Keeping a Functional Home

Keeping a Functional Home

Your home is where the heart is and it should be a comfortable and functional home as much as possible.

People spend stacks of money on their homes to make them look exactly how they want them to look, filling them with creature comforts and all the modern traps of technology. But every home, no matter how new the building, needs to be cared for so that it stays functional.



Airing out a room, even on the chilliest of days, should be part of your daily ritual. It doesn’t need doing every day, but often enough to avoid condensation from building on the windows, which can lead to damp and mould growing around the frames. It also helps to clean the air in the house, letting in fresh oxygen and improving the health of the people in the house.



Cleaning the drains like a drain boss is the only way to prevent large blockages. This goes for the sink, bath and shower. Using a filter plug or installing a food disposal sink can stop food from causing a block in the kitchen sink. And cleaning out the plug hole in the bath will help you there (ladies, we all know the struggle of hair in the plug hole). Buy a high quality drain unblocker and use it regularly in your normal cleaning routine just to be safe.



A functional home needs to be maintained. Your boiler should be serviced every year to ensure that it’s working properly. And you should extend this to any other major appliances you have — like an air conditioner. Having a CO2 meter in the house will allow you to be aware of any gas leaks in the house. Fire alarms should be checked once a week, and the batteries changed before they die.



Limescale around taps, shower heads and in kettles can cause ill-working faucets and even illness. It isn’t a dangerous thing, but it can cause slight nausea in some. Limescale cleaners are easy to get and use, and kettles should be switched out after a couple of cleanings.


Shower Curtains

If you have shower curtains instead of a divider you need to make sure that you wash it regularly. The water trapped within the folds of the curtain when pushed aside can’t evaporate properly and can cause mould to grow. Washing it regularly, and leaving it to air out after use will keep this at bay.

If you can, avoid the shower curtain and get a glass pane. It’s not as easy to clean, but it is much more hygienic.


Dusting And Hoovering

This is one of the most basic jobs that we all do by rote. But it’s important to keep on top of. The buildup of dust on surfaces and on the floors can be hazardous to your health. It can wreak havoc with asthma and chest infections and can line the throat and lungs for far longer than it’s in the house. Keep a functional home by making sure it’s clean, neat and tidy. 


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