Sweep those winter cobwebs away, and give your house a deep spring clean. Make way for the fun months of spring and summer by getting your house tidy and in top shape. Over winter we gather up a lot of clutter, with extra blankets lying around and stacks of magazines that you read which you collected when it was too cold to step outside. Embrace the spring fever, and cleanse your house of all that is unnecessary. It may seem like a mammoth task tidying the house. Here is a spring-cleaning guide with plenty of useful tips to help you on your way.
Organize your closet
Spring is all about tidying up the place, and that includes your wardrobe. It’s time to get rid of all those unwanted tops, dresses, shoes etc. If you have your wardrobe in good shape, the rest of the house will be easier to handle. Sort through what clothes you wear and what clothes you don’t. Anything that you decide you don’t need anymore, give to a charity shop. This will allow you to tick of your good did of the day, and clearing out your closest of your daily list. Make your morning routine easy by organizing clothes by colour. By assorting your clothes you’ll be able to find exactly what you need. This will help clear your mind and make your closet look far more appealing.
Create new mood
Give your home a makeover with new interior additions to help transform the mood. It’s good to stir things up when you’ve had the same interior for a while. Simple adjustments such as new cushion covers or lampshades will make a huge different to a room. Try out new patterns and colours to give your home a fresh spring makeover.
Make your windows sparkle
Spring is a beautiful time of year with flowers blossoming, new life forming and the skies getting brighter. You don’t want to miss the beauty of it all stuck behind dirty windows. Make your windows clear and sparkly so you can admire nature from the comfort of your home.
Windowsills are the place to start. Hoover or sweep with a dustpan and brush up any dust or dirt. Then, wipe with a warm damp cloth to remove any stains and further residue. Once the windowsills are gleaming with joy, work from the top to bottom on the glass with an eco-friendly spray. Using a damp cloth with the spray clear the window of any dust. Afterwards, buff with a scrunched up newspaper. If you use a dry cloth you may get left over fluff on your windows, which defeats the point of cleaning it in the first place.
Change the duvet
When you’re ready to pop on your lighter spring duvet, make sure you wash your winter one. This may seem like a tedious chore, especially if you’re home washing machine isn’t big enough to accommodate the duvet. Take your winter duvet down to the launderette for a thorough clean. You’ll be grateful when it comes to next winter and you’re already a head of the game! A good trick to keeping the duvet moth free is by storing it in a hoover bag. This will also stop any dust or damp from damaging the duvet.
Clean painted walls
When it comes to cleaning stains off painted walls, it can seem like a tricky task, as the service isn’t smooth, making the cleaning product uneasy to spread. Avoid any bleach or ordinary surface cleaner, and attack the stain with a simple combination of sponge and water. If the stain doesn’t budge add a mild washing up liquid to your water bowl and carry on applying it with the sponge. Once you have made the stain disappear, rinse the wall with plain water to avoid the paint softening due to the additional washing up liquid.
Removing sticky residue from oak furniture
Sticky stains may seem like a nightmare to remove from oak furniture, but there are some tricks of the trade to solve this issue. Apply a damp cloth to the sticky residue first to dampen the area. Then mix up a solution of white wine vinegar and water. The acidic quality of the vinegar will help rid the oak furniture of the sticky residue. After you’ve applied your solution, wipe the stain away with a soft cloth. When there is no stain in sight, help protect the wood from water and further stains by applying a coat of wood wax.