10 expert cleaning tips

10 expert cleaning tips

Spring cleaning tips from Yvonne Manomano, Cleaner Operations Manager at Handy www.handy.com

  1. Keep it natural. Lemon is the best natural cleanser for all cleaning, as it is anti-bacterial and great at cutting through grease and hard water stains. White bread is good for removing greasy fingerprints from walls with gentle rubbing. Use rice to clean inside vases or hard to reach areas by mixing rice with a water/vinegar solution, shaking and rinsing out. And bicarbonate of soda is brilliant for removing burntfood on saucepans and ovens - just add tablespoon to couple of inches of water, bring to the boil and leave to cool for couple of hours.
  2. Clean your mattress. Make sure you give it avacuum with an upholstery attachment and give it a good whack whilst it is propped upwards against the wall. Lie it back down and sprinkle with baking soda. I would suggest leaving the baking soda on for two hours then vacuuming it off, this should successfully remove odours. Give your bedding some extra TLC too – wash your pillows and duvets. If they won’t fit in your washing machine save some money by taking them to the local laundrette and using the industrial sized washers there.
  3. Sofas and armchairs - Considering how much time we spend lounging around our sofas and armchairs over winter, it is no wonder that they can look a bit deflated come spring. The best thing to do is to give your favourite upholstery a thorough clean – remove all the cushions and thoroughly vacuum the base, after which you can give your cushions a quick clean (most carpet detergents are well suited to upholstery). If your furniture is made from leather then wiping it down with a damp cloth will get rid of dust.
  4. Books. Re-order your bookshelf, getting rid of any tattered volumes – unless they have sentimental value. It is also a great idea to alternate your book stacking, placing some horizontally and others vertically, as that will make the shelves look more interesting. If you still have too many books you can get creative and use some of them to make a pedestal for a photo frame, or a vase.
  5. Tech-clean. Give your computer a fresh start. Organise your desktop and email account, delete unwanted items and file things you like to keep. Clean your keyboard thoroughly with sanitizer using a toothbrush and cotton buds. A study by the consumer group Which? carried out among London offices suggests that keyboards have more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat.
  6. Iron out stains. Do you have some really tough stains on your upholstery or carpet? By applying heat it can often activate the cleaner and make it more effective. Apply stain remover or cleaning fluid on the affected area, cover with a towel or cloth and iron over this to see great results.
  7. Tackle the kitchen in the right way. Always start cleaning your kitchen from the stove, as it tends to be the dirtiest place and move clockwise from there. If you store pots and pans in the stove you can start by soaking them in warm water and by the time you are done with the entire kitchen, they will be much easier to clean. It is also a good idea to properly clean your dishwasher: make sure to clean all the edges with some baking soda and to run an empty cycle with a dash of bleach to get rid of all the bacteria you collect during flu season!
  8. Get rid of crumbs. It's difficult to get rid of crumbs from the toaster, so use a toothbrush to clean the inside and turn the toaster upside down to get rid off all the crumbs. If there are melted plastic on the toaster remove it easily with a nail polish remover.
  9. A great way to welcome spring is to bring more light into the home, so make sure that you clean all the skylights and lamps from the dust that accumulates in the winter months. Your house will instantly look that much brighter and all the newly cleaned surfaces will sparkle.
  10. Clean after cleaning. Don’t forget to sanitize your sponges used while cleaning. Microwave wet sponges for two min, or toss them in the dishwater to kill the germs, and make sure they dry quickly. A damp sponge will attract bacteria.
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