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The longer, brighter days of spring are a welcome relief from winter’s gloom, but they can also shine a light onto any dust that has built up. So it’s a great idea to throw open the windows and freshen up your home with a spring clean… the only issue is, where do you start? Try our four handy hints for tackling some of those essential spring-cleaning tasks.
1. Have a kitchen clear-out
Decluttering is all the rage. But it’s not simply a trend: there are real benefits to being organised in busy places like the kitchen. You’ll waste less time hunting through drawers for the tin opener under a pile of unused gadgets. It’s also easier to make better choices in a calm environment, so a clean and serene workspace might even boost your mental health too!
Take an inventory of your kitchen and chuck out worn pots, pans and utensils that you haven’t touched in a year. The same goes for old store cupboard essentials that turned out to be less than essential. You’ll soon start to see your kitchen in a whole new light.
2. Make your surfaces shine again
Your kitchen and bathroom surfaces are the hardest-working parts of the home. Even day-to-day cleaning can take its toll, as limescale in the water builds up over surfaces, taps and sinks. But a deep-cleansing, limescale removal treatment can get them looking as good as new. The trick is to use a dedicated product such as Viakal. Its unique formula dissolves limescale without scrubbing, leaving a remarkable shine.
Blitzing hardened limescale build-up with Viakal can have long-term benefits, too. Viakal contains polymer pro-shine technology that helps prevent watermarks and limescale deposits forming. It causes water to slide off surfaces so that limescale can’t form as it dries, keeping your kitchen and bathroom hygienically clean and beautifully bright. And that means less for you to do – just try a quick spritz of Viakal regularly to stay on top of things.
3. Get your windows sparkling again
It’s tempting to give your windows a clean when the sun is shining to let the light flood into your home. But try to hang on for a cloudy day – the wait shouldn’t be too long, knowing our weather! That way your cleaning fluid won’t dry on your windows, giving you time to rinse it off thoroughly and prevent streaks.
Investing in a rubber-edged squeegee helps you get the job done like a professional. Just fill your bucket with water, add a few drops of washing-up liquid and wet the window with a sponge. Then dampen the squeegee and draw it across the window, across from the top corner and down with overlapping strokes.
4. Give carpets a deep clean
Experts recommend giving your carpet a deep clean once a year to lift out dirt that ordinary vacuuming doesn’t reach. You can buy affordable steam-cleaners or rent them for an annual deep clean that will restore the bounce of carpet fibres and freshen the whole room.
If you can, remove the furniture so you’ve got a clear floor – otherwise, move it to the centre of the room so you can get those hard-to-reach spaces. Give it a once-over with the vacuum to remove surface dirt. Then fill up the machine with lukewarm water and detergent according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and run it slowly in overlapping lines across the carpet. You’ll be amazed at the dirt it draws out!
What are your handy deep-cleaning hacks? Let us know in the comments below!