We all know how tempting it is to throw yourself into spring cleaning activities without a plan, but it’s essential to think carefully about what you want to achieve, how long it will take and what you need to get started. It’s easy to fall into the hidden pitfalls, so here are four common spring cleaning mistakes and how to avoid them.
Mistake 1: Forgetting about Safety
Spring cleaning often leads you wanting to get around and under furniture, not to mention light fittings and ceiling areas. Once you get started, it’s tempting to reach all those spots that haven’t seen a duster in months. However, always be aware of your safety when it comes to spring cleaning, assessing how heavy furniture is, ways to safely move each item and ensure you have help if necessary.
Mistake 2: Forgetting about Upholstery
As part of a floor to ceiling cleaning plan, don’t forget about your upholstery. These are areas often forgotten by homeowners, who wonder why their home doesn’t feel sparkling, despite wiping over surfaces, clearing clutter and vacuuming. Spring is the perfect time to give your home a total uplift, by asking specialist cleaners to work on both your carpets and furnishings. They’ll use expert techniques to remove everything from dust mites and pet hair to stains and bacteria, which have been buried within areas such as your sofas and cushions.
Mistake 3: Using the Wrong Products and Tools
One of the biggest mistakes we see is the wrong cleaning tools and products used for different surfaces and flooring, so you won’t get the best results and could even cause damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Always check the bottle or packaging to see which types of surface they can be used for, especially if the product contains harsh chemicals or you’re using a tool with an abrasive texture. Don’t forget to wash and clean your cloths and mop heads too – otherwise, you’ll just spread previous dirt and bacteria around the area.
Mistake 4: Underestimating the Time Involved
When starting a spring clean, many homeowners make the mistake of underestimating the time it takes. Even just one area of the home such as your kitchen can include a multitude of tasks, including cleaning the fridge, freezer, grill, oven, microwave, worktops, cupboards, extractor, sink, floor, doors, light fittings and more. The trick is to be as methodical as possible, which is why our cleaners use a comprehensive spring cleaning task list to narrow down what you’d like completed. This can cover everything from a deep clean of your bathrooms to those commonly missed spots such as door frames, door handles and skirting boards. We even dust and wipe window blinds, clean picture rails and under furniture where this is possible.