Here’s our top tip’s to help you get on your way!
With summer just around the corner, you’ll probably find yourself swinging open the windows and doors for the deep-clean your home never got during the earlier months of spring.
Here we cover some of the essential checklists, supplies and often-overlooked tasks that will help you spring into summer safely and take care of what’s precious and personal to you. So, first thing’s first…
- Pen & paper
- Rubber gloves
- Disposable paper towels
- Mop & bucket
- All-purpose cleaning spray
- Window cleaning spray
Where to start…?
Grab that pen and paper, and begin with a checklist of everything you need to do. This will help you stay on track and optimise your time. It will also stop you from tackling too many tasks at once, which can be overwhelming for even the most house-proud among us.
Begin your checklist by taking a stroll through each room in your house. Look at everything that needs to be cleaned, and write it down. While you’re at it, open all the windows. This will help if you’re using any toxic cleaning products, but we’d recommend using more gentle ones when possible.
While most checklists will consist of staples like hoovering, dusting and mopping, the gritty details will be different on everyone’s list. With this in mind we won’t attempt to supply you with a definitive To Do List, however here are a few things that are commonly overlooked when getting stuck in to a good spring clean as it’s not just the inside that requires cleaning.
- Lighting fixtures. Dust them. All of them. No skipping those complicated-looking lampshades hanging in the dining room.
- Skirting boards. Get a damp cloth at them, room by room.
- Cushion covers. Stick on a wash. Remember to be colour-conscious (be honest, some of them have never been washed).
- Move your bed, clean in and around it, and flip your mattress.
- Plunge and clean all drains in the house. Use an unblocking fluid, followed by boiling water. It’s also recommended to pour boiling water down the shower drain every week or so to prevent unwanted hair blocks.
- If you’re planning on tackling the winter gunk in the gutters the best option is to use an unblocking fluid and then rinse with boiling water. Before venturing up make sure that you are ladder smart. Ensure that it extends at least 3 feet over the top of the roof and check that the ground is safe and even. If you do have uneven ground, you can purchase “leg levellers” at all good hardware stores. Finally, remember to place straight or extension ladders at a 75-degree angle.
- Shower door. Clean shower doors thoroughly and apply a layer of lemon juice or car windshield cleaner so that water and grime bounce right off the surface. Wash any shower curtains with some towels to help scrub them clean.
- With the temperatures getting a little higher, so does the grass. It’s important that before you rev up your lawnmower that you make sure its smaller parts are still in working order. Check for loose bolts, that there are no cracks in the safety shield, and that the filters are still in good condition. This will avoid any unnecessary accidents.
- Kitchen countertop. Remove everything from the counter top, clean thoroughly, and replace only the things you use every day. If it’s not an everyday item (like that unloved smoothie maker) give it a home in the cupboard.
- Rubbish bins. Clean out the kitchen and bathroom bins with hot, soapy water and leave to dry outside. When they’re dry, you can leave a layer of baking soda on the bottom. This will absorb unpleasant smells.
If you’re feeling wildly ambitious, try getting stuck into those drawers and your medicine cabinet. Go through every drawer in the house (even THAT one where the take-away menus are kept) and remove everything. Clean the inside of the drawer and replace only the items you actually need. This has the double-effect of cleaning and de-cluttering (and gives you extra space for more food flyers!) Make sure that when you tackle the medicine cabinet that all expired medications, sunscreen and supplements are disposed of safely.
And finally… your home-on-wheels
As we all know, our cars are often like our second homes, so what good would a spring cleaning list be if it didn’t include the car? Here’s a quick run-down of things to get your car gleaming, inside and out.
- Empty out all the rubbish
- Remove the mats (clean them separately)
- Hoover the inside, including the boot
- Scrub the carpet and the upholstery (use a special upholstery cleaner)
- Clean the windows, inside and out
- Replace your windshield wipers and top up the fluid
- Wash the car exterior from top to bottom.
- Pay special attention to the wheels
Happy cleaning! And remember, spring cleaning is also a great time to check on the safety of your house too. When dusting the ceilings why not check that the smoke alarm is still working or that the carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly. Why not check out some more home safety tips here.