Spring is upon us, which means it’s time to start getting out all the supplies to clean your house top to bottom. Whilst some people look forward to the annual spring clean others dread it. In order to help you face the possibly daunting task, we have put together a list of our best spring cleaning tips to help you make your home sparkle.
Get your supplies ready
In order to make sure you can toughly clean everything, whether it’s your kitchen or your bedroom, it is best to be prepared. Make a list of everything you’ll need before you start and gather all the supplies together. Remember to make sure you have sponges and cloths to clean with as well as your cleaning products.
De-clutter your rooms
To help you properly clean all the surfaces and areas in your house it’s best to first de-clutter. You could follow the general rule that if you haven’t used something in the last 6 months then you should consider getting rid of it, keeping essentials that you may need from time to time. When de-cluttering you can also separate your stuff into three different piles of keep, bin and donate. This will help you to stay organised when sorting through your stuff.
Consider high traffic areas
This is a good tip for when you are considering where to focus your cleaning first. Think about the places around the house that are used the most and have the most traffic coming through. For example, the living room or bedrooms. This allows you to identify where may be in need of a clean first and gives you a place to start.
Dust around the house
Dusting around the house is a great way to freshen it up! It’s a good idea to make sure to get all the corners of the room and light fixtures where dust often builds up as they are out of reach.
Clean your mattress
It is likely that you clean your sheets on a regular basis, but how often do you clean your mattress? Cleaning your mattress is really easy and freshens up your bed, you can use the small brush attachment on your hover to go over the surface. You can also flip your mattress so that the other side is facing upwards.
Deep clean your oven
It’s a great idea to deep clean your oven as overtime grease and burnt pieces of food can build up but getting it clean can be a tough job. It’s a great idea to buy an oven cleaner, such as Oven pride (£4.00 from Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose). You simply take out the oven shelves, place them in the bags provided with around half of the bottle and leave them to sit whilst you clean the rest of the oven. You can then pour the rest of the bottle onto the oven floor and scrub it into the oven and the oven door. It’s best to leave it all to sit overnight, then use a sponge to wipe away the oven cleaner and remove the shelves from the bags. Again, using a sponge to remove the remaining cleaner and let it all dry.
Steam clean your microwave
The microwave is another appliance that can get dirty. Steam cleaning your microwave is a quick and easy way of cleaning your microwave without having to scrub at it. You simply need a to fill a glass or microwavable bowl with two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar. A good tip is to drop a toothpick in as this will prevent the liquid from boiling over the edges. Place the bowl into the microwave and turn it on high for five minutes, don’t open the door straight away when the timer goes off, leave it for two-three minutes to allow the steam to work. Then all you have to do is take the bowl out (careful it will be hot) and use a sponge to wipe the inside of your microwave down.
Wash your fridge with Soapy water
Another kitchen appliance that can often be neglected and subject to food build up is your fridge. Therefore, spring is the perfect opportunity to give it a nice cleanse. A simple way to do this is to make up a bowl of warm soapy water and use a cloth to wipe it down, making it nice and fresh.
Clean your dishwasher
It important that to make sure all your kitchen utensils are perfectly clean, so you should keep your dishwasher clean too. You can do this by simply removing any small bits of food from the bottom of your dishwasher and then use a special cleaner, such as Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner (£3.00 from Sainsbury’s) and put it on the recommended setting.
Seal your countertops to maintain them
In order to maintain your countertops and prevent granite stains, you should keep your countertops sealed. You should seal your countertops as soon as they are installed and then yearly after that. It is also important to make sure you wipe up any liquid spilt on them immediately.
Clean your windows on a cloudy day
This is a great tip if you want to clean your windows or patio doors, if you clean your windows on a cloudy day then it will prevent water from drying quickly on the windows and leaving streaky watermarks. This is because if the sun is out it can dry your windows too quickly.
Clean your curtains and blinds
This is another area that is often neglected, curtains and blinds can collect dust and damp from the windows. This means that every so often it’s a good idea to clean them. For blinds this can be simple, you can dust and wipe them down. For curtains, it depends on the washing instructions, but many curtains can be machine washed.
Replace or wash your bath mats and shower curtains
Replacing or cleaning your bath mats and shower curtains is a good idea to stop bacteria building up. Buying brand new ones is a quick and easy solution, however, you can also wash them. If you have a plastic shower curtain then you can machine wash it on a low temperature, it’s a good idea to throw in some towels with it to help the curtain wash as it will be slippery. If your curtain isn’t machine washable then you could leave it to soak in the bath filled with water and washing powder. Similarly, to wash fabric bath mats you can put them in the washing machine at a high temperature.
Deep clean your carpets
Dust and dirt can build up in your carpets over time, meaning it’s a good idea to deep clean them annually. You can use two different methods to clean your carpets, either power or carpet shampoos. Using powder is the simplest option, you can buy a powder carpet cleaner, such as Vanish Gold Carpet Cleaner (£7.00 from Waitrose) from your local store. All you have to do is sprinkle the power over your carpet, leave it to sit for the recommended time, then hoover it up! The second option is carpet shampoo, the procedure for this is different for every product so it’s important to read all the information before beginning. Often you need to mix water in with the shampoo to dilute it, once you have done this you cover the carpet with the shampoo. Make sure not to soak the carpet as this will mean you have to wait longer for it to dry. If there are any spots of dirt or stains, it’s a good idea to scrub at these to help dislodge the dirt. The final step is to simply hover the carpet once it’s all dry.
Only wet clean wooden floors every 1-2 months
Most people believe they should mop their floors weekly, but this can actually damage your wooden floors. Therefore, it’s best to only clean once them every 1-2 months. To clean them you can use a hardwood floor cleaner, such as Flash wooden floors cleaner (£2.00 from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco). You can then just spot clean as and when needed.