‘Tidy house, tidy mind’ isn’t that how the saying goes? Spring has sprung which means it’s time to fish out the rubber gloves and get stuck into some spring cleaning. Freshen up your home by following these simple tips and get your home ready for the hectic upcoming summer season.
The sunshine is here (sort of) and when we look outside at the beautiful spring day we don’t want our view scuppered by smudges, fingerprints or dirty marks. When cleaning your windows, pick a cloudy day as the sun will dry out the cleaner before you’ve had a chance to wipe it away leaving streaks. Start by giving your windows a once over with a dry cloth to get rid of any loose dirt then all you need is some cleaning solution and a sponge. You could try making your own window cleaner using water and white vinegar, this will leave you with beautifully streak-free windows, but don’t forget to rinse!
Clear Out Cupboards
We all have stuff in the back of the cupboard we never use or even forgot we had, well now is the time for a clear out. Sort through your wardrobe and take any unused clothes and accessories to a local charity shop, organise the rest and your everyday routine will be easier. Clean out your kitchen cupboards as well, take everything out and throw away anything that’s past its use-by-date. Repeat this throughout your home clearing out any clutter you don’t need.
Freshen Up Your Walls
A simple damp cloth is perfect for getting rid of fingerprints and marks on your painted walls. For more persistent stains trying adding a little dishwashing liquid or mild soap. It’s best to use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any excess dust before cleaning. If any marks remain then, if you have any leftover paint, touch up your walls. A handy tip; you can use a rubber to get rid of marks on light painted walls.
Clean Upholstery and Carpets
Most of the time a simple vacuum will keep your carpets fresh but at least once a year it’s a good idea to give then a good clean getting rid of any deep dirt and stains. For synthetic carpets you can use a good quality carpet shampoo and some hot water which will leave your carpets looking as good as new. If you have wool carpets or rugs then you may want to think about contacting a carpet cleaning professional. Vacuum your upholstery in order to remove dust and dirt that may be lying on your furniture. A trick is to use a fine piece of nylon over the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner (a pair of tights will work well) to prevent any snagging of loose thread. Cleaning your curtain is a good idea too, they’ll be either machine-washable, hand wash or dry-clean.