Spring is drawing to a close, and if you haven’t had a deep clean at home yet, now is the ideal time. Cleaning is not just essential for making our homes look and smell fresh and bright. It also has other important benefits.
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The benefits of spring cleaning
Nobody looks forward to getting down on their hands and knees and scrubbing floors or cleaning toilets. But a good old-fashioned spring clean can do you and your home the power of good. Here are just some of the many benefits of spring cleaning.
Hygiene is a really important factor to consider when it comes to your health. If you live in an unclean house, this can increase your risk of developing all kinds of illnesses and infections. It can also make symptoms of existing health problems worse. Mold in bathrooms and damp, dirty walls can increase the risk of asthma and breathing problems, for example. As a general rule, you should try to make sure you wash towels and bed linen once a week. Avoid drying your hands with tea towels, and give your kitchen surfaces a thorough clean before and after you prepare food. Clean your bath, shower and toilet at least twice a week using disinfectant.
Most commonly, good hygiene is associated with physical health. But having a good tidy up and clear out can also improve your mental health. How much better do you feel when you’ve tackled that room full of boxes or that pile of washing up?
Do you leave dishes stacked up by the sink? Are there plates with leftovers lying around on the kitchen table? If so, the chances are that some unwanted guests will take you up on a very tempting invitation before too long. Rats, mice, and cockroaches are all drawn to overflowing garbage bags and alluring food odors. Once you have pests, including mice and insects, there’s also a greater risk of scorpions. Scorpions feed on these creatures and they only need limited food and water supplies to survive for a long period of time. Look out for droppings, gnawed wires and holes in wood. If you spot these signs, you may have a pest infestation. There are some DIY techniques you can try. Check out sites like http://pestradar.com/get-rid-scorpions/ for more information.
Your spring cleaning checklist
Before you start thinking about mopping or getting your household cleaning products out, it’s wise to have a clear out. Tackle each room, tidy up and throw away anything you no longer want or need. If you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff, why not host a yard sale, or take some bags down to a local charity shop? Decluttering won’t just make your home look cleaner. It will also open up the space and make tidying easier and quicker in the future.
Once you’ve cleared your rooms, get your products out, put some music on, and you’re good to go.
Vacuuming is essential for removing dust and dirt. If you have pets, it’s particularly important to vacuum on a regular basis. Cover rugs and carpets, and use the nozzle attachment to get right into the corners. Hoover your stairs and corridors, and tackle each individual room.
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Kitchen and bathroom cleaning
Your kitchen and bathroom are hives of activity when it comes to bacteria, so regular cleaning is essential. Use disinfectant spray to clean the surfaces and specially designed products to target issues, such as mildew or mold. Take care to give your sinks and toilets a thorough scrub. Visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a20438/speed-clean-bathroom-0907/
for more handy bathroom cleaning tips.
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Most of us dread cleaning the windows, as it can be a time-consuming and arduous task. If you have a lot of windows or you fancy giving your biceps a rest, you could call a window cleaner. If you’d rather do the job yourself, buy window cleaning products and use a sponge to create a good lather. Once you’ve washed the windows, rinse them to leave a sparkling sheen.
Walls and ceilings
The walls and ceilings often get forgotten about when you’re working through a mental cleaning checklist. In reality, these areas can harbor dust and dirt and a good clean from time to time will do the world of good. Use a feather duster or an attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach up high. Once you’ve dusted the walls, wipe them with a damp sponge.
If you have wooden furniture, it’s important to dust it regularly to keep it looking glossy. You can use old-fashioned techniques and employ a cloth and some polish. Or buy easy-to-use wipes from your local household store.
Spring cleaning has all kinds of benefits for you and your home. Take these tips on board and you’ll be relaxing in your sparkling home before you know it.