There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve accomplished something great following a spring clean. With the last days of winter passing by, now is the perfect time to get your spring cleaning out of the way, and enjoy spending time in your lovely, sparkling home. We’ve got some handy tips to get you through the biggest cleaning session of the year. Don’t delay, and get spring cleaning today.
Polish up your glass and mirrors
Glass coffee and dining tables, vases and mirrors are the worst places for gathering dust. Not only will dust particles tend land on smooth surfaces, but they will also be more visible on these items. If you find that you’ve neglected to clean these items as regularly as you should over the last year, you’re not alone. The build-up may prove more difficult to move but there are a few items that should help you out.
Create an effective glass cleaning solution with clear vinegar and water and put into an empty spray bottle (never throw these away, you never know when they’ll come in handy!). A few sprays and a wipe with a lint-free cleaning cloth will soon have your glass surfaces and mirrors looking clean and sparkling again. Restore shine with some soda water and they’ll soon be looking as good as new.
Work Wonders with Wood
Wood is one of those surfaces that is especially difficult to clean. Items such as wooden tables and chairs are used regularly, which can mean that they get covered in difficult to remove stains and start to lose their shine. Start by using a damp cloth to wipe over surfaces and remove tough stains where necessary and then finish off by using oil (we recommend lemon oil, as it leaves behind a fresh and pleasant fragrance)by wiping the surface and then removing any excess oil with a dry cotton cloth. This will give it a polished, non-stick shine and will be free from chemicals which could damage other surfaces and furniture.
Carpet and Rugs
Your carpet and rug may look clean, but sadly, there’s only so much a hoover can do. Whether it’s pet hair, dirt or old coffee stains – you may have got these on the surface but it’s likely that they’ve sunk right down to the base of the carpet or rug.
Invest in a carpet cleaner or a good carpet shampoo and make sure you give everything a thorough clean. A number of steam mops come with a carpet attachment, which is great for lifting tough stains and getting rid of nasty smells. We recommend doing this regularly throughout the year in order to maintain the look and feel of your carpet or rug.
Once you’ve cleaned the carpet, drying it can be tricky. Ensure that you leave all windows and doors open to give it the best chance of drying, and if your house proves to be too cold or is not drying effectively, turn the heating on , which should speed it up. It’s probably best to tackle the carpet when the house is empty – there’s nothing worse than going to all that trouble to have one of the kids run through it with their shoes on!
Regular cleaning is the best way to preserve the life of your carpets and rugs. Take care of stains as and when they occur and you’ll be faced with a much less daunting job when you come to your spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is always an enormous task, take time to plan it carefully by making lists of what needs to be done in each room and making sure that you have everything you need before you get started – nobody wants to make repeat trips to the shops! Good luck with it and please share your tips!
Siân Pitman is a writer for Exclusive Interiors. For some fantastic styles perfect for spring, visit their site here.