Don’t forget these spots when spring cleaning your home

We are now officially in spring, although the weather could belie this fact.  It’s the time of year when many of us decide to give our homes a thorough cleaning.  Experts believe there are certain areas that we sometimes forget when we are in spring-cleaning mode, so we thought we would give you a helpful reminder.

Tile grout

From floor tiles to bathroom tiles, our daily lives mean our homes see some heavy use that can make it hard to keep certain areas constantly clean.  Grout can harbour germs and mould that can eventually stain, which means it can create a bigger job if neglected.

Before you decide to re-grout completely we have a great tip for cleaning all of the grout in your home, and without using harsh chemicals.  Use vinegar to wipe the group to start with, and then use a brush to scrub with baking soda.

The tops

If you can’t see it then it’s okay! But imagine how much dust has accumulated on top of doorframes, bookshelves, and wardrobes, never mind your kitchen cabinets.  We know it may be grotty up there, but you will feel a lot happier knowing how clean every inch of your home is.

Simply take a damp cloth and give surfaces a good wipe, and make sure you have someone holding your ladder to prevent any unwelcome accidents.

Bins

When is the last time you gave the bins in your home a good scrub? Never mind the nasty aromas, there could be other things lurking in the waste that you would probably not want to think about.

If possible, take your bins outside, fill with hot soapy water and allow to soak for about 10 minutes.  Empty and then use a multi-purpose disinfectant spray on the inside of the bin and the lid and scrub with a brush - don’t forget your rubber gloves!

Shades and blubs

Our lampshades may not have grabbed your attention with the dark and dreary nights we have been experiencing, but now the sun is due to make an appearance (we hope) you will notice how dusty they have become.  Give all your lamps a dust and take down the lampshades for a good clean.

Fabric lampshades look as good as new when you use a lint roller to remove any dust and dirt.

Mattress

The next time you strip your bed, why not give your mattress a wonderful spring clean before you put on your fresh bedding?  Grab the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner and press firmly against the mattress, you can use crevice tools to get into the sides.

Use upholstery cleaner to spot-clean any stains, and once your mattress is dry sanitise with a disinfectant spray such as Dettol's All in One disinfectant aerosol spray.

Perfect timing

If you’re thinking of selling your home, there’s no better time to give it a spring clean before you place it on the market.