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Spring and early summer are traditionally the time to throw open your windows, let in some fresh air and crack on with a good deep clean to make sure your home is feeling fresh and comfortable for the warmer weather that is (hopefully!) ahead.

Preparation

The idea of deep cleaning your entire house can feel overwhelming - and there's no denying that it's a big job - so adequate preparation is essential. Go through every room and make a list of what you want to accomplish, then organise them into categories and set priorities. Make sure you include a few 'easy win' tasks in between the more arduous chores so that you can feel good about ticking things off as you go.

Once you have the list you can start gathering up the essential cleaning products to help you get the job done. Now there's nothing for it but to pull on those marigolds and get started on the task at hand! Here are some tips to help you out with the basics.

Leather sofa

The beauty of leather furniture is that it doesn't stain nearly as easily as fabric upholstery and doesn't require a lot of maintenance to keep it looking its best. Include the sofa in your regular vacuuming routine and use a damp cloth to tackle any surface dirt. If you do need to tackle a stain you may need to invest in a specialist cleaning product to make sure you don't do more harm than good.

Wooden floor

If you're using a vacuum cleaner on your wooden floor make sure it's set to a hard floor setting to avoid scratching the surface. A soft bristled sweeping brush is another alternative to stay on top of the dust and debris, but if you need to use a mop to clear up a spillage make sure you keep moisture to an absolute minimum so that the wood doesn't swell.

Limescale

White vinegar has a magical effect on limescale. Wrap a vinegar soaked cloth around a crusty tap and leave it overnight before cleaning it gently with warm water. For a really stubborn build up you might have to repeat this more than once, but have patience and you will see results. You can also use diluted white vinegar to remove the limescale from your kettle, but be sure to boil water a few times to remove the excess before you make your next cup of tea!

Odorous drains

Each week, pour half a cup of bicarbonate of soda followed by half a cup of white vinegar down the sink. When the two substances meet they will fizz up and keep your drains sparkly clean and free from unpleasant odours. Using these natural substances will not only save you money but they also have much less environmental impact than harsh chemicals.

Stain removal

If you've had a spillage then the key is to act fast, no matter where it is. For carpets and upholstery, blot the stain with diluted fabric cleaning solution and consider hiring a carpet cleaner for stubborn marks on your floor or sofa. For a stubborn stain, many types of fabric can be soaked in a solution of one part clear vinegar to two parts water, but it's important to double check the manufacturer's instructions before attempting any tough stain removal.

This article was written by Nicky Hand. For reliable advice on all things flooring, I'd recommend talking to the experts at Posh Flooring.

Photo credit: Sanja Gjenero




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