Young London’s tips for a perfect spring clean
March 26, 2014
Spring has sprung and that means it is time to get the cleaning equipment out.
The Young London Property Management team have gathered some of the top tips we provide to our residents throughout the year to help them in their obligation to look after their home.
There are normally 2 to 3 panels that can easily be removed from the cooker hood. These should be cleaned with hot water and the filter behind them changed.
Ovens and hobs
When cleaning the oven be sure to use an oven cleaning product. Also, make sure that all hobs are cleaned with the correct type of degreaser following each use as glass or ceramic hobs have a tenancy to develop carbon rust. If this is not cleaned regularly it becomes very difficult to remove.
Curtains and blinds
As many modern properties have blinds you should remember to clean them regularly using a dry dusting cloth. If the blinds are made of unsealed wood be extra careful as any liquid could cause the wood to warp. Curtains should be vacuumed carefully or cleaned using a steam cleaner. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions as certain curtain types might have to be taken to a specialist dry cleaners.
It is best practice to ensure your internal and external windows (where readily accessible) are cleaned every quarter. New developments tend to have specialist windows installed with multi-function opening abilities and you should be careful and not force them open.
Washing machines and dishwashers
The soap compartment can get clogged so be sure to check and clean it. When using dishwashers, always ensure you add sufficient salt and rinse aid as this will not only result in cleaner dishes but stop the appliance from clogging.
It is also advisable to use a good water softener/limescale remover in both appliances as this will help to prevent limescale build up.
If you have let limescale build up then don’t fret as there are many specially formulated cleaning products that are particularly effective in tackling limescale. To prevent the limescale from returning you should regularly clean problem areas such as taps, shower heads, toilets etc. (Our ever popular Property Maintenance blog “How to remove limescale” is a good place to start)
Empty the Fridge/Freezer before defrosting both, ensuring to lay down newspaper or towels to soak up any water. You will also need to ensure you regularly clean the seals so that they work efficiently.
It’s good to remember not to overstock either compartment so that the air can circulate to help maintain the optimum temperature (3 to 5 degrees for a fridge and -18 degrees for freezers).
Even though the days are getting longer it’s still a good time to go through your property and make sure that all the light bulbs are working. It might be a good time to replace the current light bulbs with energy saving ones, where possible.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
Both detectors should be regularly tested to make sure they are working. If the detectors are battery operated then you should make sure to change the batteries regularly This is something that often gets overlooked but now is as good a time as any to do it. Remember, this is a life saving exercise.
Waste disposal unit
If your property has a waste disposal unit be sure that only food waste, excluding bones, are placed inside of it as any foreign items could cause damage to the unit.
You need to be careful if cleaning a hardwood floor as you do not want to damage the finish or warp the wood. If you don’t feel confident in doing it then it is always best to call in a professional.
Vents and extractor fans should be thoroughly cleaned and left on/open as this will greatly reduce mildew build up and help to prevent mould. Any condensation on windows should be dried up immediately.
We hope this guide has given you a solid foundation from which to tackle your spring clean and leave you with a home that is in tip top condition.