Just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t be productive! This is the perfect time to get super organized and make sure your home is cleaner than ever. Pick a new project area each day and make it a gradual deep clean.
As you are working from home this month, whether it be from your bed, a dining room table or your kitchen island, we’ve all come to learn this is how we are going to defeat COVID-19. The best way to stop the spread is by avoiding others and the next thing you can do is deep clean your house and keep things sanitized! You never know where germs are hiding, so if you need a mid-day break, get up and dig in! Here are just a few ways we are currently cleaning at home.
Question #1: What is the first step you should take when deep cleaning a home?
A: Wash your home like your hands! Wash your surfaces- counter tops and everything in your bathroom. And then the things that you don’t typically consider- doorknobs, handles, light switches, fridge, dishwasher, etc.
Question #2: Any tips for loading a dishwasher differently during this time?
A: There are many tips since families are using their dishwashers more while at home! For best dishwashing results, experts recommend the following tips:
- Do not pre-wash items with loosely attached food soil
- Remove all food particles, bones, toothpicks and excessive grease
- Pre-treat items having burned-on, baked-on or starchy soils
- Load dishes in the dishwasher racks so the inside of bowls, pots and pans are facing the spray arms
- Avoid nesting and contact points between dishes
- Separate items of dissimilar metals
- Use care to not block movement of the spray arms
Question #3: What about floors?
A: Start by moving lightweight furniture out of the way! Vacuum thoroughly and then using a damp cloth mop, spray an all-purpose cleaner directly to the mop/swiffer. Most hardware floors can’t tolerate major disinfectants, so just stick to a little mild soap or all-purpose cleaner and warm water.
Question #4: And linens too?
A: Assuming you already wash your sheets, pillowcases and blankets regularly, consider using bleach on all of your whites and if you want to take it to the next step- use the nozzle from your vacuum to suck up dust and dirt from your mattress.
Question #5: Bathroom shower or tub tips?
A: To get rid of stains, soap scum and mildew, toss your shower curtain and liner (if you have one) into the washing machine alongside bath towels. Pour in your regular detergent and one cup of baking soda, then wash on warm. Hang it back up to dry! And then mix one part dish soap with one part vinegar to scrub your shower walls. Next thing you know your walls will be sparkly white.
We are all in this together! Baker Design Group is at home cleaning, designing beautiful new Dallas interior design projects and staying on top of our daily tasks! We would love to hear from you on how you are staying busy at home and what you are doing to keep your spaces looking fresh and clean!