There is something that barely feels as satisfying as coming back home to a clean house. Cleaning your house completely can feel quite overwhelming, and it can also be quite time consuming. Taking it room by room, with some expert cleaning tips and tricks can make a big difference. Small daily cleaning can help, but sometimes, especially at this time of year, having a deeper spring clean can be just what the house needs. There are some things that don’t get cleaned that often, but doing so from time to time can really make a difference.
Here are some tips and tricks for good spring clean around the home; you’ll have the home that you’re looking for in no time, and it will be sparkling clean.
- Doormats: your doormats trap much more dirt than pretty much anywhere else in the house. In order to give them a bit of a refresh, then hosing them down and then air-drying them off can make such a difference. It is a good idea to vacuum on both sides of the mats too, especially for indoor mats. This can help to push out some of the dirt, and then you’ve got doormats that are good to go for a little while longer.
- Windows: it is a good idea to wait for an overcast spring day to clean the windows of the home. It is a good idea to start with the shady side of the house first, as having some direct sun on windows can lead to a lot of streaks as they can dry much more quickly. One cleaning tip for windows is to lift up any blinds or shades that you have, and then wipe the windows with a glass and window cleaner, alongside a microfiber cloth. For blinds or curtains, lowering them and then going over them with something like a Swiffer can help. In cases of a lot of dust, vacuuming can help for fabric shades and drapes.
- Gutters: after the autumn and the winter there can be a buildup of debris and leaves that can clutter up outside at the home. That is why looking into gutter cleaning is really important. If there are blockages in the drains and in the guttering around the home, then it can lead to leaks and potentially a lot of water damage, so it is important to do this over the spring. If you leave it until next autumn, then it will just make things worse and could cause more long-term damage.
- Kitchen sink: the kitchen sink is probably something that you clean daily, or give it a wipe each day. However, if you have something like a garbage disposal or there is a stink that you just can’t get rid of, it is a good idea to try wiping down some lemon slices and lemon rind. Do this in and around the sink, as well as putting down the garbage disposal. Rinse with cold water and then it can help to clean, as well as get rid of that smell.
- Microwave: the microwave is somewhere that can really get a lot of stains from different things. When it isn’t dealt with, and the microwave is being used again, then the stains can really stick and add up, and then make it much harder to clean. So a trick to make it work and reduce the stains, place a large microwaveable bowl with one cup of water inside the microwave,and put in one sliced lemon, lime, or orange into the water, alongside some spoonfuls of vinegar. Then put it in the microwave for a few minutes, until the solution boils, and that window of the microwave steams up. Then when it has cooled, remove the cup and water and wipe down.
- Chopping boards: if you are someone who loves to cook, then there is no doubt that you will have a number of chopping boards to use in the home. But are they as clean as they could be? They could also have some nasty stains or marks on there, but you can get them out, with a little know-how. Run a sliced lemon on top of the chopping boards in order to remove smells, as well as stains. If you want to give it even more of a cleaning boost, then it is a good idea to sprinkle the board with a little salt or baking soda first.
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