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TAKING TIME

11 April 2021

WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG

One of the first questions we get asked as cleaners is; "how long will it take to clean my home?" Well, that depends. No two homes are the same, because no two families are the same. Of course the physical aspect of your home will have an affect on the time frame, but more importantly, so will the habits of the people who live inside it. Here are a few examples of time consuming elements when cleaning a home.

ORNAMENTS

Let's start with the basics; the more stuff you have, the more dust you have. Look at it this way; there will always be dust in a room. If that room is empty, the dust will simply fall to the floor and be easily cleaned up while vacuuming. On the other hand, it will land on top of all your picture frames, furniture, shelves, lamps and ornaments that you may have in that room. It is a lengthy process to be able to go over all of those items to eliminate dust, which is prolonged by delicate or fragile pieces. Keep in mind that removing dust from areas such as blinds or skirting boards is also an extremely detailed and time consuming undertaking when not frequently cleaned. 

DATED HOMES 

Older homes will have more build up in high traffic and wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens. There will also be more dirt and dust in between old floor boards, on window sills and behind furniture that hasn't been moved for many years. The golden rule is; the longer you leave it, the longer it will take to clean. Unfortunately, leaving certain areas of a home without cleaning for an extended period of time will lead to permanent damage. For example, water spotting on shower screens, mould in silicone and grout, or grease in ovens. This can of course happen after many years of living in a home with general wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced.

TIDYING

The easiest and least painful way to live in a tidy home is to put things away as you use them, this way you will avoid having to do a big tidy up before your cleaner arrives. This will also ensure that your cleaner has more time to thoroughly complete important jobs that we all find it hard to get to, like bathrooms and floors. If your cleaner has to put away toys, clothes or dishes before they start cleaning, this will seriously cut into their cleaning time as they have to find exactly where your belongings are supposed to go.

INTRICATE TILES

This is something that is important to remember when building or renovating a home. Although intricate tiling can look beautiful in showers or on a kitchen backsplash, it takes a lot of work to keep clean. Small tiles like penny stone or mid-century modern inspired designs require a lot of grout. This is where water sits and creates mould, rust and other build up. Even once cleaned this can leave a stain on the grout and usually becomes an ongoing problem which can take a significant amount of cleaning time.

RUGS

Rugs are another culprit of dust collecting and cleaning them takes extra time. This is because they have to be vacuumed thoroughly, as dirt and dust seeps through the fibres. This is worsened when the rug is old, extra fluffy or cheap as they

continuously molt. It is also necessary to throughly clean underneath rugs as you will notice that is where a lot of dirt from your home accumulates. It is almost impossible to get all of the dust out of rugs as they are rarely or never properly washed.

BOOKSHELVES

Shelving units with books, ornaments and other miscellaneous items house a lot of dust. In order to thoroughly clean these areas it is necessary to remove everything, wipe down all shelves and all pieces before returning them. The dust will unfortunately build back up again within a fortnight, making it unrealistic to maintain. Books can potentially attract bugs and insects to make a nest, and they often give that musty smell to a home over time. It is a good idea to have as little open shelving as possible and to only keep things that you really love in cupboards or drawers to reduce unnecessary dust accumulation. Keep in mind that feather dusters may quicken the process, however they will only relocate the dust instead of eliminating it.

CLEANING GADGETS

A lot of people believe in cleaning gadgets to make the job easier, here are a few example of inefficient and time wasting gimmicks. Window cleaning squeegees will leave a line when you start and stop. You will usually require a spray bottle and a cloth to stop water drippage, when it is much simpler to use a few clean cloths to get the job done. Electric scrubbers are another inoperative device as they don't apply pressure the same way manual labour does. Our least favourite of all would have to be the steam mop as they take a significant amount of time to set up. Refilling them is tedious and it will take time to fully heat up before you can get started. Considering they have to be plugged in, you often have to walk over the area you have just cleaned to relocate the power cord. There is no quick-fix solution to cleaning, it takes little bit of hard work and a lot of elbow grease to get the job done but hey, that's why we're here!