc. If you have finished with them, do you really need to keep them? If not, pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. Or, recycle.

Once you get into this habit, you shouldn’t have to go through that major culling process again. And you can live a simpler, more organized life.

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Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

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Many of us have awful housekeeping habits. We may not think that much about them. But there are some habits out there that can cause very severe problems. They can damage your property in big ways. They can play havoc with your health.

Let’s take a look at some common and dangerous habits!

Not washing things enough

We shed. A lot. Like, all of the time. Moisture, hair, dead skin… We might not be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening! What do you think most of the dust and the dirt in your home is made from?

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We often forget about this sort of thing. So most of us don’t ash our towels and bed sheets as often as we should. A towel should be washed every three days or so. Your bed sheets should be washed every week. These things are frequently exposed to your body, and they really get the brunt of the things I mentioned about. Carpets also get it pretty bad – most people never even clean their carpet! (And no, vacuuming isn’t the same as cleaning.)

Letting cables pile up

The average home has loads of electrical equipment. More, in fact, than might be safe for it. We have televisions, laptops, desktops, monitors, mobile phones, games consoles. They all need to be plugged in for hours at a time. A lot of the time, we’re using them all at once.

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But most of us don’t appreciate how much pressure this puts on our electrical systems. Many of us are probably using cheap extension cords. Using them for most of the day could overload them easily. Make sure you invest in strong extension cords. Aim for mid-priced at least.

Covering up problems

Hiding an issue instead of dealing with it fosters bad habits. Not only that, it can cause tremendous damage to your property and your health. Got a dust problem? Get a vacuum and get rid of it properly instead of sweeping it under the rug. Got rust or mold? Eradicate the problem instead of just painting over it. Rust and mold can spread and weaken your home’s structure, even if you paint over them! Don’t just conceal problems. Find the time to deal with them.

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Neglecting air quality

We spray a million different substances into the air. We use harsh chemicals to clean everything in the house. We let moisture build up and cause damage to the walls. Many of us are actually living in pretty dangerous environments when we’re at home. That activity doesn’t exactly create a great place for your lungs! The problem is that it’s hard to tell when there’s danger about. Mold testing can help you detect certain air-related problems. In general, you’re best off using less harsh sprays and fluids.

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Keeping too much junk

The importance of getting rid of all that clutter that builds up should never be underestimated. Seriously, most of us will probably never use a good half of our possessions. Unloved clothes, books we’ll never read again, various gadgets and trinkets… Just get rid of them. Turn your house into a clean, calming place.

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