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KEEP IT CLEAN

15 APRIL 2022

DON'T clean in between

We have good news and bad news. The good news is that your cleaner takes care of your home on a regular basis and leaves it sparkling clean, the bad news is that it doesn't stay that way. We have outlined a plan to extend that freshly cleaned feeling without having to pick up a cloth in between cleans. Minimise the mess by following these simple solutions to bust those dust bunnies!

1. shoes 

The fastest way to make a clean home dirty is by wearing shoes inside the house. Think about all the places you go with your shoes during the day, and all of the dirt and germs that you pick up along the way. Now imagine walking all of it through your home where your children play and your pets sleep. The easiest way to avoid this is by creating a storage space for all of your shoes close to the entryway of your home. You can use a chest of drawers, shelving or baskets depending on the location, whether that's the garage, laundry or front entrance. Only include frequently used shoes in this space and leave other seasonal or formal shoes in wardrobes so that this space doesn't become overcrowded and messy.

2. windows

How nice is it to leave your windows open during the day to let in some fresh air, except sometimes that air is not so fresh. Leaving your windows open all day can blow in a lot of dust, dirt and smog. More so, homes without fly screens let in leaves, debris, insects and pests; which create a lot of mess inside before finding them somewhere in a corner of your home. Various insects leave behind residue that is often found on windowsills which can be very hard to clean, not to mention cockroach and gecko droppings, spiders making webs and the damage that moths can cause in pantries and wardrobes.

3. rugs

Rugs are a treasure trove of all things unwanted. They capture dirt and dust from our home which can attract various insects and mites. Unfortunately, debris not only accumulates beneath the rug, but also gets trapped deep into its fibres. This makes them extremely hard to clean, even when done regularly. Vacuuming will only remove surface level dust and whatever lies beneath. However, in doing so, moving rugs can be more harmful than helpful as it releases those built up particles back into your home. They will also shed and retain odours, which can leave your home with an unpleasant smell. If you love your rugs too much to part with them, here are a few things that you can do to reduce remnants: avoid cheap or shaggy rugs as they will shed rapidly, as well as rugs made from natural fibres such as wool and jute. Have your rugs cleaned professionally once a year, this will keep them looking and smelling as good as new.

 

4. ornaments 

We have said it before, and we'll say it again; the less you own, the less you have to clean. Having a large collection of ornaments will house a lot of dust which can be very hard for your cleaner to keep on top of, and will take long periods of time to do so. The same goes for having a lot of storage inside the home, whether it be large additional pieces of furniture, book shelves or clothes in cupboards. Get rid of anything that you don't need, use, or love, it will be easier to clean your house, take less time and stay cleaner for longer.

5. filters

The majority of the dust inside our home is caused by the fibres that make up our clothes, towels, sheets and blankets. To keep it clean; wash fluffy blankets, doona covers and towels regularly as they tend to trap a lot of dirt and dust over time. Both your washing machine and dryer have built in filters, it's important to check these and empty them once a week. This way they can work to effectively to remove excess fibres from your washing, this will ensure that the dust doesn't make it's way back into your home, while keeping your machines in good working order and avoiding any potential hazards.