If you’ve decided to put some time aside to spring clean your home this year, we’ve discovered some great tips from the experts to give you the inspiration to get going.
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. Great alternatives are vinegar, salt, lemon juice, baking soda and borax*. 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 (yes really).
4) Stains: you can remove small stains on upholstery with baby wipes, finger prints from stainless steel with olive oil and stubborn marks on china with a denture cleaner.
5) 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 (link to category)
6) Vacuum: apart from the floors, use the upholstery attachments to vacuum your hanging curtains, sofa cushions and mattresses.
Tip: If your curtians need a press, many irons feature a vertical steaming option, meaning you won’t have to take down your curtains to iron them. For example check out this Philips EasyCare Steam Generator Iron.
7) Grouting: whiten the grouting between tiles with bleach and an old toothbrush.
8) 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.
9) 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 Get rid of any out of date tins of food, old kitchen gadgets, pans and chipped mugs and crockery.
10) 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.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy your beautifully clean and tidy home.