Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s spring cleaning time once again. There’s just something about the warmer weather that inspires us to get the doors and windows open and freshen everything up!
Here at flower child, we thought of sharing some easy-to-follow spring cleaning tips and tricks to help mums speed up de-cluttering, organising, and revitalising the home:
1 Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
2 Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it’s worth the effort.
3 When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.
4 Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
5 Make small repairs. If you’re not handy, hire someone.
6 Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.
7 Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather or lambswool dusters, especially extendable ones for reaching above window and door casings and into corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibres work best.
8 Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism (great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors) and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – one with a measuring scale helps get soap-to-water ratios correct.
9 Don’t stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder.
10 Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favourite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap. I recently discovered BonaKemi’s MicroPlus Hardwood Floor Care System, which includes a mop with a removable washable microfibre pad and a nontoxic water-based spray cleaner. It makes the floors glow, and smell good, too.
And in case the obsessive-compulsive in you kicks in, Bissel came up with a spring cleaning guide dedicated to showing you a better way to get your home sparkling clean this spring. Check it out to help you navigate through the different parts of your home and achieve the highest level of clean.
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