Two cleaning tips for parents of newborns

Maintaining a clean home when you have a newborn baby can be incredibly difficult. If you're in this situation, you might find the following tips to be helpful.

Keep a small basket of basic cleaning supplies in every room

One of the biggest hurdles parents face in regards to cleaning when they have a newborn, is that they don't have a lot of energy. The sleepless nights that usually accompany the arrival of a baby can leave them feeling exhausted and demotivated.

One way to overcome this obstacle is to place a basket with some basic cleaning supplies in every room of your home. Doing this will mean that, when your baby finally nods off and you have a few minutes to spare, you won't have to expend any energy wandering around your home looking for the cloths, antibacterial wipes or other products you need to clean the room that you're in.

Instead, you can simply grab the dust cloth or spray that's located in the basket a few feet away from you, and dust some surfaces, or spritz and wipe the mirrors whilst your baby snoozes. This won't take more than a few minutes and will ensure that even if your home doesn't look perfectly pristine, it won't become unhygienic or unpleasant to live in during this difficult stage of parenthood.

Have your rugs cleaned by a professional cleaner

The condition of the rugs in your home will probably deteriorate whilst you are looking after your newborn baby. Things like formula spillages, your baby's indigestion-induced spit-up and nappy-related accidents that occur on or near your rugs may make these items looking and smelling quite bad.

However, the process of sanitising a stained and smelly rug is no easy task; it usually requires lots of hoovering, scrubbing and the use of several different kinds of cleaning products. In short, it involves a huge amount of elbow grease.

In your sleep-deprived state, you probably won't have the energy or the concentration needed to deep-clean all of the rugs in your home. If this is the case, then it's worth finding a professional cleaner (ideally, one who specialises in rug cleaning) and arranging for them to come to your home and spruce up the rugs for you.

Their eye for detail, coupled with their own collection of cleaning chemicals and commercial-grade equipment (i.e. industrial steamers and hoovers) will enable them to extract every last bit of grime and dirt out of the fabric from which the rugs are made, and leave these items looking and smelling fresh and clean.