Glorious spring is here, and as the end of lockdown finally approaches, now is the perfect time to get one step ahead and crack on with the annual spring clean.
It can often feel like a daunting task, the thought of cleaning our homes from top to bottom. Everyone has that one drawer they throw everything into, but yet you can never seem to find what you’re looking for when you need it!
Organising the big clean
A full spring clean isn’t likely to be done in a day, so it’s a good idea to make a room-by-room checklist – this way, you can break tasks down into more manageable chunks and tick them off your list as you go.
- Fridge – empty the contents of your fridge and wipe down the internal shelves and door. Shelves and food drawers that can be removed should be washed in hot soapy water to help remove food stains and bacteria.
- Freezer – defrost and wipe down inside and out. It can take up to 24 hours to properly defrost your freezer depending on how much ice has built up inside.
- Oven – one of the messiest jobs. Thankfully, there are now plenty of cleaning products available that you can spray on, leave for a few hours, and simply wipe clean with a sponge.
- Hobs – to make your hob shine, remove the burners and rings so you can reach any grime underneath and scrub them with steel wool and detergent.
- Sinks – sanitize and scrub your sink to make it look like new again. Afterwards, soak brushes, cloths, and sponges in water with added disinfectant.
- Cabinets – grease and grime eventually build up on the surface of kitchen cabinets over time. Empty the content of your cupboards and drawers before dusting and washing them both inside and out.
- Cabinets and drawers – get rid of old medicines and toiletries that may have collected, then wipe down and re-organise.
- Showers and baths – good old-fashioned bleach works well for removing limescale, dirt and mould. Tile grout and bath seals get grubby and discoloured over time, so might require some extra attention. You can purchase specially designed grout brushes to help tackle those stubborn hard to reach stains!
- Mirrors and shower doors – time to get that glass gleaming again with your cleaning product of choice! Using a rubber squeegee is a great way to wipe off excess water from glass surfaces and shower doors, providing a streak-free finish with minimal effort.
- Wardrobes and drawers – spring is the perfect time to declutter and re-organise your wardrobe and drawers. You could also help your local community by donating any clothes and shoes you no longer use to charity.
- Under beds – an often-forgotten about area – you’d be surprised how much dust gathers under your bed. Where possible, try to move your bed out the way to allow you better access to clean and vacuum underneath it.
- Bedding – one of the best things about spring has got to be hanging your bedding and sheets out on the line to dry! We also recommend washing your bed covers at a higher temperature (60 degrees) to help get rid of any lingering bacteria.
- Mattresses – while your bed covers are being washed, now is the perfect time to give your mattress a hoover. You might also consider investing in a mattress protector, to help keep your mattress feeling like new for longer.
- Sofas and armchairs – remove furniture cushions and get the vacuum nozzle right into the corners and crevasses.
- Rugs and carpets – shake rugs outside before vacuuming. Carpets might need more than just a good vacuum if they are stained or marked. Thankfully, there are several good stain-removal products available to use at home. If you’re looking for an even deeper clean, there are companies you can hire to clean your carpets and soft furnishings with industrial cleaning solutions.
Home security and appliances
It’s a good idea to check fire detectors and appliances are working properly at least once a year.
- Smoke and heat detectors – carry out a safety check (usually by pressing the ‘test’ button in the middle of the detector), replace batteries and get them fixed if not functioning correctly.
- Dishwasher and washing machine – to ensure your appliances perform at their best, regularly run them through a hot water cleaning cycle.
- Boiler – check the water pressure is at the right level (usually between ‘1.5’ and ‘2’). Having your boiler serviced annually will ensure it’s running safely and efficiently – it also means you’re more likely to spot smaller issues before they turn into a bigger more costly problem.
- Vacuum cleaner – don’t forget that your hoover itself needs a bit of TLC too! Clean out the dust cup and wash or replace the filter once or twice a year, depending on use. Pull or cut away any material that’s become tangled around the brushes.