I love this time of when spring is in the air and the temperature warms up and you can sit and enjoy the suns rays warming your body and helping your bones absorb much needed vitamin D. I have been trying to make time to sit in the sun with my cup of coffee or lunch as i am low in vitamin D which is important to keep bones strong and healthy.
With spring in the air it is also time to give everything a wash and let the sunshine in. Time for a spring clean!
Here are some tips from Better Homes and Gardens.
Bedlinen + Curtains
While bedlinen is frequently washed throughout the year, duvets and pillows tend to be forgotten. Many can be machine-washed, though the golden rule is to follow the washing instructions. Make use of the local laundromat, as anything larger than a pillow can overload a domestic washing machine. Tumble-drying is often the best option, particularly for feather-and-down duvets and pillows, which will tend to clump if you line-dry them.
Treat curtains with care. Follow washing instructions, using the most gentle cycle on your machine or swishing them around the bath. If the fabric permits, ironing will give them a crisp look. Roller or Roman blinds can be trickier to clean. “Try using a pencil eraser on any marks; this works well on many small stains.” “Most fabrics can be spot cleaned with a mild soapy water solution and a clean cloth, but always test in an inconspicuous area first, as this doesn’t work on all fabrics, especially if they are delicate.”
Cleaning your windows is the easiest way to transform the look of your home, as it allows spring sunshine to flood inside. While most people can only manage this twice a year, Catherine Barbeoc’h, executive housekeeper at Sydney’s Sofitel Wentworth, advises that those living close to high-traffic areas should be cleaning external windows every two months. Pick an overcast day (bright sunshine can dry the water and cleaning solution too quickly, causing streaks) and get cracking with a mixture of white vinegar, a drop of dish soap and water, a good squeegee and a rag for getting into the corners and wiping the sills.
Inside, dust the blades of shutters and Venetian blinds, and to give a glow to timber ones, you can finish with a bit of furniture polish.
Timber floors require regular maintenance beyond sweeping. “Use mats around doors leading into the home to trap dirt and prevent it from being trodden into the floor, and add protective pads to furniture to prevent scuffing,”advises Robyn Barnes of Boral. “Also, protect the floor from direct sunlight by moving rugs around periodically. This will stop darker and lighter patches forming.”
While most ceramic tiles are glazed for an easy-clean surface, grout often lets this low-maintenance product down. Clean grout with a paste of baking soda and vinegar, using an old toothbrush to get into the tricky spots.
Carpets + RugsThe best way to avoid stains on your carpet is to tackle spills immediately. For most types of stains on wool carpet, cold water, followed by a solution of one teaspoon each of white vinegar and wool detergent with one litre of warm water. Blot, don’t rub, with a clean white cloth – and know when to admit defeat. “If you don’t know how to handle it, leave it and get professional advice or the damage you do could be worse than the stain.”
Indoor Furniture + DecorUnless your home is a haven of minimalism, there are likely to be areas wearing an unbecoming coat of fuzzy dust. “A microfibre cloth is the tool of choice for delicate artwork and ornaments, as it collects dust without dispersing it. “I keep several pastry and art brushes for sweeping dust out of the corners of intricate carved furniture, art and silk lampshades.” Keep a multipurpose furniture cleaner on hand furniture spritzer can be used on both hard and soft furnishings.
Kitchen + Bathroom
Mould and mildew will have crept into almost every home by the end of a long, damp winter. Scrub walls with a light abrasive cleaning pad. To clean cupboards, try a solution of two teaspoons of tea tree oil to two cups of water, or spray with white vinegar – both remedies are a little pungent, but the smell will dissipate within a few hours.
Constant exposure to the elements can play havoc with your outdoor furnishings. Battle a buildup of dirt, moss .and mould on your pots and pavers with water, elbow grease and a good abrasive cleaning pad