Thursday, 30 March 2017

Back to Basics: Cleaning

A major part of my blogging comes from my life as a student at the University of Glasgow. During first year, I moved into halls and met a load of interesting people. The halls I stayed in were like your stereotypical long corridors with single and double rooms off them. There were three bathrooms for every 6 people – so essentially a bathroom between two people – and one kitchen for every ten people. This was a great set up as it meant you met so many more people and could always find someone to talk to when feeling bored or homesick. 

In second year, I moved into a flat with three of these afore mentioned people, and now that I’m in third year we’re all still living together. Now, you may be asking yourself “Why am I getting this girl’s life story? “ and the truth is I don’t really know why I felt the need to tell you all about first year halls. The main point of this blog was to give anyone and everyone – whether you’re a fresher, continuing student, adult or a teen, everyone should have a basic understanding of how to keep a house or flat clean.

It came as a major shock to me that not everyone in halls knew that to keep a sink draining properly you should remove all the hairs and food from it. The reason the four of us in my flat, two other girls and a boy, get on so well is because we have our cleaning rota to cover each week’s cleaning. Now, I know there are some things here that should just be simple but it really is surprising how few people know how to keep a place clean.

Things you should always have in for cleaning include bleach, flash, ciff, toilet duck, vinegar, cleaning cloths, a mop, a bucket, a vacuum cleaner, a brush, and a dustpan and brush. These are the bare minimum and can actually be bought pretty cheap if you look in the right places!

Starting in the kitchen is my favourite. Before starting, I clear all the surfaces and wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any crumbs or the light dirt that’s there. I then fill a basin with hot water and one cap of flash. Dipping a cloth in here, I make sure to at least wipe down the bin lids and the outside of the bins to keep them looking clean. Rinse the cloth and then use it to wipe down all cupboard handles and doors, taking special care to wipe the fridge and oven door handles. Following this, rinse again and use the diluted flash to wipe the surfaces and the kitchen table! You’re almost done in here, so use the same cloth to wipe down the hob. If you’ve a fancy hob, maybe don’t do this but I always use a bit of ciff and a scrubber sponge on the hobs to remove any cooked on food from the week. Finally, wipe down the draining board, taps, handles, and the main part of the sink, paying particular attention to the area where the sink meets the surfaces as this can sometimes look a bit gungy. Pour some bleach down the drain and move to the next room!

Another room that’s quite often not cleaned properly is the bathroom. Follow the instructions on the toilet duck! Once again, fill the sink with flash and hot water. Wipe down the entire shower area, yes even the floor. Clean your cloth again and wipe down any tiled or ceramic surface, as well as any shelves. If you have a mirror, this is where the vinegar comes in. If you have another basin, pour in some vinegar and some more hot water. Use a clean cloth to wash the mirror and remove those toothpaste stains. Now take a dry towel or an old newspaper and dry the mirror. Finally, wipe down the sink area the same as you did in the kitchen and again pour some bleach down the drains in the bathroom.

Dusting and vacuuming should be an obvious one, as should brushing and mopping floors! It’s surprising how few people are actually aware of how to clean properly, or how frequently it needs done. Speaking of, I’m away to clean my bedroom. Hope you all have a lovely day! Feel free to pop over to my blog and say hi, or add me on snapchat – lifewktkinnes or twitter @kvburton657.


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