Make your new home shine even brighter by cleaning it well – enough to make Mary Poppins proud. If you take a few minutes out of your day for a quick clean, it will save you hours and eliminate the stress of frantically cleaning your home before expected (and unexpected) guests come round.
Be aware that insufficient cleaning or the use of inappropriate cleaning materials can actually have the opposite effect – and ruin the surface of many of the building materials, fixtures and fittings in your home. So always read cleaning labels and if confused, ask for advice at your local store or search the internet with your queries – if it’s difficult to find the answer on the item itself, it’s more than likely someone else has had the same issue you’re having.
Here are our cleaning tips to help you get a hold on cleaning:
Windows and Doors
Tracks and rollers should be cleaned as well as glass and frames. Clear anodised or powder coated surfaces will retain their original appearances if accumulated grime is washed off. Drying off should follow cleaning, which can be done with newspaper (on your windows) to reduce the lines remaining.
Do not use abrasive cleaning products on baths, basins , toilets etc as these will damage, dull or stain the surface. Use mild household cleaners and plenty of water. Do not step into a bath or shower with shoes on, as grit on shoes will scratch the surface. Using products that are labelled for use in your bathroom or shower will achieve the best results possible.
Kitchen Sink and Laundry Trough
Scraping and banging metal utensils in the kitchen sink or laundry trough will gradually scratch and dull the surface and make it susceptible to stains. Get inspired by clean, beautifully designed kitchens in our Top Favourite Kitchen Designs article.
Laminates on benchtops and cupboards should be cleaned regularly using a non-abrasive cleaner. Avoid scratching or damaging the surface with utensils by using chopping boards.
Floor and Wall Tiles
Only use recommended cleansers for cleaning floor and wall tiles. You should not use strong abrasive cleaners. If you are still deciding on what type of flooring you should have for your home, read our Flooring Types for Your Home article to get an idea of what maintenance is involved with each type.
Taps, Shower Heads and Spouts
Taps, shower heads and spouts should be cleaned regularly using a non-abrasive cleanser. If leaks are detected around these fittings a plumber should be engaged to repair them immediately.
Door locks, latches and hinges should be wiped down regularly. Screws on backs and hinges may require occasional tightening, particularly if they are subject to heavy use.
It is important that painted surfaces be cleaned occasionally. Avoid using excessive water on paintwork and do not use abrasive cleaners. A wipe over with a damp cloth will usually be adequate. Exterior paintwork should occasionally be washed or hosed down. External timber will require sanding and repolosihing especially if exposed to rain or sun. Homes close to the ocean should have external paintwork washed regularly to remove salt built-up.
Contact your water supply authority or a licensed plumber (check emergency number for plumber) or drainer if:
- A sewer manhole is overflowing.
- Grates near house are overflowing.
- There is overflow inside your house when no fixtures are in use.