How clean is your house? As letting agents in Croydon and many other London boroughs, Assetgrove has come across some shocking attempts to tidy up properties at the end of a tenancy.
But with most of us not having the time to devote a whole day to cleaning the house. Instead, it can be far better to take a little and often approach to cleaning because, after all, it’s the impression that a home is spick and span that matters most, not whether you can eat your dinner from behind the fridge.
It’s advisable to spread the cleaning over the week. Choose one day to dust, one day to vacuum and another day to clean the windows. Alternatively, concentrate on one room at a time, for instance, Monday, the bathroom, Tuesday, the kitchen. As long as you’re on top of things, you should be able to keep your home clean and tidy with much less effort and time than trying to do it all in one go.
Whether you wish to give a landlord a good impression or to give your place a quick spruce-up before visitors drop by, we’ve put together five ways to reduce the time you spend cleaning yet still produce great results.
1. Start by tidying up
Your house will instantly look cleaner if it’s tidy. Clear away the clutter and you’ll find it far easier and quicker to clean your rooms. Make the beds and fill the dishwasher. Don’t let clutter build up on your surfaces; kitchen sideboards and central islands are the worst clutter magnets. Get the kids involved and instruct them to clear up their toys and keep their rooms tidy.
2. Fire up the vacuum cleaner
It’s amazing how a quick run-through with the vacuum cleaner can make your house look instantly cleaner. Save time by investing in a powerful vacuum cleaner with hard floor and carpet functions. Make sure you dust your surfaces before vacuuming so you don’t end up adding dirt to the floors you’ve just cleaned.
Enforce a ‘no shoes’ rule in the house. This will keep carpets and floors mud-free and cleaner for longer – essential if you have light-coloured carpets.
3. Choose the right products
Soap and water is good, but no-rinse cleaners are better. Most contain anti-bacterial and disinfectant properties to ensure maximum hygiene. They’re ideal if you want to quickly spruce up bathroom and kitchen surfaces without the need to rinse away suds. A quick wipe with a soft, dry cloth can add an additional shine to your taps and other fixtures.
4. Focus on the bathroom
The bathroom is the place almost every guest in your home visits. If you start sweating whenever someone asks to use your loo, here’s how to get the smallest room in the house looking freshly scrubbed in 15 minutes or less.
Start by hanging a plastic grocery bag on the doorknob as a quick way to gather the rubbish that is taking up space — the easiest way to instantly tidy any room.
Next, grab some bleach, pour a cup into the toilet and brush around the sides and under the rim.
Use your bottle of anti-bacterial cleaner to spray all surfaces to get rid of toothpaste smears and other marks.
Don’t worry if you’re drying used bath towels — just put out fresh hand towels. They’re the only ones short-term guests use anyway. Leave the others on the towel rail; just straighten them.
Now it’s time for the floor. Shake out your rug or bath mat to fluff it up so it looks recently vacuumed. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe the corners of the room, where most of the hair and dust collects.
Finally, flush the toilet and don’t forget to take the plastic bag with you when you leave!
5 Keep your windows clean and smear free
Clean windows add much-needed light to your home. There’s nothing worse than clean rooms, yet grimy windows. You Choose Windows, a firm specialising in the supply of replacement steel and sash windows, advises using a no-rinse window spray or white vinegar then wipe off with paper towels to prevent streaks.
For outdoor panes, use a bucket of warm soapy water and a squeegee wiper. It’s a quick, easy and incredibly effective method for cleaning windows. Squeegee wipers are also good for cleaning the shower. Keep one in the shower compartment and give the glass a quick wipe down every time you take a shower. This will prevent the build-up of watermarks and limescale.