How to Make a Day of Cleaning
By tradition, the truly big clean of the year is done in spring because the worst of the dirt and dust caused by chimney fires is over. Especially if you work outside the home, your major clean is likely to be dictated by when you have time off.
Don’t let the fact that it’s winter stop you if this is when you can allocate the time. However, if you’re less pressed for time, there are good practical reasons for having a major clear-up in spring:
Serious cleaning calls for ventilation. You want to keep open all the windows without freezing.
With the central heating off, you can clean radiators and surrounds.
Carpets dry quicker with good ventilation.
There’s more chance of a good breezy day to air duvets and curtains on the line.
So how far should you go with a major clean-up? For most of us, time is the big factor. Even in a full day, two people working flat out won’t get to every surface. In the days before, look thoroughly over your house to see which jobs need attention most.
|Remove food and clean food cupboards||Clean behind heavy furniture|
|Shampoo high-wear carpets||Shampoo bedroom and dining carpets|
|Wash appliance filters||Clean cooker hood filters|
|Thoroughly clean windows and frames||Wash down walls (some every other year)|
|Defrost fridge/freezer||Sort out major cupboards for charity shops or rubbish|
|Treat hard floors with permanent polish or wax||Launder or have laundered curtains and duvets|
|Dust blinds||Wash fabric blinds|
|Clean oven (monthly, if high use)||Clean fireplace|
|Take out books to dust|
|Take down and clean light fittings|
To make the best use of your time:
Start your day with the physically demanding tasks. Don’t try to do the heavy lifting late in the day when you’re worn out – you just increase your chance of getting hurt.
Intersperse physical jobs with sit-down clean-ups, such as brushing out a fireplace.
Allow sufficient time to clear up. Set a time to stop working and stick to it.