With the snow starting to melt and daylight hours ever-increasing, now is the time to plan your spring clean. Here are a few thoughts to help you get the ball rolling.
Gutters play a huge role in the structural integrity of your house. If they aren’t cleaned out or if they’re broken, it can result in structural issues and can even make your home damp. Your gutters should be cleaned at least once a year so why not make it routine to clean them as part of your spring clean?
A sure fire way to tell if your gutters have become blocked and need cleaning, is if water runs down the side of your home when it rains. They can become blocked because of dead leaves and mosses. It isn’t very glamorous, but you need to use an extendable ladder and wear some gloves to scoop out any debris hiding in your gutter. After you've cleared any blockages, give the gutters a quick rinse with a garden hose as this is also a great way to spot any leaks.
If your house is surrounded by large trees and blocked up gutters are a regular problem for you, you might want to consider installing a gutter guard. A guard prevents blockages from leaves but allows the flow of rainwater to continue.
Just as you would your gutters, it is important to clear off any debris that has landed on your roof during the winter. This will also be a good chance to make sure no tiles have blown off or become loose. Just make sure you have a sturdy ladder, a reliable spotter and make sure your shoes have good grip – safety is crucial here!
Keeping your roof in good repair now may well save you serious headaches down the road.
The top tips from the Royal Horticultural Society for when spring arrives include to start preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden. To read all their top tips for each month, click here.
You should also tend to summer-flowering bulbs in early spring in order to reap the rewards in a few months’ time.
Cleaning around the house
Aside from the obvious cleaning tips and tricks any good spring clean will include, it’s easy to overlook some spots in your own home. You may want to consider disinfecting your bins, your light switches and your door knobs – they’re a haven for bacteria. You should also give your kitchen appliances a better clean than the standard wipe down they get after each use.
Another top cleaning tip which is commonly overlooked according to House Logic is cleaning your reusable grocery bags. Studies have found bacteria easily transports from bag-to-food-to-refrigerator. This increases the chances of food poisoning and cross-contamination – no better reason to give them a proper clean!
Batteries in smoke carbon monoxide alarms
According to the Fire Service, in a standard smoke alarm the battery will need to be replaced every 12 months. Make a habit of changing your batteries as part of your spring clean. Perhaps you can time swapping your old batteries for new batteries when you change the clocks move forward by one hour every year, ie yesterday!
You can however buy alarms fitted with sealed ten year batteries with the advantage that you don’t have to replace the battery every year.
There are several reasons to de-clutter. It will provide you with more space, you can make money by selling your old stuff and it will make cleaning so much easier – think about not having to dust all of those trinkets!
To identify which of your clothes you should sell or deliver to the nearest charity shop, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. Once you wear an item, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll know which clothes you can easily remove!
Vorwerk Kobold has looked into my so many people choose to do a deep and thorough clean at this time of the year. 61% of people say that spring cleaning makes them feel more organised, 41% say they do it to be more hygienic and nearly a third of the nation say they chose to spring clean because they are house proud. Whatever your reasons, we hope these six suggested jobs will help to kick-start your spring clean in 2018.