Spring has arrived and with it comes the time to clean our home from top to bottom. It’s time to get rid of all that dirt, dust, germs, mould, and everything else that you might find lurking around, and give your home a beautiful, new look.
To help you get started with your spring cleaning routine and freshen up your home, we’ve composed a list of tips and DIY hacks to get the job done faster and easier.
Follow our simple and easy steps, and you’ll be able to get the job done in no time and impress your family and friends with the result.
Spread out the tasks over a couple of days, so you don’t get overwhelmed on the first day. That way, you will enjoy spring cleaning and no longer see it as a gruelling task you can’t get out of.
To work faster and more efficiently, you’ll need to get all the tools and supplies beforehand, so you don’t have to run to the store every time you need more stuff or get slowed down because you do not have the right equipment.
Some of the main tools and supplies that you’ll need include:
2-3 high-quality microfiber cloths
Mop and a bucket, and
Any additional supplies you usually use
Unless you have a plan of attack, cleaning can be quite overwhelming. To get things done faster and make sure not to avoid any tasks, create your spring cleaning checklist before you begin cleaning. Decide what tasks need to go on the list and stick to it once it’s done.
Get everyone involved in the cleaning process. This will not only get the work done much faster, but it will also be a great way to engage everyone and work together as a family.
Before you start dusting, vacuuming and moping your entire home, you’ll need to first get rid of the clutter to make way for the cleaning process and to make your life a little bit easier and more organised.
The best way to approach this task is to start de-cluttering room-by-room. Get all of your clothes, and other items and spread them out on the bed. Start separating them into three piles, one to throw out, one to donate and one to keep. Get a few plastic bags and fill them up with items that you’ll donate or throw out. Set the begs in the garage or your storage area for now and continue following the same steps in each room.
Begin by dusting everything starting from ceiling fans, to light fixtures, window casings, blinds, cabinets and so on. Go onto cleaning the windows and window screens next. Use a glass cleaner or a mild detergent such as a mixture of water and vinegar. Use the hose to rinse the screens on your lawn and leave them out to dry.
Your next step will be to vacuum your curtains or put them in the washing machine if they are washable. Once you’ve done that, you can use a duster or an old sock to dust your blinds. Continue onto cleaning all your air vents to clear out any dust and allergens that have accumulated over time.
Next, dust off your walls by attaching a dry microfiber cloth to your mop head. Clean all your cabinets using a microfiber cloth.
Rotate your mattresses, wash all your duvets, pillows and blankets and of course change your linens.
Clean under and behind your furniture using a vacuum cleaner and use a vacuum crevice tool to vacuum all your chairs and couches. If you have removable covers on your couch cushions, remove them and put them in the washing machine. If not, you can use a steam cleaner or hire a professional cleaner that can come and perform a deep clean of all your couches.
Clean your rugs and carpets using a steam cleaner or send them to a professional carpet cleaning company to have them cleaned.
Wipe all of your wooden furniture, mouldings, handrails and other wood surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth.
Disinfect all your cupboards, shelves and drawers. Wipe the outside of your fridge and other kitchen appliances and use a de-grasser for your kitchen walls.
Sanitise the bathroom, thoroughly cleaning each surface.
Once you’ve completed all these small yet essential steps, you can go ahead and vacuum and mop all surfaces to catch all the dust, allergens and leftover debris that have fallen onto the floor while you were cleaning the rest of your home’s surfaces, which will be the last step of your spring cleaning checklist.
Once you’ve crossed over all the tasks on your list, you can put your feet up and relax with a glass of wine.