Spring cleaning is all in a day’s work for cleaning companies – after all, they do summer, autumn and winter cleaning as well – but if you are looking to spruce up your surroundings this season, you will be following a long-honoured tradition.
Spring cleaning has happened practically as long as people have lived and worked in buildings. Old-time winter lighting and heating, created by oil lamps and coal or wood fires, caused a lot of grime and soot to build up on walls, floors and furnishings – the earliest time people could clean it all up and open windows and doors to get some fresh air into the place was when the weather turned milder in spring. Added to that, people feel a lot more sluggish in winter due to less daylight creating more of the “sleepy hormone” melatonin in our systems. Think hibernating bears! Religious festivals held at around this time also have a requirement of housecleaning: Jewish Passover tradition dictates that people hold a cleaning session to remove leavened (yeast) bread from the home, as unleavened bread is the required food for, and a symbol of, the festival. Catholics clean their churches the day before Good Friday in preparation for Easter, and Greek Orthodox worshippers will step up their chores for the week before Holy Week. And the celebrations for Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring, includes a cleaning blitz known as “shaking the house”.
Clean like the professionals – here are our tried and trusted recommendations for the ten biggest grubbiness flashpoints
Woodwork – Q Eco Multi Tabs are a green way to clean the paintwork in homes, offices and hospitality venues – and a storage-savvy standby in schools and colleges.
Windows – the bright spring sunlight will throw all those fingerprints and smears into high relief. Ban the blur with Q Eco Glass Cleaner.
Vacuum – zip through every floor in your building with the handy Karcher T10 Professional Tub Vacuum, currently on special offer only from VIP Clean!
Dusting – less dust means a cleaner look and a lowered risk of allergens. Reach even the highest surfaces with the lambswool flick from Ramon.
Bathroom – invest in a decent washroom cleaner and you’ll have sparkling surfaces all year round. Green Valley Washroom Cleaner comes in two sizes: 5L and 6x750ml.
Kitchens– if you are tackling tougher grime, in both home and commercial settings, Quattro’s new citrus-scented degreaser Citrusol will shift the nasty stuff in short order, and it’s kind to your pocket too.
Oven – whether it’s a Sunday dinner or a Bank Holiday bonanza at a restaurant kitchen, a good oven gel is always a must. Try Brawn and be impressed.
Floors – Q Eco Lemon Jell is the ideal product to make hard floors sparkle at a very low price – and all with a lovely fresh fragrance too.
Sinks – and indeed all fittings that come into contact with water – need some TLC at times, especially if you are in a hard-water area. One product that really does the trick is Valleykal professional descaler – as powerful as, and cheaper than, the leading branded equivalent!
And don’t forget to order extra binbags and recycling sacks for those Easter egg wrappings. We have a whole range just waiting for you. Happy Easter to all our customers!