Spring is officially here and traditionally that means it’s time to give your home a deep clean.
From cleaning you house from top to bottom to de-cluttering your cupboards and organising your wardrobe and drawers, it’s a great way to get your entire place in order.
The good news is that the process of cleaning itself is also a great way of distressing and allowing yourself to step away from issues that are bothering you by focusing on the job in hand.
More importantly, the subconscious exercise that takes place while you are busy cleaning helps to release positive endorphins and give you a natural workout.
And you don’t need to cram it all into one stressfully long and tiring day – spread it out over a week which means you will put more effort into it and have a daily dose of exercise to boot.
So for anyone looking to do a spot of spring cleaning, here are a few tips to help you get your home in ship-shape.
1) Organise – always tidy up first so that all the surfaces are clear of clutter. House cleaning professionals Molly Maid, suggest the most efficient way to clean is to start at the top of the house and work your way down, cleaning each room from left to right – dust first and vacuum second.
2) Dusting – use a clean, slightly damp microfibre cloth to wipe over surfaces. A clean dry paintbrush is ideal for dusting keyboards, louvre doors and other objects with awkward nooks and crannies.
3) Green cleaning – you don’t need to use harsh cleaning materials when cleaning. Older tried and tested methods can work a treat such as vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda. For example, you can clean glass and mirrors with vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You can also use a cheap brand cola for cleaning the loo (chuck a litre down the loo and leave for an hour) and removing burnt on stains from saucepans, while lemon juice brings brass to life.
4) Stains – you can remove small stains on upholstery with baby wipes, finger prints from stainless steel with olive or baby oil and stubborn marks on china with a denture cleaner.
5) Deep clean – wash walls and doors and window ledges with hot soapy water. Clean out cupboards and drawers with soda crystals. Get rid of any out of date tins of food, old kitchen gadgets, pans and chipped mugs and crockery.
6) Polish the silver – you can clean tarnished silver with cheap toothpaste. Apply the paste with a toothbrush and leave it for at least an hour. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and then buff with a dry one.
7) Floors – sweep or vacuum floors before mopping. Wash floors starting from the furthest corner first and work your way towards the door. If you have carpets use a stiff brush around the skirting boards before you vacuum.
8) Vacuum – apart from the floors, use the upholstery attachments to vacuum your curtains, sofa cushions and mattresses.
9) Grouting – whiten the grouting between tiles with bleach and an old toothbrush.
10) Be ruthless – if you haven’t used or worn something for a year, it’s unlikely you ever will again so get rid of it. Divide things you don’t need into piles to give away, recycle or take to the tip.