Tips for Spring Cleaning
The weather outside is getting a little warmer, the leaves on the trees are beginning to return, and the daffodils are out in force, it can only mean one thing; Spring is here. For many people, that means it’s a great time to throw open those windows, let the fresh air into the home and of course begin on that annual ritual of the spring clean. Of course, cleaning your whole house really thoroughly can take a considerable length of time, which is why so many people end up with only half the house done before they run out of time or move onto the next task. The big question is, is there a quicker way to spring clean your home while still making sure that you do a thorough job. Here we look at a few tips that should help you spring clean your home quickly and efficiently without cutting corners.
Remember if you focus on the big things, appliances, carpeting, soft furnishings – those things that you wouldn’t usually include in a day to day tidy up of your home, you will be able to get the major tasks out of the way and the rest will be much easier.
Deep Cleaning Your Carpets
You might vacuum your carpets every day, but you would be surprised and probably a little horrified, by just how much dust and dirt can become lodged in the pile. A deep clean is a great way of restoring not only cleanliness to your carpets but also of helping to improve both the colour and texture that can be dulled from use. If you prefer to do it yourself, then invest in a high-performance cleaning machine. Alternatively, you should consider hiring someone to do this for you. While the carpets are being cleaned it is worth doing your upholstery as well – don’t forget to practise first in an inconspicuous area to ensure you wont damage anything.
If you have pets, then rubber gloves are a great way of removing all those stray pet hairs from your soft furnishings before you begin shampooing them.
Possibly one of the most disliked cleaning jobs in the home. This is probably why so many people opt for self-cleaning ovens when they have new kitchens put in or are happy to pay someone to come to their home just to clean the oven. However, with the right tools, you can make short work of this task. There is no need for any of those overly harsh chemical cleaners when ordinary bicarbonate of soda can clean your oven very effectively. Just put some in a spray bottle with water, and you have a fantastic oven cleaning solution that won’t fill your home with strong chemical smells. Best still you can leave this overnight and wipe it clean the next day, meaning minimal effort is needed. And better yet don’t just keep this time-saving tip for the spring clean, use it regularly throughout the year to keep your oven sparkling.
When life gives you lemons….
This is another great, natural tool to have in your spring cleaning arsenal and can be used for a variety of tasks. Added to a dish of water lemon juice heated up in your microwave will help to lift all those stubborn spills and splashes that can prove really difficult to clean off. Just let the steam do the hard work, and then all you need to do is use a damp cloth to wipe off any residue.
While you are in the kitchen, don’t forget your fridge. Remove everything and take the opportunity to get rid of any food items that have been lurking at the back of the shelves and have seen better days. Wipe all of the inside surfaces including under the drawers and in the door and then carefully replace all your food items. If your fridge has any lingering smells, then cut a lemon in half and place the two halves in your fridge to help absorb any nasty whiffs.
Clean while you sleep
While it would be wonderful if we really could clean the house while we slept this isn’t quite what we mean. However, there are some things that you can do while you sleep that will help you make light work of the cleaning in the morning. In the same way as you can leave bicarbonate of soda and water solution in your oven overnight to make things easier, there are a couple of time-saving things you can do in your bathroom as well.
When it comes to limescale, a common problem in the bathroom, white vinegar – which you can buy in any supermarket – is your new best friend. It can break down limescale and remove stains from your shower, sink and even the toilet. And all you need to do is leave it overnight to work its magic. Spray it onto your bathroom surfaces and leave it overnight; if your toilet bowl is heavily limescale then pour a healthy does into the bowl and don’t let anyone flush it until the morning! You can remove limescale from your showerhead by placing it in a bag full of white vinegar, tying it shut and leaving it. Vinegar does smell quite strongly so remember to ventilate your bathroom otherwise the smell may take over your entire house.
And finally, to bed
Don’t neglect your bedroom while you are doing your spring cleaning; it deserves so much more than a dust, vacuum and clean bedding! Free up some closet space by having a declutter. Be honest with yourself if clothing is too big then why keep it, likewise if it doesn’t fit maybe this is a good time to get rid of it.
Before you put fresh new bedding on your bed treat your mattress to a spring clean as well. Sprinkle your mattress with bicarbonate of soda; this will help deodorise it. Make sure that you do this in the morning as it should be left for up to eight hours. Then just vacuum up the powder and make your bed up as normal.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be such an arduous task. Simply digest the information above, and you’re sure to have a sparkling clean home this spring.