April is here…Spring Cleaning tips to get you started…

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable, and even enjoyable. This blog offers an overview of everything you need to know, including information on cleaners, stain removal, fabric care, and storage — to zip through the process and arrive at a happy end.

After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and garden. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won’t suffice, as you’ll need several days for more involved projects, such as shampooing carpets and organizing wardrobes. Whether you prefer to proceed from the loft to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one task at a time. And be sure to enlist the help of family members.

Throughout the house

The basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface (or object) in any room. The tasks are broken down by location, including outdoor spaces. This blog also focuses on window washing and upkeep, which is essential if you’re going to let the sun shine in on the bright days to come.

Wipe Walls and Ceilings: Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a degreaser (test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mark the surface). http://vipclean.co.uk/product/magisolve-multi-purpose-cleaner-1x4x5-litres/

Reseal Grout Lines: The cement-based material between wall, floor, and countertop tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Clean it with a grout cleaner; it’s best to apply it with a small foam brush. http://vipclean.co.uk/product/hg-grout-cleaner-x500ml-rtu/

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs: Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings require professional cleaning. Check out our Prochem Range – http://vipclean.co.uk/brand/prochem/

Dust Books and Shelves: Take everything off the Shelves, and brush shelves and books with a feather duster. Use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.

Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions. See our full range of Henry’s and accessories – http://vipclean.co.uk/?post_type=product&s=henry  

Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware: Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medium tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are for heavier work. If tarnish doesn’t come off, try a stronger product. http://vipclean.co.uk/?post_type=product&s=brasso

Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. http://vipclean.co.uk/product/lambswool-telescopic-flick-duster-30/

Wax Wooden Furniture: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Apply polish a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let wax dry; buff with a clean cloth. http://vipclean.co.uk/product/heritage-beeswax-antique-furniture-polish-1x12x480ml-aerosol/

Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

Clean Window Treatments: Many curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

Wax Non-Wood Floors: Vinyl and linoleum floors that have lost their shine should be waxed with a polish designed for these surfaces. Most stone and tile floors can be treated with either a paste or a liquid wax designed for the material. http://vipclean.co.uk/product/black-diamond-emulsion-floor-polish/

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by Kym Robbins