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Resolution… A Cleaner New Year!

by Carla Ditzel, Jan 2019

Since the holidays probably got you into the groove of making lists and checking them twice, why not continue that effort with a housecleaning list for a cleaner New Year?

Relax, a cleaning routine needn’t consume your life – or even a big chunk of your time in 2019.

Even if you hate a vacuum (or a broom or a mop), you can do it right – and fast. There are simple, yet effective techniques for cleaning every room in your home.

And, with today’s new, more effective cleaning products and tools designed to help you get the dirty jobs done at lightning speed, coming clean has never been easier, or more stress-free. Here are the 6 essentials you’ll want to tackle in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Resolve to get the rest of the household in on the job, too. Yes, even tiny hands can be a big help around the house – even if it only means having children put cups and dishes on the kitchen counter after dinner.

How much help can you realistically expect from a child? The answer depends on the child’s age.

Pre-schoolers can put away dishes and playthings; grade-school children can wipe up spills, make their beds (well, if you don’t count the scrunched up sheet underneath the bedspread, that is) and clear the table.

Teenagers can clean their rooms, help out with kitchen cleaning, dust, vacuum, and more. And adults, naturally, should evenly divide the workload.

The compromise approach usually works best. So, with resident help and a healthy resolve to come clean this year, you can make 2019 a cleaner new year for you and your family.

Daily Tasks for a Cleaner New Year

Yes, there are a few daily housecleaning tasks that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. Get into the habit of cleaning up as you go. After all, a clean and well-maintained home runs smoother and requires fewer expensive service visits.

You can spare yourself long weekends of scrubbing away at accumulated grunge by spreading out the bigger cleaning tasks over the months ahead. Which translates into more time for the things you really enjoy – family and friends!

Resolve to put everything back in its place before you head upstairs to bed for a cleaner new year. Waking up to a tidy home can do wonders for your psyche in the day ahead!

Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher after each meal. After all, who wants to come home to a sink full of dirty dishes?

Squeegee the shower walls after each use to keep soap scum from building up during the week.

Hang up your towel. Don’t bunch it up; hang it in an open fashion to allow it to dry quickly and thoroughly.

After showering, open the shower curtain or leave the shower door ajar to allow fresh air in. This will keep mold and mildew from setting in.

Weekly Housecleaning Tips for a Cleaner New Year

Until someone out there introduces a self-cleaning home, most of us will continue to tackle the less-than thrilling task of cleaning our homes each week. Still, you can make the weekly routine more pleasant and shave precious moments off your overall cleaning time in the process

Vacuum carpets weekly.  To suck up all the dirt and dust hidden between the fibers, you’ll need to spend about 20 seconds or so going back and forth over each area of a carpet or rug. If someone in your home has allergies or asthma, you’ll want to be meticulous about this task.

Don’t just move dust from one place to another – capture and remove it. The feather duster your mom may have used sent dust into the air, but the dust eventually settled back down where it came from. Today’s more effective tools of choice: a vacuum attachment to suck up the dirt and allergens, or simply a dampened clean cloth to which the fluffy stuff sticks.

Squeeze toilet-bowl cleaner around the inside of the bowl and under the rim. Use a long-handled toilet brush to swish the cleaner around the bowl, under the rim, and as far into the trap as possible. Let it settle for several minutes.

Soapy build-up makes for unsightly baths. Spray the shower or tub and sink with a tub, tile and sink cleaner. Allow to sit for several minutes and break up the tough stuff; wipe dry with paper towels.

Send bed linens for a weekly spin in the hottest water safe for the fabric, add fabric safe bleach (either colorfast or chlorine).


Most of these jobs can be delegated, of course, to a Well Polished Cleaner.  Call us today on (01260) 490124.