With change in the season, deep cleaning in the spring months can set you up for a cleaner, healthier home this season. Spring season typically involves packing up the winter clothes and bringing out the summer dresses. With the change in the season, it also calls for hosting family and friends to get-together. This means that the home needs to be clean and ready, as well as making it easier to combat packing and unpacking of our clothes. With the change in the season, deep cleaning can set you up for a cleaner, healthier home for the spring-summer season and beyond. Here's a 10-day look tip sheet on how to clean room by room; from the living room to the bathroom for a stress-free deep clean.
The 10 Days of Cleaning Calendar
In particular, the dust may not be purely dust but made up of house dust, mites and their faeces which contain microscopic enzymes. House dust mites feed on mould as well as animal and human skin flakes. They flourish in textiles, such as bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture like sofas and carpets. To help you achieve a stress-free deep clean this spring season, here's a 10-day cleaning tip sheet on how to clean room by room.
Day 1: Living room
Set aside time to clean up high. Ceilings and appliances mounted up high such as ceiling fans, chandeliers, or air-conditioning units are some of the dustiest places due to the inconvenient height. Remove anything mounted to your walls (photo frames or clocks) and vacuum the dust that has built up on the walls. Don't forget to vacuum around the crevices of any immovable furniture (bookcases, televisions).
Day 2: Living room
Dust walls by using a vacuum with advanced filtration to ensure that the dust you're removing stays trapped in the bin and is not expelled back into the home. Dust on certain wall types can also contribute towards the growth of mould.
Don't forget the curtains and blinds as well. Using the mini soft dusting brush, vacuum dust away before washing curtains at 60-90 degree Celsius to kill any germs and bacteria. Carpets are the perfect hiding place for dustmites, where they cling deeply in the fibres. Vacuum to reduce the number of dust mites and to remove their food source.
Day 3: Bedrooms
Tackle the bedrooms and textile furniture over the next two days. This encompasses mattresses, sofas and pet baskets. Vacuum both sides of your mattress to remove dust mites and skin flakes. Don't forget to wash any removable coverings (bedsheets, cushion covers) at 60-90 degree Celsius to kill any germs and bacteria. If the bottom of your iron is covered in brown stains, once cooled, cut a lemon in half and rub the juice over the marks, then wipe off with a cloth to remove and stop brown stains smearing on your clean clothes.
While your pet is meticulously licking its fur to clean and groom itself, it is actually transferring allergens from its saliva into your house. For pet beds in the bedroom, use the hair screw tool to remove pet hair and microscopic allergens from a dog bed you can't launder. For those that can be washed, remove coverings or pillows and wash at 60-90 degrees.
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Day 4: Kitchen
Clear kitchen counters and cupboards to deep clean. Vacuum above and below appliances like your refrigerator, scrub down your sink, and wipe down all kitchen appliances and stovetops to remove any build-up. Follow up by making sure all surfaces dry. If you have a scaly kettle, cover the element with lashings of white vinegar, bring to the boil and leave overnight. Remember, let everyone in your house know so there's no surprise when they make themselves a cup of coffee in the morning.
Day 5: Kitchen
Clean the oven at least a week in advance of cooking for your family & friends get together as oven cleaning products often release harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Use an air purifier with HEPA filtration to minimise airborne compounds in your home faster.
Day 6: House
Take a mini break today. Make sure your vacuum is up to the job for the remainder of your spring cleaning! Maintain your vacuum by washing the filter in warm water and leaving it to dry thoroughly for 24 hours, while charging the battery in the meantime. Empty the bin and clear the cleaner head of any excess debris.
Day 7: Bathroom
Clean your bathroom from top to bottom, and not just the toilet bowl and sink. The grouting of your bathroom tiles can turn a nasty orange colour due to mould and mildew growing in humidity. Make a paste from baking soda and water and scrub it onto the grout with an old toothbrush to return it to its original colour. Also try ventilating your bathroom in future to reduce mould growth.
Day 8: House
Aim to vacuum all your floors. Depending on the size of your home, split this up by rooms or floors as vacuuming your whole home at a single time can be a tough feat.
Day 9: House
Vacuuming top-down ensures you're capturing any fallen dust. Make sure to clean all the corners and crevices, as well as under and around furniture. Day 10:House And you are done! Enjoy a cuppa and do light dusting and regular vacuuming of floors towards your home parties. Do note that if spills like red wine happen during your gathering, don't let it ruin your evening. Speed is of the essence. Add a little soda water or white wine to the spill to neutralise the stain, soak up excess liquid by placing a towel over the spill and tread on it.
And if dinner remnants stay welded to the bottom of the pan, add one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and one cup of boiling water to it, leave to work its magic and your pan will look like new for your next specialty dish.
Your Companion To Clean With
The Dyson V12 Detect Slim Total Clean cordless vacuum is equipped with a precisely-angled laser which makes invisible dust visible on hard floors, which would be otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Dyson vacuums also come with an array of accessories to ensure you have the right tool to clean every part of your home. From dual cleaner heads to vacuum both hard floors and carpets respectively, along with the crevice tool to help you reach the little nooks and crannies, there's an accessory for every cleaning need.
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