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Ray's Cleaning Advice
Ray's Cleaning Advice
Tackling the spring clean
Tips for cleaning
You don't have to wait for Spring to swap out your wardrobe and get rid of boxes from the home and garage. But tidying your home can take a lot of time and hard work, which for older people with mobility problems that need home stairlifts this can be unmanageable.
It is important that older people’s homes are clean, safe and that excess clutter that could be hazardous to their mobility is cleared. Here are some great tips from experts for older people to help them with that big annual clean of their home.
Get some help
Cleaning an entire home for an older person can be overwhelming and instead of tackling chores alone it is recommended to reach out to family members for assistance.
Benetas recommends getting help for some of the big jobs around the home. “The Annual clean is all about the 'big jobs'. For older people, jobs, like taking down the curtains, cleaning windows and clearing out cupboards, can be tasking, especially for those with reduced mobility.
Get help for some of the big jobs around the home. For older people, jobs, like taking down the curtains, cleaning windows and clearing out cupboards, can be tasking, especially for those with reduced mobility. Cleaning windows require strength and are one of the few jobs we'd recommend handing over to a professional/friend or family member.
You can get help with cleaning - don't be ashamed to ask. 10 minutes of someone else's time focussing on the high/heavy stuff will enable you to carry out the majority of your clean independently, without overexerting yourself.”
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of tackling a big spring clean, get help. Ask friends or family members to come over for the day and work as a team.
Make a plan
We all love a list. Break down the cleaning list into groups, or areas of the house.
- In the kitchen, clean out the fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and oven.
- Bathrooms should have grout scrubbed with an anti-mould treatment keep them looking spotless. Drains should also be cleared.
- Tidy your wardrobe and throw away any old items.
- Consider airing out your mattress.
- Throughout the house, all light fittings, curtains and windows should be dusted and cleaned thoroughly.
All of these tasks will leave your house looking and smelling fresh for spring. A deep clean will also mean your regular cleaning is much easier to keep on top of.
Food & medicines
We all keep plenty of cans and food knocking about, and its easy to let if get out of date. Mandy says one of the most important parts of annual cleaning is to check out of date food. “Tidy up and look at out of date food items in their kitchen cupboards and fridge. It really is a feel good feeling when everything is fresh and in order! Go through your cabinets, pantry and refrigerator and discard any expired food or drink. If you have unexpired canned or other shelf-stable items you won’t be using, consider donating them to a food pantry."
Also don't forget to take a look through your medications and properly dispose of any expired or unneeded medications.
Carpets & upholstery
Older people with mobility problems often struggle to move the hoover around the carpets and cleaning the upholstery so one great way to help spring clean is to get professionals to clean these items. Even the cleanest of homes will still generate a build-up of allergens and dust mites, particularly if there are pets in the home. These can have negative impacts on the health of those living there and even the grandkids that come to stay.
We would suggest that carpets, upholstery and curtains are carefully vacuumed on a regular basis to reduce the built up of harmful allergens to keep their homes hygienic and healthy.
Mattress & Curtains
The next time you wash your sheets and bed linens, take a little extra time to make sure your mattress gets a little cleaner. While you can’t fit your mattress in your washing machine, you can clean it. Use your vacuum to remove debris from the sides and surface of the mattress. If you notice any stains, simply use spot cleaners to treat them. A squirt of disinfectant spray will leave your bed fresh and clean. To provide a healthy environment to sleep in, specialist cleaners can also perform their deep cleaning and even deodorisation and sanitisation services on any mattress.
Curtains are an integral part of any room, keeping them warm and private, but they are one of the biggest holders of dust and grime that are largely forgotten about. For many people, particularly the elderly, unhooking and taking down each pair of curtains, transporting them to the dry cleaners and picking them up can seem too much effort. Cleaning professionals can actually clean curtains in situ, which means there's no need to unhook them and have bare windows and there is less chance of shrinkage.
Get rid of clutter
It can be difficult for people to part ways with items that have been accumulated over the years, but these things build up and take up space.
It can often lead to boxes being left on the floor causing trip hazards, which for older people, especially those with mobility problems could cause injury.
Tackle the rooms with the most clutter first and make piles of the items you want to keep and get rid of. The items that are no longer of use can either be donated to the charity shop or thrown away if they are not in great condition.