Prepare For Spring: Top Tips For Cleaning Your Home
Springtime is here, and that can only mean one thing when it comes to your interior – a spring clean. This annual ritual is essential when it comes to ridding your home of all the trash that’s accumulated over the year.
Despite the chill that still lingers in the air, it’s essential to carry out regular, smaller cleans in order to keep the problem under control, the annual larger-scale, deep clean is also unavoidable and that some of you may give up on. In this article, we’ll take a look at how a ‘deep clean’ might be performed and a few tips that can make it a little more manageable.
Clearing Out Clutter Helps To Improve Your Mood
As you might expect, an interior that’s crammed with junk, dust and miscellaneous bric-a-brac will eventually produce feelings of claustrophobia. And after all, who wants to live in an environment where there’s barely any room to move? If you’ve ever moved house, you might have had the illuminating experience of standing in your living room after it’s been emptied of all the furniture. Where, you might ask yourself, where did all of this space come from?
By simply removing all of that clutter, you can maximise your free space, and thereby improve your mood. Removing all of that grime, and leaving things sparkling clean can leave a positive effect – after all, most people would rather live in a house that looks as good as new than one that’s dilapidated and dirty. And, the good news is that you needn’t replace all of your walls and furniture – you can simply give them a thorough clean and then enjoy the rest of your year in a stress-free environment. And consider putting together a cleaning playlist, listening to music when you clean helps to make the process go faster. But of course you don’t have to make your own playlist, you could simply listen to the radio or stream your favourite music.
Make Fine Use Of Your Unwanted Items
When you’ve finished your spring clean, you will have likely accumulated a sizeable horde of items that simply no longer fit into your house. Of course, you could simply throw these items away – and many people do. But it’s far better to find another home for them. Where in the process, you might make yourself some money – or you might even raise money for a good cause.
If you’re looking to sell your items, then you might turn to an online marketplace like eBay, Etsy or Gumtree. If the items you’re looking to offload are too large to be shipped far afield, then you might try your luck in your local newspaper – which is still a vibrant marketplace and the ever growing market of social media, such as Facebook sales, where the buyer will pick up the item, preventing any problems for yourself.
If you can’t sell your unwanted stuff – because you lack the inclination or the time, then don’t throw it in the dustbin just yet! There are charity shops all over the country who will happily sell whatever items you cannot. This approach will not only take the item off your hands but it will also raise money for a good cause, and save the nation’s landfills from being clogged with that wardrobe you simply can’t justify keeping.
Clean One Room At A Time
Cleaning your entire house in a single sitting is, for most people, a considerable task. And when faced with a considerable task, the best thing to do is often to break it down into manageable chunks. For example, you might devote one day to cleaning the living room, and then another to cleaning the bedroom. By doing this, you’ll be able to quickly clean the room in question, without having to contemplate the rest of them. This will allow you to do the clean more thoroughly and effectively, and to have a lot more fun while you’re doing it!
Or if you have a tight schedule through the week, consider working on around 2 to 3 rooms each weekend, where you will easily distribute your own free time whilst also getting lots done around your home.
Don’t Neglect The Kitchen
When it comes to the battle of dirt and grime, the kitchen is our most important front. After all, it’s the place in our homes where we prepare food – so cleanliness is essential. The kitchen should be the focal point of your cleaning efforts. If you don’t run the fan on your hood while you’re cooking on the hob, then grease can easily accumulate on your cabinets, and you’ll need to remove this grease using special ‘cabinet cream’, which will remove dirt while preserving the wood beneath. Or even better, if you are looking for a natural cleaning product, that prevents any risk of toxic fumes from cleaning products, then many people use vinegar as a kitchen cleaner substitute, that can even be used around all your home.
Of course, even if you are running your hood at full whack, this will be of little use if you haven’t replaced or cleaned the filter within. Check which sort yours is, and then take appropriate action. If you don’t have a properly functioning grease filter, then this isn’t just a source of unsightly dirt – it can represent a fire hazard. So, ensure that yours is functioning properly.
Wooden Floors Should Be Mopped Sparingly
If you’ve got hardwood floors, then you might be tempted to clean them regularly, in order to ensure that they’re as clean as possible. But doing so might do more harm than good – if wood is forced to absorb water constantly, it will eventually rot. Prevent this by mopping only every few months, and by doing spot-cleans in between where necessary.
The best natural remedy is to add ½ cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and follow this by using a mop, which should help prevent any cause of water damage to your floors.
These following remedies help the treatment of any wood staining:
- Dark Spots and Pet Stains: Rub the particular spot in steel wool and floor wax, and if the area is still dark then apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for around an hour.
- Heel Marks: Use fine steel wool to rub into the floor wax
- Oil-Based Stains: Rub the area with a soft cloth and washing-up liquid to break down any of the greases, and then rinse with clear water. If it still remains then you can smooth down the raised grain with sandpaper, which will not cause any markings to the floor.
- Water Marks or White Stains: Rub the area with steel wool and floor wax, and if the stain goes deeper then again you can lightly sand the floor and clean it away with any odourless mineral spirit.
Don’t Neglect Your Bed
Since we humans spend roughly a third of our lives lying in bed, it makes sense that these beds should be kept as clean as possible. Clearly, we’re supposed to be changing and laundering our bedsheets and pillowcases every few weeks. But a deeper clean, beneath the mattress, is necessary every so often – in order to ensure that we’re able to sleep in an environment which isn’t saturated by filth.
We already know about the fact of horrifying dust mites and other critters living in your mattress, but many even contain sweat, blood and even urine. So, cleaning your mattress is particularly important in every humid bedroom environment.
How To Clean Your Bed The Right Way
Before you begin cleaning your bed, strip the bed off and wash all of your linens, and make sure to check the label and use the hottest setting possible, because the heat will kill any dust mites. And whilst they are being cleaned, you can then focus your attention onto the mattress.
Begin to Vacuum your mattress, and try to do each side the same way. This is the best tool you can use to take out any noticeable oils or moisture.
- Baking Soda
Then deodorize it with baking soda, to do this just simply rub in the powder with a scrubbing brush and let it sit for ten minutes.
- Vacuum Again
Then repeat the vacuum process as you presently did, and doing this will allow to pull out any excess moisture
Now, this may sound daunting, but it is all worth it.
Flip your mattress and repeat of all of the steps again, seen as this will help your mattress stay protected for longer.
Wash Your Windows During Poor Weather
If you’ve ever washed your windows and found that they’re covered in streaks, then it’s likely that the suds have dried before you’ve gotten a chance to wipe them. So what is the answer? Dry them on a cloudy day, in order to give yourself more time, or wash a smaller window-space before you wipe. Of course, there is a third alternative available – hire a professional, it may be a cost for you, but is the perfect choice for everyone who has a busy schedule!
With these ideas, there is nothing stopping you from getting stuck in to your Spring cleaning.