Spring is well underway, the sun has started coming out, Mrs Hinch is booming on Instagram, and more and more of us are starting our spring cleaning routines!
Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home, mind and lifestyle before the sunny summer season of 2020 begins here in the UK. As homeowners everywhere get out their feather dusters and search for the newest range of cleaning products, we’re here to provide you with the best tips for a hygienic home.
The bedroom is a great place to start and certainly shouldn’t be neglected. But what should we be doing?
The first thing you need to do is have a good declutter. Collect up all the things that don’t belong in your bedroom and return them to their rightful home or get rid of them. Collect any rubbish that may have accumulated and discard too.
Spring is a great time to reassess your wardrobe. Go through all your clothes and set aside anything you no longer wear, anything that has worn out, anything that can’t be repaired and anything that no longer fits. Your local charity or community shop will kindly take them off your hands.
If the weather has already changed, you may want to rotate your wardrobe by packing up your winter clothes for storage and getting your summer wardrobe out instead. Make sure the winter clothes are stored away safely to protect them from damage.
You might also want to check any under-bed storage that you have. Can anything be thrown away or donated?
Clean All Surfaces
Next up, you want to dust and clean down all the surfaces in the bedroom. It’s best to start up high so you don’t just spread dust around. Start with the ceiling by using a long handled duster to remove cobwebs and make sure you get into all the corners. Don’t forget any ceiling lights, remove and dust lampshades and wipe downlight bulbs with glass cleaner.
Next remove any photographs or artwork from the walls. Give them a dust with a dry microfiber cloth and clean the glass in any frames with glass cleaner. Wash the walls down and remove any stains or marks. Touch up paint where necessary and once dry you can rehang the pictures.
Clean the inside of the windows as well as all the mirrors using glass cleaner on a clean microfiber cloth.
Finally, wipe down your skirting boards where dust tends to collect.
Spring Clean Carpets, Rugs and Floors
It’s now time to give the room a good vacuum. Move furniture if possible and vacuum underneath and behind it.
If you have wooden floors give them a mop with a microfiber mop and a ph-balanced floor cleaner, specially designed for cleaning wooden floors.
If you have carpet now is the time to give it a clean. As, although they may appear clean on the surface, carpets and rugs harbour lots of bacteria from being walked over day-in-day-out. Many ignore the depths of a carpet with the same ‘out of sight out of mind’ concept and live blissfully unaware of the germs developing in their carpets and rugs.
It may seem like a huge effort, but washing carpets and rugs regularly doesn’t have to be a laborious task.
You can hire carpet cleaning machines reasonably cheaply or you can get a professional carpet cleaning company in to do the job for you. Alternatively, adding a carpet-specific anti-bacterial to your hovering routine will rid of any pesky germs and add an extra touch of clean to your carpets! Carpet sprays are really popular right now, spritz on and it kills bacteria and leaves your room smelling fresh! Best of all, no need to vaccum away. For smaller rugs, a quick wash cycle will destroy any bacteria and bring your rugs up like new.
Clean Curtains and Blinds
If you have Venetian blinds, make sure you give them a good dust and wipe them down with warm water. For any other type of blinds or curtains, you can give them a good hoover. Or, depending on the material, you may be able to wash them in your washing machine on the delicate cycle.
Clean Upholstered Furniture
Throughout a cleaning routine, we tend to wet wipe down hard surfaces like they’re going out of fashion, yet we tend to neglect our upholstered furniture. Sofas, beds, curtains and all soft furnishings in our home gather lots of dust and are potentially the most used items within the home – so why do we forget about them?
A clear answer for this is that many people feel confused about how exactly to clean upholstered furniture and soft surfaces, so tend to avoid doing so. Not to worry though, we’re here to help.
There is a wide range of fabric cleaning products such as stain remover sprays, soft clothes and quick-drying anti-bacterial spray designed specifically for your upholstered beds and soft furnishings. Be sure not to over-saturate the fabric to ensure quick-drying and no damage comes to your belongings.
Clean or Replace the Mattress and Bedding
You will need to totally strip your bed and get rid of any old bed linen that is past its prime (this includes duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and throws). Give everything a good wash and make sure it is thoroughly dry before replacing.
The Sleep Council recommends changing your mattress every seven years. So, if you’ve had yours longer than that, it’s time to get rid. Investing in a new mattress should definitely be a priority. Check out our range of mattresses for an affordable option - we particularly love this pocket sprung mattress!
If your mattress is relatively new, it may just need a good clean. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to give it a good hoover remembering to do the sides as well, and then to flip it over and do the underside.
To give your mattress a deep clean, add a few drops of essential oil such as soothing lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, or ylang ylang to some bicarbonate of soda. Sprinkle this all over the mattress and leave for one hour. Then vacuum the mattress again.
Open Windows to Air Out the House
Finally, open the windows and make sure you give the room a good airing. It'll work wonders, leaving your bedroom feeling much fresher.
Sometimes Cleaning Simply Isn't Enough
I hope I’ve given you some extra areas to show care to during your next cleaning routine – let’s have the best spring clean yet and brighten our homes to not only look tidy but be completely hygienic and smell incredible too.
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