MORE SPRING CLEANING SECRETS
PART TWO – THE BIG CLEAN AND MAINTENANCE CHECK-LIST
So you’ve de-cluttered your cupboards, wardrobes and drawers now it’s time for the big spring cleaning jobs.
It’s amazing how having a list to refer to can help you remember all those little jobs that only need to be done once in a while.
A few years ago I downloaded the Bushfire Survival Plan provided by the government to help us get ready for the season. I was sure I knew all that needed doing but I wanted the check-list.
To my surprise, there were things on the list I hadn’t considered, such as moving welcome mats inside. Welcome mats are particularly flammable – this I didn’t know.
Read on and use this guide as a checklist. You never know, you might even come across something you hadn’t considered.
As a general rule, it’s best to work from the top down, to avoid messing already cleaned areas. It’s also good to start in bedrooms which do not have the grease issues of kitchens and the mildew of bathrooms to slow you down initially.
Start by removing curtains to wash (on the gentle cycle of your washing machine if you’re not dry cleaning them). This makes it easy to wash the windows and screens. Don’t forget to clean the tracks. I once spent five hours doing this at a rented apartment where it had not been done for years – Not Fun!
Just like teeth, walls can get furry if they are not cleaned. I like to go over them with sugar soup during spring cleaning. Almost always this satisfies my need to repaint as the walls look so fresh and bright. This is a great time to clean all your hanging stuff like paintings and photographs.
Once you’ve tackled ceiling fans and light fixtures and removed those pesky spider webs in the corners of the ceiling, it’s time to move the furniture and clean the dust build up on skirting boards behind beds and dressing tables and other furniture.
This is also a great time to flip and rotate your mattress. I usually vacuum mine first.
HOW TO SAVE ON CLEANING COSTS
I’ve found when it comes to spring cleaning lounges it’s just as easy to use a little vinegar and water on a washer than to pay the crazy prices for professional cleaning. The vinegar sanitises as well as removing most stains and neutralising smells. This will save you hundreds of dollars!
When it comes to carpets, it’s better to pay and have them done professionally.
Do you have a lot of wooden furniture? Polishing the wood with furniture polish will make it look like new.
Once you’ve done the bedrooms, lounge and dining areas, it’s time for the tough stuff – spring cleaning bathrooms and kitchens.
BATHROOM TIPS – CLEANING TILE GROUT IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK
- Magic erasers are great to clean wall tile grout
- Go here for a great floor tile grout cleaning recipe
- Don’t forget to clean hairbrushes and hair dryers
- Don’t throw out old toothbrushes – they are great for cleaning hard to get at spots in the bathroom and all over the house
KITCHEN TIPS – WOULD YOU EAT OUT OF YOUR TOILET BOWL?
- Your kitchen sink may well be dirtier than your toilet bowl and is the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria like e-Coli or salmonella. It should be cleaned daily with a mixture of bleach and water.
- Now is the time to pull your fridge out and clean the back of it and the floor.
- Great time to go through the pantry and discard out of date herbs and spices.
- It’s time to clean filters; in air conditioners, dryers, fridges, range hoods and even your vacuum cleaner.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms, in time for summer.
- When putting your heaters away until next winter, cover them with material to keep them from getting dusty and smelly. I do this with my desktop fans during winter as well which means they’re ready to go without having to clean them when the weather is warm.
- If you have an open fire or wood burner then it’s a good idea to clean the flue as well as the interior.
- If you have a gas heater, this is the time to get it serviced.
- A termite inspection now can save you lots of stress and maybe thousands of dollars later
- Did you know the best way to remove carpet stains is with white vinegar? It doesn’t leave a watermark like other liquid cleaners. Vinegar is also great for putting through a fast wash on your dishwasher to clean it.
- Click here for the recipe for a great streak free window cleaner that does not require drying. I’ve used it and I love it so much I use it on the inside of my windows with a spray water bottle instead of the hose.
- Don’t forget to clean your welcome mats, they can be a big source of mess for the floors.
- Clean your roof and gutters in time for fire season.
- Also, a good time to remove piles of rubbish such as leaves and wood that could make your place a fire target.
- Get a head start on weeding by tackling them now and covering the ground with mulch as a deterrent before the growing season really kicks in.
- Get rid of cobwebs and clean outside windows.
- Consider re-potting plants with the addition of water crystals if you think our hot summer might be too much for them.
- If you have repainting jobs to do spring is the time as paint doesn’t like the weather too hot or cold.
- Fertilising plants should be done once every season but is especially important in spring as the plants are growing so fast.
- Things to start planting: beans, beetroot, coriander, dill, lettuce, parsley, snow peas, carrots, lettuce and for prettiness, sunflowers. Check out www.gardenate.com for more great tips. They even have an app you can use.
PSST! WANT TO KNOW MY BEST TIP FOR HAPPY (AND GLAMOROUS) SPRING CLEANING?
Have your favourite music playing loudly – dance as you dust!
Happy cleaning, and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.