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This is what to clean in your home and when

Prima logo Prima 14/03/2017 Olivia Heath

These are the household items you should be cleaning more often © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) These are the household items you should be cleaning more often What should you be cleaning in your home and when? With so many areas of our home to maintain it can be difficult to prioritise and keep on top of it all.

But help is at hand with this cleaning calendar which highlights the key tasks we should be performing throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter. Spreading out the bigger cleaning tasks will save you from carrying out one huge cleaning drive, and will ensure your home is clean and fresh all year round.

Follow this advice from on how to give your home some TLC all year long:

January – March: Plan and declutter 

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) There is nothing better than beginning the year with a clear head and so January is the perfect time to declutter your home. It will give you a new focus and it's good for your mind, happiness and wellbeing. Once you've decluttered, it will make cleaning much more straightforward. Next, get a checklist and a rota so everyone knows their domestic roles.

April – June: Neglected areas 

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) It's time to stop neglecting areas under the bed, sofas and wardrobes, as research has shown they can pose health risks as bacteria and mould attaches to dust. You can also use this as an opportunity to rearrange the furniture to create a new look. Don't forget to include lampshades, blinds, curtains, frames, bannisters, skirting boards, windows and window sills. All these places are easily overlooked or not cleaned thoroughly enough which is important as dust mites can form.

July – September: Summer spruce 

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Take advantage of long summer nights and the warmer weather to complete outdoor tasks such as touching up paint, clearing gutters and drains, organising the shed, or freshening and adding flowers to the garden. If you're one to host barbecues and outdoor socials, this will give you a welcoming space for your guests to relax in. Whilst the kids are off school, you can also use this time to get them to help out around the home and garden.

October – December: Appliances and floors

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) After a summer spent outdoors, laminate floors and carpets will have been walked all over with mud and dirt. Start mopping and vacuuming up in the winter months so your floors are clean in time for a cosy Christmas, and ready to welcome family and friends.

Autumn is also the perfect time to get your kitchen and appliances ready for the festive season. Remember that as well as cleaning kitchen surfaces, the fridge and freezer need a deep clean, along with the washing machine, dishwasher and oven. Ensure your appliances are well maintained and protected from limescale and bacteria build up.

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