Mrs Hinch shows cheap way to deodorise mattresses
The days are longer, blossoms are appearing on trees, and easter eggs are in the supermarkets – it must be Spring! Technically, Spring doesn’t start until the Spring Equinox on March 20, but your Spring Cleaning regime should really start in the week leading up to the big day. A Spring Clean is not just any old clean, you need to spruce up every inch of your home. Express.co.uk chatted with the experts to find out how to clean the top eight most neglected areas of your home.
Spring cleaning tips: It’s time to start spring cleaning!
Spring cleaning tips: Mattresses should be cleaned a few times a year
The key to top sleep hygiene is cleaning your mattress, you can’t just stop at washing your sheets.
Jonathan Warren, director at Time4Sleep, said: “Regardless of the quality of your bedsheets and mattress protector, it’s really important that you also pay attention to the mattress to avoid unhygienic sleeping conditions and poor air quality.”
Mr Warren advises removing your bed linen and vacuuming the surface of your mattress to get rid of any dirt or debris.
He added: “For a real deep clean, sprinkle baking soda over your mattress and leave it for up to 24 hours before vacuuming again. This will act as a deodoriser and will help to get rid of any long-lasting smells.”
Freshen up your headboard
A headboard frames your bed and adds an extra layer of support.
It can also really make a statement with bold fabric or prints to liven up the room.
However, you need to keep your headboard in tip-top shape with ongoing maintenance to make sure it looks its best.
Mr Warren said: “A weekly hoover and spritz of fabric spray will keep your headboard free from dirt and dust, as well as smelling nice and fresh.
“For a deeper clean, start with a quick hoover, then apply a mix of warm water and detergent to a dry cloth and blot any visible stains before leaving to dry and giving it another once over with the hoover.”
Spring cleaning tips: Don’t forget to clean your headboard
Chucking your towels in with the rest of your clothes isn’t going to produce hotel-standard towels.
Nothing impresses guests like fluffy, fresh towels, Lucy Ackroyd, Head of Design at Christy England said. Surprisingly, it’s really easy to achieve.
Ms England said: “Firstly, avoid silicone-based fabric softeners as these will reduce absorbency.
“If you are using a fabric softener, only use a small amount as overuse of softeners and conditioners will build up over time, leaving towels feeling slick and non-absorbent.
“A simple way to keep towels super fluffy is to wash them with a eucalyptus-based detergent.
“Not only will this leave them smelling super fresh, but the eucalyptus will also protect the fibres of the towel and ensure the colours stay bright and fresh.”
Spring cleaning tips: Towels don’t have to feel stale and scratchy
Limescale isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it doesn’t look great in your bathroom, kitchen appliances and elsewhere.
Descaling showers, kettles, taps, and any limescale in sight should be a priority, but more often than not people just put up with limescale.
When limescale really starts to bother you, most people opt for descaling products found on supermarket shelves, but these products contain harsh chemicals that can have a harmful effect on our skin and the planet, so switching to natural remedies is a great alternative.
Richard Roberts, Director at Sanctuary Bathrooms, recommends using lemon juice or vinegar instead.
He said: “Start by soaking an old cloth in lemon juice or vinegar and leave it wrapped around limescale covered taps for an hour.
“The limescale should then simply wipe away leaving your taps looking brand new. Rub chrome taps with flour and buff using a soft cloth for extra shine.
“Similarly, for showerheads, simply unscrew and leave it to soak in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. Rinse the following morning for sparkling results. With it no longer being clogged up, your shower will feel all that more powerful too!”
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Window blinds are another feature that often gets forgotten about during the cleaning routine, especially when they’re normally only closed at night.
Jason Peterkin, director at 247 Blinds recommends cleaning your blinds once a month to get rid of any germs and dust that are lingering on the surface.
He said: “If you have roller blinds or Roman blinds, just give them a soft dusting and gentle vacuum once a month. Venetian or plantation shutters can have a more thorough clean.
“Wipe down each slat using a damp cloth and some washing up liquid, then finish up with a quick dusting to make them look as good as new!”
Spring cleaning tips: Blinds are normally open during the day so you don’t see all the dirt
Washing the windows is a job that requires lots of elbow grease, so most people are too lazy to keep on top of the problem.
However, windows should be cleaned on both sides a few times a year between seasons. Spring is the perfect time to give your windows polish and shine.
Adam Pawson, Head of Digital at Safestyle says: “Start by opening up the window and take an old paintbrush to loosen any dirt, dust and cobwebs that might be stuck in the frame.
“Then use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of any debris. For uPVC window frames, marks and stains should come off with ease.
“Fill up a bowl with some warm water and washing-up liquid and use a soft white cloth to wipe down. Avoid using coloured cloth as the dye can stain plastic.”
Who can honestly say that they regularly give their radiators a deep clean? Not many people.
Radiators are tricky to clean because of the ridges and lack of access to the back of the radiator.
Antonio Dengra, CEO at Rointe commented: “Believe it or not, a simple and efficient way to get the dust out of the back of the radiator is to use a hairdryer. Point the nozzle towards the slots on top and turn it on at full power.”
“If you currently endure the painful task of bleeding your gas radiators during your spring clean, consider making the switch to electric heating instead.
“Not only are electric radiators easier to maintain, but they’re also more efficient, better for the environment, and can cut the cost of your energy bills.”
Spring cleaning tips: Garden furniture is hardy, but you still need to clean it
Spring is almost here and summer isn’t far behind, so why not give your garden furniture a clean?
Restrictions are going to be easing to allow family and friends into your garden and it might be a good idea to clean up before extending an invite.
Ryan Schwarze, head of Luxury Rattan said: “Start by removing any dirt build-up on your furniture. You can do this by simply brushing over, or giving it a quick vacuum.
“If you find there is dirt trapped in the weave of the rattan, grab a toothbrush to loosen it first. You should then be able to wipe or vacuum it away with ease”.
“If your rattan could do with a more thorough cleaning, give it a good wash but make sure to avoid using any harsh chemicals that could cause damage.
“For best results, fill a bowl with warm soapy water using washing-up liquid and wipe down your furniture before leaving it to dry outside”.