It’s time to buckle up and deep-clean the house once again. This is not an easy task and you are bound to make a couple of mistakes along the way. For the perfect Spring cleaning experience, check out these DOs and DON’Ts carefully selected by our Oxford experts.
Do: Make a Plan
You simply can’t launch yourself into the spring cleaning hustle and bustle without a clear plan. It is just too much work. Thankfully you have a whole year to organise those couples of days of hard work. Our experts advise using a spring cleaning checklist. You can make it yourself or use a template from a reputable site.
Don’t: Leave the Spring Cleaning Shopping for the Last Minute
Yes, there is such a thing as spring cleaning shopping. You have to make a list of all the cleaning supplies you want and need. Go around the stores and check for discounts or other deals. You can both save money and time by shopping in advance.
Do: Use the Correct Cleaning Tools
When planning and executing a big cleaning event such as this one, having the correct tools and supplies is essential. You need to be aware of all the utensils you have to purchase and familiarise yourself with your vacuum cleaners’ attachments. If you see something is missing from your cleaning inventory, purchase it before you start the one-off cleaning.
Don’t: Exclude Your Family
Spring cleaning is not something you can easily do on your own, so don’t be stubborn and ask for help. Plan it as a family event and include your family members. If you have children over the age of 7 you can even include a couple of cleaning games and competitions. This way at the end of the day you will have a spotless Oxford home and tired but happy children.
Do: Consider Hiring a Reputable Spring Cleaning Company
If the one-off cleaning is not your cup of tea but you still need to do ut, you can always find a professional company to do that for you. However, do not rush the process and do a careful snooping around before making your pick. Read online reviews and customer ratings. Try to contact as many agencies as you can, so you are not restricted to just one or two companies.
Don’t: Skip on the Hard to Reach Cleaning Places
We are talking about all of those spots you usually forget about in your weekly cleaning routine:
- The tops of your wardrobes
- Behind the couch
- Under the heavy furniture
- Behind the kitchen appliances
- Behind the toilet bowl
- The lighting fixtures and switches
- Doors and doorknobs
Do: Deep Clean Your Kitchen Appliances
According to professional Oxford cleaning companies, one of the things people overlook when tidying their homes is the kitchen appliances. Nobody has time to scrub the oven or wash the fridge. That is why Spring cleaning is the perfect moment to do that. Don’t be lazy, just do it.
Don’t: Use Questionable Cleaning Detergents
We are talking about magical solutions that promise to remove years-old stains in only a few minutes. It doesn’t work like that. You will either spend a lot of money with no result or will end up damaging your items. Always read the labels and don’t be fooled by flashy commercials and clever marketing schemes.
Do: Invest Time in Cleaning Your Mattress
One of the most important things you need to make time for is thoroughly cleaning your bedroom and especially your bed. You shed skin every day in combination with the dust and millions of dead and alive mites that live under your sheets, this is not the most sanitary place to spend your nights in. Consider booking specialised cleaning services that will deep wash your mattress and disinfect it. On top of that our Oxford experts advise changing your sheets and pillowcases at least twice a month.
Don’t: Rely Too Much on DIY Cleaning Solutions
Using vinegar for cleaning your shower head or removing bad odours with baking soda is one thing, but scrubbing your entire house with DIY eco-friendly detergents is another. Especially in the Spring cleaning season, a lot of recipes surface that promise to deep-cleanse every part of your house. Don’t be too trusting and do careful research before you trust them. For example, if you clean your wooden floors with vinegar you will end up stripping down its shiny coating and exposing the bare wood to the elements and your everyday life. Well, this is how acids work after all.
Do: A Patch Test
If you have decided to be adventures this spring cleaning and try out a new product the patch test is vital if you want to protect your Oxford home. Choose a spot on your carpet/upholstery that is not easily accessible and visible and swatch the detergent. Leave it for 15 to 30 minutes to see, how will the material react to the new chemical. If all is good, you are free to use it on a bigger scale. If not – nobody will see the oopsy that just happened.