GREEN CLEANING – Spring Cleaning

It’s almost spring time in Australia and it’s the season to throw those windows open and let fresh air and sunshine in. The winter chill that kept us glued to the television is over and we are gripped by a strange compulsion to clean our house. It’s time to thoroughly rid our homes of the dirt and dust and dog hair that have accumulated over the winter.

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Spring cleaning is practically ritualised all over the globe but there is a little more to it than tradition. Cleaning is almost biologically imperative at the beginning of spring. The sun rises high, giving us more hours of sunlight to dry our carpets and warm enough to disinfect our beds.

Before you go over that daunting list of things to do for your grand spring cleaning weekend, here are a few tips to make your spring cleaning experience a little breezier.

  • Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and zapping it in the microwaving on high for a minute.
  • Discourage mildew growth in the bathroom by increasing the amount of air circulation and light to decrease moisture. Open windows.
  • You don’t have to choke on chlorine fumes in the bathroom to give your tub a nice clean scrubbing. Wipe it with undiluted white vinegar, then scrub with baking soda and a sponge and rinse with water.
  • Clogged showerheads? Fill a plastic bag with undiluted white vinegar and secure the bag with a rubber band to the shower head and make sure it is submerged in the solution. Soak overnight and then scrub the face with a toothbrush.
  • Pick up stray pet hair by wiping your pet’s favorite spots in the house with an old towel. Towels are fur magnets so remember to shake off the collected hairs before tossing them into the washing machine.
  • Carpets, couches and other upholstered furniture absorb a lot of dirt, body oil, and germs. It will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear.

You don’t have to drag all your furniture into a corner, those were the old rules. Save time by moving furniture just slightly and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries.

Big projects like shampooing carpets and cleaning upholstery with rented machines may be a little intimidating. If you need a little assurance, practice first in the less noticeable areas to get a hang of the machine and to make sure not to damage your fabrics. Look out for running dyes or discolorations before you do an all-out carpet cleaning.

If cleaning machines and shifting furniture around still feel a little alien, here’s the last tip:

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  • Call in a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner to do the work for you. Take the morning off and pick up some flowers.

These are just a few simple cleaning tips but the effect will be cathartic. Spring is an opportunity for fresh beginnings! Good luck!

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