The kids are back at school, the leaves on trees are turning golden once more and days are getting shorter. However, as we pass from one season to the next, this is the perfect opportunity to get your house shipshape and looking pristine for the autumn months ahead. So what should you be looking to do around the home now that the summer holidays are over?
Blitzing the Kitchen
As the hub of the home and the room in which all meals are prepared, and many are eaten, the kitchen can be a trap for grease, grime and mess. Therefore this presents the perfect place to begin your campaign for cleanliness. Clear out your cupboards, wipe down all surfaces and also give your oven a clean.
If you have children, this is the perfect time to do any of the tricky jobs, including oven cleaning. Whether you choose to do it yourself or bring in professionals, it’s usually best to keep any younger kids out of the way, purely because it can be dangerous – even when using the safest chemicals. Accidents can happen, particularly where inquisitive young minds are concerned, so don’t take any chances.
Clearing Away the Remnants of Summer
With the weather getting cooler and the evenings drawing in earlier, the need for your summer clothes and outdoor furniture is diminishing by the day. So, as painful as it may be to let go, now may be the time to put these into storage for another year – or at least start giving it some thought. This will give you a little more space and also hopefully avoid any damage to outdoor equipment, such as barbecues, heaters or furniture.
Getting Your Home Back in Shape
It may not be top of your wish list when it comes to ideal activities, but unfortunately, every now and then, we all have to roll up our sleeves and get on with a comprehensive clean-up operation. Starting from top to bottom, you may need to vacuum all carpets and even steam clean the upholstery if curtains are looking tired or the sofa covers have been slowly collecting stains. However you choose to go about it, just ensure that you’re thorough to allow for a fresh start in a new season. While it may take a day of elbow grease, you can enjoy benefits throughout the rest of the year – even reducing your future cleaning times.
Taking the Easy Option
Of course there is one way that you can get great results without even having to lift a finger: bring in professional cleaners. At Ovenu we regularly help people that simply don’t have the time to scrub their oven clean, while others just want the best possible finish with the least possible fuss. While our service isn’t free, most customers appreciate the benefit of being able to spend their time how they want to and not getting stuck with chores. As such, it’s a worthwhile investment, particularly when their oven looks as good as new.
Not only does a hob that’s covered in burnt on spillages look unsightly, but it can be a real pain to clean. If you don’t have the right materials or you’re faced with particularly stubborn stains, you can end up causing more problems than you solve.
Whenever you clean a surface, particularly one that is enamelled, you have to be sure that any solution that you use to tackle any stains is safe to use. For instance, if you use some strong bleaches they can corrode or discolour the hob and leave it in an even worse state than when you started.
Clean as you go
Mild bleaches, which are often in the form of a cream, are usually suitable for the job. However, as with any form of cleaning, it is often better to do it little and often. Therefore if you’re cooking spaghetti and the water boils over, don’t leave it to dry on and leave a horrible stain.
Perhaps you’ve fried something and fat has covered the surface, make sure it gets wiped off. The same is true of sauces and anything else you prepare on your stove. One of the few inevitabilities of cooking is that it will generate some form of mess. So the more prepared you are to deal with this, the better the results will be.
Follow Safety Guidelines
For more stubborn stains, you may need a cloth or sponge with a slightly more abrasive surface. Whilst most spillages can be whisked off relatively easily, if something has been burnt on, you will probably require some form of bleach to loosen it up a little and then something to scrub it off. Again, you need to be careful that you don’t scratch the surface or mark it in any way. This will defeat the purpose of cleaning in the first place.
When handling bleach, it is important to remember to wear gloves or something else to protect your skin. Whilst most creams are reasonably mild, they can still cause irritation and discomfort. You should also follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that you carry it out safely.
Call in the Professionals
If your entire oven and hob are in need of a thorough clean, you might even choose to call on a little professional assistance. Ovenu help hundreds of people throughout the UK to get their cooker sparkling again. It’s good value for money and will save you all the mess and difficulties that usually go hand in hand with cleaning.
This kind of service is particularly popular amongst students and other tenants who are coming to the end of their agreement. As most landlords demand a spotless kitchen, with work carried out by professional contractors, it may prove to be essential – particularly if you want to avoid losing some or all of your deposit.
But the best advice for anyone looking to keep their hob looking pristine is to eradicate stains at source. If something gets spilt, make sure it gets wiped off as soon as possible.