Although the summer months are now in full swing, its never too late to give your home a thorough spring clean, especially seeing as we’ve all been cooped up for the past few months. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have spent more time pottering around the house than ever, which means its likely that we’ve accumulated our fair share of clutter. While the thought of the tedious filtering through of old clothes and the scrubbing of dust-filled worktops, at first, does appear somewhat unappealing, it couldn’t be more beneficial. As they say, a tidy house means a tidy mind, so without further ado, let’s get into our guide to spring cleaning your home!
The Crown Windows Guide To Spring Cleaning Your Home
Did you know that spring cleaning your home can make you healthier? And with the current climate in mind, we could all benefit from giving our body a well-needed boost! We are all more than aware of the importance of keeping our home a germ-free zone to prevent the spread of viruses, but staying clean can also make you feel less stressed and more content. The more cluttered that your surroundings are, the more cluttered your mind will feel, making it trickier to stay focused on tasks, which can be particularly frustrating if you are continuing to work from home. Ultimately, thoroughly decluttering, organising and cleaning your home is most definitely worth the time and effort.
Now, when faced with the task of deep cleaning your entire home, we can almost guarantee the first thought that comes to mind is “but, where do I start?” – And we feel you! While it is understandable that cleaning your property top to bottom can be somewhat overwhelming, it isn’t impossible to complete in a day. Begin with making a structured plan of action by splitting your checklist into smaller parts. If you opt for tackling each room one by one and refusing to move onto the next until you’ve ticked off every to-do, then you are considerably more likely to find success. Never leave rooms half completed, it’ll only multiply the number of time-consuming jobs you’ll have to come back to on a later date. To make it just that little more straightforward, we have put together the following top tips to follow:
- Clean Windows & Doors
- Always Sort Through Old Clothes
- Freshen Up Your Bedding
- Thoroughly Clean Flooring
- Clear Our Kitchen Cupboards
- Remove Bathroom Limescale
- Deep Clean Kitchen Appliances
- Dust The Living Room
- Give Your Garden A Little TLC
- Finish With Brightening Your Decor
While you have been looking outside daydreaming of all the things you would like to plan after the lockdown, you’ve likely noticed that your windows are filled with dust, grime and mucky fingerprints. With years of experience fitting double glazing in Milton Keynes, we have picked up some of the best tips for guaranteeing sparkling windows and doors. And, although we all love the warmer weather, it is recommended to opt for a dry, cloudy day to clean your windows. Sunshine will cause the water to dry too quickly on the windows causing stubborn streaks.
Before beginning cleaning windows, aim to remove all dirt and debris from around the windowsill as failing to do this step means that you will be wiping mess all over your freshly cleaned windows. If you have blinds, then we would recommend also cleaning these during this stage. Blinds Direct has put together a super helpful guide on how to successfully clean your blinds, with instructions for each material type.
Now it’s time to begin cleaning. It’s entirely your choice whether you opt for using a ready-made cleaner from brands such as Windolene or make your own mixture using cider vinegar, water and rubbing alcohol. Do not hold back when applying window cleaner, the more, the better, particularly if the glass is looking extra grubby. Once applied, use a squeegee to wipe away excess liquid and then use your microfibre cloth for a final polish.
When it comes to cleaning doors, the same cleaning products can be used for any areas of double glazing. If you have a wood, steel, uPVC or fibreglass frame, whether this may be on patio doors or even bi-folding doors, then you can, again, make your own cleaning solution. Combine equal quantities of water and vinegar in a spray bottle then use a soft cloth to wipe away any dirt.
We have all been guilty of hoarding old clothing with the intention of wearing them in the future, yet forget our promise until we come across them months later. While there is nothing wrong with keeping a few timeless statement pieces, it is time to thoroughly clear out all wardrobes, drawers and storage boxes and get donating!
When filtering through your clothing, place items into three categories; keep, store away and donate. Those in the ‘keep’ pile will be going straight back into your wardrobe, anything you’re planning to store away should be bulky Winter items that are now out of season for the year, and lastly, anything you no longer wear but is in good condition can be donated. Local charities are always looking for new donations, now more than ever in the current climate. Opting to donate to charity is a fantastic way to give your clothing a second life while supporting well-deserved causes. It may take a little more research to find charity shops that have reopened after the lockdown; however, you can find more information on this on Money Saving Expert.
Now that the colder nights are behind us, its time to trade in your Winter duvet, flannel sheets and faux fur blankets for lighter alternatives ready for the warmer months. Before packing away your heavier bedding, aim to ensure that they are all washed and dried, it’ll give you one less job to worry about when you get them back out of storage again at the end of the year!
If you’re yet to invest in bedding ready for the Summer months, then not to worry, we suggest purchasing a lightweight Summer duvet with a tog of 3 to 4.5, along with cotton bedsheets. The combination of a low tog duvet and cotton sheets will allow you to snuggle up while staying cool. We love the Summer bedding collection available on John Lewis!
Flooring is one of the biggest culprits for building up dust, dirt and debris from the outdoors, which means that it is imperative to ensure that all surfaces undergo a deep clean.
If you are lucky enough to have wooden or tiled flooring as opposed to carpet, then this job will be considerably easier. Begin with removing all loose dust from the floor by either hoovering or sweeping the surface. If you attempt to clean before dusting, the dirt will simply spread across the floor. Once all debris has been removed, the floor can be mopped using an easy homemade cleaning solution of water and white vinegar or water and lemon juice. Lemon juice, in particular, is perfect for filling your home with a refreshing aroma!
On the other hand, those with carpets may find it a little trickier to clean. It is your choice whether you enlist the help of a professional carpet cleaner or use DIY methods. First For Women has put together a super handy guide on different ways to make your carpet spotless!
Kitchen cupboards can be a scary place filled with ‘god knows how old’ tins of beans dating back to the birth year of your firstborn child. We know you’re going to hate this but it’s now time to face the task of clearing out your kitchen cupboards and freeing up a tonne of wasted space. It is essential to check the dates of all items while filtering through your cupboards. Any that are still in date can either be kept or if unwanted, donated to your local food bank. Much like donating to charities, food banks are also in need of supplies now more than ever; you can find more details on which food banks are open on The Trussell Trust.
Food that is out of date can be recycled; however, you must ensure that you recycle the packaging and food products separate. For more information on what to do with food waste, take a look at Recycle Now.
Limescale can prove super frustrating in any bathroom. No matter how much you wipe down and scrub between tiles and around the bath, limescale always seems to appear. A fantastic, proven way to banish limescale is to use white vinegar – and even better, it can work its magic overnight while you sleep! The evening before your scheduled Spring cleaning day, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray a layer over all areas with visible limescale. If there is limescale on showerheads and taps, then fill a small plastic bag with the vinegar and tie it securely around the object so it can soak in the liquid throughout the night. The following morning, simply wipe away the solution with a damp cloth and continue your bathroom Spring cleaning!
There are a number of kitchen appliances that are used on a daily basis; for instance, the oven, microwave and fridge, which means that they can be a nuisance for harbouring dirt. While there are various different kitchen cleaners guaranteed to shift built-up grime within a matter of minutes, you are able to achieve just as effective results with organic products you’re likely to already have around the house.
Bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice and vinegar are all perfect for cleaning surfaces and lifting dirt. Bicarbonate of soda can be used to remove all cooking residue from surfaces, vinegar clears any blockages and lemons are ideal for polishing appliances for a sparkling clean finish, along with removing unwanted odours.
If you’re hoping to be extra organised when cleaning kitchen appliances, Real Simple has devised a useful checklist that you can work your way through!
The living room is often seen as the heart of the home. It is the hotspot for hosting guests and socialising with loved ones which means it’s imperative to keep your living room in immaculate condition.
As the living room is filled with considerably more furniture than any other room in the home, it is one of the biggest culprits for collecting dust. During your Spring cleaning quest, make it your mission to thoroughly dust all surfaces in the living room. Clear ornaments from cabinets, take books from their shelves and pull out the TV stand. It is important while dusting that you open windows wide, so the room is filled with fresh air and dirt is not settling over your freshly cleaned surfaces. We strongly recommend using a microfibre cloth as they are filled with tiny fibres woven together that work as a net to trap dust, dirt and debris, making your job a whole lot easier!
While Spring cleaning is mainly based on decluttering your home, don’t forget to show a little TLC to your garden. The harsh, frosty temperatures definitely take their toll on plants, grass and trees, which means your garden will need to be refreshed just in time for social distanced Summer BBQ’s. Spend time removing all weeds from their roots, trimming shrubs and clearing all litter or dead foliage.
Before attempting to plant any new flowers, it is vital to prep your soil. Over the Winter, the soil becomes dry and condensed, so it’s essential to ensure that areas have been thoroughly raked, watered and compost has been added. Thompson & Morgan has put together a fantastic guide to the ten best Spring blooming plants including crocus, tulips and of course, daffodils!
Now your home has been thoroughly decluttered, cleaned and organised, it’s more than likely that you have considerably more space available to begin incorporating quirky accessories. And now that non-essential shops are back open; you can get shopping for accessories to give your home a new lease of life. The most common colours associated with summer are yellow, green, coral and blue, meaning these give you the perfect foundation to begin brightening your decor.
If you’re feeling a little dubious about making a bolder interior design statement in your home, not to worry, even the smallest of vibrant touches can make a world of difference. Whether you place patterned cushions on your sofa, fit a brightly coloured bedcover or fill a lively vase with blooming flowers, there are a plethora of simple, easy ways to add colour to your property without going too extravagant.
Clean Home = Clean Mind!
Working your way through the tedious cleaning checklist doesn’t have to be a dull task. With thorough planning and ensuring that you carry out each task with care, your home can be entirely decluttered and cleaned in as little as a day.
If you’re hoping to transform your home, maximise space and enhance natural light, then why not consider conservatories in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas? Crown Windows are more than happy to help to begin your journey to creating the perfect summer retreat!