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It’s getting close to that time of the year when we’re traditionally supposed to give the entire house a thorough clean-up. But spring-cleaning isn’t something that everyone looks forward to. For many of us, it can seem overwhelming – so much so that we never seem to be able to find the time to do it!

In this guide, we’re going to take a look at how to spring-clean your house quickly, and with minimal stress. Let’s get started!

What is a Spring Clean & When Should I do it?

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So, what’s the meaning of the term ‘spring-clean’ and how did it come about? A thorough annual clean-up is carried out in households around the world. This mammoth cleaning session traditionally takes place in spring for several practical reasons. Before the invention of the vacuum cleaner, a thorough dusting would require that the house’s windows be kept open. This would have made things excessively chilly during winter but would have allowed insects in during summer. Moreover, the soot generated by coal fires would also have been a problem: by cleaning in spring, you’d be sure that you’ll be getting rid of the last of it.

So why spring clean nowadays, when these concerns aren’t quite as pressing? Well, there are valid psychological reasons for having a thorough clean-up: you’ll often emerge on the other side feeling refreshed and revitalised. Still wondering when to spring-clean your house? If your cleaning involves any venturing outside the house, spring still makes sense: if you’re going to be cleaning patios, exterior walls and the outside of windows, then it makes sense to wait until the weather’s picked up.

Quick Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks

Let’s run through a few essential spring-cleaning tips that’ll make things go a lot more smoothly.

Throw out the stuff you aren’t using

During your clean-up, you’re likely to uncover a few items that you haven’t used in ages and aren’t likely to use ever again. If you never throw these things away, then you’re going to end up surrounded by clutter: so, keep them all in a big pile and run through them as you go. Your local charity shop will accept items that aren’t to your taste, and your local tip will accept the ones that aren’t to anyone’s. Be sure that you run your decision by every member of the household – otherwise you risk throwing away something of sentimental value.

Give your carpets a thorough clean

It isn’t often that you get a chance to move all your furniture out of the way and give your carpets some much-needed attention. The occasional vacuum-clean isn’t enough to remove heavy grime particles that have become deeply-embedded at the bottom of the carpet; for this, you’ll need a steam cleaner. You can either borrow one, rent one, or hire a professional to do the work for you (though this might make getting everything done in a day a little trickier).

Reassess your layout

If you’re going to be moving furniture around, have a think about where you’re going to put it back. A new arrangement can help to breathe new life into the room – and there isn’t going to be a more convenient time to switch things around.

Cleaning the oven

The oven is especially vulnerable to building grime. Every time you cook something in there, tiny particles of it are going to float around the compartment and settle onto the interior surfaces. This is not only disgusting, but harmful to your oven’s performance.

Bicarbonate of soda is a time-tested method of searing off that grime. Mix it with water and keep it in a spray bottle for a cheap alternative to those shop-bought formulas. While you’re at it, it’s worth replacing the filters on your extractor hood – or, if you’ve got re-usable filters, it’s worth removing them and cleaning them in the dishwasher.

Spring Clean in a Day: Your To-Do List

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Let’s run through the essential tasks you’ll need to get done over the course of the day.

Assemble your spring-cleaning supplies

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Before getting started, you’ll want to assemble a few essential supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Sponges
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Cleaning Liquids
  • Duster
  • Vacuum cleaner

Spring clean Around the House

Clean movable fabrics, including blankets, pillowcases and rugs. Get the stuff that can be machine-washed into the washing machine and set aside anything that needs to be dry-cleaned. Curtains and blinds should be handled with care; you might even want to hand-wash yours. Check the label.

Clean light fixtures. Do this with a duster, ensuring that you collect any bits of dust that fall loose. It should be possible to do every light fixture in a three-bedroom house in around ten minutes flat.

Clean glass, including windows and mirrors. Use diluted vinegar or a specialist cleaning formula. TV-screens and monitors should be polished with something less caustic.

Spring clean your Kitchen

In the kitchen, you’ll have several appliances to clean:

  • Microwave
  • Oven(s)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Descale the Kettle
  • Wipe down work-surfaces
  • Mop the floor
  • Dust the inside of every cabinet, throwing away any out-of-date tins and jars you might have forgotten about.

Spring Clean Bathroom

  • Clean cabinets
  • Clean the floors
  • Clean the bathtub
  • Clean the sink
  • Clean the shower
  • Clean and bleach the toilet

Spring Clean Bedrooms

  • Vacuum the carpet
  • Clean wardrobe interiors
  • Clean chests of drawers

Spring Clean Lounge

  • Vacuum the carpet
  • Disassemble your sofa and vacuum every interior surface
  • Dust tables and cabinets

In Conclusion

At the outset, spring cleaning can seem a daunting task. But like many other big jobs, it’s easier to handle if you break it down into lots of little jobs. While it would be nice to get everything done in a single day, you shouldn’t consider it an obligation. Don’t bite off more than you can chew at any one time: you’ll want to restore your home to some semblance of order at the end of each day spent cleaning – and there’s no shame in spreading the job over a weekend or even longer.

Once you’re done, you’ll be able to relax for another year, secure in the knowledge that your home is as clean as can be!

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