A deep clean is essential when it comes to preparing your home for Christmas, but it’s the finishing touches that can really make a house feel brand new again.
A clean home sends a powerful message. It conveys that the property is well-maintained and cared for, creating a positive impression on visitors. Property experts from Martin & Co and Lora Manolova, end of tenancy specialist at Fantastic Services, share some of the best-kept cleaning secrets to give your home a touch of sparkle.
Budget-friendly cleaning hacks
Baking soda and vinegar power duo
Mix baking soda and vinegar to unclog drains. Follow with hot water. Pour half a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then flush with hot water.
Rubber gloves pet hair picker
Use rubber gloves to pick up pet hair from carpets and upholstery. Dampen the gloves and run your hands over the surfaces.
Lemon for a fresh home
Use lemons to naturally clean and deodorise various surfaces. Rub half a lemon on cutting boards to remove stains and odours. You can also mix lemon juice with water for a DIY all-purpose cleaner.
Reuse old toothbrushes
You can put your old toothbrushes into use for detailed cleaning in small, hard-to-reach spaces. Scrub grout, faucet crevices, or any tight spaces that need attention.
Vodka for shiny fixtures
Use vodka to clean and shine chrome fixtures. Apply vodka on a cloth and wipe chrome surfaces. Buff with a dry cloth for a streak-free shine.
Coffee grounds for odour absorption
Place dry, used coffee grounds in a bowl to absorb odours. This is perfect for your cabinets and wardrobes. You can also leave the bowl in the fridge, freezer, or other smelly areas.
Cotton swab detailing
Use cotton swabs for detailed cleaning in small, intricate spaces. Dip a cotton swab in a cleaning solution to target corners, vents, and other tight spots.
Shoe polish for appliance shine
Apply shoe polish to stainless steel appliances for a glossy finish. Rub a small amount of shoe polish on appliances, then buff with a clean cloth.
Dish soap grout cleaner
Mix dish soap with baking soda for an effective grout cleaner. Create a paste, apply to grout lines, scrub, and rinse for a fresh look.
Professional cleaning vs doing it yourself
When it comes to preparing your home for new owners or viewings, cleaning is essential but can be costly. Professional cleaning costs can vary based on factors such as the size of your home and the specific services required. On average, it might range from a few hundred to over a thousand pounds for a full house deep clean.
DIY cleaning is generally more budget-friendly as your main expense will be cleaning supplies if you don’t already have them. The cost of supplies like detergents, microfiber cloths, and other cleaning agents will be less expensive to buy than paying for a professional clean.
While cost-effective, DIY cleaning takes time, effort, and attention to detail. It’s an excellent option for those who enjoy hands-on tasks and want to tailor the cleaning process to their preferences. However, if you are not the best cleaner yourself and time is essential for you, you should probably consider using professional services.