April is the month for spring cleaning and while some of us look forward to it others dread it! Spring cleaning can be hard work and boring, although when your home is sparkling clean it will be very satisfying to relax in.
Having a spring clean is a great time to give your home a once over from top to bottom, tackling the chores that you might not have time to do on a more regular basis. We have put together our top spring cleaning tips for 2015.
CLEANING PAINTED WALLS
We can often forget to clean the walls in our homes, but over time your painted walls will need a clean. To do this you will need a clean cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't remove marks on the walls, dip the cloth or sponge into water mixed with a small amount of dishwashing liquid, the milder the better. If there are any more stubborn marks still there put some soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you're using. Use stronger products with caution as they will have strong solvents in them, which can soften the paint surface. Before you are finished with cleaning the walls, rinse the wall with plain water.
If you have mirrors and framed pictures carefully take them down and clean them. Make sure you keep water or products away from framed pictures as liquid can get behind the glass and cause damage.
CLEANING YOUR CARPET
When spring cleaning, taking care of your carpets is key. You can do this either by getting a professional in to do so, hiring the equipment yourself or buying products to do the cleaning by hand. Once your carpets are clean, try to make sure all shoes are taken off at the door this will keep your carpet cleaner for longer.
LOVE YOUR KITCHEN
Keep the heart of your kitchen clean by using a foaming oven cleaner, leave on for the recommended time then all dirt, spillage and grease should lift easily. When cleaning the rest of your kitchen use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tiles. They're reusable therefore more eco-friendly as they are machine-washable and cost about £3 for a pack.
Rub a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors, this will freshen up the glass and enable water to bead up and roll off. Over time plug holes can become clogged with hair. To keep drains free of hair and clogs, use a plug hole unblocker to make sure clogs are gone, then pour boiling water down drains.
Washing your window on a cloudy day is best as if it is too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you'll have streaks and smears. When cleaning your windowing don’t forget about curtains and blinds. Check the directions on your curtains on how to wash them and if you have blinds soak your blinds in your bath with water and bleach (or vinegar), they will look as good as new when you take them out.
The easiest place to start in the bedroom is the bed, first of all flip your mattress then organise the storage under your bed. Storage boxes that fit under the bed are great to maximise space. You could store away winter furnishings and clothing. Which leads onto tackling you wardrobe, get rid of clothes and accessories if they haven’t been worn in year. Then organise your clothes into seasons, pack away your winter clothes and then organise the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by colour. Your wardrobe will look pleasing, and will make your everyday routine easier. Don’t forget to go through your drawers too.
CHANGING THE MOOD
If you are looking to transformation the colour scheme of a room, change the textiles or colour of accessories in your home. You can make a fast and simple change with new bedding, towels and cushions, as these will create a different mood. If you want to switch things out seasonally, or whenever you want to play with a certain colour or pattern, this can be done relatively cheaply with textiles and accessories.
Organising your entertainment (books and DVDs) can turn shelves into a feature in a room. Go through your items and see if there is anything you no longer need that could go to charity or that you could sell. Once you have organised what items you are keeping organise them on shelves in a way to create an interesting display. With your books line them up, some vertically, some horizontally, in a pattern. This will relieve the flatness of rows.
Now your home have been Spring cleaned it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy! Visit our Pinterest boards for ideas on storage and lots of other top tips and ideas for your home.