CLEANING THE CLEANERS
After each use, wash out the filter – twist and pull out to remove, then clean with a solution of washing-up liquid. Once a month, remove the spray arms and clean them in the same way. Use a toothpick to remove debris from the holes in the arms. Put a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run the machine on its hottest setting. To banish bad smells, sprinkle a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of the machine before running a load.
Clean regularly, paying particular attention to the detergent drawer and door seals. For a deep clean, pour a capful of neat bleach into the drawer and run the machine empty at 60°C. You can also use diluted bleach to clean the door seal. Leave the door open between washes, as it airs the machine and prevents mould.
For a bagless machine, empty the canister after each use. For bagged machines, replace the bag when it’s one-third full. Clean the filter by shaking out dust and build-up – do this outside or you could end up in a dust cloud! If the filter is washable, run under lukewarm water and allow to air dry for at least 24 hours. Finally, make sure the brush is free of hair.
For traditional mops, wash in hot water with a little washing-up liquid. Squeeze out and air dry. If your mop has a detachable head, put it in the washing machine. Never leave your mop in water: make sure it’s dry before putting it away.
Keep cleaning tools spick and span