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Now is the Time For Spring Cleaning!

Whenever Easter is early (31st March this year) it always feels to me as though Spring is already just around the corner and is quickly creeping up on us. Thankfully too we have reached the ‘lighter’ mornings and ‘darker later’ evenings, so we know change and the promise of more outdoor time is within our sights! So, as well as looking forward to all things Springlike, this is often a good time to ‘clear out’ and ‘clean up!’. By this I mean we are usually ready both literally and figuratively to sweep out the cobwebs and start afresh.

And in case you need a bit of a reminder, here are a few tips on all those bigger jobs that can be tackled at this time of year. So, shake out the rug and let’s get to it!

CHIMNEYS

Much will depend on how much you use your fireplace, but according to the National Fire Protection Association: “Chimneys, fireplaces and vents should be inspected at least once a year for soundness and freedom from deposits and blockages’. They also advise and recommend that you do the cleaning, maintenance and any necessary repairs at the same time. For help in finding a local chimney sweep have a look at the website: nacs.org.uk

INTERIOR PAINTWORK

If you do want to wash a wall/walls then the best way to start is with warm water and a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner. Dip a clean sponge in the water, wring it dry and gently rub the wall. Also,make sure you pay particular attention to all those areas that get most frequently used and are touched continually such as around the doorknob, the door handles and light switches.

CURTAINS

This is a big job, but it is well worth it and you will be glad you bothered! Take the curtains down and remove all the eye hooks and weights and loosen the heading tape. Check the care instructions carefully and either send them off to be dry cleaned or cool machine wash them yourself.

UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE & CARPETS

This is a big and specialised job therefore for your carpets and special upholstered furniture, you should have them deep cleaned by a professional company. You can find help choosing one by looking at the National Carpet Cleaners Association.

LIGHT BULBS

Light bulbs seems to gather a lot of dust, so it is well worth giving them some attention. Ensure the lights are switched off and the bulbs have cooled down before you start cleaning. Once cooled, simply wipe each bulb over with a damp cloth.

SHOWERHEADS

We all know how horrible they can get, especially with hard water. So, for the best results,  unscrew the showerhead and leave it overnight in a bowl of distilled vinegar.

KETTLES

In order to remove any build-up of limescale, fill the kettle with half water and half distilled vinegar and leave overnight to soak away the scaly deposits. Rinse thoroughly before using again.

MATTRESSES

Whilst most modern mattresses do not need to be turned, it is still not a bad idea to give them a hoover!

CLOGGED UP BASINS & BATHS

There are many remedies for unblocking drains and you may have your own preferred method! If you don’t or want to try something new then give this one a go:

pour boiling water down the drain, followed by ½ a cup of bicarbonate of soda. Leave for a few minutes then pour in a cup of distilled vinegar and another of boiling water. Leave for 30 minutes, then flush through with plenty of boiling water.

Best of luck with your ‘big clean’!

If you decide you want a Housekeeper, House Manager or Handy Person to look after your home and undertake these type of tasks, please call the  Team at Eden and we will be pleased to advise & help you with your search 020 80387046

March 18, 2024

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