With the festive season just around the corner, Spring is the perfect time to get down and thoroughly clean your home. If you’re looking to sell or lease your property then presentation and cleanliness will be vital to getting the most value. If you’re not but still crave a clean home, here are 10 tips, tricks and reminders to get you on track with your spring cleaning.
1 / Avoid scratching floors while re-arranging.
Are you looking to freshen up the room by changing the layout or bringing in new pieces? Pushing or dragging heavy pieces of furniture often leads to scratched floorboards or damaged carpet. Move furniture easier and without causing damage by placing a folded towel under each end of the furniture when rearranging.
2 / Double doormats.
Stop more dirt from entering your home by introducing another doormat. Putting a doormat both inside and outside the door will stop more dirt and keep your home cleaner for longer. Maintain cleanliness by vacuuming indoor mats on both sides and for more deep cleans hose off and airdry mats.
3 / Vacuum underneath and behind furniture.
Vacuum thoroughly get behind/underneath furniture, go over vents and along skirting. There’s no use doing half the job, cleaning every surface will keep your floors cleaner for longer, preventing dirt from quickly moving from those hard to reach places back onto your floors.
4 / Get to the ceilings.
Spring cleaning is when you get to those places you usually forget. Get an extendable duster and go over your ceiling fans, lights, moulding and of course ceilings. You might be surprised how dirty they get.
5 / Don’t forget about Toys.
Kids and pet toys are another thing you probably look over when doing the weekly spruce up. For plastic, (non-electronic) toys make use of the dishwasher, choose the crystal or quick cycle and skip the heated dry. For stuffed toys, check the care label and pop into the washing machine.
6/ Steam clean the Microwave.
In a microwave-safe bowl add 1 cup of water, slices of lemon/ lime /or orange and a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Put the microwave on high for a few minutes and let sit to cool down. The steam will soften any food residue and make it much easier to wipe off.
7 / Pay attention to cleaning labels.
Avoid ruining your upholstered furniture by using the wrong cleaning product. Read the cleaning code to learn how to remove marks safely. Not all manufacturing labels state how to clean the furniture, so pay attention to these codes:
Upholstery Cleaning Labels:
W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
X: Use a vacuum or brush only.
8 / Bedding.
It’s time to tackle the big items that you overlook or more so avoid. To wash your pillows and comforters check the manufacturing label and pop them in the washing machine. These items only need to be cleaned 2 – 3 times a year, as the holiday season inches closer your spring clean is the perfect time to wash bedding.
9 / Work from top to bottom
I hope you’re not following along with the order of these tips because this tip will have you starting all over again. When thinking of how to tackle your cleaning, always start from the ceiling and working your way down, addressing the furniture and other items before vacuuming the floor. This will prevent you from having to re-dust or re-clean your room.
10 / Clean the cleaners.
Even though cleaning appliances are made to remove unwanted mess, over time, they do get dirty. Disinfect washing machines and dishwashers by using the washer cleaning cycle and a dishwasher/ washing machine cleaning specific detergent. To spruce up your vacuum, replace the bag, clean the dust cup, and replace or wash the filters. Snip any threads left in the brush with scissors or a seam ripper. And for the trusty broom and mop, swish the head around in hot soapy water or suck up dirt with the vacuum.
Timing is everything… School holidays is a time that you’ll have people, friends of the kids coming over for a play and naturally you’ll want to present your house as best as possible. Those with kids will appreciate that they’re the enemy of a clean home, so if you’re going to go to the effort, perhaps wait until the school holidays are over and save the kids getting in strife – for doing what kids do.