03 May 17
The Two Hours Spring Clean
It’s that time of the year again – the big spring clean! We all know the benefits of a deep clean, but the thought of a top-to-toe house clean can seem like a very daunting task and leave you calculating the number of hours that it will take up of your precious weekend. But it doesn’t have to be this way a maximum-effect, minimum-effort tidy-up can leave your home looking good in no time.
The good news is that we have pulled together a plan of action to get your rooms gleaming and looking lovely. All that we require is two hours of your time.
So, grab your rubber gloves, your vacuum cleaner and a duster and get ready, set, go!
10 minutes: put a load on
The perfect way to start a clean-up is to put a load of washing on. You can get a wash going within a matter minutes and once going you’ll be free to move on to the next task.
If you have a few troublesome items lingering in the bottom of the laundry basket with a mucky stain on, use our Stain Remover Target Spray before sticking in the washing machine. Ideal for use on whites and colours, the target spray is tough on stains while being gentle on fabrics.
20 minutes: hoover your falls
Vacuuming isn’t rocket science, but it is one of those laborious household chores that none of us like to do. It is a must for making your home look clean though.
Work your way through each room in your house, making sure that when you are in the lounge you dust the sofas too. Pull off the cushions, put on the correct hoover attachment and get down the sides of your sofa. This will help to plump up your furniture too, making it look like you’ve done a serious clean when, in fact, it only took a couple of extra minutes. You might also find a few pennies down the back of your sofa and you know the saying – pennies make pounds!
Did you know that hoovering is actually good for us and will help us to burn off that piece of carrot cake? A recent study found that light cleaning jobs like dusting or hanging up clothes, can help you to burn 171 calories in an hour. When you add in some more strenuous cleaning methods like hovering, you can burn even more. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/household-chores-fitness-lose-calories-burning-cleaning-home-hoovering-health-a7526451.html
10 minutes: collect up used towels
Go into your bathroom and collect up all of the used towels that are either on the floor or, if you’re lucky, placed on the radiator. It takes very little time to put a fresh towel out per person. Not only will it make the bathroom look instantly tidier, next time you come to have a soak you’ll have a nice, clean, fluffy towel waiting for you when you step out of the bath tub.
Take you towels straight downstairs to where your washing machine is located and place the dirty towels on top of it. That way you can pop them straight in once your first wash is done. Here’s to a second easy laundry win!
10 minutes: get all hung up
Are your coat hooks overloaded with fleeces, gloves and jackets? It’s often the first thing anyone sees every time we open the front door, so make sure you give them a spring clean.
Spend 10 minutes going through what you have heaped up on the coat stand and put away any heavy winter coats in your wardrobe or box them away under your bed. Once you have some room on your pegs, bring your spring jackets to the front.
Spring is also the perfect time to get your winter coats dry cleaned before the cold weather returns so, before putting them away, take them to the dry cleaners to be professionally cleaned.
10 minutes: control the clutter
Why is it that hallways, lounge floors and kitchen tables are magnets for clutter? In your hallway pick up any unopened junk mail, in the lounge round up forgotten toys and in the kitchen clear the table of school letters and shopping lists. One way to make this job easier is to invest in a small box or basket to sit in each corner of the rooms.
Once a day you can swoop around each room and consign all stray items to the box. If any member of the family comes to you asking where you have placed an item, you can point them in the direction of the box.
10 minutes: Take some time out
After all that hardwork you must be feeling pretty thirsty, so stop for ten minutes and treat yourself to well-earned brew. It will also give you some time to reflect on the next task on your to do list.
20 minutes: get a sparkling kitchen
Put all items that don’t need to be on your kitchen worktops away and out of sight. Before doing so, give them a quick wipe with a damp cloth. Now you can see your sides, you’ll then be able to wipe down your counters and the oven hob.
Remember to switch off any electrical items at the plug and use a damp cloth to clean them, not a sodden one.
25 minutes: bedroom blitz
Making the bed every morning will instantly improve the look and feel of any bedroom. If the bedding is in need of changing, enlist an extra pair of hands to help you. You all know how tiresome and frustrating a duvet change can be!
Finish the job with a spray of a Fabric Refresher which will leave a room smelling clean and fresh. You can also use the refresher in-between duvet changes.
5 minutes: add that final sparkle
Washing every window in the house is a hard task and it just isn’t practical. But, don’t give yourself a hard time. Instead, just wipe over your kitchen and lounge windows, then do the same with mirrors and picture frames to help your home shine brighter.
That’s it, job done. Who said that the big spring clean had to be tiresome!