Quick & Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is finally upon us, and as well as the all the little signs that let us know that summer’s not far away are the usual spring traditions, like sprucing up the garden, the first BBQ and of course, spring cleaning. After the coldest and wettest season of the year, with much of our time spent indoors, it’s now time to get rid of the winter cobwebs – quite literally.

Spring cleaning might be an annual tradition, but that doesn’t mean that it’s something we all enjoy, or want to spend all spring doing. So here are some quick and simple Spring cleaning tips that will help get your home feeling as fresh and clean as spring itself.

upholstery-cleaningCarpets & Upholstery: After months of being walked on and sat on by you, your guests and your pets, it’s time to give your carpets and sofas a good clean. Clean carpets and furniture will help the main areas of your home look and feel fresher, and they’re better for your health too, as a good clean can get rid of the dirt and bugs that can irritate allergy sufferers and those with asthma. Vacuuming alone is unlikely to cut it though, and while you could hire a carpet cleaner and do it yourself, getting a professional in won’t cost an awful lot more and is a lot easier – plus they will do a much better job.

Hard Floors: If you have hard floors, a good steam clean will get rid of all the dirt and make them sparkle. If you don’t have a steam cleaner than going over your floors with a combination wash and wax cleaner will save you time, and give your floor a sparkle that will last a lot longer and make it easier to clean in the future.

Skirting: There’s no use having clean floors if your skirting boards are a mess. But instead of breaking your back and going round the whole house on your hands and knees, use a damp sponge mop to freshen up your skirting in a fraction of the time.

Windows: Dirty windows are really noticeable, and windows that are nice and clean inside and out, will let in more light and make the whole room seem brighter. The old trick of vinegar and newspaper does actually work, and is a quick way to leave your windows clean and streak-free.

Kitchen: There are three main focal areas in your kitchen, the sink, the fridge and the cooker, so even if you just make sure that each of these is sparkling clean you’ll lift the whole kitchen. Giving your worktops and cupboard doors a wipe down as well will really help make your kitchen seem spotless.

Dusting: In a word, don’t. Dusting just moves the dust around. Get rid of all the dust in your home quickly and easily using a vacuum. Vacuums aren’t only good for carpets, you can use them on your curtains so you don’t have to wash them, and on your ceilings to get rid of any cobwebs, and with the right attachment they can make light work of dusting just about any other surface in your home.

Walls: Are you’re walls looking tired? Most people might think that a new lick of paint is needed, but in most cases a good clean is all that’s required. A cloth and warm water, with a spot of mild washing up liquid if they are especially dirty, is much quicker and easier than getting the paintbrush out.

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Odours: If you’re house smells fresh and clean, then it will feel fresh and clean. Get rid of smells and odours by removing the source and using deodorisers. Then use plugin air fresheners and scented candles to give your home that fresh and clean smell – but don’t over do it, go for subtle, sprint-time fragrances. Let the fresh air in by opening your windows more as well. Before you vacuum, pour some essential oil on a bit of newspaper, tear it up and then hover it up. Then, your vacuum will freshen the room with your chosen scent every time you use it.

Replace: Instead of cleaning old fabrics, look at replacing them instead. Adding some new items to your home can really help to make it feel clean and fresh. Key areas are the living room, where the addition of some new cushions can make a huge difference, and the bedroom, where some new bedding will help the whole room feel ready for spring.

Declutter: Make your house feel brighter and more spacious by removing all of the clutter you’ve accumulated over winter.

Motivation: If you struggle to motivate yourself to tackle big cleaning jobs, promise yourself a reward when you’re finished your home cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll get through your ‘chores’ when you know there’s a nice treat at the end of it.

Little & Often: If you really can’t motivate yourself for a big spring clean, you don’t have to tackle it all in one go. Doing a room or an hour a day will soon get the whole house back into shape, and is much more manageable.

Keep It Clean: Once you’ve got a nice, clean house, try and keep on top of it by doing just one thing in each room every day to help keep it clean. From tidying up the newspapers in the living room, emptying the bin in the bathroom, or putting the laundry away in the bedroom – one little job in each room every day and you’ll be helping to keep your whole house clean.

Spring is all about fresh starts and new beginnings, so follow these quick and easy tips to make sure you bring the freshness of spring into your home.

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