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SPRING CLEANING: A great checklist from MOLLY MAID

With longer and brighter days, now is the month to tackle some of your Spring Cleaning. The professional domestic cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID can help you on your way with a simple checklist and some top tips. With just a bit of care, attention and elbow grease, your home can sparkle for the warmer months and sunny days ahead.

  • Simplify your cleaning products cupboard. Limit spring cleaning products to a quality window/glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, tile/grout cleaner and a toilet cleaner.
  • Always use the MOLLY MAID system of Spring Cleaning. Clean from the top level of your house to the bottom and in each room, clean from the top to bottom starting on the left and moving right.
  • Always dust the room first and then vacuum. That way any dust or dirt that falls to the floor as you’re dusting will be picked up by the vacuum cleaner.
  • The best dust cloth is a damp, clean, microfibre cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with clean water from a spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks on the furniture surface.
  • If there’s pet hair on upholstery, a damp microfibre cloth or rubber glove will easily remove it.
  • Before damp mopping, sweep or vacuum floors first to collect crumbs and dirt. Then, always start washing the floor in the farthest corner of the room and work your way towards the door. Use a damp cloth on the end of a mop handle to reach the narrow space between appliances. This will also help to get rid of cobwebs.
  • To soften splatters inside the microwave, fill a cup with water and microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen any baked on food so you can easily wipe it clean.  Before wiping the microwave, remember to be extra careful when removing the cup of water as it will be hot.
  • Dish cloths and sponges can be incubators for germs. Wash dishcloths regularly, and microwave damp sponges on high for several minutes to kill bacteria.  Even better, toss out the sponge and stick to microfibre cloths, which dry quickly when hung up and help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Use a toothbrush for hard to reach areas in the bathroom and kitchen (for example, around the soap dish, taps and drain).
  • Streaks on windows are tricky to eliminate. When spring cleaning windows, wipe the interior side of the glass horizontally and the exterior side vertically. This way, it will be easy to determine if the streaks are on the inside or outside.
  • Are there cobwebs in hard-to-get-to corners and crevices? Get rid of them quickly and easily with a feather duster, which can reach into difficult places to dislodge cobwebs and dust. Another tip: use the feather duster on lampshades, which can look a bit grey and dust-ridden in the brighter light of spring.
  • Here’s a simple way to de-scale the kettle. Fill the kettle half-and-half with white vinegar and water and leave it to soak overnight. Using an old toothbrush, dislodge any stubborn bits of lime scale. Rinse out thoroughly a couple of times and then boil some water to eliminate any odour of vinegar.

If all of these spring cleaning ideas sound a bit daunting why not contact the Spring Cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID.