There is nothing like the start of a new year to breathe life into those well-meaning intentions that have lapsed, and to find the motivation to get started on new projects. One on-going project that often gets put aside in the excitement of Christmas preparations is house cleaning. With the decorations taken down and the tree packed away it’s a bit of a shock to see how a few weeks of neglecting regular cleaning jobs has literally left its mark.
The biggest mistake you can make in this situation is to look at the whole house and give up before you start because it looks like too much work. Instead of freaking out, approach the task as a challenge and look for some easy ways to get your cleaning back under control. An excellent initiative is to combine it with professional pest inspections so you know that not only is your home clean but pest free as well.
Low-Cost Solutions from Professional Cleaners
To help you get started we have gathered a few suggestions from professional cleaners that should make the work easier and quicker. It is not even necessary to buy expensive chemical cleaners, as there are many natural products that do just as good a job. Bi-carbonate of soda and white vinegar are proven cleaners that will work on most surfaces except marble.
For an effective and inexpensive toilet cleaner, we can recommend undiluted vinegar, even for the bowl. To wash walls and floors, use equal parts water and vinegar. Bi-carbonate of soda sprinkled over the carpets and left for 10-15 minutes before vacuuming will neutralise those unpleasant pet and household smells that appear as soon as the house is closed up.
We have also been told that a methodical approach is the best. Start at the top and to the left of the doorway, and then move around the room in a clockwise direction until you are back where you started. This ensures that no area is missed. If the whole house is too big a job, just do a room at a time.
Grease and Grime Attracts Cockroaches and Rodents
The two areas that are often not cleaned are beside the stove and under the fridge. If the kitchen cupboards don’t go all the way to the ceiling, the tops are also often neglected. Pantyhose soaked in vinegar will cut through the grime in all these areas and save on the cost of cleaning cloths. These areas will attract cockroaches and rodents so once they are cleaned call us at Brisbane Building and Pest Inspections.
We will check your newly cleaned home for pests and provide a full report so you are fully informed of its condition.