Month: March 2019

Month: March 2019

Do You Really Need Spring Cleaning?

It is safe to say that spring has finally come and with that many households are thinking of spring cleaning. Furthermore, it is actually a well-established tradition in many places around the world. Many cultures believe that there is a strong connection between the decluttering and cleansing of your physical space and your spiritual and mental wellbeing. But let’s look at it objectively, is spring cleaning something you really need or an act that some people simply like doing? As professionals, we can argue that spring cleaning is highly recommended for a number of reasons and we’ll share them with you. 


Spring Cleaning Keeps You Healthy


The first and probably most important benefit of spring cleaning is related to the physical health. During the winter period, there are many bacteria and germs we bring into our homes. Even if you clean your home regularly, some of these embed themselves in the carpets, furniture and little cracks and corners in your home. It takes a thorough deep cleaning to make sure you are completely rid of them. Furthermore, sometimes bread crumbles and small food leftovers get under the sofa without us noticing. Especially, if you have young children at home. With time those pieces get mouldy and can even attract pests if not removed. Spring cleaning can ensure that your home is germs and dirt-free.


Spring Cleaning Keeps You In Shape


Continuing on the physical health benefits, getting to do spring cleaning at home actually counts as a pretty good workout. There’s lots of squatting, arms and abs exercise, moving around and even some heavy lifting involved. Of course, you don’t have to do it yourself. You can always call a friend to help you out and make it more fun. Play your favourite music while cleaning and you won’t even feel like you are doing a chore.  


Spring Cleaning Keeps You Stress-Free


Science has proven that decluttering your living and working environment helps with boosting the levels of concentration, productivity and creativity. Moreover, spring cleaning is also associated with lifting depression and putting you into good mood. In other words, having your space deep cleaned could have a positive impact on you both mentally and emotionally. But not everyone likes cleaning. In fact, for some people it counts as torture. The interesting thing about scientists findings exploring the bond between spring cleaning and mental wellbeing is the fact that even people who have outsourced the task report lower stress levels after it has been completed.  Well, it isn’t that surprising. After all, looking at a tidy and clean place generally brings a feeling of comfort and reassurance that everything will be ok.


Spring Cleaning is a Symbol of New Beginnings


Spring cleaning includes a thorough clean of every big and small part of your home. It is the perfect opportunity to dispose of all the things that you no longer need. Not only it will free space in your physical environment, but will also increase your capacity to receive new energy on a spiritual and mental level. Decluttering your home is very refreshing and optimises your mind to think of new ideas and activities. It enables you to plan for the future and consider new beginnings and exciting experiences.


If you’ve read the article up to here, we are certain we don’t need to convince you any more of the benefits of spring cleaning. Then again, this isn’t an easy activity and not many people want to do it on their own. So if you would love a clean and tidy home but can’t be asked to do waste a weekend on deep cleaning, we have a solution. Top Home Cleaning has experienced and well trained cleaners that can transform your environment. You just need to book a date that suits you best and we will come to perform the best spring cleaning service you have ever had.

When to Clean What: The Perfect Cleaning Schedule

Do you have trouble organising your domestic cleaning tasks? You need structure. You also need a reliable schedule to follow so that you save time and have everything under control. Planning your tasks always makes the execution somehow easier. We love helping you in any way possible, so we have created the perfect cleaning schedule telling you exactly when and what to clean to maintain a sparkling home at all occasions. Let’s start with the least frequent and finish off with the daily tasks.


Yearly Cleaning Chores


Some things in your home wouldn’t require so much attention all the time, therefore you can brush it aside for weeks and even weeks. However, it is good to complete these tasks at least once a year:


  • Clean the fireplace and chimney
  • Deep clean your windows
  • Clean vents
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Clean out the gutters


Every 3 to 6 Months


There are other chores that also don’t need to be repeated too often, but certainly need attention more than once a year. This is mainly to ensure you and your family lives in a pleasant and healthy environment.


  • Clean your fridge and freezer
  • Clean under and behind the furniture and appliances
  • Clean your oven
  • Descale the coffee machine and kettle
  • Vacuum the mattresses
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash curtains




Here we are, moving on to the more frequently performed household tasks. These are not too hard and shouldn’t really take a lot of time, even though you only engage with them once a month.


  • Vacuum the vents
  • Clean the light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean the dishwasher, washing machine and microwave




If you want to live in a well organised and safe home, you should commit to doing these cleaning tasks every week.


  • Clean the mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Dust/vacuum the furniture
  • Mop all hard floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces
  • Wipe kitchen surfaces
  • Vacuum the entire house
  • Change bed sheets
  • Get rid of expired food
  • Freshen the bins
  • Sanitise the toilet and bath


Twice a week


Depending on the size of your family, sometimes you would need to do some tasks more frequently than once a week, but as often as every day.


  • Doing the laundry
  • Ironing
  • Folding clothes
  • Take out the bins




And here we go – the daily struggles! Actually, it shouldn’t be as hard as it seems. Once you spread your tasks over different time periods and follow your schedule it really gets easy. So every day you should:


  • Make the bed
  • Wash the dishes
  • Mop the kitchen floor
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Vacuum main living spaces
  • Put away toys and clutter


Bear in mind that if you are a mom of more than one child under the age of 7 you may have to perform the daily tasks hourly. 😁


You see! Now everything is much more bearable. There’s beauty in the routine because it helps you stay organised and manage your time better. If after all, you still think you can’t cope with all the cleaning chores yourself, call us for help. Fill in the form below and we will get back to you in no time! 

End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist



End of tenancy cleaning is more complicated than most people imagine. It is a complex process, quite similar to spring cleaning but it covers every single area of the property and missing a spot can cost you a chunk of your deposit. Agents and landlords are very strict towards following all the requirements outlined in the letting agreement so you must know exactly what is expected from you in terms of end of tenancy cleaning. We know that letting agreements don’t always have the same requirements, but we have come up with a standard checklist approved by most agencies in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.


Hallway and Stairs


Starting with the small and relatively spaces you need to cover during the end of tenancy cleaning, here’s what you need to do in the passage area and stairs:

  • Vacuum or mop the stairs and hallway (whichever applies)
  • Clean skirting boards and light fittings.


Living Room


Throughout the length of your tenancy, you probably spent the most time in the living room. That would imply the space was regularly cleaned and therefore shouldn’t be too much of a hard task to complete. However, just a quick vacuuming and a little dusting won’t do the trick for end of tenancy cleaning. Here’s the checklist you need to follow:


  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures (if present when you moved in).
  • Wipe clean all furniture (if the property was rented furnished)
  • Clean inside and out any cupboards or storage facilities that may have been in the property when you moved in.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any).

If the floor is carpeted, in around 80% of the cases you will be required to provide professional carpet cleaning, or at least, cleaning to a professional standard.




Bedrooms are not too hard to deal with as well, but they do take a lot of time to go through because you need to make sure you aren’t missing any tiny detail like a socket, for example. Here’s more of what you need to check:

  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures.
  • Wipe clean inside and out all furniture that was initially in the property, for example, beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any) and mopping if applicable.

Again, if the floors are carpeted, you will need to get a carpet cleaner or book a professional carpet cleaning service.




And here we come to the hard part of end of tenancy cleaning – the bathroom. Although most people maintain good hygiene levels in their bathrooms and toilets at home, domestically cleaned condition is not acceptable when it comes to checking out of a rented property. Before your letting agent or landlord comes to see the place upon your departure, make sure you have:

  • Cleaned the tiles, windows, doors, mirrors, light fittings, bath, shower screen and toilet
  • Wiped clean inside and out all bathroom cupboards and fixtures
  • Dusted the skirting and removed any marks
  • Moped and vacuumed the floor.




It is actually hard to say whether the bathroom or the kitchen is the most difficult area to clean at the end of your tenancy. It would depend on how often you had been using your kitchen and whether you maintained it in a good condition. Either way you will still have a lot to do during your end of tenancy cleaning. Follow this checklist:

  • Wash and polish all work surfaces
  • Clean the tiles, light fittings, cupboards (inside and out), dishwasher, washing machine, bins, microwave
  • Clean the sink and taps
  • Light fitting to be cleaned, remove limescale and polish where required
  • Scrub the doors
  • Clean the oven externally and internally and remove all built up grease
  • Clean, vacuum and mop the floor
  • Defrost the freezer and clean it
  • Clean the fridge

Did you get tired by just reading all this? We can help! Top Home Cleaning is here to do your end of tenancy cleaning, while you take the time to settle in your new home and enjoy the company of your family. All you need to do to make it happen is send us a message in the contact form below!