It is something we do – or should do – every year, and despite the name, spring cleaning can be carried out at any time of the year, although the winter might be a little inconvenient. If you and your family are going to clean the house from top to bottom, then planning is the key to a successful operation. You will need to decide what exactly, you are going to do, and in what order. For obvious reasons, it makes sense to start with the upstairs, and planning each room separately is by far the simplest solution.
Cleaning Supplies and Equipment
They say a workman is only as good as his tools, and this certainly applies with cleaning. You would need a supply of the following:
- Glass Cleaner
- Leather Polish
- Floor Cleaning Solution
- Mops & Brooms
- Black Plastic Bags
Other essentials include a never ending supply of cotton rags, which are invaluable when adding the final touches. If you have carpets, then arrange for them to be deep cleaned as soon as the major clean is finished, and this will ensure your carpets smell fresh. Buying all your cleaning supplies online is a much cheaper alternative7 to a visit to the supermarket, and with such a wide range of quality products available, you can select exactly what you need. You will need a pair of stepladders, which most homeowners have tucked away somewhere, but failing that, you can order one online and it will always be handy whenever you need it.
If you are going to tackle one room at a time, then have one person assigned to clearing up, as without this, things will soon become cluttered, and that’s when accidents occur. Whoever is best working at heights should be responsible for brushing down ceilings, as this is always the first job to do. You might ask the children to clean their own rooms, and by offering an attractive reward, they will be motivated to do the job.
Whatever your living environment, there will be waste to dispose of, and hiring a skip from a local provider is the best idea. We only fully realise what we have accumulated over the years when we move or deep clean, and this is the ideal chance to clear out the garage and the loft of unwanted stuff. Hiring a skip takes care of the waste disposal, and with someone responsible for filling it up, you are covered.
Choosing a Dry Weekend
This isn’t as easy as it sounds, with the unpredictable British weather, but try to avoid the big clean on a rainy day, as dirt will be brought into the house, defeating the object of the exercise. If the weather is OK, then you will not be hindered, and make sure there is ample space in the garden for temporary storage, which you will probably need.
With some planning and organisation, you should be able to finish the clean in a single weekend, and the house will be restored to its former glory.