What's your favourite part of spring? The longer days, the warmer weather, the fresh flowers? For us, it's the chance to clean our homes and get ready for a new season. Spring cleaning is also a great opportunity to make sure all of your important items are in order, so you're able to focus on enjoying your home and making memories there. That's why we've put together a list of our favourite spring cleaning tips and essentials to help you spruce up your house and get ready for the new season!
Spring usually brings warmer and dryer weather so now is the perfect opportunity to give your house a good airing and replace any stagnant air. You may also notice that your windows are in need of a good clean. To clean the inside and outside of your windows simply fill a bucket with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Then proceed to use a soft microfiber cloth to go over the surface of the window. We would recommend the Brabantia Microfibre Cleaning Pads and the clever collapsible bucket from Creative Products for this job.
Then use a commercial spray window cleaner or a vinegar and water solution and wipe the window dry using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee such as the Addis Squeegee which features a handy inbuilt spray bottle. For tough and stubborn stains, saturate thoroughly with vinegar and water and let stand for several minutes before drying. Don't forget to clean your windowsills and window tracks, these places are often overlooked and can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your windows when cleaned properly.
Out of sight shouldn't be out of mind, especially in the case of lampshades and other light fixtures. Keeping your lampshades clean will remove harmful dust allergens from your home and improve your lighting’s efficiency, too. Before cleaning light fittings always ensure the light is off and has cooled. To clean a fabric lampshade remove as must dust as possible with a vacuum cleaner using the soft brush attachment. You could also use a clean lint roller or paintbrush if the fabric is delicate. To remove additional dirt use a soft, slightly damp cleaning sponge and allow it to air dry before putting it back. For paper or parchment lampshades, dust them well with a microfibre cloth. You can lightly dampen the cloth to wipe away additional grime. Plastic and glass lampshades can be washed in warm, soapy water.
The first thing we usually think of when spring cleaning is getting out the hoover to clean our carpets and floors. However, we shouldn't neglect our stairs, sofas, curtains and blinds, all of which can harbour dust, cobwebs and particulates. Start with the carpet and area rugs, then work your way to the stairs and sofa. Don't forget to vacuum the curtains and blinds too, if you're anything like us, they've probably been up for months, collecting dust and cobwebs. And don't forget to hit those hard-to-reach corners with a duster!
The first step in disinfecting is to ensure the area is clean. This prevents the spread of disease and improves surface hygiene. Use a sanitizing wipe or spray on all surfaces, including handles, doorknobs, nightstands, desks, light switches, and high-touch areas such as chairs and tables. Once you've cleaned these items, you can then disinfect them with a disinfecting wipe.
The kitchen is easily the most used room in your house. A good cleaning and organizing of this room is a must at least once a year. This task requires that you remove everything from your kitchen counters as well as the inside of your cabinets, drawers and pantry. This will help you to take stock of what food you have, get rid of expired or stale items and also remove any spills and dirt that may be present.
Wipe down all surfaces and small appliances with a hot damp soapy cloth or sponge, paying attention to corners where grime can build up. Be sure to wash any crumbs down the drain or into the rubbish bin. When cleaning the inside of your cabinets, don’t forget about those hard-to-reach spots! Pull out those shelves and scrub them down as well as the interior walls of the cabinet. Wash down all surfaces with gentle dish soap or a mild cleaning solution like vinegar with water (1:1 ratio). Then go over all surfaces with a disinfecting wipe before returning items.
We all know that washing your bedding on a regular basis is a good way to remove dust mites, dead skin cells and any other bits of dirt that may be lurking in your pillows and duvet. When spring cleaning, however, it may be worth giving your mattress a good deep clean. Once the bed linen is off, get rid of the stains by using a gentle laundry detergent or dish soap mixed with lukewarm water. Gently dab (don't rub) the stain and leave it to dry completely before rotating your mattress and putting the clean, fresh sheets back on.
Open the windows to clear the room of any steam or fumes. Empty drawers and cabinets, and wash their insides with a disinfecting spray. If there are items you no longer use, throw them away. Clean the bathtub thoroughly with a disinfectant spray, then wax to prevent future soap scum and mildew buildup. Clean and disinfect the drain as well. Clean and disinfect the sink drain and basin, then shine taps with a cloth dampened with vinegar.
Clean and disinfect the toilet both inside and out, don't forget to remove and clean the seat! While you're at it, clean and disinfect any light switches, door handles, or other places where bacteria might be lingering. If you have any mirrors or decorative glass in your bathroom, dust them well before cleaning them with a glass cleaner or vinegar solution. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach places like ornate moulding or window latches. Finally, sweep and wash your bathroom floors.
Now that your home is spic and span, why not create a natural air freshener to deodorise your home and give your rooms a fresh scent. A quick and easy way to do this is by simmering orange rinds or lemon slices and rosemary in a pot of water on your stove top. This delightful fragrance will freshen up any space and is the perfect finishing touch to a hard day of cleaning.