Spring is here, which means a spring clean should be at the top of your to-do list. Spring cleaning is a great way to start the busy end of year period with a fresh and clean home, but while you may be focusing on the usual vacuuming of carpets and wiping of windows, there are a few items that you may be forgetting to include in your spring cleaning schedule.
Here are the 5 items you need to include in your spring clean this year
It’s one of those tasks that we tend to put off, but cleaning your mattress should be at the top of your list considering we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. This can be done by removing your mattress protector (yes, you should be using one), and vacuuming your mattress.
For deodorising, sprinkle some baking soda across the top and rub lightly into the top of the mattress. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then vacuum again.
Remember watching your grandmother beating her mattress with a broom? This method removes hard to reach dust that can be found inside the mattress.
You can also flip your mattress over if it can be slept on, on both sides.
If you’re already cleaning your mattress, it makes sense to do your quilt too. Whether you’re planning on swapping out your winter quilt for a summer one, or you sleep with the same one all year round, you should be washing your quilt.
If you’re swapping quilts, you should air them out on a sunny day and beat them with a broom (just like your mattress). Wash any quilt that is going to be stored and keep it in an airtight storage container or bag.
If you’re keeping the same quilt for summer, you can put it in the washing machine on a gentle wash, but check the washing instructions just in case. If your quilt doesn’t fit in your washing machine, you can take it to a dry cleaner or use an industrial washing machine at a self-serve laundry.
Those small pillows and throws may only be on your sofa or bed for decoration, but that doesn’t mean they don’t accumulate dust and dirt.
For pillows, silks and velvets typically require the use of dry cleaning fluid. For other materials, like cotton or polyester, gentle washing with water is safe - always check the label to confirm care instructions.
If you can, remove the pillow cases and put them on a gentle warm wash in the washing machine. Otherwise, you can dry-clean them using a dry cleaning solution if you’re brave, or take them to your local dry cleaners.
For throws, also check the tag for cleaning instructions. But usually, they can also be washed with a cold (or slightly warm) wash on a short, delicate cycle. Just remember to not over-do it with detergent or softener, because too much can break down your blanket material, reducing its softness.
You water them regularly, you may even sing to them (don’t worry, we won’t judge), but have you ever thought of giving your plants a clean? Dust can build up on the leaves, making it harder for them to absorb sunlight and grow.
For plants with shiny leaves, hold the underside of the leaf and wipe gently with a damp cloth. If your plant is more delicate or has soft leaves, try using a small brush to remove dust and then spray with a spritzer bottle to get rid of residue.
Yes, the doors and handles need cleaning, and you can even remove all your clothing to vacuum those hard-to-reach corners.
But before you put your clothes back into your wardrobe, why not use the opportunity to sift through it - Marie Kondo style.
Review each item of clothing individually and ask yourself a few questions. Have I worn this in the last 12 months? Will I wear it in the next 12 months? And the all-important - does it spark joy?
Unfortunately, if you’ve answered no to any of those questions, it might be time to remove it from your wardrobe.
Break up your clothing into 5 piles -keep, donate, fix, seasonal, recycle.
You’ll have the pile that you want to keep, a pile you can donate, a pile that may need a little tweak (a missing button yes, a major DIY project no), a pile that you may need to store elsewhere, and a pile that you can recycle by turning them into cleaning rags.
While it may seem hard, you’ll be thanking yourself when you see how clean and organised your wardrobe looks.
You’ll be surprised how a spring clean can change the look and feel of your home. If you’re looking to update your furniture too, discover the latest arrivals of stylish furniture and decor at Curious Grace here.
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