Your Guide to Spring Cleaning
It’s finally here! Winter is on its way out and spring is coming. When the seasons change, you might think about giving your home a refresh and you’re not alone. The concept of spring cleaning has been around for generations, with people all around the world taking the time to clean up as they welcome in the warmer weather.
For a successful spring clean, we recommend making a schedule so that no part of your home goes untouched. The best way is to each room one by one and allow about a week per room so you don’t have to rush.
This is a great chance to tackle hard to reach areas or places that get forgotten about during regular clean-ups. Here are some tips to make this year’s spring clean a success:
Get rid of clutter
Start in each room by tidying, getting rid of clutter and donating anything you don’t need. We are all guilty of holding on to items we could live without or hiding things away in our closets, and this is the perfect time to get on top of things. Once you’ve cleared out, try these ideas to avoid building up more clutter:
- Change your closet around seasonally and store out-of-season clothes elsewhere in vacuum-sealed bags or storage boxes.
- Sort through old mail and documents every quarter so you’re not keeping loads of paperwork. You could even scan documents when you get them and make a digital file system instead. Just be sure to shred anything confidential before throwing it out.
- Think carefully about every purchase and avoid making impulse buys. We all need to do our part to cut down on waste, and thinking about what we buy is a great first step.
Show your appliances some love
We use them every day, but it’s easy to forget that our appliances need some love sometimes too. While you’re spring cleaning the kitchen, empty any food that’s gone bad out of your refrigerator, then take out all the shelves and draws and wash them in warm water and dish soap.
Cleaning the oven can be hard work, but our Oven Cleaning Gel won’t give you breathing trouble as it’s free from toxic chemicals. Don’t forget about our Washing Machine & Dishwasher Cleaner either, which will remove limescale and detergent from your machines.
Maintain your appliances by:
- Descaling once per month
- Cleaning your oven after spills and washing it down monthly
- Emptying your refrigerator each time you go to the grocery store
Freshen up your furniture
Couches and other soft furnishings can be some of the most unhygienic areas of the home, as all of the bacteria we pick up on our clothes and bodies end up there. If you can remove cushion covers, wash them in your machine with your choice of detergent. If not, you could try steam cleaning furniture instead.
Tips for keeping furniture fresh:
- Use a lint catcher weekly for lint and debris
- Wash covers or steam clean every quarter, or at least annually
Don’t forget the yard
Your outside space is going to be used a lot more over the next few months, so why not look after it in the same way you look after your home? Pressure washers will make cleaning patios and decking easier, but the old-fashioned way works just as well. Empty a bucket of water out and sweep into your drain – you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! Clean up outdoor furniture to get them sparkling and you’re good to go.
Here are some more ideas for keeping outside spaces tidy in unpredictable climates:
- Clear weeds and mow the lawn regularly throughout warmer months
- Store away outdoor furniture during rainy seasons to avoid dirt and rusting
- Sweep up leaves regularly during the warmer months