Time for Spring Cleaning
If you’ve ever wondered how old the tradition of spring cleaning is, how a spring clean differs from a regular clean and what other tasks you can do alongside your spring clean then read on.
A Long History
Rituals similar to spring cleaning have been with us for thousands of years. For example, both the Persian festival of khooneh takoumi (‘shaking the house’) and the Jewish celebration of Passover occur in the early spring and involve deep cleaning of the home.
Spring cleaning also makes sense (in temperate climes) because it gives us the opportunity to beat rugs and carpets outside without creating too much dust. This is not so important now with the luxury of vacuum cleaners but would have been an important consideration a few generations ago.
What Makes a Spring Clean Special?
Whereas your regular daily, weekly and monthly cleaning regimes are focused on keeping your home hygienic and tidy, there will almost always be plenty of dirt and dust hidden from view and unused items cluttering up drawers and cupboards. This not only creates the potential for trouble further down the line (hidden food attracting vermin, untreated stains damaging surfaces, overfilled drawers bursting, etc.) it also affects us psychologically (underneath it all, we know our homes are not as clean and tidy as they should be).
A spring clean allows us to prevent the long-term problems of hidden dirt and clutter and to enjoy that psychological sense of liberation that comes from a real deep clean!
When performing a spring clean, it’s time to delve into the nooks and crannies as well as cleaning at a surface level. For example, instead of dusting ornaments and pictures in situ on the shelf, you should take every item off the shelf, give the shelf itself a thorough clean, dust each item and then replace it.
It can be tempting to leave inconspicuous stubborn stains during regular cleaning but these can degrade surfaces over time. Use your spring clean to give these some extra attention (hint: a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water can work wonders on scorch marks).
Instead of leaving pieces of furniture and white goods where they are, pull them all out so you can get in behind them and clean (be prepared for some unpleasant surprises!) Rather than cramming as much as you can into drawers, it’s time to pull everything out, clean the inside of the drawers and sort out the contents properly before replacing them.
While You’re Cleaning…
A spring clean gives you the opportunity to have a good clear out too. Consider selling unwanted items and clothes of value, donating anything else which is in good condition and throwing out or recycling the rest.
Although mattresses should ideally be turned every three months or so, make sure they are at least turned once a year. Time it with your annual spring clean so you never forget. The same applies to taking down your curtains and giving them a wash and iron.
As the weather warms and brightens, you will no doubt want to enjoy a BBQ in the back garden. Get prepared by tending to those neglected outside jobs and giving the grass a good cut.
Can’t Face a Spring Clean This Year?
If you really can’t face the idea of a spring clean or you just have too much on your plate, consider contacting Best Clean Direct. We offer a ‘one-off clean’ as part of our Domestic Services and can guarantee as thorough a spring clean as your home as ever had.