With the weather (hopefully) beginning to warm up and Spring is finally here, now is the perfect time to give your home a thorough clean and airing. There are some big benefits from doing a spring clean including cutting down on the clutter and improving your own sense of wellbeing.
Cleaning for Every Room
Of course, there are going to be some tasks that will be the same for every room and these can include:
- Declutter as you go – it’s a great way to clear some space, donate surplus items to your local charity shop or retain some for craft days.
- Clean/wash walls and skirting boards, door frames and doors.
- Clean light fixtures thoroughly and dust lamp shades.
- Clean blinds/curtains/shutters.
- Clean windows, inside and out.
- Clean air vents.
- Replace batteries in safety equipment such as fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Cleaning the Living Room/Dining Room
- Get rid of any unnecessary items and remove things that have seen better days.
- If you have a hardwood floor, clean and polish.
- If you have a carpet, arrange for a deep clean either professionally or with a heavy duty carpet cleaner, these can be hired from DIY stores and some supermarkets.
- Make sure you move and clean behind any furniture including cabinets.
- Take rugs or small mats outside and shake free of dust and beat to get rid of the winter dried in dirt.
- Empty cupboards and shelves and reorganise.
- Disinfect and clean the eating area/table and chairs.
- Dust and polish any cabinets/shelving/mantlepieces.
- Untangle and tidy up areas like cables for the TV/entertainment system.
- If furniture has removable covers, take these off and clean, either in the washing machine or via dry cleaning, depending on the instructions.
- Dust and gently wipe down any pictures/artwork/ornaments.
Cleaning the Hallway and Stairs
- Clean and dust the stairway, including in between the balusters.
- If you have carpet down, again deep clean as with the living and dining room. Hardwood floors can be swept, washed and polished.
- Clean and dust pictures/mirrors/artwork/ornaments.
- Organise the under-stair cupboard or cloakroom area.
Cleaning the Bathroom
- Clear out all bathroom items such as shampoos and toothbrushes and sort.
- Clean areas such as window sills, cupboards and shower doors or curtains.
- Use a suitable mould cleaner for the tiles and renew any grouting/seals that may have degraded over the winter.
- Clean the plug hole to get rid of hair and other debris.
- Polish faucets and clean out baths.
- Mop or steam clean floor areas.
- Scrub and disinfect the toilet, including inside the cistern and behind the toilet bowl.
Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the major areas that will need a thorough Spring clean and can take some time. Much, of course, will depend on the size of your cooking area.
- Start with the oven and clean thoroughly inside and out. This is probably the worst job and it’s important to get it out of the way. There are plenty of local oven cleaning suppliers that will be able to do an industrial grade clean if your oven has been heavily used.
- Sort all pots and pans as well as other utensils.
- Empty cupboards and remove out of date packages.
- Clean and disinfect the sink area including the draining board.
- Descale and clean out the washing machine and dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clean any tiled area including behind the cooker and re-grout where necessary.
- Clean behind areas such as the fridge.
- Sort out the freezer area and clean and disinfect the main fridge section.
- Clean/scrub the floor, depending on the type of flooring.
Cleaning the Bedroom
- Remove items that don’t belong in the bedroom and put them away.
- For children’s rooms, use this moment to have a good clear out and get rid of any unwanted or broken toys etc.
- Sort areas like wardrobes and drawers, getting rid of anything that you don’t need. Swap to your Spring and Summer clothes if these are packed away.
- Strip the bed and give the mattress a steam clean and an air.
- Dust and sort shelving and any artwork or mirrors in the bedroom.
- Shampoo and clean carpets, particularly under areas like cupboards or the bed.
We hope this list proves to be helpful getting you started on your spring cleaning. There are a few areas we haven’t mentioned, the garage, sheds and loft areas. A great way to tackle the spring cleaning is to create your own list. Tip: don’t try to do it all in one day, break the spring clean down into manageable chunks and get everyone in the house to help.