Now that the days are getting longer and the sunlight is suddenly making a reappearance, it becomes easier to see any blemishes or unloved areas of the home. The bright light of spring illuminates smears on windows, highlights fingerprints on stainless steel kitchen surfaces and shows up drip stains on chrome bathroom fixtures>. You can sometimes even see dust in floating around in shafts of sunlight, so now is the ideal time to start spring cleaning your home and we have some tips to help you get started.
After the long, cold winter, it’s lovely to be able to open the doors and windows of your home and bring in the fresh spring air. By simply airing your home, you’ll get rid of any musty scents and replace any stale air with a clean, cool breeze. It’s always a good idea to ventilate a room when you’re working with cleaning products to avoid breathing in harsh chemicals, so be sure to open windows when using bleach, mould killer or insect sprays, and even use a dust mask to cover your mouth and nose if you’re tackling a particularly nasty cleaning job. Messy jobs such as dusting or vacuuming can send dirt particles into the air and trigger sneezing or coughing, so these jobs can be made much more pleasant by simply throwing open the windows before you get started.
Look after floor tiles in your kitchen or bathroom by using a gentle cleaning solution and applying with a string or sponge mop. Look for products with ‘PH neutral’ on the label or mix up your own tile cleaner by mixing ½ cup of baking soda with 2 gallons of water. This will make tiles sparkle and freshen up grout. For stubborn grouting stains you can make up a thicker paste of ¾ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of bleach and apply to the grout in your kitchen or shower and leave for about 5 minutes before scrubbing with an old toothbrush and rinsing off. Be sure to wear old clothes while you’re using the bleach mixture as you may get splash-back from all the scrubbing and any splatters of bleach will ruin your clothes.
On Top of Cleaning
The spring clean is usually a much deeper clean than your weekly wash, so this is the time to tackle the places that go unseen for most of the year. Try to look at your home as though you were a hotel inspector and think about the spaces that gather dust, such as on top of the wardrobe, fridge freezer or under the bed. Use a multi-purpose cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth (which are the best for trapping dust and lifting off grease) to wipe over skirting boards, picture rails or door and window frames. A gentle solution you can use at home is a mixture of Get a helping hand to pull furniture forwards so that you can clean the wall and skirting behind chests of drawers, wipe over the back of the headboard and vacuum behind the sofa.