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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

Spring cleaning the home is the perfect opportunity for you to rid your living space of all the old, unwanted and unnecessary items you have lying around. It’s also the time of year where people clean their properties from top to bottom, getting that last bit of tinsel off the ceiling from Christmas and banishing any signs of dust or dirt in time for new beginnings. 

However, some homeowners will take advantage of the longer, brighter and warmer spring days to renovate their homes, ripping out old kitchens and bathrooms in favour for brand new suites, for example. But what do you do with all the waste generated? Hire a skip from Willshee’s.

We have a wide range of domestic skips available, all of different sizes. No matter the project you’re working on, we’ll have the most ideal solution for getting rid of your household waste. You can also rest assured that this will be done as sustainably as possible – we aim to recycle all of the waste we collect from our customers, turning it into biofuel in most cases at our dedicated recycling facility.

We can even dispose of hazardous waste for you; perfect for if you’re renovating an old property and come across asbestos, for example. We have a specialist team of experts who are trained to safely and responsibly handle and dispose of hazardous waste materials, including asbestos, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’ll always be in safe hands if you choose Willshee’s to help dispose of the waste you generate while you get underway with spring cleaning your home.

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Choose the household jobs that need doing

There are several different household chores that you can perform that will count towards spring cleaning your home. Once you’ve decided what needs doing throughout your home, then you’ll be able to get everything you need for a successful spring clean, including:

  • Detergents
  • Antibacterial products
  • Buckets
  • Mops
  • Sponges
  • Hand towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Degreasers 
  • Limescale removers
  • Glass or window cleaners
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Oven cleaners
  • Surface wipes

Some of the tasks you can undertake, some of which are suitable for the whole family to do (including your children), are as follows:

Decluttering your home

This is a simple-yet-effective way of spring cleaning your home. Go room-to-room and decide whether or not all of the trinkets you have and paperwork you hold is worth keeping. It could be anything from ornaments and clothes to paperwork and bedsheets, so it’s best to be ruthless when deciding what should go and what should stay.

Look to create three piles: keep, donate and bin. Give what you can to charity shops and second-hand stores to help reduce your carbon footprint and recycle what you can out of the ‘bin’ pile. 

Willshee’s are able to recycle the following materials for you:

  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Plasterboard
  • Hardcore
  • Concrete
  • Plastics
  • Soil
  • Green waste
  • Textiles 
  • Residual waste

When it comes to the items you have chosen to keep, assign them a place and put them there neatly. Make sure that you continue to put them back in the same spot so as to avoid having to declutter again in the not-so-distant future.

Deep cleaning your carpet

You’re sure to be surprised by how much dirt, dust and even animal hair becomes embedded in the carpets you’re walking around on. It can become especially built up in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms – where everyone spends the most time. These are also rooms where you’re likely to eat and drink but they also get frequent footfall.

Deep cleaning the carpets, even if they don’t look dirty will help to restore their colour and texture. Make sure you use high-performing carpet cleaners. These can be expensive to buy but you also have the option to rent one if you so wish.

However, there are some home remedies on the market, including substances you sprinkle over the carpet and vacuum up again. Look into the best options for you in order to effectively deep clean your carpets for very little cost.

Removing pet hairs where applicable

Where pets are absolutely delightful to live with, they do malt and so hair can be dropped even in the most unlikely of places. Cats and dogs have this problem more so than any other animal and that’s simply because, most of the time, they have free reign of the house. You might even find that vacuuming the affected areas does very little, so try using a rubber glove instead. 

The rubber material makes it easy for hair to naturally stick to it, lifting it from your carpets, curtains, blinds, sofas, clothes and even your bedding. However, if you find that a rubber glove doesn’t quite do the trick, use a lint roller instead.

Cleaning the oven

Oven cleaning is one of the most dreaded tasks associated with spring cleaning. It can be time-intensive and rather hard work, especially if food has been burnt onto trays and/or the bottom of the oven. Not to mention, oven cleaners can carry quite a hefty price tag, so why not try a home remedy instead? It’s cheaper and better for the environment, further reducing your carbon footprint.

Take some bicarbonate of soda and mix it with water then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the inside of your oven with this mixture, but make sure to avoid the heating elements. Leave it overnight and then wipe it clean the following day. You’ll find that it’ll transform your oven, looking almost as good as new.

Wiping down the inside of your fridge

It’s easy for us to neglect cleaning our fridges. But there comes a moment where you go to put something back in the fridge only to look at the shelves and realise that, yes, it’s about time you gave it a good wipe down. 

Cleaning the fridge doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or particularly taxing activity, you can simply take some antibacterial wipes and clean the shelves using those. You might have to take them out and shake off some debris, but other than that, it shouldn’t take you too long to clean out your fridge.

Don’t forget your microwave

Your microwave is easily forgotten about also, much like your fridge. As time has gone on, as a society, we’re using our microwaves far less with the rise of air fryers, electric grills and slow cookers, for example, so it can be easy to overlook the dirt inside your microwave if you don’t see it very often.

Use a combination of water and vinegar and fill up a bowl with the solution in it. You should then turn your microwave on, as you would normally, for ten minutes. Allow the solution to heat up to the point where it starts to generate steam. Once the timer has run out, remove the bowl and use a clean cloth to wipe away the dirt that would have been dislodged by the steam.

Cleaning your bathroom

The bathroom can be a tricky room to clean, especially seeing as there are so many small parts and components to it. From the hinges on the toilet seat to the taps that adorn sinks and bathtubs, it can be hard to rid those elements from dirt completely. 

Some useful things you can use to get into those small spaces include old or cheap toothbrushes and/or cotton wool buds. It’s important that this room is especially clean as it’s where you’ll take showers, have baths and brush your teeth, so it needs to be a clean, safe environment from the outset.

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Make a cleaning schedule

It’s important that you make a cleaning schedule in order to get all of the jobs done that you need to get done. When making your cleaning schedule, you should consider the following things:

  • Identifying the areas that need the most work
  • Thinking about the areas or rooms that aren’t normally cleaned
  • Acquiring all of the products you need to clean effectively
  • Considering homemade alternatives to shop-bought cleaning products to help reduce your carbon footprint

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Start from the bottom of your house and work your way upwards

It’s always best to start at the bottom of the house and then work your way upstairs. But more precisely, you should do the same with each room – start from the top and work down. The order in which you should clean things in a room is as follows:

  • The ceilings
  • The walls
  • Anything that’s hung up on the walls
  • Doors
  • Architraves and door frames
  • Window sills
  • Any furniture you have 
  • The trinkets that you have on window sills, furniture, fireplaces etc
  • The skirting boards
  • The floor, including laminate, lino, vinyl, hardwood flooring and carpet

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Don’t forget about doors, windows and walls

It can be easy to forget about doors, walls and windows when spring cleaning the home. Doors can get exceptionally dusty, as can their frames. Make sure to run the vacuum cleaner over those areas to remove any dust or dirt that might be present. This should be easy enough with the right attachment. The same also goes for your skirting boards – don’t forget about those.

Windows can be easily cleaned from the inside using the right cleaner and a microfiber cloth, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning your windows. Cleaning the outside of your windows is an entirely different challenge.

Many feel more comfortable having them cleaned professionally rather than doing it themselves. This is the safest option unless you have the right tools to do it yourself. It’s recommended to have your windows cleaned by a specialist window cleaning firm.

Believe it or not, your walls can become dusty and marked over time. Cobwebs can cling to the walls and ceilings without you even noticing, especially if you have either really light or really dark walls; they can be difficult to spot. Run the vacuum over the walls, lightly so as not to damage the walls, and the dust should soon lift away.

If your walls are marked, you might be able to simply wipe it away using a clean damp cloth. If not, it might require a lick of paint. See if you have kept any of the tins you used and if you have, take a brush and lightly paint over the affected areas. Wait for it to dry completely before going near the area to avoid staining clothes and other items.

It’s important to remember that, if you have any old cans of paint that you no longer need, you cannot put them in a skip for disposal. If you wish to get rid of them, Willshee’s will be able to responsibly dispose of the paint for you under our hazardous waste removal service. In addition to paint, we’re also able to take away:

  • Chemicals
  • Oils
  • Solvents
  • Asbestos
  • Cylinders and aerosols
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Manufacturing and processing wastes
  • Contaminated rags and absorbents

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Willshee’s have a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to draw upon when it comes to the safe and responsible disposal of waste. Whether it’s household rubbish or hazardous material, you’ll be able to count on Willshee’s to help. For more information about the skip hire services we have or to enquire about our hazardous waste disposal service, get in touch with a member of our committed team today – we’re always on hand to help. 

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