Spring has officially sprung, and at Portico, that means just one thing: spring cleaning. Whether you’re preparing your property for a new owner or tenant, or simply want to freshen things up around the house, we’ve compiled our best tips for spring cleaning below.
Break things down by room
Spring cleaning your entire home can be a daunting task, but breaking it down can make things a bit easier. Organise your home by room, and write a list of all that needs to be done in that room. Try not to spring clean your entire house in a single day to avoid being overwhelmed. With some planning, you could clean your property over the space of a week and achieve much better results with a more efficient clear out.
Clean your refrigerator
Refrigerators are easy to ignore, but food stains and buildup can really affect the cleanliness of your fridge. Wash the shelves in your fridge with warm, soapy water, and clean any food waste off before putting the shelves back in. Cut a lemon in half and place it inside your fridge after cleaning to get rid of any foul odours. According to zero waste enthusiast Antonia, you can segregate and reuse organic leftovers for DIY compost.
Deep clean your bathroom
Deep cleaning the bathroom is a priority during a spring clean, but can be difficult to execute and easy to put off. Remember to clean from top to bottom, so no dirt falls on a freshly cleaned surface. Remove everything from surfaces in your bathroom, which will make wiping everything down quicker and easier. Begin by dusting, and then wipe the inside of windows and all window tracks. A combination of vinegar and water (at a 1:1 ratio) will ensure that your windows are clean. After cleaning the window tracks, move on to mirrors and window glass. Spray counters and shelves with the vinegar mixture, and then move to the shower. Use bleach to remove any hard water stains. Clean the bathtub with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and washing up liquid, and then tackle the loo. Use bleach to remove any stains on the loo, and wipe down the toilet with the vinegar mixture. Clean the floor with the vinegar mixture, and then move to the sink, wiping it with the vinegar mixture.
Clean your carpet
Though carpets do not need to be cleaned often, cleaning them once per year is considered good practice. You can spot-clean stains yourself, but we recommend using a carpet cleaner for a spring clean. You can opt to hire the machine and clean the carpet yourself, or have a carpet cleaner come in to clean the carpet for you.
Organise your wardrobe
When it comes to spring cleaning, your wardrobe should be near the top of your priority list. Experts recommend dividing your clothes by season, and then trying them on. Any clothes that do not fit, or clothes that you do not like anymore, should be donated to charity.
Wash your bedding
We don’t just mean sheets and pillowcases. Pillows and duvets should be washed twice a year. Be sure to check the care label on your bedding (don’t worry, you can even wash your down duvet), most of it you should be able to just pop in the washing machine.
If Spring cleaning isn't for you, we have a team of in-house cleaners at Portico who can help you with all your Spring cleaning needs! Drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to enquire in their services.
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