Top 10 Areas of the Home that Need the Most Care During Lockdown

Britain has gone spring-cleaning crazy with Fresh Maids house cleaning and as a result the demand for home cleaning products has risen by over 200% during lockdown. As many of us are now working from home, our houses are playing a dual role as an office and a home so many areas will need extra cleaning and attention to combat excess dirt and bacteria that may be building up. Some household jobs may have been overlooked so now is the time to tackle them.

Here is a top 10 list of the areas of the home that need extra work as the UK heads into another three-week lockdown…

1) Washing machine

The washing machine can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. So, we recommend running the machine with a cleaner specially designed to remove bacteria. Ensure the kitchen or laundry room is well ventilated and the washing machine door and drum is left open for a while after use. 

2) Door knobs and handles

Door knobs, handles and letterboxes are common items that are usually overlooked. Make sure to apply a surface cleaner to the object and wipe every inch and corner, if a small part is missed than it still opens up the risk of spreading germs throughout the house.

3) Surfaces

Surfaces in the home are high traffic areas and whether it be in the kitchen or the bathroom they need to be cleaned with anti-bacterial spray to ensure they remain germ free and ready to use.

4) Floors

Floors often have unseen dirt and germs and need a deeper clean. Brushing hard floors and then mopping with anti-bacterial products is a good way to keep on top of the dirt and germs.

5) Pillows & cushions

These items are getting some extra use during lockdown and need to be washed regularly as a result. Wash cushion covers and for cushion pads or pillows use a non-bio detergent and tumble dry.

6) Lamps and light fittings

These are easy to forget but can hoard dust for a long time so need to be dusted with a soft bristled brush and for fabric shades that maybe tricky to remove, a lint roller can be effective.

7) Hallways

Hallways quickly build up dirt, especially along skirting boards, so these need to be wiped often. Pets often leave a dirt trail throughout the hallway, once they’ve returned from a walk so extra care and attention will be required.

8) Front doors

As we continue to keep two metres distance when outside, front doors can have multiple germs and bacteria on them. It’s important to regularly wipe down the door handle with soap and water.

9) Clothes

Washing clothes in extremely hot temperatures isn’t always required and can be harmful to the environment. Tests have proven that washing your clothes at 60 degrees with a good detergent can be just as effective.

10) Oven

As we spend another three weeks indoors, the oven will be getting extra use so regular cleaning will be required. Baking soda and vinegar is an effective and cost-efficient way of tackling burnt on food inside of the oven.

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.