Spring has sprung and with it comes the opportunity to start some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning originated as a way to clean up winter’s mess. While homes are no longer heated by the fire and the need to clean up soot is gone, families still take this time to complete a full home deep clean.
Here are 8 great tips on how to get a home in tip-top shape. Read below for expert advice on large appliance cleaning and helpful tips that will keep your home looking clean all year round.
While it is ok to simply jump in and start cleaning, it can often seem overwhelming without a clear plan in place. Many professional cleaners advise making a list before starting a cleaning plan. By making a list, it will help break down large tasks and make it easier to plan out what needs to be done.
Focusing on one room at a time and working systematically makes it easier to complete a proper home deep clean. Decluttering before starting a deep clean will make the home look cleaner overall and make it easier to keep clean throughout the year. Take the advice of Marie Condor while cleaning and decluttering rooms – asking yourself whether an item gives you joy.
After completing a list make sure all cleaning supplies are ready on hand, so tasks do not have to be pushed or skipped. It is important to also make sure the right tools are being used for each job. Spring-cleaning means getting into all nooks and crannies.
Vacuum nozzles will help with specific tasks, don’t leave those extra brushes sitting around. Take the time to pull out the correct couch vacuum extension and nozzles to get in hard to reach areas. Professional cleaners try to use a vacuum when possible to ensure dust is not swept from one place to another.
Having the correct cleaning supplies for each task will also ensure tasks and areas are not skipped. Make sure the home is well stocked with the cleaners required for each job.
As the busiest room in the house the kitchen will require the most work. Empty out cupboards and drawers and take the time to clean dust and crumbs. Throw out products you have not used in the last year and things past the ‘best before’ date. Don’t forget to declutter spice and Tupperware cupboards.
Fridges, freezers, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers and washing machines are all getting a lot more use at the moment so don’t forget to give these a good spring-clean, too.
Before beginning, empty the contents of your fridge and freezer then check the ‘best before’ dates as well as looking for any damaged or split packaging.
Remove the shelves, door racks and vegetable drawers then wash them in warm, soapy water. Use an anti-bacterial spray or a little washing-up liquid and a damp cloth to wipe out any food residue. You may find a little build-up in the drain hole at the back of the fridge and this can be cleaned with a bottle brush and a little warm, soapy water. Wipe away any excess moisture with a clean cloth, dry the shelves, racks and drawers.
Freezer drawers can be cleaned a drawer at a time to allow food to remain in the freezer. Alternatively, pop frozen items in the fridge if you’re only doing a quick clean. Wash the drawers with warm, soapy water and use a cloth to remove all crumbs and any food residue. Dry thoroughly before returning them back to the freezer to avoid ice.
To save time and for an easy, effortless oven clean, a model with a Pyrolytic self-cleaning function is great. This special programme heats the inside of the oven to over 400˚C, turning any grease and food residue into a fine ash, which can simply be wiped away.
If your oven doesn’t have a Pyrolytic function, remove food spillages immediately while still warm, but wait for the oven to cool for safety. Use a warm, damp cloth with a little washing-up liquid then wipe away any food or grease. Make sure all detergent residue is removed with a clean damp cloth then wipe dry. It’s also important to clean any food or grease off the door seal to prevent it becoming damaged over time.
Stubborn stains can be removed easily with a specialist cleaning product, which can be sprayed and left on for a few minutes to reduce baked-on food residue to a jelly-like substance that can be wiped away with a warm, damp cloth. Rack and shelf stains can be removed by soaking in hot soapy water and scrubbed with a non-stick scouring pad.
Don’t forget to clean the microwave, too. Heat a cup of water for two to three minutes prior to wiping the microwave down to help loosen stuck on messes using steam. Wipe away any loose residue with a warm, damp cloth and a little dish detergent.
Washing machines and dishwashers do not require regular cleaning however, they do require cleaning. Take the time to use specialized cleaners for each machine and wash on high temperature or use the cleaning mode if your machine has one available. Cleaning these machines on a regular basis will help ensure proper performance.
Take the time to do a load of pillow covers and curtains as they collect dust and stains over time. Cleaning these items will help make your home smell better.
Keep Your Home Clean
It is less work to keep a house clean then it is to deep clean a house. Taking the time to set up a long term cleaning schedule will help ensure a future deep clean is far less work and your home looks cleaner all year long.
Top Spring Cleaning Tips
- Always declutter before you start cleaning
- If you are not a fan of long cleaning days try to clean one thing a day
- Set up a schedule, try to follow it as close as possible (It is ok to miss a day or two you will come back to it next time!)
- Clean something large while doing everyday chores