It’s that time of year again! Spring-cleaning is in full swing. What better way to greet the warmer weather and a season of renewal than with a deep-down spring-cleaning and a little organization to make your home feel like new? If you’re planning on selling this season, this will also help appeal to prospective buyers and could mean the difference between sale or no sale!
While it might seem like a massive undertaking, don’t fret; we have some quick and thorough cleaning strategies for you. Continue reading for our top 6 spring cleaning tricks to refresh your home.
1. Dust all your forgotten places.
Put your dryer to work and toss drapes, curtains, and even throw pillows in the dryer for 15 minutes on the "air-only" cycle, or just shake out vigorously then rehang immediately to prevent wrinkles. Another spot to tackle? Your lampshade. Speed up the process with a lint roller.
2. Nix carpet dents.
Do you have dents from furniture feet all over your carpet? Use a blast of steam from your iron to disguise imprints- just hold the iron above the area, press the “steam burst” button several times, then fluff the carpet up. Another option? Putting an ice cube in each indention, letting cubes slowly melting, then lifting carpet fibres back up. The water encourages the fibres to swell and return to their original shape.
3. Launder rugs, slipcovers and curtains.
When the soft furnishings of our home are fresh and clean, it gives the whole place a lift. Slipcovers should be replaced on the furniture while still slightly damp for the best fit. Small rugs can often be laundered at home; send larger ones out to be professionally cleaned. On a sunny day, drying white curtains outdoors on a line will help naturally whiten them. Pin them up, then enjoy a cold drink in the garden while they flap in the breeze.
4. Focus on your fridge/freezer.
You probably wipe down your fridge’s interior shelving regularly already, but don’t forget about the rest. Pop out the door shelves and bins, and wash in warm, soapy water to get rid of harmful food bacteria and spillage. Wait until just before your weekly shop, when there’s less food in the house and defrost your freezer, wiping all the surfaces and banishing ice build up.
5. Deep Clean the Carpets
Carpets are an especially needy area. Regular vacuuming is important, of course, but you should try to give them a good steam cleaning every now and then, too. Shampoo all of the floor coverings you can. Target especially high-traffic zones and stains that have been bugging you all year.
Go over your carpets with the vacuum first to remove the top layer of dust, dirt and crumbs. Then use a steam cleaner to focus on the deeper stains and grime.
6. Declutter the Chaos
And finally, just get rid of those unnecessary items throughout the house! That means spring clean your way through the piles of magazines and catalogs, newspapers, unused hangers and coffee mugs – anything that’s collecting dust. You don’t need them, they probably don’t serve any emotional connections for you, and they’re just making your home way more cluttered than it needs to be. It’s time for a trip to the recycling bin or charity shop! It may feel overwhelming at first, but this home organisation tip alone can help bring back that Zen-like feeling into your home.
And there you have it! These are our easy spring-cleaning tips that will make your home shine and give you that fresh sense of renewal. So, pull on those gloves, clear out the clutter, and get to work!
For more tips on maintaining, updating or selling your home, contact your local Hunters branch today.