When it comes to a spring clean many things need to be considered. A spring clean is a fantastic way to get your home looking ready for summer, getting your home looking like new again.
To do this, there are lots of things to be considered and completed for an effective spring clean. It’s difficult to remember all the small areas to tackle and look at, which is why we’ve put this article together for you. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your spring cleaning done and give you an easy to follow guide to get your home looking like new again.
In this article, we’ll cover the following headings:
With every home being different, different things will need to be done to fully complete spring clean. Our checklist is designed to help the common areas of a household, but to give you some great tips that you can take to other places in the house. We hope you enjoy!
Why Complete a Spring Clean?
Over the winter months, people tend to spend more time indoors to keep away from the cold weather. Although people may take the time to keep the home nice and clean, with more people in the house there is more foot traffic. This can lead to more dust in the home and more mess accruing in the most hidden of areas, making the home messier than usual, often without the occupants realising.
A spring clean is a great way to tackle this. You’ll be able to run through and clean all of the property and find those hidden areas, giving you the ability to clean your home to a high extent. With the summer months coming in, there’s more light that comes through the windows and this can make the dust more visible and therefore easier to see, which makes spring the perfect time for a good clean.
A spring clean is a great way to get your home fit for summer. The summer months are the most social ones and people are more likely to have BBQ’s and other social gatherings, inviting people round. Having a clean home makes a great impression for guests, so getting the home ready for summer is something that a lot of people take pride in doing.
Lastly, it’s become a bit of a tradition for many! It’s something that a lot of people do when spring rolls around, so it’s normal for many to whip out the dustpan and brush. The tradition stems back hundreds of years, with the first recorded ‘spring clean’ in the 1800s. There was a winter that left all homes covered with a layer of ‘soot and grime’, which meant that every household was messy. Without heating in those days, people had to use lamps which burnt using coal or wood. Cold winters meant more burning, which meant more soot. To clean away the soot it required the windows to be opened, which is why everybody waited until the warmer months, thus creating ‘spring cleaning’ as we know it today.
Today, on average, over 90% of people partake in spring cleaning. If you’re getting ready to perform your spring clean, use our handy checklist below to make sure you’ve got everything ticked off as you go!
How To Spring Clean Your Home
If it’s that time of year for a spring clean, check out our handy list below to talk you through the common steps that you’ll need to undertake. To keep this as easy as possible we’ve broken this down by each room to give you all the information you need in one easy place.
We’ve made sure there’s plenty of information, from what you need to do to some useful tips along the way. These cleaning tips are transferable to other areas of your home too, so have a think as you’re cleaning about what other areas this could be used for. You’ll save so much time cleaning in future that you won’t know what to do with yourself!
Spring Cleaning the Living Room
Your living room is the place that you’ll spend most of your time. It’s a great place that’s comfortable and cosy, allowing you to get some well-earned relaxation. You’ll also be able to invite friends and family to join your company in the living room, making it one of the most popular rooms in the household.
Start With a Tidy
The best way to get the best clean you can is to start by tidying the room. There may be things left out that shouldn’t be, or things that aren’t in their rightful home. Start by getting the room tidied up and it’ll make it so much easier for the next steps.
Make sure to move all ornaments out of the way at this stage. To effectively dust the room, moving the ornaments out the way provide little to no hurdles.
Dusting the Ceiling
Use a sturdy and safe step ladder or step to help you reach the ceiling, and use a feather duster. This will help to move any dust away from the ceiling itself, but will also allow you to get rid of any nasty cobwebs that are stuck up there.
Don’t forget to take the feather duster outside and give it a good shake to get rid of any dust!
Continue to Dust the Room
When dusting the room, it’s important to go from the top and move downwards. This allows you to catch all the dust, and any that falls to a lower area will simply be picked up when you clean that area.
Start with the ceiling and move down to the next level, which may be the top of any cabinets or tall furniture. Move on from here and continue downwards to the next level, which may be the windowsills, and then the next level… This helps to capture any falling dust and prevent it from lingering around. Don’t forget things like the blinds!
Don’t forget about any pictures or mirrors on the walls. These will collect just as easily and need to be wiped down, so make sure to do this whilst you’re dusting the room.
Clean All Lampshades/Fittings
You’ll want to give any light fittings a good clean to remove any dust that’s stuck to them. Sometimes, if you have lampshades, it needs a little more than a feather duster to remove dust that’s stuck to them. This goes for all lights, from the ones hanging from the ceiling to any lamps in the corner.
A great tip is to use a lint roller to roll around the lampshade and pull off any stuck dust that maybe there. If it’s still stubborn, you may wish to use the hoover and gently pull away any dust that’s still there.
Vacuum the Curtains
If you’ve got curtains, especially long ones, then these will be best hoovered. If you can remove the curtains from their holder before hoovering them, this helps to guarantee no damages to your walls. If not, make sure they are securely fastened and you support them as you hoover them.
This helps to pull away any stuck in dust that may be lingering and get the curtains clean.
Once you’ve dusted all areas, you’ll be able to polish any sides to bring back a bit of shine. Use a multi-purpose spray polish and a microfibre cloth to get the best results you can from your efforts.
You should only polish areas that are glossy or plastic, such as windowsills or tabletops. Walls should not be polished as this could damage the paint and/or wallpaper. Don’t forget any mirrors and/or picture frames!
Wipe the Skirting Boards
Skirting boards tend to collect dust. When they’re hidden behind a sofa, it’s almost impossible to reach them and tackle the dust that’s there. Using a damp microfibre cloth, you’ll be able to get all of that dust off your skirting boards and make them look like new again.
Hoover the Floor
Once you’ve dusted and polished, it’s the perfect time to tackle the floor. Any dust that has fallen from the ceiling will land on the floor, meaning you can pick it up along with any other bits that may have landed down here. Make sure you’re using the right hoover extension to get into all of those nooks and crannies.
A great tip is to use a dustpan and brush in the corners of the room to pull out any dirt that’s there, making it easily accessible for the hoover. If you have any rugs in the room, take them outside and give them a waft in the air. You’ll get rid of most of the dust just from this alone!
Hoover Your Furniture (If It’s Fabric!)
If you have a fabric sofa you’ll be able to use the hoover over the surface. This helps you to pull out any dirt or dust that’s been embedded into the fibres and help to get your furniture looking like new.
If you have other material for your furniture, such as leather, avoid using the hoover. This can cause damage and isn’t worth the risk. Fortunately, there’s a much easier way. There are options for leather cleaning that you can use to get your sofa looking clean and tidy again, without posing risk to your sofa.
Whilst you do this, remove the cushions if you can and hoover into the gaps. If not, or if it’s a leather sofa, use a damp cloth and wipe between all cushions to get rid of any crumbs that have fallen between the gaps.
Take the Time to Organise Things
At this point, you’ll have a nice clean room that just needs to ornaments putting back to where they should be. Now is a fantastic opportunity to sort through what you’ve got and what needs to be moved/gotten rid of. There’s a lot of things that we keep hold of and throw to the back of the cupboard, but don’t need.
Before you put everything back, take a look through and have a sort out if there’s anything you can get rid of. It’ll help you to keep your home tidier if there’s a lot less clutter!
Handy Tips For Cleaning The Living Room
Here are a few extra handy tips for when you’re cleaning the living room to make things even quicker!
Pull Out Furniture
If you can, move furniture out of the way. Even pulling the sofa out away from the wall will allow you to clean the skirting boards and the flooring that’s usually hidden away, helping you to keep the whole room clean.
Have a Clear Out
Whilst you’re cleaning, go through any cupboards or cabinets and have a good clear out. We all hold onto things that maybe we don’t need to, so now is the perfect opportunity to get rid of things we no longer need. Not only does it make things easier to clean, but it also makes it easier to find things when you need them!
Change Any Lightbulbs That Are Looking Dim
Whilst you’ve got the step ladder and things out, take this opportunity to change any lightbulbs that need to be switched around. It saves you having to get the step ladder out again!
Look For Any Cracks
Whilst you’re cleaning the room, especially the skirting board, keep an eye out for any cracks that may have appeared. You’ll be able to tackle them quickly and easily before they get worse this way.
Spring Cleaning the Bedroom
We spend most of our time in the house in the bedroom, however, we’re often asleep. This means that there’s plenty of things that are missed and don’t get the attention they may deserve. To give your bedroom the full clean it deserves, see our handy guide below.
Start With a Tidy
By tidying the room you’ll give yourself the best chance to do a good clean. Start by picking any clothes up off the floor to make sure the floor is open and easily accessible. This will help you hugely later on!
Make sure all sides have any objects removed. These objects can get in the way when it comes to dusting later, so move them to one side for now. A great place is to put them on the bed, which will be out of the way.
Dust The Ceiling
Spiders can come into any room and start making a web before disappearing. These webs are often in the corner of a room and rarely spotted due to their silky white appearance. By using a feather duster, you can get rid of any traces of cobwebs that may appear on the ceiling as well as getting rid of any dust.
Whilst you’re dusting the ceiling, dust the lighting fixtures on the top of the ceiling. If you have a lampshade, take this off and hold onto it for now.
The next step is to continue with dusting the rest of the room. By going from the ceiling down, any dust that falls will simply land on a place that you’ll be dusting, guaranteeing you can get it resolved in one go. If you were to go from the floor upwards, there’s a risk of missing some dust.
The next step down from the ceiling is on top of the wardrobes and any shelves. Look around the room at this level and see if any other surfaces need dusting. Once you’ve done this, head to the next level and dust. Continue to do this until you reach the floor.
Dusting the Lampshades
Lamps are notorious for collecting dust, so give these some good attention to getting rid of any dust. The lampshades, if fabric, are great at keeping hold of dust and hair. There are two ways to get rid of these:
You can use the hoover to gently pull away any dust or hair that’s caught on the lampshade, or…
You can use a lint roller to grab hold of any dust that’s there. A lint roller is safer and doesn’t risk damaging the lampshade, so if you have one handy this is the perfect way to get your lampshades clean.
Dust The Skirting Boards
Once you’ve reached the bottom of the room, dust the skirting boards with a damp microfibre cloth. This will help to get rid of any dust that has built up over time, helping to make your skirting boards look like new.
Skirting boards are commonly missed when cleaning a room, so now is the perfect opportunity to get them looking just how they need to be.
Hoover The Floor
Once you’ve dusted the whole room, any dust that wasn’t picked up will have fallen to the floor. Use a hoover to pick up all of the dust that’s on the floor, taking care to use the right attachments to get right into those corners.
If you can move furniture out of the way then it’s a good chance to help give the flooring a good clean and make it look like new again. Even though it’s hidden underneath of furniture, it’s still there and will need to be cleaned. If you ever decide to shuffle the room around, this will help keep your floor looking neat and tidy all around the room.
Once you’ve dusted the room you can polish any surfaces to get them looking like new. This will help to bring back a bit of shine and make the room feel a bit lighter and more pleasant, so we highly recommend this step!
Dust All Bottles & Ornaments Before Putting Them Back
Give all the ornaments a quick wipe down with a microfibre cloth to remove any dust that’s on them before putting them back. This will keep them free from dust and make them look like they should be.
Have a Good Sort Out
Spring cleaning is the perfect chance to go through all of your drawers and wardrobes to see what you’ve got and what you need to keep hold of. Start with one area, such as the wardrobe, and empty it onto the bed.
Put each item back one at a time and think ‘do I need this?’. It’ll help you to run through everything you’ve got and help you to determine if there’s anything that you’ll be able to get rid of. If you collate a bag of old clothes, these will be welcomed into a charity shop and help do good for others!
Put Everything Away Properly
Once you’ve taken everything out of its home, give it a refold and organise your drawers and storage. You’ll find you’re saving plenty of time in the future when looking for your favourite top, helping you to get ready much more easily in the morning!
When putting everything away, think about what is currently in season and what clothes you’ll want to wear. It’s if summer, you’ll want to have all of your summer clothes easily accessible. Put any winter coats at the back of the wardrobe so they’re out of the way and have a shuffle around when the winter months come.
Flip The Mattress Over
Once you’ve finished the clean and the room is looking neat and tidy, you may wish to change the bedding. If you’re planning to do this, flip the mattress over to the other side. This helps to prolong the life of the mattress and keep it comfy for longer!
Handy Tips For Cleaning The Bedroom
The bedroom can be a daunting task to clean, but with these tips below you’ll have it looking clean in no time!
Use The Bed as Temporary Storage
Not many rooms in the household offer a place to put things out of the way when cleaning, so make use of this! It’s a soft, cushioned section of your home that you’ll be able to use to put things out the way when you need to make some room, so there’s minimal risk of damages occurring.
Only Empty One Storage Area at a Time
If you’re emptying the bedside drawers to have a good sort through, only empty one at a time. This will ensure that nothing gets mixed up and you’re not spending any time trying to figure out what goes where making things quick and easy.
Get The Windows Open
When you’re dusting and polishing there’s a lot of chemicals and dust in the air. Opening a window helps to not only get some fresh air into the room, but it also helps prevent the chemicals from becoming too strong in the air and giving you a headache.
If you ever feel like there’s a headache coming on, leave the room and shut the door. Head for a drink and relax for a little bit. The headache should pass over and you’ll be able to carry on without making yourself worse.
Spring Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is an important part of any home. It’s the beating heart, providing food, drinks and great memories for many. Because of the nature of this room, it’s important to keep it clean and hygienic to make sure that all food is safe for consumption. Out tips and methodology below will help you to get the kitchen clean and safe.
If you’ve got any plates or letters laying around on the worktops, get them to put away where they need to be. This will help to speed the process up when it comes to cleaning the surfaces later and helps to make the kitchen look tidier straight away!
Remove Any Ornaments
All ornaments that are in the kitchen, such as on the windowsill, should be moved out of the way. This helps to guarantee a great clean and allows you to speed up the process. You won’t be skating around different ornaments and making sure they aren’t knocked, saving you plenty of time.
Dusting The Ceiling
As with all other rooms, start with dusting is the best way to speed the process up. Dusting gets rid of any dust to allow you to clean and polish surfaces with ease, saving any wasted time later on.
Using a feather duster and a safe set of step ladders, dust all parts of the ceiling. Make sure to get right into the corners as this is where spiders like to make cobwebs, so make sure to get rid of these!
Dust The Rest of The Room
Following on from the ceiling, keep the step ladders out and dust the top of the cupboards. These are often missed and can collect plenty of dust, therefore it’s crucial to tackle these whilst you’ve got the reachability. Be mindful that all that dust can make you sneeze!
Start from the top of the cupboards and on top of the fridge, and slowly move your way down the room. Keep in mind that any dust that isn’t picked up by a duster or cloth will fall, so make sure it’ll land on a surface that you’re going to clean next. Don’t forget to get into any blinds you may have!
Wipe Down All Sides
Before we tackle the floor, it’s important to get rid of any crumbs or food that’s on the worktops. Using a damp cloth, wipe all the worktops down and flick any bits onto the floor. We’ll clean the floor afterwards, so this helps to save time when wiping down the worktops.
Use a Dustpan And Brush on The Floor
Through dusting the rest of the room, there is undoubtedly going to be some dust that’s landed on the floor. That and the food crumbs we’ve pushed onto the floor.
By using a dustpan and brush you’ll be able to get all of these little bits up and throw them straight into the bin, giving you a clear path to properly clean the floor.
Clean The Floor
Once you’ve dusted the floor, take out a mop and some floor cleaner to get the floor looking like new. We recommend using something like Zeflora, a product that’s designed to clean your floor, sanitise and leave it smelling great.
If there are any stubborn marks, such as food spills, use a cloth and some soapy water to tackle these. It’ll eventually give way with some elbow grease.
Cleaning The Fridge
You’ll need to run through the fridge and make sure everything is in date, which if it isn’t can be thrown away. Once you’ve got all the food you’ll be keeping, take it out and put it to one side. It won’t be out of the fridge for very long but it gives you plenty of opportunities to get the fridge cleaned.
Most shelves have marks and spills that go unnoticed, so give them a good wipe down and clean to get them looking just how they should be. Once it’s all clean and dry, pop everything back.
Cleaning The Freezer
The freezer is a tough one to tackle as it requires you to defrost before you can properly clean it out. To do this, you could use a cool box filled with ice temporarily to help keep your frozen goods cold whilst the freezer defrosts. You’ll then be able to clean it out before putting the food back in.
Sanitise All Worktops
Where food is prepared, you’ll want it to be safe. Sanitise and wipe down all of the worktops that you have to make sure there’s no risk of any harmful bacteria lingering on the surfaces.
You can purchase a sanitising spray from your local supermarket for a few pounds which are worth every penny. You’ll be able to use the spray and wipe over all worktops when you need to for long into the future to help you guarantee a much lower risk of ingesting any harmful bacteria.
Deep Clean The Oven
Once you’ve got the room looking fresh and clean, it’s time to clean the main part of the room. An oven will naturally become messy on the inside over time, so it’s important to use an oven cleaner to tackle what’s there.
The important thing to focus on is getting rid of any grease that’s stuck at the bottom of the oven. Not only does this smell after a while, but it also could catch fire and cause much worse problems than a nasty smell. Using a trusted oven cleaner you’ll be able to tackle the grease with ease.
Have a Sort Out And Put Things Back
With many cupboards, you can find that lots of things get pushed to the back and get forgotten about. Take the time to sort through each cupboard and put everything you don’t need to one side.
Once you’ve sorted through all the cupboards you’ll be in a position where you can put any ornaments back to where they belong.
Handy Tips For Cleaning The Kitchen
The kitchen is a great part of your home, however, you’ll need to keep it clean and hygienic to make sure you and your family are eating safe food. Check out a few more handy tips you can do when cleaning to maximise your efficiency!
Sorting Through Unwanted Food
Take a look through the pile of food you’ve collated from earlier and see what’s in date. If there are things like tins and cans, put them in a bag and take them to your local food bank as a donation. It’s 100% better to be eaten by someone who needs it than to be chucked in the bin!
Keep Your Kitchen Organised
Whilst you go through and empty all of the drawers and cupboards, think about not only what should be together, but whereabouts it should be. For example, if you often need a chopping block near the hob, move it there! Make it easier to get around your kitchen and you’ll save plenty of steps whilst cooking, making it safer and easier.
Sanitise Each Week (At Least!)
Each week, as a minimum, you should aim to sanitise your kitchen. Harmful bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces for many days, which makes it crucial to tackle them and prevent any ingestion of these germs.
Spring Cleaning The Bathroom
The bathroom is the room that lots of people come into to get clean. Whilst you’ll walk out feeling fresh, the bathroom will have all sorts of germs or grime left behind. Most of this goes down the plughole, but the microscopic germs can stick around.
Start By Moving All Bottles Off The Sides
Most people have bottles and things on the side of their bathroom. These will get in the way as we’re cleaning, so put them in a carrier bag and take them out of the room for the time being. This will help give you plenty of room to work and may also uncover some hidden marks you may not have noticed.
Start again with dusting the ceiling and move your way around the room as you go. This will be extremely useful as you progress through the room to clean it, ultimately saving you time as you go.
If you have an extractor fan, remove any dust from the fan. Make sure that it’s not turned on to guarantee there’s no risk of it being damaged or of you hurting yourself. Once you’re certain it’s turned off and not going to come back on, remove any dust from the fan blades. This dust can damage the fan and ultimately break it, so it’s vital to remove dust regularly. Once or twice a year should be plenty sufficient.
Mop The Floor
Once you’ve dusted everywhere, use a mop and give the floor a good clean. This will help to remove any hidden chemicals that may reside on your floor, keeping your bathroom clean and safe.
Open a window to let fresh air in and to help the floor dry more quickly.!
Use a Bathroom Cleaner to Clean The Surfaces
Bathroom cleaner is usually no more than a few pounds from a supermarket near you, and it’s incredibly useful. The bathroom cleaner is designed to cut through tough marks or stains that are on several surfaces, such as:
• The bathtub
• The sink
• The shower basin
• The toilet (not inside the loo though!)
By using a wet cloth and the bathroom cleaner, you’ll be able to give yourself a really good shine and make the bathroom look like new. Over time, the colour of your sink and the bath will start to fade away from that bright white. This is a great way to get the bathroom sparkling clean again.
Use Bleach to Clean The Toilet
Most bleach requires time to get to work and dig deep into the germs that may be in the loo. Pour it around the side of your toilet basin and leave for 5 minutes or so (the correct amount of time to leave it for will be on the back of the bleach bottle) and flush once it’s done.
Make sure to leave a window open whilst this is poured in. The fumes that bleach bring can sometimes give people headaches, especially in confined spaces, therefore it’s essential to keep yourself safe. An open window allows for a consistent supply of fresh air.
Use Glass Cleaner For Any Glass Walls
You’ll be able to clean any glass walls (such as the ones in a shower) by using a glass cleaner and some hard scrubbing. The effects of limescale can sometimes stain the glass, but this can be removed through the right cleaning products and some dedication!
Clean All The Bottles Before Putting Them Back
The bottles can collect dust or grime if they’re inside the shower, so make sure to wipe them down before putting them back. This is also a perfect opportunity to get rid of any empty bottles, and to mix two nearly empty bottles!
Handy Tips For Cleaning The Bathroom
The bathroom isn’t the easiest room to clean, however, there are a few things you can do to make your life easier.
Use an Old Toothbrush as a Scrubber
Toothbrushes are great for scrubbing your teeth and they’re just as good for scrubbing away marks. Use an old one to clean any hard to reach areas!
Use a Drain Unclogger
If you’ve got a clogged drain, or you’re finding it doesn’t drain as easily, you’ll want to get this sorted before the problem worsens. Fortunately, a drain unclogger is relatively inexpensive and simply requires you to pour the product in, let it sit and rest, then pour water in. It’ll work like new afterwards!
Baking Soda And Vinegar
…Are a match made in heaven! The two of these together can tackle most tough stains. If you’ve run out of cleaning solutions and you’re not in a position to run to the shops, mix the two of these and you’ll have your very own home cleaning product. Mix in some lemon juice for a zesty, fragrant smell!