Cleaning when it is hot

by Julie Finch-Scally

As the world experiences more heat wave conditions, the problems of cleaning a home in the heat become prominent.  Whereas cleaning doesn’t seem important when it is very hot, as the heat waves last longer; homes will still have to be cleaned and especially during the heat of the day.  Waiting until the weather cools down will only make the job more difficult.

The art of cleaning when it is hot is to do as little as possible.  Many homes have airconditioners which makes it easier, but to keep the direct heat out of the property blinds are generally drawn and the inside becomes quite dark.  Therefore a thorough clean is not really possible.

Most heat waves of extremely high temperatures are accompanied by dry air.  This removes all the moisture from the top of the soil and any wind blows that soil about, causing dust.  Everytime a door or window is opened, the dust infiltrates the home.  Fans and airconditioners blow the dust around, which causes the dust to settle in out of way areas where the breeze doesn’t penetrate.

If you don’t do much else when cleaning during the heat, you need to dust.  That is the main thing that becomes very obvious.  Every horizontal surface will be coated with fine dust and will need removing.  Wipe over all the surfaces with a duster-on-a-pole or a dusting cloth.  Both these items should be taken outside and shaken once the dusting is finished.

If you have a carpet sweeper then use that in preference to vacuuming.  The carpet sweeper is quicker to use and not as demanding as when cleaning with a vacuum.  The carpet sweeper can be used on both carpeted and non-carpeted floors.  When emptying out the collected dust, do so over a plastic bag that can be closed and thrown away.  This will stop any further dust being returned to the air.

No need to mop the non-carpeted floors.  Yes the water will dry out quickly, but save your energy and mop the floor when it is cooler.  As long as you have removed the dust from the floor that will be satisfactory.  It’s the dust that flies up into the air every time you walk across the floor that is the problem.  Keeping the dust down with the carpet sweeper is adequate.

When it comes to the bathrooms, you will need to thoroughly clean the sink or vanity and the toilets. Use a good cream cleanser, that way you can be sure all scum and tidemarks have been removed and will be clean for another week.  With the shower: just wipe over all the tiles and glass with a micro-fibre cloth and glass cleanser.  It might not be perfect, but it will be reasonably clean. 

And that is basically all you need to do to keep on top of the cleaning in your home when it is hot.  Dusting is the most important job, but the longer the heat wave the more important it is to clean enough around the home to make it look, neat, clean and tidy.  And remember to keep re-hydrating by drinking lots of fluids.  Cleaning is hot work.  


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