Spring Cleaning Tips

by limniospropertygroup | 02. September 2016 10:24

Our very own Sales Administrator, Linda has compiled a list of great tips for spring cleaning your house and getting everything looking great as the weather heats up.


Windows

Instead of just wiping down the insidemake sure you also wash your windows from the outside. You will probably need a whole day put aside to do this but it’s worth the effort.  A good tip is to wash them on a cloudy day to ensure that the sun won’t dry the detergent before you’re done wiping. Don’t forget to vacuum and clean in your window and sliding door tracks as well.


Refrigerator

Pull out all of your fridge’s interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can’t be removed on the inside with a cloth and hot soapy water before putting the shelves back in their place. This is also a great time to throw out any old food and sauces/bottles that are expired.


Kitchen

Clean your pantry shelves and get rid of any old herbs, spices, and foods that are expired. Polish and clean your stainless steel appliances with SteelKleen stainless steel cleaner, which can be purchased at the supermarket.shutterstock_297476252


Oven

Get your gloves on and then using a scraper gently scrape off pieces of baked on food and grease, then spritz the remaining burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then wipe away the grime with a sponge.


Washing Machine

I make sure I clean my washing machine monthly. Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly dirty machine. Instead, disinfect it with white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and functioning well. Add the cleaning agents directly in the drum and then run the machine with hot water, once the washing machine has filled with water pause it and allow it to sit for about an hour. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.


Mattress

The perfect time to pay attention to your mattress is when your sheets are being washed. Use your vacuum’s crevice tool to clean and vacuum the surface and sides of your mattress. Sanitize with a spritz of disinfectant spray afterwards and you’re all set. When you are washing your sheets (hopefully every 2 weeks, although I like to do mine on a weekly basis) hang your doona on your line in the sun for the day so that any dust mites are killed from the sun and the doona airs out for the day. I also do this with my pillows. Also, make sure you use a mattress protector to prevent the mattress from getting stained and wash it every couple of months when you are washing your sheets. In summer you may need to wash it more regularly because of the heat.


Lighting

Turn off your lights and remove their shades, globes, and bulbs – it’s amazing how many bugs like to make it their resting place. Wash the removable parts with detergent and wipe the fixed parts with a damp cloth (I use a chamois cloth because it cleans and polishes well at the same time).shutterstock_376680865


Other tips:

Double up on doormats. You will trap the most dirt using two mats, one outside the door and one on the inside.

A good way to finish off your spring clean is to de-clutter your handbag and wallet. Wipe it down with disinfectant and while you’re at it either vacuum or shake out any dirt at the bottom of the bag. I’ve heard that half of all women’s bags have fecal bacteria on them — all those public toilets… so I’m pretty sure this fact alone will be enough to make this a monthly task plus, us women keep so many receipts and papers that we simply don’t need and they just keep piling up! Then we wonder why our handbags are so heavy when we have nothing in them.

I try and keep up with all my cleaning to ensure that I don’t have to be stuck with such a major task of cleaning everything from top to bottom once a year. If you keep up a routine where every week you set aside some time to keep on top of everything then your home will always be organised and beautifully clean


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