SPRING CLEANING TOP TIPS

Valley Industrial Products Top 8 Spring Cleaning Tips for 2016

Every home needs at least one big clean a year; and spring is often considered the best time.
Historically, this was due to all the dust and dirt generated from burning coal, oil and wood through the dark, cold winter nights, but even today our homes are in need of big clean, following months of muddy shoes and boots being dragged through the home.

So, let’s shine those windows and move the furniture for a thorough deep clean.
Before you tackle your home, check out our tips for spring cleaning your house below, to make sure you don’t miss a spot.

1. Make a Schedule
Scope out your home: What areas need the most work? Where do you often leave off during routine cleaning? Those are the best places to start. Regardless of where you start, having a plan for when you’re tackling each room will keep you focused on the task at hand.

2. De-clutter
Studies have shown that a disorganised home adds to your stress level. The scientific implications of inhaling dust gathered on piles of old magazines – combined with the psychological stress of coming home to a pile of unsorted laundry after a hard day at work – can take a sudden, unexpected toll. Spend some time organising your wardrobes, spring cleaning your office, and finally looking into that junk drawer to eliminate unnecessary stress from your life.

3. Always Work from Top to Bottom
When you think about how to spring clean your home, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force dirt downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. If you have a vacuum with a long extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans. Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust from your floors.

4. Use a Vacuum
Spring cleaning on your carpets and rugs is very common this time of year. People often shampoo their carpet or have it professionally cleaned during the springtime.
This spring, don’t just use your vacuum on your floors. Nearly all vacuums come with attachments (like dusting brushes and crevice tools) and hoses that can be used to clean all over your house. Use these tools to clean ceiling fans, cobwebs in corners, furniture, pillows, and tight spaces like behind furniture. Be sure to move your furniture too (or at least vacuum under it).

5. Walls and Windows Need Love too
People almost always think to clean their floors during a good spring time clean, but they almost always forget about walls and windows. Most dust settles on the floor and other surfaces, but not all of it. Painted walls are pretty simple to take care of: Just use a sponge or damp microfiber cloth to wipe down walls (starting from the top). You can simply use a microfiber cloth to wipe down blinds too. From the outside, remove and wipe down the screens. When it comes to the actual window, using a steam cleaner with a squeegee is a great way to clean windows.

6. Don’t Be Scared of the Kitchen and Bathroom
The dreaded areas for most people…but don’t fear, you’ll get through it:-
Kitchens
• Wipe down your cabinets
• Clean out your ovens
• Go through your food cupboard and refrigerator, wipe down the shelves, and throw away any old items
• If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners or a steam cleaner to avoid scratching or other issues
Bathrooms
• Change your shower curtain
• Go through your cosmetics drawer and throw away any expired items

7. Spring Cleaning Safety
Cleaning will more than likely unsettle all the winter dust on furniture and fixtures. If you suffer from allergies or are using heavy-duty cleaners, be sure to read the labels. For safe spring cleaning, wear rubber gloves, masks, scarves and even hairnets. Protective clothing will help guard against skin irritations and allergic reactions.

8. Let Spring Cleaning Set a New Tone
If your space feels dark and heavy, you can make small changes to help make it light and fresh for spring. Adding new colourful pillows or art are great ways to change up your space. Replacing items like bedding, towels, table linens, and even window treatments are other ways to transform your rooms for spring and warm weather ahead.