Thursday, 19 March 2015

A Spring Clean

Tomorrow is the Vernal Equinoxthe first day of spring

It’s traditionally a time for cleaning the house, ridding it of winter cobwebs and generally preparing for the summer. So, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and give it some elbow grease to ensure your house is shiny from top to bottom…

Living Room - It’s time to focus on all those spots that often get missed: lampshades, skirting boards and the top of door frames are all places that get neglected, so make sure you pay them a little attention.

Kitchen - With so many appliances and white goods in 21st Century kitchens, we often don’t have time to clean them all on a regular basis – the arrival of spring is the perfect time to clean these, focusing especially on clearing out old food from the fridge, and canned, jarred and packaged goods from cupboards that have passed their expiry dates.

Bathroom - As well as polishing mirrors and windows, a ‘spring clean’ gives us the perfect excuse to clear out the bathroom cabinet; throw out anything half-used that you’ve not touched in the last six months, and throw out anything you don’t need any more.

Bedroom - The arrival of the warmer weather gives us the chance to clean duvets, blankets and pillows, but don’t forget to flip your mattress to help prevent sagging, increasing its lifespan.

Top tips for easy spring cleaning
  • Make sure you have everything you need before you start to avoid unnecessary trips to the shops half way through a job.
  • Make windows really shiny by cleaning them with old newspaper.
  • Do one room at a time – why not play your favourite upbeat songs to help keep you in the mood; you’ll also burn more calories with all the dancing!
  • Pour a couple of cups of white vinegar into your kettle and boil to remove limescale – make sure you wash the kettle out thoroughly afterwards.
  • Make sure you clear out your wardrobe and be strict – if you’ve not worn it in the last six/twelve months, chances are you won’t wear it in the next six/twelve months so chuck it out.
  • Pour half a cup of soda crystals down the drain to prevent blockages – flush through with hot water.
  • To give your house an inexpensive fresh feel for spring, buy some new accessories, such as candles, throws and cushions, and picture frames.

Happy spring!

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