How to Spring Clean your House – Ten Top Tips
06 Mar 2023
It’s that spring clean time of year again! As we look forward to the season ahead with warmer days, lighter evenings and blooming flowers adding a splash of natural colour to our lives, we may also turn our attention to freshening our homes up after the long winter with a thorough spring clean.
As professional domestic house cleaners, we’re often asked about spring cleaning and why it has become such a tradition. Moreso, how does a spring clean differ from what you might call a “regular” house clean, and why is it so important?
As your local, friendly superhero cleaners, we’ve put together this guide to spring cleaning, why it’s so important, how to do it well and a little history about its origins too. And remember, if you just can’t bear the thought of spring cleaning yourself, we’re here with our dusters, vacuums and mops to do the job for you with Mopheads cleaning services.
What Is Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning involves a much more thorough and deep cleaning of your home than regular cleaning does. While a normal clean involves tasks such as dusting, vacuuming and wiping down surfaces, a spring clean includes tackling areas that are often overlooked during regular cleaning.
Spring cleaning involves more extensive cleaning tasks and is usually done once or twice a year at most. During a spring clean, tasks may include:
- Washing curtains and cleaning windows and blinds
- Dusting and cleaning light fixtures and ceiling fans
- Cleaning behind and under furniture
- Deep cleaning carpets and upholstery such as sofa cushions
- Cleaning and organising cupboards and cabinets
- Deep cleaning appliances, such as the oven and refrigerator
- Wiping down walls and skirting boards
- Deep cleaning baths, showers, toilets and sinks
Some people even use the opportunity of a spring clean to rearrange furniture, freshen up rooms with a new coat of paint or redecorate rooms entirely.
How Often Should I Spring Clean?
The name suggests that a spring clean should occur once a year around March/April time, though in reality a deep clean of your home can depend on a variety of factors such as the size of your property, the number of people living in the house and the level of cleanliness you desire.
If you have pets or allergies, you may need to deep clean more often to maintain a healthy living environment. Ultimately, the decision on how often to spring clean your house should be based on your individual needs and preferences.
At Mopheads, your local cleaners for Solihull, Birmingham and the surrounding area, we offer spring cleaning services all year round and have many clients who prefer us to deep clean their homes more regularly than once a year. Plus, spring cleaning may be more affordable than you think.
What is the Best Way to Spring Clean a House?
We know that spring cleaning can be daunting, and we also understand that the pressures of modern life can leave little time to keep on top of these important tasks. But, with a little planning and organisation, you can do much to help the process go more smoothly.
Here are ten super tips, direct from the domestic house cleaners squad at Mopheads, on the best way to spring clean your home:
- Make a Plan: Start by walking around your home and creating a checklist of everything that needs to be cleaned. Be sure to prioritise the areas that need the most attention and think about the spots in your home that may be overlooked during a regular clean.
- Declutter: Before you start cleaning in earnest, declutter your home by getting rid of items you no longer need. This will make cleaning much easier and give you more space to work with. You may even make some money by selling unwanted items online or at a car boot.
- Clean Room by Room: Start by cleaning one room at a time, and don’t pressure yourself to move on to the next until you’ve completed the first. This should help you to stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Get some music on and take your time.
- Dust: Dust all surfaces, including furniture, picture frames and shelves. Dust from top to bottom, so any dust that falls will be cleaned up as you work your way down. Using the dusting brush attachment on your vacuum will help, as will using slightly damp cloths.
- Clean Windows and Mirrors: Clean windows and mirrors using a glass cleaner, or make your own with equal parts white vinegar and water. You can use a microfibre cloth to avoid streaks and a squeegee will give you that final, professional clean window look.
- Clean Floors: Vacuum your carpets and mop any hard floors. Be sure to move your furniture and clean underneath too. You may want to take this opportunity to deep clean your carpets, either with your own device or one that can be rented for a few days.
- Deep Clean Appliances: Clean all your kitchen appliances thoroughly, including the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher. You can use an all-purpose cleaner or can make your own with baking soda and vinegar. Make sure to clean both the inside and outside.
- Clean Bathrooms: Scrub your toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs thoroughly, and replace any old towels or shower curtains. You may find it easy to remove anything that isn’t a permanent fixture from the room to give you more space. A steam cleaner can also help.
- Organise: Take this opportunity to clear out and organise your cupboards, wardrobes, cabinets and drawers. This will help you find what you need more easily and keep your home looking tidy. It’s another good moment to bin or sell anything you don’t need.
- Finish Strong: Don’t forget to take out the amassed rubbish and give your home a final once-over to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Then put your feet up, have a cuppa, and admire the results of your hard work.
By following these Mopheads cleaning tips, your home will soon be shining like a new pin. Remember to take regular breaks and stay hydrated during your big spring clean, to avoid feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. Good luck!
Where Did Spring Cleaning Originate?
The idea of an annual spring clean can be traced back to various cultural and religious traditions. One possible origin is the Persian New Year, Nowruz, which falls on the first day of spring. In preparation for the new year, Persians thoroughly clean their homes and belongings to symbolise a fresh start.
In many cultures, the concept of spring cleaning is also tied to the idea of rebirth and renewal that comes with the arrival of spring. This is a time when people may feel inspired to declutter and organise their surroundings, creating a fresh start for the new season.
The concept of spring cleaning became popular in the United States during the 19th century, when people would thoroughly clean their homes after a long winter of heating with coal and wood, which left a layer of soot and dust on everything. This annual cleaning ritual became a way to welcome the arrival of spring and prepare for warmer weather.
Professional Domestic House Cleaning Services
We hope this blog has helped you to plan for and carry out a thorough spring cleaning of your home. However, if reading this guide has left you feeling tired and full of dread, we are here to help!
We offer a thorough spring cleaning service to our customers and our Mopheads cleaning superheroes fly all over Solihull, Birmingham and the surrounding areas helping keep your homes spick and span.