5 Pro Winter Cleaning Tips

Winter is officially here, which means plenty of time spent at home snuggling and keeping warm. With the cold weather outside and the shortened daylight hours it’s the time of year when people spend the most amount of time indoors. Although winter isn’t seen as a time for excessive cleaning like spring, with all of the holidays, snow and rain, messes are bound to pile up in our homes.

Nowadays with most of us working from home, having a clean house is even more important than ever. This is precisely why we’ve compiled 5 of the most useful winter cleaning tips for you to remember.

Declutter your house

One of the first steps you should take before actually cleaning anything is decluttering your house. Regardless of how often you clean, if you want your home to stay tidy, you have to keep it organized. The more random objects you have laying around, the more items will get dusty and dirty and the harder it will be to reach every spot in order to clean them.

A good practice is to give yourself about 10-15 minutes before you start cleaning to walk around your home and tidy up everything you’ve left lying around. This will not only make cleaning a lot easier but it will also save you a significant amount of time.

Clean your radiators and heaters

During the winter months most of us rely on heating to keep us warm. Regardless if you use radiators or electric heaters, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough cleaning if you want to get the best out of them. Radiators tend to get overlooked throughout most of the year as we don’t really need them outside the winter months, because of this they’re the perfect spot for dust to unnoticeably gather. Not only can dust be bad for your health, but if enough of it gathers it can lower the amount of heat produced. A good way to clean your radiators is to get a damp cloth and some vinegar-based cleaner and wipe it down thoroughly. Let it dry off for a bit and as easy as that, you’re done!

Similarly to radiators, electric heaters gather plenty of dust while they sit in the back of our cupboards for the majority of the year. If you simply take them out and turn them on then chances are the air in your room will quickly be filled with the smell of burning dust. To avoid this, make sure to wipe down your heater with a microfiber cloth and a damp sponge. After that, just make sure it’s completely dry before plugging it in.

Clean the gutters and windows

While cleaning the inside of the windows is a pretty straightforward task, the outside is a bit more challenging. You have to be careful, because smears and streaks can easily be spotted, especially when the winter sunlight shines through. Start by cleaning the frame of the window and move onto the actual window after you’re done. After you’re done, use a dry cloth to dry everything off to ensure no water stains are left.

House owners have to carefully clean their gutters during winter as well. If they don’t, it can result in water damage to the interior of their homes. If water gets stuck there for prolonged periods of time it can cause mould, structural damage and a perfect environment for insects and rodents to live in.

Radiators tend to get overlooked throughout most of the year

Not only can dust be bad for your health, but if enough of it gathers it can lower the amount of heat produced. A good way to clean your radiators is to get a damp cloth and some vinegar-based cleaner and wipe it down thoroughly.

Freshen up your couch

As mentioned previously, with most people still working from home, our furniture is in use more than ever. We spend a large portion of our time at home relaxing on our comfy couches, watching TV, browsing on our laptops or simply taking naps. Although you might not see it, because of all the use they get, couches can quickly gather dust and dirt.  A good place to begin is to regularly rotate and fluff the cushions and pillows. Although it might not seem like a lot, this not only removes some of the gathered dust but it also prevents wear and tear in certain areas while prolonging the life of your couch.

Another easy way to clean your couch is to regularly vacuum it. Make sure you’re using the right attachments so you can reach all the spots. If you’re dealing with stains that you can’t clean on your own, then it might be time to contact professional upholstery cleaners.

Take care of your mattress

With the amount of time the average human spends in bed, it’s more than likely your most used piece of furniture at home. This is why regularly cleaning it should be an essential part of your cleaning routine. Apart from regularly changing the sheets, it’s important to vacuum your mattress as well as occasionally flipping it to avoid dents forming. These are only a part of the actions you can take in order to prolong the life of your mattress.