Wednesday, 30 March 2016

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning

I love this time of year, the sun is making more of an appearance, the days are getting longer and warmer, the birds and flowers are arriving and so are the leaves on the trees. It's a wonderful time of the year. It's also the time when we start packing away the extra bedding and things that make us feel warmer in the winter. Then we get the house all spick and span and ready for the summer months, yes it's time for the Spring Clean up.

The bedrooms are my main focus this year. The kids rooms are a bit of a mess. First up we are going to have The Big Toy Clear Out!! Honestly, since Christmas their rooms just seem to be toys piled on top of toys. In fact that's what we plan to do this afternoon, so if I'm quiet online it's because I'm buried under a pile of unwanted toys!

I'm dreading to think what the bedroom carpets look like under that mess. They are getting a bit old and I was thinking of replacing them this year, but what a pain and an expense! Instead I'm going to give them a good clean with a carpet cleaner and hopefully prolong their life a little longer. I'll let you know how I get on.

In the meantime here are a few great spring cleaning tips from Bissell the carpet cleaning specialists.

Treat your home to the ultimate Spring Clean

With ten top tips from the carpet cleaning specialists at BISSELL

     1.       Shape up and ship out the clutter. Doing one big sweep of toys, magazines and everyday bits and pieces to clear your carpets and surfaces will be a lot easier than trying to clean around the daily detritus of the family.

     2.       Vacuum, pre-treat badly stained areas and then deep clean your carpets and rugs.

    A carpet washing machine injects a mixture of cleaning solution and warm water deep into carpet fibres. The brushes agitate, scrub and loosen the dirt or stain and then the powerful vacuum suction lifts it all away, leaving your home feeling and smelling fresh.

3.       It’s the job we all dread… cleaning the oven. So get cracking with that while you’re feeling motivated and get it out of the way.

4.       You’ve done the washing, but have you washed the washing machine? They can tend to build mould over time, so to make sure yours is spotless run an empty load, one cycle filled with 4 cups of bleach, the other with 4 cups of distilled white vinegar.

5.       Strip covers off cushions and sofas where possible, then load them into the washing machine, checking care labels to ensure you use the right settings.
Of course, if you have a carpet cleaner which works on upholstery, such as a BISSELL CleanView® Proheat®, you can save yourself some time by using it to clean sofa upholstery, curtains and the mattress too.  Your living room will have a new lease of life! 

6.       Don’t forget the bed sheets: you’ll probably be washing these already, but use it as an opportunity to vacuum your mattress too. It’s a haven for dust mites which can wreak havoc for people who suffer from allergies. 

7.       Let in more light: cleaning blinds can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Mix equal parts of warm water and distilled white vinegar in a bowl. Slip a sock on your hand and dip the sock into the water and vinegar mixture before wiping each slat individually.

8.       Bust the dust mites by giving the house a thorough dusting from high to low. Start with the ceilings, corners of walls and light fixtures. Use a lint roller to easily clean dust off lampshades and other soft furnishings.

9.       Your Spring Clean is the perfect time to to check batteries in smoke and fire alarms around the house. To be super safe you could even inspect light fixtures for damaged wires and faulty connections. Safety first!

10.   Impression marks left on carpets by furniture can be easily remedied. Simply rub an ice cube over the affected area and your carpet will be back to normal in no time. 
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I'm already one down on the list as my other half cleaned the oven just the other day. I'm definitely going to use tips number 4 and 7 to clean my washing machine and my blinds. I'll also get the other half to vacuum the beds next time I strip them for washing.

I  can't believe I'm actually looking forward to getting started. (And with my mobility being poor I know I will have lots of help too, instead of doing it all by myself like I usually do.)

Happy Spring Everyone!

Disclosure: Tips provided by Bissell, there are links to other sites in this post. I have not been paid to publish this post.

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