Beat the Heat: How to Keep a Clean Home All Summer Long
We all know the best ways to deal with the extremely hot weather here in Sydney: Put the nearest fan on high, relax in as little clothing as possible, float around in the pool, and just generally do as little as possible. Alas, no matter how high the temperature rises, dishes and laundry still pile up, dirt still accumulates, and dust still settles.
Unfortunately, houses often get even dirtier during the hottest months; pests, mould, bacteria, and dust mites all love warm conditions, and tend to thrive in them (especially if it's humid). Likewise, odours are invariably stronger when it's hot.
As such, it's not an option to let cleaning slide during the summer months—no matter how scorching the weather may be, you have to get up and tidy the house regardless. Thankfully, there are some strategies out there to make your job a bit easier:
1. Consider hiring a professional cleaner during the hot summer months in Sydney. It's a good idea to have your house cleaned professionally at least twice a year anyway, especially if you suffer from allergies and/or asthma. So, why not make your life easier and schedule one of these deep cleans during the hottest month of the year? The less activity you have to engage in, the cooler you will be.
2. If you have pets, focus on controlling their hair. Pets shed more in hot weather, which leads to more mess, more dander, and more food for dust mites, which live off the dead skin cells of humans and animals alike. Vacuum pet hair from floors and furniture twice weekly, and take the time to wash and brush your pet, preferably outside (this will help cool your pet down, too). You may also consider having your pet groomed professionally if you don't want to expend the extra energy.
3. Dust and vacuum often. Dusting is a simple, light activity which shouldn't heat you up too much, but which will go a long way toward keeping the overall levels of dirt and allergens in your home down. Vacuuming is also fairly low-key and does a lot of “damage control” where dirt and allergens are concerned.
4. Make extensive use of baskets and bins. One of the best ways to keep mess at bay—without having to go to a lot of physical effort yourself—is to have a system of labelled baskets and bins in place so that people in your household can easily tidy up after themselves. Having a shoe basket is especially important, as it keeps children from walking across the halls/floors with their shoes on, preventing the vast majority of the dirt they track in from ending up ground into carpets and littering hard surfaces.