Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for that annual spring clean! I know, Christmas has only just happened – how can it be spring?! Well, before you know it the daffodils will be blooming and we’ll be dodging April showers left, right, and centre.
Before spring is in full swing, clean your home using these tips:
1. Make a cleaning plan:
Cleaning your entire home is a daunting prospect, and many of us haven’t got a clue where to start. To make it easier for yourself, try putting together a schedule. Identify which rooms need the most work, and which areas you usually skip when it comes to cleaning. Tackle these places first instead of putting them off; it’ll keep you focused and motivated to continue cleaning the rest of the house.
2. Work from top to bottom:
Cleaning from the ceiling down, will force clutter and dust downwards, and will prevent you from having to keep dusting the same areas repeatedly. Try using a hoover with an extendable hose to reach the cobwebs on the ceiling and other hard to reach areas. When it comes to your furniture, dust everything first before hoovering. This will save you having to hoover multiple times.
Before committing to a deep-clean, go through your home and organise. Have a wardrobe sort-out, and open that dreaded junk drawer to sort out all of your old receipts and take-away pamphlets. Go through the clutter in the spare bedroom or home office, and just have a general clear-out. There is nothing more satisfying than having numerous black bins full of junk that you’ve been holding on to for years. Once this has been done, you’re ready to deep-clean!
4. Think green:
Try to avoid using harsh chemicals when spring cleaning. They will find their way into the environment and cause extreme damage to vulnerable eco-systems. Also, harsh chemicals can irritate the skin if they aren’t used with caution. Asthma sufferers are also sensitive to the fumes emitted by strong chemicals, so it’s best to avoid using them.
Instead of harsh chemicals, try using a steam cleaner. They can be used to clean microwaves, bathrooms, hard floors, tiles, and even outdoor areas. A bonus is that steam cleaners only use hot water vapour, making them a 100% chemical-free cleaning solution.
However, steam cleaners can’t clean everything so do your research before you invest in one.
5. Don’t forget your walls and windows:
These are the areas most people overlook when cleaning their houses. However, walls and windows can become absolutely filthy if they aren’t maintained. An easy way to clean walls is through wiping them down with a damp cloth (remember to start from the top). This method can also be used to clean blinds.
When it comes to windows, a steam cleaner works wonders. Stay away from harsh chemicals! Steam clean the windows and wipe them down with a squeegee, and you’ll see sparkling results.
6. How to tackle your kitchen:
Along with the bathroom, the kitchen is viewed as one of the most challenging rooms to clean. Don’t be scared! If you have a plan, it’ll be a piece of cake. Start by:
Then, all that’s left are the surfaces and the floor!
7. How to tackle your bathroom:
This is another room which is viewed with trepidation for most home owners. However, it can be a quick and easy process! Start by:
Once you’ve done this, pay attention to the toilet, sink, and bath/shower. Also give the floor a clean, as well as the bathroom mirror.
8. Protect yourself against allergies:
Cleaning will unsettle dust particles, which will be a nightmare to those who suffer really badly from allergies. To protect yourself, it may be worth wearing a mask while you’re cleaning, especially if you suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems. Protective clothing, such as rubber gloves, will help to guard the skin against irritation and allergic reactions.
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