Preparing for Winter Cleaning
The preparation phase of your deep cleaning process is as important as the cleaning itself. It’s a time to declutter your home and your belongings and organize your living space to create a clean and functional environment. Follow these easy tips to get your decluttering done with ease:
Start with one room at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Choose a manageable area to begin, such as a small closet or a single drawer.
Create designated areas for different categories of items, such as "keep," "donate/sell," and "discard." As you go through each item, ask yourself if it is genuinely useful or if it brings you joy. If not, consider letting it go.
If you prefer a more systematic approach, declutter by category rather than by room. For example, tackle all your clothes first, then move on to books, electronics, and so on.
Be honest with yourself about what you truly need and what you can let go of. If an item no longer serves a purpose or doesn't bring you joy, it might be time to say goodbye.
Sentimental items can be challenging to declutter. Consider creating a special box or designated space for these items but limit yourself to keeping only the most meaningful ones.
Once you've decided on the items you're keeping, find appropriate storage solutions. Use boxes, bins, shelves, or storage containers to keep things organized. Label items for easy identification.
Follow through on your donation or selling plans promptly. Donate usable items to charities or thrift stores or sell them online or through a garage sale.
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5 Essential Areas To Deep Clean This Winter
Tackle these five areas of your home that are ideal to deep clean during the wintertime. If you focus on these areas, you’ll have a clean, cosy home in no time. What’s more, when you use Handy Andy products to tackle these areas, they’ll not only be clean but leave your surfaces sparkling too.
#1 - Cleaning the Winter Essentials
Winter is the ideal time to pay special attention to cleaning those winter essentials such as blankets, curtains, and rugs that you don’t get time to do in the busy, summer months.
Here’s how to complete a proper clean of these items to eliminate dust, allergens, and any winter-related residues.
Take all the summer throws and blankets that you may have used for picnics and other outdoor activities and place them in the washing machine if they are small enough, or simply wash them in the bath if they are larger.
If you didn’t pre-clean your winter blankets in preparation for winter, make sure you give them a thorough wash in the bathtub before you use them.
Choose a room a week and wash the curtains in that room including any lace or net curtaining or black out.
If your rugs can be manually washed, follow the same principle. Take one rug per week and give it a thorough wash – this way you won’t be overwhelmed with excessive washing, and you’ll have enough time to make sure they thoroughly dry over a few days too.
For all of these cleaning requirements, make sure you use a good quality laundry detergent to remove stains and dust. Rinse very well and soak in a fabric conditioner to ensure they are left soft, smelling fresh, and static-free too.
Always dry your blankets, rugs, and curtains in warm, natural light outside for best results.
#2 - Deep Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is a high-traffic area that requires thorough cleaning. When you tackle this area for deep cleaning in the winter, don’t forget to clean these areas thoroughly too:
Deep clean the inside and outside of all your appliances
Give the inside and out of all your cabinets a good wipe-down.
Don’t forget the cleaning of your countertops and floors weekly to keep these high-germ areas well disinfected.
We highly recommend using Handy Andy Cream Cleaner for deep cleaning your appliances, cabinets, and countertops. This cream cleaner contains 100% natural cleaning particles which are safe for use around food preparation areas in and around the kitchen. What’s more, Handy Andy Cream Cleaner leaves no residue, so there’s no need to rinse after cleaning.
#3 - Reviving the Bathroom
Deep cleaning of the bathroom is essential for maintaining hygiene and preventing the build-up of bacteria and mould. When you deep clean the areas of your bathroom like showers, tiles, floors, walls, and cabinets be sure to remove any stubborn stains, remove soap scum, and ensure your bathroom surfaces sparkle and shine.
Try Handy Andy’s UltraFast Bathroom Spray to get great results in these areas. The Handy Andy sprays are the fastest way to clean your home, you just have to spray and wipe, no need to rinse.
#4 - Refreshing the Bedroom
Create a serene and cozy sleeping environment by deep cleaning your bedroom. Areas to focus on for winter cleaning in your bedroom include:
Clean and refresh your mattress by tackling any stains on the mattress and leaving it out in the sun to thoroughly dry.
Give all the bedding a good machine wash including any mattress and pillow protectors too.
Organizing your cupboards, wardrobes and drawers too
In your bedroom, the idea is to remove dust mites, eliminate odours, and create a calming atmosphere which is conducive to a good night's sleep.
#5 - Tackling Other Areas
Whether winter or summer, it’s important to give a thorough clean to the other high-traffic areas in your home like the living room, dining area, and a home office or guest bedroom. Focus your cleaning efforts on cleaning stains, dirt, or dust from furniture, upholstery, windows, and floors, ensuring a clean and inviting space for relaxation, entertainment, and productivity.
Apart from Handy Andy Cream Cleaners and Handy Andy UltraFast Sprays, use Handy Andy All-in-1 Floor Cleaner for best results on tiled floors, laminate floors, and wood floors too.
During the winter, it’s important to take on seasonal maintenance tasks to keep your home in top shape during winter. Here are out suggestions for seasonal maintenance tasks to undertake:
Inspect and clean the HVAC system.
Check your home for any insulation issue in order to maintain proper humidity levels.
Tackle any cracks or painting issues you might need to.
Winter cleaning is an essential task to keep your home clean, cozy, and inviting during the colder months. By following the tips and tricks provided in this guide, you'll be well-equipped to tackle the deep cleaning tasks effectively and efficiently. Embrace the opportunity to create a fresh and organized living space that brings joy and comfort throughout the winter season.
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