Spring cleaning: a room-by-room cleaning guide

Spring cleaning: a room-by-room cleaning guide

Spring cleaning is a great annual tradition. It’s the excuse that we all need to get stuck into those cleaning tasks we don’t have time for in our regular cleaning routine. Think inside cupboards, under furniture and out on the patio - these are the areas that definitely need the odd deep clean, but just can’t be done week-in, week-out.

We’ve created some room-by-room cleaning guides to help you deliver the perfect spring clean.

Don’t have time to spring clean yourself? No problem - you can always consider hiring a helping hand. Find out more about our 5* spring cleaning service, here.


Contents
 

1. What you'll need for the perfect spring clean

2. The kitchen

3. The living room

4. The bedrooms

5. The bathrooms & toilets

6. The hallways & landings 

7. The garden, patio or outdoor areas

 


What you’ll need for the perfect spring clean
 


For the perfect spring clean, you’ll need:

- Microfibre cloths (and plenty of them!)
- A long-handled feather duster
- A general multi-surface cleaning spray (alternatively, make up a mild solution of warm water & washing-up liquid in an empty spray bottle)
- Limescale remover
- Oven cleaning product
- Scourer
- Bathroom cleaning spray (optional - you can use a multi-surface spray instead)
- Kitchen cleaning spray (optional - you can use a multi-surface spray instead)
- Limescale remover
- Toilet cleaner
- Toilet brush
- A vacuum cleaner
- A mop & bucket
- A steam mop (if you have one - but it’s not essential)
- Laundry detergent
- A clean, empty box
- Stepladder
- Outdoor/patio broom

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Spring cleaning the kitchen
 


In most homes, the kitchen is the room that needs the most cleaning. Kitchens have endless cupboards & cabinets, dirty appliances, stinky bins - in short, there’s a ton of stuff you need to clean.

Here’s how to spring clean your kitchen:

1. Dust the ceiling, light fittings & into the corners of the room

As with any clean, you’ll need to start high and finish with the floors. This means you don’t clear dirt and mess onto areas that you’ve already cleaned. 

Start the clean with a long-handle feather duster, removing any cobwebs that have accumulated in the corners of the kitchen or along the ceiling. Don’t forget to dust around the light fittings too.

2. Clean the top of head-height cabinets

Move onto the tops of any head-height kitchen cabinets. You may need to use a step ladder instead if necessary. Take special care with this, and don’t take any risks - if you’re not comfortable completing this yourself, call in a professional to help.

You may find a sticky residue (from evaporated grease & oil - yuk!) and plenty of dust up here. To clean these areas, use a solution of washing up liquid & warm water in a spray bottle, or a general multi-surface spray, and a damp, clean microfibre cloth.

3. Clean your cooker hood/extractor fan

If you have an extractor fan, remove the extractor filter (this is the grate that’s attached to the bottom of the extractor shaft). This usually unclips easily, but you can look online or check the manufacturer’s manual if you’re unsure how to remove yours.

Run a sink full of hot water (the hottest you can!) and add in a couple of squirts of washing up liquid. Leave the filter to soak while you move onto the next stage.

As well as removing your extractor filter, you’ll also need to wipe around the outside of your cooker hood with a microfibre cloth and your general cleaning spray.

4. Empty all of your kitchen cabinets, one by one

Grab a clean and empty box. It needs to be large enough for you to place any cans, pasta packets or other miscellaneous goodies in there.

Pick a cabinet on one side of the kitchen and start there. Empty everything into your empty box. If anything is dusty or a little sticky, give this a wipe before you place in the box. You should also check the best before dates on your products & get rid of anything that might have gone bad.

Once your cupboard is empty, clean the entire inside - including the base, shelves, sides and roof of the cabinet. Again, this can be done with a microfibre cloth and a multi-surface spray.

Once you’ve cleaned the inside of your cabinet, wipe once with a dry microfibre to ensure it’s not damp, and return the items you removed. This is also a great chance to re-organise any of your unruly cupboards.

Move round the kitchen and repeat the process until you’ve cleaned inside all of your cupboards.

5. Scrub your extractor filter & replace

Once your cupboards have been cleaned, return to your extractor filter that’s soaking in the sink. Use a scourer to scrub the extractor filter, removing any gunk and grease that’s built up. If you’ve got a spare toothbrush lying around, you could use this too.

Once your filter’s fully cleaned, dry it with a clean tea towel and clip it back onto the cooker hood.

6. Clean the fridge/freezer

Now it’s time to clean your fridge. You can also clean your freezer at the same time, but you’ll have needed to defrost this in advance if so.

Grab your box and empty all of your produce from the fridge into it. As with the cupboards, you should wipe down any sticky or dirty containers and make sure that anything that’s gone off gets chucked out.

Run a sink full of warm water, and a couple of squirts of washing up liquid. Remove the shelves and drawers from the inside of the fridge, as well as inside the fridge door, and wash these up. Then leave them to dry on the side while you clean inside the fridge.

Grab a multi-surface spray (or your general cleaning solution) and spray the inside of the fridge. Using a clean cloth, wipe the ceiling, sides and bottom of the fridge. Make sure to reach into all of the corners. You’ll also need to wipe around the seal of the fridge, as well as the fridge door.

Place your dry drawers & shelves back into the fridge and return your produce to the fridge.

If you’ve defrosted your freezer, you can now wash up the drawers and wipe in and around the sides & door - just as you did with the fridge.

7. Clean appliances (microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc.)

Next, you should clean any other appliances that sit on your sides. Think coffee makers, microwave, toasters & blenders. If it’s out on the kitchen counter - clean it!

If any parts are removable, such as the microwave turntable, or your coffee maker jug, take these to the sink and wash them thoroughly.

The outside of appliances can be tackled with a clean microfiber and multi-surface spray.

Empty your toaster tray of crumbs and wipe the tray - and the rest of your toaster - with a dry microfibre cloth. Only use a dry cloth & don’t let any moisture near the toaster!

Top tip: If there are stubborn stains or marks inside your microwave, blast a bowl of water, vinegar (in equal parts) & a wedge of lemon on full power until the inside steams up. You should be able to wipe it out with ease. Find more info on cleaning a microwave, here.

Return any parts that you washed up to their rightful home and move onto the oven.

8. Clean the oven

That’s right - it’s time for the oven. Nobody’s favourite job, but it simply has to be done. Especially as part of a spring clean.

You’ll need an oven cleaning product that’s suitable for your oven - we usually opt for a readily available product you can find in the supermarket. Something like Oven Pride or Mr Muscle.

Pretty much all oven products have different application instructions, so we won’t go into too much detail - just make sure to read these thoroughly to prevent damage. Usually, you need to apply the products, leave it to soak, and then wipe out. Some products also come with a bag that you can soak the oven shelves in.

It’s always worth laying newspaper and/or plastic bags beneath the oven in case any product drips out. Almost all oven cleaners are strong, corrosive products - so you won’t want these getting on your floors or surfaces!

9. Wipe down your cupboard doors and countertops

Working high to low in your kitchen, wipe down the fronts of cupboards, and cupboard handles, as well as countertops. Start with any cupboards that are above surfaces, then work down to countertops, and finish with cupboards that are below counters. Use a multi-surface spray and a microfibre cloth for this.

You’ll need to clean your hob/stove top and the front of the oven too. You should be able to do this with the same multi-surface spray and a cloth.

If you have a gas hob, remove the grates and rings and wash these up in the sink. 

If you have a ceramic or induction hob with stubborn marks, consider using a dedicated hob cleaning product, such as Hob Pride.

10. Clean your sink & tackle limescale

Begin by running warm water and rinsing out the sink. Make sure that you clear any gunk that’s stuck in the plughole, placing this into your bin. 

Spray a kitchen cleaning spray or a multi-surface cleaner around the sink and wipe with a clean, damp microfibre cloth. 

If there’s any limescale around the sink or the taps, spray a limescale remover such as Viakal, allow it to soak for a few minutes, then rinse away with water and a cloth. You should be left with a perfect, sparkly sink. 🚰 ✨

Top tip: If your kitchen has any sensitive surfaces, such as marble or natural stone, be super careful with limescale remover. These products are acidic and could cause irreversible damage to some surfaces.

11. Clean your bin 

If there’s any rubbish out on your kitchen sides, grab this and bin it right away. Remove & tie your rubbish bag, and take it out to wherever your rubbish gets collected.

Using a clean microfibre and your general-purpose spray, clean the inside and outside of your bin. If you have a garden & a hose, you could even spray it down outside.

Once fully cleaned, leave the bin somewhere to air dry (outside if possible). Once air-dried you can place a clean empty bin bag inside and pop the bin back where it belongs.

12. Quick tidy up

Before cleaning the floors, you’ll need to ensure everything is straightened and tidied - otherwise, you’ll be walking back over your clean floor to grab things. 

Chuck any tea towels & dirty cloths into the laundry basket.

If you’ll be spring-cleaning other rooms next, remove any cleaning products that you’ll need from the kitchen and place them on a surface in another room. 

If you’re only spring cleaning the kitchen today, place cleaning products back under the sink, or wherever they belong.

13. Vacuum & mop the floors

We’re nearly done with the kitchen now, with just the floors left to do!

Thoroughly vacuum the floors, reaching right into the corners to make sure all debris is removed.

Then run a bucket of warm water and a suitable floor cleaning product - check your back of the bottle for full details of how much to add. Dip a clean mop into the bucket and wring dry. You need your mop to be wet, but not soaking wet!

Work the mop in a figure of 8 motion, making sure that you reach into all corners of the room. Dip & wring regularly to make sure that your mop stays clean - otherwise, you’re just moving the dirt around! 

Top tip: Start at the far end of the kitchen and back out of the room as you mop. That way, you won’t have to walk back over the floor that you’ve already cleaned.

Once you’ve finished mopping, empty your bucket down the nearest toilet, and rinse the mop in a sink that you’ve not yet cleaned.

Great work - you’ve just spring-cleaned your kitchen!

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Spring cleaning the living room
 


The living room - it’s where people relax and wind-down after a long day. It’s where your sofas, reclining chairs and TV live. But there are plenty of spots where dirt and dust can hide away. Here’s how to spring clean your living room.

1. Dust everywhere you can

Spring cleaning your living room really is all about the dusting. Start by dusting the ceiling, your light fixtures and into the corners of your room with a long-handled feather duster.

Then move down to door frames, picture frames, mirrors, radiators, bookcases, blinds, tables & coffee tables. Work down the room high to low, dusting with a clean, dry microfibre cloth.

Don’t forget to dust around any lamps too. You can find out more about cleaning lamps, here.

2. Wipe down tables

Now you’ve dry dusted everywhere, use a multi-surface cleaner and a dmp microfibre cloth to wipe down tables, and coffee tables. If you have coasters on your tables, make sure to wipe these clean too.

3. Clean children’s toys

Do your kids leave scattered toys all over the living room floor? If so, now’s the perfect time to clean these (if left alone, they can get a little bit grubby). Just wipe these down the a damp microfibre cloth and a spray of multi-surface cleaner.

4. Machine wash furniture covers

Now it’s time for some laundry. Strip cushions & sofa cushions of their covers and check whether any of your rugs are machine washable. Then put these in the washing machine according to the label instructions. Or you can chuck them into the laundry to clean later.

5. Tidy, clear & vacuum your sofa

Sofas can attract all sorts of weird and wonderful goodies. Lift off your sofa cushions and check for any larger items that have fallen down. Coins, pens, TV remotes - you name it. Remove these by hand.

Then attach a soft brush attachment to your vacuum and thoroughly vacuum the sofa. Beneath where the cushions sit, along the back and armrests, at the front - vacuum everywhere you can.

6. Move sofa, chairs and other furniture to clean beneath

As you’re completing a thorough spring clean, you should make sure to move any furniture that you can to clean behind and beneath. Think sofas, bookshelves, TV consoles - everything you can safely move. Of course, you’ll want to take extra care when doing this, and you shouldn’t overexert yourself. If you’re not comfortable moving something, call a helping hand or just skip it - it’s not worth taking any risks.

Once you’ve moved furniture you should remove any large items by hand (coins, remotes etc.) and then thoroughly vacuum before placing your furniture back.

7. Polish your furniture

If you’re lucky enough to have some lovely wooden furniture, like a dining table or coffee table, then now’s the perfect time to polish it. Simply apply wood polish as per the products instructions.

8. Clean inside windows & your window sills

Spray a light mist of glass cleaning product over your windows, and then wipe over with a dry, clean microfibre cloth. Then dry dust your window sills, and lightly spray a multi-surface spray if you’ve got any stubborn marks.

If you’ve got french windows, or large glass doors in your living room, make sure to clean these with a glass cleaning spray too.

9. Clean your pet bed

Got a furry friend? If so, now’s the time to clean their pet bed. Most pet beds are machine washable, so just check the label and follow the instructions carefully. Or chuck it in the laundry cupboard, ready to be washed once you’ve finished your spring clean.

10. Wipe skirting boards

Before you tackle the floors, you’ll want to wipe any skirting around the room. You can dust with a dry microfibre cloth or a feather duster, or spray some mutlisurface cleaner if there are any marks that need to be removed.

11. Tidy up

Before you vacuum and mop, remove any cleaning products or equipment that’s no longer needed. If you have a bin or waste paper basket in the living room, empty this now.

12. Thoroughly vacuum the floor

You’re nearly finished with spring cleaning your living room. It’s now time to vacuum your floors. Vacuum right into the corners of the room, and along the edges. Move any furniture that you can to vacuum beneath. Vacuum the top of any rugs, and lift these up afterwards, to make sure you vacuum the floor beneath.

13. Shampoo carpet, or mop the floor

If you’ve got a carpeted floor, you’ll want to finish the living room clean by shampooing the floor. Depending on the state of your carpet, you may wish to shampoo the entire floor, or perhaps just spot clean any marks or stains. There are plenty of carpet cleaning products readily available in supermarkets, by brands like Vanish. Each product has slightly different application instructions though, so make sure you read the label & follow instructions carefully.

If your living room has hard floors, simply mop using a mop and bucket. Fill the bucket with warm water and an appropriate floor cleaning product. 

Mop into the corners and right to the edges of the room to ensure nowhere’s missed - using a figure-of-eight motion will help you cover every area. Regularly dip and wring the mop to keep it clean. And mop backwards, starting at the far end of the room and finishing by the door - that way, you won’t need to walk back over your floor.

If you’ve got a steam mop, feel free to use this as you usually would instead of a mop and bucket.

Top tip: remove any small rugs or furniture that you can before you vacuum & mop the floors. Then return these items to the living room once your floor has dried.

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Spring cleaning the bedrooms
 

 

Maintaining a clean & tidy bedroom is super important for a healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that the cleanliness of your sleep environment is one of the most important factors in determining the quality of sleep. So any spring clean has to include a thorough clean of your bedroom.

Here’s how to spring clean your bedrooms:

1. Dust & wipe throughout the bedroom

As with every room in the house, begin dusting with a long-handled feather duster. Start with the ceiling, as well as any ceiling, and make sure to get into the corners. If you’ve got a free standing wardrobe, make sure that you thoroughly dust the top of this with a dry microfibre cloth.

Then move down the room, dusting & wiping all surfaces, including:

- Makeup tables 
- Shelves
- Bookcases
- Picture frames
- Bedside tables
- Lamps/lampshades
- Blinds
- Chests of drawers 
- Radiators
- Door frames
- Window sills
- Skirting boards
- Light switches (Don’t use any moisture at all when dusting these)

Everything should be thoroughly dusted, then wiped with a damp microfibre and a spray of multi-surface cleaner (except for light switches, of course - these should always just be dry dusted).

If you have a mirror in the bedroom, spray a light mist of glass cleaner over it and then thoroughly wipe with a dry microfibre cloth. Use the same method to clean the inside of your bedroom windows.

2. Wash, dry and iron bed linen

Strip your bed linen and chuck this to the wash. You can put it straight into the laundry, but if you have spares you can leave it in the basket to wash later.

Once it’s been washed, allow it to air dry, or throw it in the tumble dryer, and then iron it before replacing it.

3. Swap out winter duvet for summer duvet

If you use a different, lighter duvet for the summer months, then now’s the time to swap these over. 

Top tip: Store your out-of-season duvet in a vacuum packed bag to minimise the space that’s required for storage. 

4. Pack away your winter coats

With the warmer months just around the corner, your spring clean is a great chance to rotate your clothes. Just like your winter duvet, you can also vacuum pack your winter coats to save space.

5. Move furniture to clean beneath

Beds, bedside tables, desks, chests of drawers, wardrobes - anything at all that you can move should be cleaned beneath/behind. Pick up any larger items, like coins, pens, etc., and then vacuum to remove dirt & dust. Then place your furniture back where it belongs.

6. Polish or varnish furniture

If you have wooden furniture in your bedroom, such as bedside tables, chests of drawers or other furniture, you can polish or varnish these items as part of the spring clean. Just make sure you get a polish/varnish that’s suitable for your furniture, and then follow the instructions carefully.

7. Vacuum your floors

Now it’s time to vacuum your floors thoroughly. Go right into the corners and along the edges of the room. If you have any rugs, first vacuum over these, then move them out of the way to vacuum beneath.

8. Clean your carpets

As your last task in the bedroom, you’ll want to clean your carpets. Use a standard shop bought carpet cleaning product and follow the instructions on the label carefully. Depending on the condition of your carpets, you may want to clean the entire carpet, or you could spot clean any dirty or stained areas. 

If you have hard flooring in your bedroom, skip this step and mop the floor instead.

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Spring cleaning the bathrooms & toilets
 


Keeping your bathrooms & toilets clean is essential for the hygiene of your home. After all, they’re the rooms with your toilets in, plus they’re where you go to clean yourself. Due to their humid conditions, bacteria can thrive in bathrooms, so don’t skimp on the spring cleaning of these rooms!

Here’s how to spring clean your bathrooms & toilets.

1. Put toilet cleaning product in the toilet to soak

Before you do anything else, flush your toilet. Once the toilet’s flushed & settled, apply toilet cleaner around the underside of the rim. This will drip down the toilet bowl, and can be left to soak while you clean the rest of the bathroom.

2. Tidy up & remove anything you can from the bathroom

As you’ll be completing a thorough, ‘spring clean’ of the bathroom, you’ll need to completely clear the decks before getting started. Chuck out any bottles that are empty and place any other rubbish in the bin.

Take out your bin, body scale, and anything else that’s on the floor. Wipe the outside of these items with a multisurface spray and a clean microfibre cloth so they’re already clean when you return them later on.

Place your bath mat into the laundry. If you’ve got a machine washable shower curtain, remove this at the same time and send it to the laundry.

Before placing them in your box, rinse & wipe the outside of bottles, and clean the toothbrush holder under running water. Then place these in a box, or on a surface, in another room.

The only thing that should be left in the bathroom is the toilet brush & toilet brush holder.

3. Dust the ceiling, light fittings, extractor fan & corners of the room

Start by dusting high. Use a long-handled duster to clear dust & cobwebs from the ceiling and corners of the room, including around light fittings, and dust the extractor fan if you have one.

4. Dust & wipe surfaces, high to low

Once the ceiling & extractor are dusted, move down the room. Begin with high shelves, mirrors and cabinets and work down the room, cleaning all shelves & surfaces.

Mirrors should be cleaned with a light mist of glass cleaner, and then buffed with a dry microfibre cloth. Other surfaces, including tiled walls, can be cleaned with a damp microfibre, and a spray of multisurface cleaner or bathroom cleaner.

Make sure to dust radiators and pipes with a dry microfibre cloth too.

5. Identify & remove limescale throughout the bathroom

As part of a spring clean you should aim to remove any limescale deposits you can. Limescale can pop up in bathrooms in a number of places, including:

- The bathtub and sink basin
- Any plugholes
- On and around the taps
- The shower screen
- The shower hose, rail, and bath handles; and
- Tiled walls

Spray a limescale remover like Viakal to the affected areas, and leave it for a couple of minutes. Then wash away with a damp microfibre cloth. Don’t worry about buffing this quite yet, as you’ll do that during the next step.

Top tip: If you have any sensitive materials in your bathroom, such as marble or natural stone, be very careful with limescale removal products. They’re usually highly acidic and can cause irreversible damage to these sensitive areas.

6. Clean the bath, sink & shower

Pull out any hair or anything else that’s clogged in your plughole. If you’ve got a free standing shower, you can sometimes pull the drain off entirely to clean beneath. 

Wash the sink, and bath/shower out with warm water and a cloth if necessary. Buff tap fixtures and plugholes with a dry microfibre, as well as any other areas like the shower screen or tiling that you previously cleared limescale from.

Make sure to wipe around the bathtub and sink, to remove any toothpaste or residual shower gel/shampoo that could be left behind.

7. The toilet

Before cleaning inside the toilet, you’ll want to thoroughly wipe the outside of the cistern, the flush, seat, rim and base, using a dedicated microfibre cloth and a multisurface or bathroom cleaning spray.

Start at the top of the cistern, wiping around and behind if you can. Move down the cistern and then clean the base of the toilet, right down . Finally, wipe the top and bottom of the seat, and finish by wiping around the rim.

Once you’ve thoroughly wiped the exterior of the toilet, put this cloth into the wash immediately.

Your toilet cleaning product has now been soaking for some time, so you’re ready to scrub. Using your toilet brush scrub all the way around the bowl. Start just beneath the toilet rim and work down towards the water level, then below the water level and into the U-bend.

Flush the toilet and clean off the toilet brush with the cascading water.

8. Return items to the bathroom sides

Retrieve any bottles or items that you removed from the bathroom sides earlier, including the toothbrush holder and bottles. You still haven’t cleaned the floors, so leave the bins and bathroom scales outside for now.

Remove any cleaning products from the bathroom and place dirty cloths into the laundry.

9. Vacuum & mop the floors

You’re not far off now, and it’s just the floor to go.

First, thoroughly vacuum, reaching right into the corners to make sure all debris is removed.

Then run a bucket of warm water and a suitable floor cleaning product - check your back of the bottle for full details of how much to add. Dip a clean mop into the bucket and wring dry. You need your mop to be wet, but not soaking wet!

Work the mop in a figure of 8 motion, making sure that you reach into all corners of the room. Dip & wring regularly to make sure that your mop stays clean - otherwise, you’re just moving dirt around! 

Top tip: Start at the far end of the kitchen and back out of the room as you mop. That way, you won’t have to walk back over the floor that you’ve already cleaned.

Once you’ve finished mopping, empty your bucket down a toilet or drain that you haven’t cleaned yet, and rinse the mop in a sink that you’ve not yet cleaned.

Finally, once your floor has air-dried you can return the bathroom scales & bin to where they belong.

Nice work on spring-cleaning your bathroom!

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Spring cleaning the hallways & landings
 


Your landings & hallways have super high footfall - after all, they’re how everyone in your home gets from A to B, every single day. So it’s no surprise that they can get pretty dusty and pretty dirty. Here’s how to complete a spring clean of these areas.

1. Shake off your doormat

Begin by taking your doormat outside, and shaking it thoroughly. If you’ve got a hard-bristled brush, use this to remove any dried mud and dust. Then leave the doormat outside while you return inside to finish cleaning the hallway and landing.

2. Tidy shoes and jackets

If you’ve got coat hooks or a shoe rack in your hallway, now’s the perfect time to tidy these up. If there are any jackets that aren’t in rotation, put these in the wardrobe - and make sure to empty the pockets first too. If you’ve got any ragged or worn out shoes that are taking up space, consider throwing these away.

3. Dust ceilings & lights

Use a long-handled duster to dust the ceiling, reaching right into the corners to remove any cobwebs. At the same time, dust all of the ceiling lights in your hallway & landing.
Wipe down & polish your banisters

If you’ve got staircases in your home, wipe down the banisters with a clean, damp microfibre cloth. If they’re wooden, you should then apply some polish as per the product instructions.

4. Dry dust light switches

Use a dry microfibre cloth to dust your light switches throughout the landing & hallways.

5. Disinfect door handles

Next, you’ll want to disinfect the door handles to each of the rooms. Spray a product that kills 99.9% of bacteria & viruses, like Dettol’s Antibacterial Surface Cleanser. Then wipe dry with a microfibre cloth.


6. Wipe skirting boards

If there’s skirting in your landing & hallways, clean these with a dry microfibre cloth. If there are any stubborn marks on there, spray a little multisurface cleaner and then wipe clean. If you’d prefer, you can skip this step and use the vacuum with a soft brush attachment instead.

7. Vacuum floors

Time for the floors. Move any shoe racks or other furniture into another room. Then thoroughly vacuum throughout your hallways/landings. If you’ve got stairs in your home, now’s the time to vacuum these too.

8. Mop floor or shampoo carpets

Finish the spring clean of your home by mopping your landings (if you’ve got hard floors) or shampooing them, if you have carpets.

To mop, simply fill a bucket with warm water and a floor cleaning product that’s suitable for your floors. Start at the far end of your hallway and work backward so you don’t have to walk over areas that you’ve already mopped.

If you’ve got carpeted floors, shampoo the halls using a shop-bought carpet cleaning product. These products all have slightly different application methods - so always begin by reading the instructions on the label carefully.

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Spring cleaning the garden, patio & outdoor areas
 


As well as deep cleaning the inside of your home, there are a few outdoor tasks that you can take care of as part of your spring clean.

1. Put down grass seed

Grass seed can be laid from March onwards, so your spring clean can be the perfect opportunity to take care of this task.

If you’re planting grass for a new lawn area, start by clearing the soil of any debris, including stones & weeds. Then rake the area over, making sure that it’s level. Evenly distribute your seeds - about 50 grams for every square metre - and rake these into the soil. 

You’ll need to water the lawn every day for six weeks, although you can skip this on day’s when it’s rained.

If you’re only partially sewing the lawn, you can follow the same process, but only in the areas that need new grass.

2. Clean gutters & garden drains

If your gutters are reachable, you can clean these out as part of the spring clean. Although if these are high up and difficult to reach, you should call in a gutter cleaning service instead.

If you’ve got any drains in your garden, clear these of any dirt and debris with an outdoor broom. If you can easily lift the grate, you should remove this and check there’s no debris or blockages.

3. Sweep balconies, patios & other outdoor spaces

If you have any hard floor outdoor spaces, such as a patio, a balcony, decking or anything like this, you should sweep these thoroughly with an outdoor broom.

4. Mop or scrub outdoor areas

If you have a patio, you can pour some warm soapy water over the area and then use your garden broom to scrub the patio clean.

If you have a balcony or decking, you can use your mop & bucket - just fill the bucket with warm water and a little washing up liquid and then mop as usual.

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