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Secrets of a successful spring clean                           

                                            April 2010  


Secrets of a successful spring clean

spring cleaningSpring is a brilliant time – throw open those windows and let in some fresh naturally scented air to dispel the last remnants of winter.

There is an energy that comes with spring that leads many of us to look at our homes and feel it is time to freshen it up; the idea of spring cleaning has been around for centuries. The trouble is that many of us don’t have any additional spare time in spring to do additional chores around the home; but there are some key areas that can make all the difference.

A general tidy up is the prelude to any good spring cleaning; while cluttered surfaces can work fine in the cosy warmth of mid winter; spring and summer means space. Keeping surfaces spotless and shiny is so much easier when they are fairly clear.

Curtains and carpets are the big ones. Because they involve time and perhaps expense in cleaning, these two aspects are the most ignored in spring cleaning; yet they are actually the two that can make the biggest difference to a home. Curtains absorb a surprisingly high level of dust and odours and although it is so time consuming to take them down, they look so much better for an annual clean. Some are washable, in which case iron and hang them while they are still slightly damp for the best finish. It can be expensive taking curtains to the cleaners if you can’t wash them; but when you think of the cost of new curtains, they are an investment worth taking care of; and you will be surprised at the fresh new look that comes from cleaned curtains.

Carpets are also such a major aspect of many homes, they accumulate dust, dirt and even fungi. A good vacuuming can do wonders, but every so often a thorough steam clean, either by yourself or from a professional, adds real life to a carpet and really helps a home to look fresh and cared for.

Another major area to be considered in the spring is glass. Clean sparkling windows can transform a home and there are lots of arguments on how best to do this. There are many commercial products available and most work well although you need to be careful not to spill them onto surrounding woodwork. Some people swear by vinegar and newspaper – rubbing the windows with crumpled newspaper dampened with one part vinegar to four parts water can give a sparkling, smear free finish. Rubbing with crumpled newspaper can also be used after a commercial cleaner as well; it gives an extra sparkle and the paper leaves a film that is resistant to dirt.

A few tips for washing windows include doing it on a cloudy day because sunshine dries the window too quickly before you can polish it properly. Also wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other with vertical strokes; that way you can tell which side has a streak if there is one.

Glass vases are another area which should be included in spring clean. Vases do become discoloured with grime and greenery over time and one tip is to pour some frozen peas into the bottom of the vase, fill with cold water and swirl the peas around. This helps to get rid of any built-up grime. Then wash the glass vases in hot soapy water, rinse well and you are ready for those lovely spring flowers!

The biggest tip of all is not to be over ambitious. Once you start looking at a home, it is easy to become disheartened by all the jobs that could be done. Choose just a few major tasks and then relax – spring is here after all; it is time for fun as well as a sparkling clean home!



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