Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring took a little longer than expected to get underway this year but now that it’s here many homeowners are starting to give their homes a good spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning your home may seem like a monumental task but with these handy spring cleaning tips you’ll have your home looking and smelling fresh and clean in no time.

Start Outside

The simplest way to start a spring clean is by working from the outside in i.e. start with exterior of your home and once that’s clean you can move to the interior.

Gutters typically need a good cleaning after the winter months so take a sturdy ladder, ascend to the gutters and clean out as much leaves and debris with your hands.

Following this, you should give the gutters a quick wash using a garden hose or a bucket of water.

From the gutters you can then start on the windows and front and back doors, all of which can be thoroughly cleaned using a sponge with a warm water and vinegar solution.

You may also consider giving the exterior walls of your home a lick of paint if they’re starting to look at little faded.

Room to Room

When it comes to spring cleaning the interiors of your home, it’s recommended you work from room to room e.g. completely clean a single room before moving on to the next one.

Decluttering is one of the most refreshing elements of the spring clean so make sure you stock up on rubbish bags for any unwanted or unneeded items and don’t forget to drop any unworn clothing into your local charity shop.

After you’ve decluttered a room, dust all ledges, shelves and table tops, wash the walls using a brush and a mild soap and water mix and then vacuum clean the room in question.

We recommend lighting a few scented candles or leaving the windows open for a few hours after you’ve cleaned a room to help restore freshness.

Kitchen and Bathroom

The kitchen and bathroom tend to be the rooms that require the deepest clean, so give these areas a little more care and attention when cleaning.

Starting with the kitchen, clean out the fridge and get rid of any expired food and drinks before removing all other food items and washing all shelves and compartments with a mild soap and warm water mix.

Continue to clean under and inside cabinets, removing any kitchenware in the way, before moving on to your cooker.

A baking soda and water mix (1/2 cup of baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of water) should be applied to the cooker the night before; leaving the mix to rest for at least 12 hours will make it far easier to clean.

You can use this mix on other stainless steel appliances and kitchen fixtures e.g. sink, taps etc.

Bathrooms can also be a little tiresome to clean but a 50/50 warm water and vinegar mix will easily clean grime and dirt from tiles, cabinets, counters, showers and baths.

Don’t forget to clean behind the toiled and and make sure you clean all hard to reach places.

Spring cleaning is a bit of a chore but with a little time and a lot of elbow grease you’ll soon have your home in tip top shape.

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