It’s officially spring, which can only mean one thing. No, it’s not time to put a bunch of daffodils in every single room (though they do look lovely, so go ahead). We’re actually thinking that it’s time to dig deep in the world of housework, and go all out with a full-spring clean. And as it’s a bank holiday this weekend, you’ve got four whole days to spend scrubbing away. It might not sound like the ideal way to spend Easter, but you will feel totally cleansed and refreshed, not to mention smug, as you’ll instantly earn extra domestic goddess points. So if you’ve given up on that new year’s resolution already, then now is the time to redeem yourself.
Here are a few cleaning tips to help you remove even the toughest of stains.
To remove stains on your paintwork, try dipping a cloth in water mixed with a really mild dishwashing liquid and rubbing the stain gently. Once you’ve removed the stains, remember to rinse with plain water.
To make your stainless steel gleam, use good old fashioned vinegar and wipe in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching. Vinegar can also be used to make your glass doors shine. Reorganise your shelves to instantly neaten up your rooms. Try colour coordinating all your knick knacks and reversing your books so the spines are by the wall – this will look extra neat and stylish.
Take the opportunity to clean out your dishwasher. Put it on an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner to kill any dangerous bacteria.
Be ruthless and declutter. If you’re a hoarder, then make yourself find 12 things to throw away, 12 things to donate and 12 things to find a new home for. This will help you focus and really think about what you need and what you don’t. Your room will instantly look better and feel cleaner, plus it’s unlikely that you’ll actually miss what you throw away.
When it comes to carpets, it’s usually best to get the professionals in. They can remove all manner of stains and make your carpets look good as new. It might sound like a bit of a cop, but sometimes you just have to treat yourself.
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