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Back to School Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Now that the kids have gone back to school, you may find yourself looking around the house and wondering how on earth you are going clean all the mess, but here at Spectrum Cleaning Solutions we are going to share our own tips from when our children have gone back to school. So, if you’re dreading the big clean now that the kids are back at school, you’re in the right place!



 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

As a parent this can seem like one of the most daunting tasks, as no doubt over summer there has been everything from muddy shoes and clothes to spilt food and drink finding their way onto your carpets and upholstery. What we’d recommend is giving your carpets and upholstery a once over with your regular vacuum cleaner, making sure to use all of the attachments and extensions to get into those hard to reach places, then to use a steam cleaner to sanitise the surfaces. A good steam cleaner will clean 99.9% of bacteria and can be used in a range of areas around your home, including on floors, tiles, glass and mirrors.



 Screen Cleaning

After the holidays there’ll no doubt be fingerprints all over the TV, laptop, tablet and phone screens after the use they’ve had over the summer, which not only looks unpleasant but can harbour bacteria that may become harmful to those in your home. The quickest method we would recommend is to go over the screen with a dry or damp microfibre cloth. If using the cloth damp, it should be damp when touched but not so damp that any water can be wrung from it. For a more in depth look at how to clean screens, see our blog post on it.



Getting Fresh Smelling Laundry

Your laundry basket may be overflowing by this point, and those items that have been forgotten about all summer that are at the bottom of the pile may need to be washed on a different setting to those on top to ensure that all clothes are left smelling fresh. Ensuring that your washing machine is running as efficiently as possible is vital to make sure that your washing is always fresh. We would recommend running a cycle once a month with no clothes in on the hottest setting your machine has, along with a washing machine cleaner to ensure that your machine is running as well as possible and stays limescale and mould free.


Outdoor Toy Cleaning

Kids love playing outside, and there’s no easier way of getting them outside than with a paddling pool, a slide, garden sand pits, seesaws etc. but these can also become dirty with their use over summer. It is tempting to just chuck these into the garden shed and forget about them until next summer, but you’ll save yourself a tough job at the start of next summer by giving them a quick wash now. We’d recommend using a pressure washer on them just to blast the muck off and giving them a rinse down with your hose – easy as that!



Doorknobs, Light Switches, Phones and Remotes

DON’T FORGET TO DO THESE! These places are easily forgotten when we clean our homes, we focus on the main areas like the floors, windows, upholstery and clothes but forget the little places where our hands touch the most, meaning that there’s probably a bigger build up of bacteria here than anywhere else in the house! To clean doorknobs you can simply use hot soapy water and a sponge or cloth to clean them, whereas for light switches, phones and remotes you need to be a little more careful as they’re electrical devices. However, it is still easy to do, all we would recommend that you need to do is to spray your normal all-purpose cleaner onto a paper towel and then use this to clean the device – told you it was easy!



I hope you’ve found this blog entry helpful, if there’s anything else you’d like us to cover then please feel free to let us know by using the contact details at the top of the page.