Household chores – you either love them or you hate them. Regardless of how you feel, cleaning and tidying is something that needs to be done on a regular basis!
We all know to clean our bathrooms and kitchens, and we also all know to vacuum every week to remove dust and loose debris. Despite this, there are certain cleaning jobs everyone forgets about but that absolutely need to be done every once in a while. Have a read through the list and see if you’ve forgotten o do any of these (you probably have)!
1. Skirting Boards
When was the last time you gave your skirting boards a clean? Probably not recently. We all clean our floors regularly, but for some reason, the thing that protects the bottom of our walls from the bashing of the vacuum cleaner gets forgotten. It’s not a major issue, but you do need to clean them every month. If you don’t, you risk having to scrub a build up of dust and grime off of the wood, and this could damage the paintwork depending on the severity of the issue.
A simple dust or vacuum every four weeks should keep things nice and tidy. This is especially important if you or anyone in your house suffers with dust allergies or asthma. When your skirting boards are clean, it will make it easier to spot signs of rising damp and rotted wood, both of which could be easily missed but expensive to fix. You can avoid the cost simply by paying closer attention when cleaning them.
2. Window Frames
You probably have a window cleaner who comes every six to eight weeks to clean your exterior windows, and you more than likely keep on top of the inside panes of glass, but what about the frames? If you open up your windows now, there’s a good chance there will be a build up of black dirt and dust. Window frames aren’t something we typically pay attention to because the inside is rarely seen, but as summer approaches and your windows will be open more often, the potential for more grime to get in is heightened. A wet cloth should do the trick and keep your frames looking sparkling clean all year round.
3. Light Switches
The pandemic has highlighted just how dangerous germs can be. We all knew bacteria could be harmful, but few people heeded the risks. Whilst we all now wash our hands more frequently, when was the last time you disinfected your light switches? They’re easily missed on the weekly cleaning roster, but for the sake of taking five seconds to go over each switch with a cleaning wipe, you could prevent a number of unpleasant illnesses. Scientists estimate light switches have as much bacteria as bins, so make sure you’re taking as much caution with your light switches as you are with your bins.
In the same why you de-limescale your taps and shower head, you need to make sure you’re cleaning your kettle, too. Anywhere where there’s water, there’s a chance of limescale. Your kettle might have a filter net on it to stop limescale from coming out, but small particles may still get through. Whilst limescale causes no health risks, it’s not nice hearing the particles swirling around in the bottom and it could even damage your kettle if there’s too much.
Your kettle probably sees a lot of use. In the UK, the population is renowned for drinking large amounts of hot drinks, with an estimated 40% of people using it five times a day. If you use yours this regularly, make sure you’re adding in a de-limescale solution every few weeks to keep it pristine.
What’s one thing you always forget to clean? Hopefully none of the above now we’ve reminded you!