The days are getting longer, the buds are peeking out, and there’s a feeling of change in the air. While there still may be a few cold days ahead, one thing is clear – Spring is definitely on its way.
What better way to embrace the turning of the seasons than by giving your home some much-needed attention? It might even help you adopt some healthy home habits too! Your annual Spring Clean is a great time to make your home feel happier and healthier – and when that first bright day comes when the sun peeks through your freshly cleaned windows, we promise you’ll be patting yourself on the back.
We’ve gathered up our top Spring Cleaning tips for every room in your home – especially those places that are easily forgotten. By setting some time aside to give these a whirl, your home will have its best year yet!
There’s a lot that builds up on walls over the course of the year, from fingerprints, to hairspray, to lots in between! Start your Spring Clean in each room by wiping down the walls, and vacuuming your baseboards, providing a clean canvas for the year ahead
Grout, tiling, and hard surfaces
One top tip for handling these places is to make sure you’re giving your cleaning products enough time to work. Start by spraying each with the appropriate product, and then leave them for 10-15 minutes to soak in before wiping them down with a clean cloth. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is!
You spend a lot of time in your bed so make sure it’s clean and dust-mite free! After you’ve stripped the bed, we recommend sprinkling a fine layer of baking soda over the surface of the mattress – it helps to absorb sweat and odors! Then, give your mattress a good vacuum to clear up the powder and any other loose particulates. Finally, leave it to air for 30 minutes (or even up to a few hours) with your room windows open. It’s a guaranteed way to sleep easier this spring.
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They say eyes are the window to the soul, and your windows are the soul of your house. Make sure they’re looking their best! For a real squeaky clean, use a microfiber cloth on the interior faces of the window. Don’t forget to clean the outsides too – it’s amazing how much more light they will let it. If your outside windows are difficult to reach, look into booking a local window cleaning service.
Don’t forget to dust some of the more unusual places in your home – like your ceiling fans! You’ll be needing them soon, so be sure to clean the blades and the housing. Also, everyday electronics such as your computer, keyboard, DVD players and gaming consoles, all accumulate dust through the year. Compressed air is great for cleaning hard to reach spaces, and don’t forget to move and clean behind your speakers and units too!
Yes, we’re going to tell you to clean your fridge. But a trick to make it more painless is to remove all shelving and drawers, and let them warm up to room temperature. Then, run them through a dishwasher cycle, before placing them right. It’s almost effortless! And while you’re in the kitchen, don’t forget to degrease cooking appliances, such as stove grates and extractor vents.
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Once you’re done using your fireplace for the season, now’s the perfect time to sweep the hearth, store your extra logs away, and schedule in your annual chimney sweep, so you’ll be well prepared for next year’s first cold snap.
Finish with your floors
As you complete each room, don’t forget to deep clean the floors, too! Put any rugs that can be laundered into your washing machine (or set them aside in a bag to go to the laundromat!). Treat or steam clean those that can’t be moved, and give your hardwood, laminate, to tile floors a mop to complete each step!
Order your favorite take out and enjoy! You’ve worked hard.
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