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 accessories. 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. Follow our spring cleaning tips to ensure your bathroom is gleaming all year round.
Spring Cleaning Tips:
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. Find 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.
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. 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. March is the ideal time of year to throw the windows open and let some of that spring freshness into your home. If you have followed our spring cleaning tips you may want to take it further and do a mini-makeover for your room. We’ve come up with a few ideas to brighten up your decor for Spring and Summer using flowers, pastel colours and even Easter accessories.
Spring Cleaning Tips: Adding Spring Touches
Fresh Spring Flowers
Spring is all about growth, and flowers bursting into life are a key part of this. Bring little tubs of spring bulbs into the house and watch daffodils blooming on your sideboard for an instant injection of spring sunshine in your home. Or treat yourself to a big bunch of fresh cut tulips from the market and arrange them in a vase on your kitchen table. Flowers can brighten up the bathroom too, so invest in cute coordinating pots and arrange some hyacinth bulbs on your windowsill. They will emit a gorgeous scent as they come into flower and act as a natural air freshener!
A big spring clean can often highlight peeling paint or shabby woodwork. So if you’re considering freshening up a room this spring, choose pastels for your makeover. A quick lick of paint can transform a room and pastels are quintessential spring shades, so they will help to create a feeling of freshness. Pastel blue and mint green can make a room feel brighter by reflecting natural daylight around the room, and give the impression of a sunny blue-skied day, whatever the weather! If you don’t need to redecorate, simply changing your living room cushions and bath towels for pastel yellow and baby pink versions will brighten up a room in no time.
If you have allergies, or simply don’t fancy bringing fresh flowers into your home, you can get the same feeling of spring freshness by including some floral patterns in your rooms. When investing in new cushions, curtains or a tablecloth this season, opt for bright flowery patterns. If you choose fabric in a colour palette that coordinates with your existing decor, you’ll create a room that epitomises spring and summer brightness without carrying out a complete redecoration. Floral artwork can also inject a little colour into even the smallest of spaces, so look out for flower-print canvases or framed images of spring blooms to hang in your kitchen, office or even the downstairs loo!
Over recent years, the trend for decorating your home at Easter has grown and now most shops and supermarkets carry a range of hanging eggs, chick bunting or rabbit decorations. These Easter accessories can be picked up at most pound stores so it’s not a huge investment but it will make your home look very seasonal. A couple of bright yellow rubber ducks in the bathroom ensures that the even smallest room is part of your Easter look, and hanging a few pastel eggs on an arrangement of twigs in a vase can brighten up any room and leave guests in no doubt that your Easter celebrations will be fun! Hopefully you will of found our spring cleaning tips a useful aid for ideas and inspiration. Bring the outside into your home and have a fresh bathroom that will be the envy of your guests. If you are looking for more inspiration to add spring or summer to your bathroom then read our bathroom trends blog.