It’s fast approaching that time of year when your home needs a good old blitz ready for the warmer months ahead. According to Good Housekeeping, there are many benefits to spring cleaning your home including a blissful sense of achievement.
However, the very idea of spring cleaning can seem daunting with many people anticipating days, even weeks, to get their house fully in order.
But what if you could do it all in one single day?
Read our advice on how to spring clean your house in a day with a few simple tips and tricks to help speed up the heavy duty cleaning that all our houses need every once in a while.
1. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
Preparation is key for the best results and when you’re on a tight schedule it’s the best way to be time-efficient.
Make sure you have an empty dishwasher, sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, ready for the onslaught of items coming their way during the big spring clean.
It’s also worth writing a checklist of all the cleaning equipment you will need. It’s important to work out whether you have it in the house already or if you need to pop to the shops to get any extra bits the day before. There is nothing worse than having to break off in the middle of your spring cleaning session because you’ve forgotten to buy a new mop bucket!
Create a timetable the night before and try as best you can to stick to it, it will help you to be productive and keep working towards your cleaning goals. Make sure you give yourself enough time for each room (bathrooms and kitchens often need a little longer than other rooms) and give yourself a couple of breaks for a much-needed refuel!
2. Start with the Laundry
This often takes the longest amount of time. Make sure you have gathered everything you need to go in the washing machine ready to re-fill after every wash. This includes clothes, bedding, cushion covers or any other items you think could do with a clean.
3. Head to the Room you Dread the Most
For most of us, this is the bathroom! Getting the hardest tasks out of the way sooner will help you feel a stronger level of achievement and keep you pushing forward around the rest of the house.
4. A Checklist on How to Spring Clean Each Room in the House:
- Ensure towels, bath mats and any other soft furnishings are ready to go into the washing machine.
- Using a good quality cleaning spray, spray in the bath, shower, sink and also bleach the toilet. Leave this to work its magic before rinsing away with the shower head and scrubbing (15-20 minutes should be enough).
- In the meantime, spray and clean any remaining surfaces such as cabinets, tiles and mirrors (we recommend using a microfibre cloth on mirrored surfaces).
- Finally, using hot water and a little bleach, mop the floor as you leave the bathroom and move on to the next room.
- Remove all bedding and leave your mattress to air for at least 30 minutes (the best way to do this is open all the windows so the fresh air can reach the mattress and reduce any allergens and germs). Put all bedding and any clothes left in your washing basket in the washing machine.
- It’s time to be decisive and have a good clear out of all your clothes and shoes as you go through and clean each drawer and wardrobe compartment. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in a year, chuck it out.
- Vacuum the floor and dust all surfaces and furniture. Again, we recommend using a microfibre cloth for any mirrors or mirrored surfaces.
- Tackle the fridge and freezer first. Empty out the contents into a cooler and wait for it to reach room temperature before cleaning (this would also be the perfect time to defrost your freezer).
- In the meantime you can sort through all your food items and chuck out anything past its use-by date. You can remove all the food items from your store cupboards and sort through these too.
- Once your shelves have warmed up in your fridge freezer, give them a thorough clean with a good quality cleaning spray and wipe down the exteriors too. You can then move on to your cupboards, shelves, counters and window surfaces and wipe all these down too. After cleaning, switch your fridge freezer back on and replace all your food items once it has returned to the optimum cooling temperature.
- Now it’s time to tackle your cooking appliances, starting with degreasing the oven. Take off any removable parts (stove grates and oven shelves) and scrub these with steel wool pads. Clean the rest of the oven with a good quality cleaning spray and hardwearing cloth.
- In order to remove any grease or stubborn food bits from the microwave, we recommend putting a lemon in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving this for a minute or so. Once the microwave has cooled down, you can then wipe down the interior with a cloth and cleaning spray.
- Make sure any items in the sink have been washed and put away, the kitchen bin has been emptied and then floors have been swept, vacuumed and mopped.
- Dust and wipe down your shelves and surfaces and vacuum the flooring or carpet.
- If you have one, steam cleaning your carpet and fabric sofas and chairs are recommended. We have a great rug cleaning guide which can help you clean your rugs and carpets in a way that works for you.
- Dust all your electronics with a microfibre cloth and sweep out/wipe down your fireplace if you have one.
5. Add Some New Accessories!
You’re almost there! A great way to transform your house and really emphasise your spring clean is to add a couple of new home accessories. Invest in some fragranced candles or diffusers to give your home a fresh scent, or how about new cushions or perhaps a new decorative rug for a fresh new look in you living room?
So there you have it, our top tips on how to spring clean in one day and still have a squeaky clean house at the end of it. For more top tips and advice on interiors and rugs, keep up to date with our blog or if you require any assistance with your next purchase, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.