Most of us laze around during winter, and we can’t be blamed for that. The cold winds, the gloomy skies and the sight of leafless trees can make anybody want to recline while relishing cups of chocolate until spring comes. And now that spring is here, we are faced with a bulk of cleaning to do. But I have listed down some techniques from experts that can help accomplish chores with greater efficiency so you can go on a spring road trip right away:
Kitchen: There are many activities that we can skip during winter but cooking is never one of them. The stove is usually the filthiest section of the kitchen; hence, you shouldn’t start cleaning from there. Always start on its right, and then set off on a clockwise course. Make sure to end with stove in order to avoid spreading the dirt and oil. But soak the knobs and pans with soapy water before you start working around in order to soften the grime.
Disinfect the sink using an EPA-approved disinfectant or use vinegar and hydrogen! First, wash it with soap and water, then squirt a small amount of vinegar that will be followed by a spray of hydrogen peroxide. Never combine the two chemicals; always spray the hydrogen peroxide after the vinegar. If the sink is made of stainless steel, you can make it glisten with some mineral oil on a soft fabric. This can inhibit build-up and deter mould growth.
Carpets and Upholstery: Your fabrics have certainly sopped up at least 12-weeks’worth of oil, dirt and microbes, which means they require deep cleaning this spring. If you’re shampooing carpets with a rented machine, conduct a trial on the inconspicuous portion first. This is to ensure that the treatment won’t tarnish the fabrics or cause the dyes to fade. Keep the windows open to hasten the drying process.
When vacuuming, always start on the farthest side of the room and move towards the door. Work slowly using a rhythmic front-to-back movement, which each stroke overlapping the last one.
When sweeping, always do it top to base. This is to ensure that dust and crumbs that drop on the floor will be swept away last. Store the brooms with their handles down to protect the bristles.
Bathroom: Squeeze some lemons, mix it with water and wipe the solution on anything made of glass in your bathroom. This solution will cause stains to roll off. Plus, the acidity can inhibit bacterial growth that causes bad odour.
Floors: Don’t hesitate to use a floor cleaner that doesn’t only clean but also shines and protects. You’ll be saving tons of time with an all-in-one floor cleaner, just make sure to follow the directions carefully. But if you’re not floor-finishing type, drop the dilemma by calling a professional cleaner.
Pick Up Everything: Take a clean, dry laundry basket with you and sweep through every room. Pick up anything that’s sitting on the floor or anything that doesn’t fit in that room. Once you’re done washing and vacuuming, you can place everything you’ve collected on their appropriate places.