As the sun suggests we start shedding layers, the urge to strip back the home is just as strong. Embrace it – there’s something undeniably therapeutic about having a spring clean. Start your blitz by rethinking clutter, advises organising guru Tanya Lewis of Eco Organiser. “Ask yourself, ‘Do I need it? How does it make me feel? Does it add value to my life?’” she says. Restoring order makes for a speedier clean and promotes a healthier home and planet. Read on for your quick-clean checklist.
“Regularly give rugs sunlight and air,” says Col Williamson of ChemDry ProClean. “Vacuum them before and after, too.”
Try vinegar and water as a natural bathroom spray. Apply it to the bathroom ceiling and walls, steaming up the room with hot water in the shower before mopping from top to bottom. Clean around the showerhead, taps and spouts using an old, firm toothbrush and replace or wash your shower curtain. On glass use a limescale spray or make your own paste with baking soda and vinegar.
Wipe down kitchen shelves, check the used-by dates of your food and ensure it is well sealed ahead of summer. Identify your true food staples and plan ahead, to avoid food wastage and only store what you need.
Work the room and you won’t miss anything. Start at the door and move clockwise around the room, cleaning everything on and against the wall, then clean furniture in the middle of the room.
"Spray the cloth, not the surface," says cleaning expert Angie Kelso from Platinum Housekeeping, "so you don’t have to spend time wiping off any excess."
"A hair dryer can remove dust from a computer keyboard, the bottom of a handbag and the corner of a cupboard."Angie Kelso