The truth is that there’s nothing as satisfying as having a beautiful clean house, is there? The issue is that cleaning your home from top to bottom can feel like a lot of work – it can be extremely overwhelming as there’s most likely a lot that you want to get done.
The best approach you can take is to tackle the process on a per room basis, going from one room to another at a time. Whether you’ve only got a few minutes to freshen up your home or you’ve got a few days set aside to clean, you can create a spring cleaning approach that works for you.
Believe it or not, if you can get your approach to spring cleaning right, you can make the process of deep cleaning your home and getting things nicely organized, far less stressful or time-consuming. The key is to find an approach that works for you.
Keen to get your whole home in order this spring? Take a look at our handy guide below to all the simple steps you can take to make sure that your spring clean has superior results – read on for everything that you need to know.
Start with clutter
If you’re going to spring clean your home, an important part of the cleaning process should be to take some time to declutter your home. This means taking the time to go through each room in your house looking for old, broken and unwanted items that can be disposed of to clear space within your home. If you have a basement or attic stuffed full of unwanted stuff, it’s also a great time to go through those as well.
Worried you won’t have enough time to take everything that you no longer want or need to the dump? Consider hiring a skip from a company like Sheridan Skips, so that you can dispose of things as and when you want to in an easy and more convenient way. Hire a skip for the duration of your spring cleaning process so that as and when you find clutter you can simply chuck it into the skip. This will help to save time and stress and mean that there’s no need for multiple dump trips.
Wipe your walls
A great starting point for the cleaning process is to begin by wiping down your walls to remove dirt, grime and greasy fingerprints from surfaces. To achieve this, use a dampened cloth (microfiber works well) and wipe each wall from the top to the bottom.
If you struggle to reach the top of your walls, a popular TikTok hack is to use a mop to clean your walls instead of a cloth. As long as you have a clean mop and fresh mop water this process can work extremely well for removing dirt and stains from walls more easily.
Focus on the floors
You might not realize it but it’s easier than you would think for floors (both carpet and hard flooring) to be in need of a little spring TLC. Day-to-day cleaning can make floors appear clean, but the chances are that your floors may still be in need of a little deeper cleaning.
For instance, carpets can become musty over time, despite regular hoovering. So it can pay to give your carpets a deeper clean when you do your annual deep clean. A great way to do this is to use a professional carpet cleaning machine to give each of the carpets in your home a good scrub. (Honestly, you will be amazed at how much dirt and grime comes off of them.)
Not got time for a deep carpet clean? Opt to sprinkle baking soda onto your carpets, working it in with a soft brush, before vacuuming it up 30 minutes later. This should help to remove stubborn odors from your carpets, leaving them smelling far fresher.
As for your hard floors, you might want to think about not only cleaning them but also about protecting them with a specialist sealant or wax, to ensure that they remain in tip top condition.
Give your sinks a good clean
Noticed that some of the sinks in your home have a bit of a whiff to them? Now is the perfect time to give them a good old clean and refresh them properly.
Pack your plug hole with baking soda and squeeze fresh lemon juice onto it – the mixture should start to bubble and fizz. After a few minutes, pour a boiled kettle of water over the mixture, washing it down the plughole. This should help to deodorize any nasty smells, freshening up your sink.
If you want to revive the sink basins themselves, you might want to invest in a cleaning paste – The Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste is a great option – and use this to brighten up your farmhouse kitchen sink. You would be amazed at how much brighter and fresher your sinks will look (and smell) after a quick clean with a sink-friendly cleaning paste. (You can also use these kinds of pastes to clean and revive your taps too, for an even sparklier sink.)
Wash the windows
Another important step to take is to dust and clean your windows inside and out. Start by using a microfibre duster to remove any dust patches from windows, before using a glass cleaning solution to remove any dirt, debris or grime from the glass.
Make sure that when you’re drying your windows that you’re using circle movements to buff the glass – this helps to prevent water stains from occurring. It’s also a good idea to use a microfibre cloth to do this.
If you’re unable to safely reach the outside of your windows, then it might be a good idea to hire a window cleaner to help manage the task. After all, the last thing that you want is for your spring cleaning schedule to lead to any accidents, so if you’re unable to complete a task, there’s no harm in hiring a professional to help you.
Give your appliances a clean
It’s also important that you don’t forget about your key appliances and the fact that they require regular cleaning to stay fresh and clean.
Start with your microwave by filling a large bowl with a cup of water and a chopped lemon and a few drops of vinegar, and then popping it in the microwave for a few minutes. As the microwave heats up, the water will boil and the steam will loosen any dirt or grime inside the machine, making it easier to wipe away. Once the microwave turns off, you should be able to easily wipe the inside out with a clean sponge or cloth, leaving it fresh and clean.
Next, move onto your oven. If you’re going to give your oven a good clean, you need to use the right products. There are lots of cleaning sprays that you can use, such as Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner which tends to work well, there’s also cleaning pastes like the cleaning paste mentioned above, that also works well.
Regardless of the product that you choose, start by removing the shelves from your oven and placing them in a sink or boiling water or in your dishwasher for a good clean. Next, start by scraping any fat or dirt out of your oven, before applying your chosen cleaning product of choice to the inside of the oven, the oven door, and the hob. Once you’ve left the product on for the recommended time, you should be able to easily wipe away any dirt and grime, leaving your oven sparkling clean.
Don’t forget the little things
It’s also important that you take the time to deal with all of the little cleaning tasks that seem unimportant but actually have a big impact on the look and feel of your home, such as taking the time to wipe and clean all of the baseboards, for instance.
It’s also important to take care of the ceilings in your home; removing cobwebs with a duster and wiping over any molding. If you can’t reach the ceiling, use your hoover to suck up any cobwebs and dirt that can’t be reached.
Door handles and doors also require a little spring cleaning TLC, so make sure to take the tie to dust and wipe over your doors and handles, including any windows pains with a specialist window cleaning spray.
It’s also worth going around and giving your light switches a clean, making sure that each switch has all dust and dirt removed (in a safe way, of course).
You might also want to take the time to test the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within your home, to make sure that each device is working as it should do.
Often, it’s the little things that have the biggest impact on the look and feel of your home.
There you have it, a simple guide to how you can make spring cleaning easier without missing out any of those vital spring cleaning tasks.