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Summer cleaning – tips and tricks

As the weather heats up and the school year draws to a close, in the summer season, home maintenance is the last thing you want to worry about. To prevent heat, humidity, dust, grime, and pests from taking a toll on your home, employ these summer cleaning tips for both indoors and out. 

Use these simple tips at the start of the season so you can spend the rest of summer enjoying the warm weather and sunshine.

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Clean the air conditioner filter

An air conditioner that is clogged up with dust and dirt won’t function as well (even worse) as it could break and leave you seriously uncomfortable in the summer heat. Simply clean the filter with warm soapy water or use a vacuum cleaner. This also applies to fans. Before you turn on the fan this summer, remove dust using an old pillowcase. Spray the interior of the pillowcase with an all-purpose cleaner and slip it over the blades. As you wipe, grime gets trapped inside the pillowcase instead of falling on furniture or floors.

Clean Concrete Patios

Use a push broom or a leaf blower to remove all debris from the patio. Use a pressure washer to give concrete a thorough cleaning. For hard-to-remove stains, pour straight white vinegar on stains and scrub with a stiff brush.

Get Ready to Grill

Has your grill seen better days? To clean a gas grill, turn it on and let the grates get hot. Dip а cut of lemon into a bowl of salt, and rub it across the grates. The lemon’s acid will cut grease, and the salt acts as a scrubbing agent. Scrub especially dirty grates with a block of pumice, then wash grates well to remove pumice dust. Avoid using metal brushes, because the bristles can break off and can get into your food.

Wash the windows – inside and out 

With the curtains open to let the sunlight in, you don’t want to be staring through layers of dust all summer. Using a squeegee with some mildly soapy water is the best solution for cleaning window exteriors, while a spray-on glass cleaner and a clean, damp rag should do theворк for the insides.

Keep Odours Away

Trash never has a pleasant smell, but it can start to smell extremely bad during the summer season. This is because heat and humidity create the proper environment for bacteria growth, which is what creates an unpleasant smell inside your trash cans. What is worse is that the humid summer air captures these bad smells and keeps them around for longer than usual.

Prevent this problem by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of your trash cans. Baking soda will absorb the bad odours before they spread throughout your home.

Prevent Mildew and Mold Growth

Mould and mildew grow faster in humid summer weather, especially in areas of your home that are already humid, such as the bathroom and washing machine. Keep mould and mildew out of your laundry room by leaving the washing machine door open when it is not in use. This will dry out the machine and lower the humidity level so mould and mildew do not grow. Also, leave the bathroom window open or use a dehumidifier. 

Keep Floors Spick-and-Span

When cleaning floors, it’s important to remember that different floor surfaces require different cleaners. Mop all types of floors with a cotton terry cloth or recycled hand towels. Clean linoleum and vinyl floors with a mixture of 1 tablespoon baby shampoo or 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose cleaner and 1 gallon of water. You can also add 1/2 cup white vinegar for extra cleaning power. For wood and laminate floors, spritz a towel with a solution of 1 part distilled vinegar to 30 parts water and mop with it. Stone and tile floors can be mopped with cotton towels and very hot water. 

 

Our handy summer cleaning tips will keep your house and outdoor areas fresh and tidy, without making you spend your whole summer cleaning. Just a few minor adjustments to your regular routine will maximize your cleaning results, with minimal effort so you can get back to enjoying every magical moment of summer fun.

But we understand if you’d rather not spend your vacation doing cleaning chores, call Wimbledon-Cleaning-Services for a sparkling clean house.

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