Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s time to get your home freshened up after a long winter inside. A spring clean tends to be very thorough, however sometimes dirt and grime can build up in unexpected areas that you may not have considered – resulting in them often being missed off the spring cleaning checklist!
From mattresses to house plants, Airtasker has put together a handy set of tips to highlight the areas that people often forget to clean during their spring clean, to ensure you have everything covered:
1. Remote Controls, Switches & Handles
Think about some of the things in your home that you come into contact with every day; doorknobs, kitchen cabinets, light switches and TV remotes – they all gather germs and dirt too.
Make sure you go over all the items with a cloth and disinfectant. As for the TV remote, remove batteries and use a cotton bud with disinfectant to rub around the buttons. Wipe the remainder of the remote with a lint-free cloth.
2. Deodorise Mattress
Washing the sheets is easy, but don’t forget about the actual mattress that you spend 8 hours sleeping on each night.
After you’ve stripped the bed of the sheets, use the vacuum to clean all the dust off the mattress. Next, use some baking soda and mix with a few drops of essential oils (for example, lavender). Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the soda all over the mattress. Leave it on for at least an hour (you can get started on the next thing) and then vacuum with the hose attachment.
3. House Plants
That’s right, these are susceptible to dust too! For larger plants, wipe over the leaves with a moist cloth, and be sure to cradle each leaf with one hand to avoid bruising or cracking them. For houseplants that are smaller in size - fill your sink with lukewarm water, support them (and the soil) with your fingers, turn upside down and gently swish their leaves in the water.
4. Extractor Fans
Extractor fans above hobs can get greasy and blocked easily; the best way to get around this is to give them a good clean every now and again. Using a large stainless-steel pot, boil water, and add baking soda gradually – stop when you see it fizzing. Carefully using tongs, lower the filters into the pot. Leave them for 5 minutes, remove, set aside, and wipe clean before adding back into the fan.
Don’t forget about your backyard, it needs sprucing up for spring too! Use a power hose to remove mildew and marks from your home and patio.
Also, be sure to check all the gutters for leaves that have built up over the cooler months and remove.
6. Cleaning equipment
Once you've completed your annual spring clean, give all the equipment that you've used a thorough clean too - after using them to reach every nook and cranny around the house, it’s important to eliminate all the germs that they have collected. The extra bonus is that when you go to use them next time, they’ll be ready and fresh as a daisy!
Find more useful cleaning tips and tricks, visit the Airtasker blog here.