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Spring cleaning: Five filthy spots you're missing and how to clean them


With brighter mornings, longer evenings and daffodils making a comeback into supermarkets, it can only mean one thing – spring is here. Nothing feels quite as satisfying as relaxing in a pristinely clean home. And with the roadmap out of lockdown confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there’s never been a time to dust off the house and get ready for the restriction-free summer. But often is the case that after you’ve worked your way round the house, you’ll notice some spots you missed, which can be annoying to say the least. Here’s five things you’re probaby missing and how to clean them. 

Dust off your blinds

Window blinds are another feature that often get forgotten about during the cleaning routine.

Jason Peterkin, director at 24/7 blinds recommends: “Ideally, you should clean your blinds once a month to get rid of any germs and dust that are lingering on the surface.

“If you have roller blinds or Roman blinds, just give them a soft dusting and gentle vacuum once a month.

“Venetian or plantation shutters can have a more thorough clean, and wipe down each slat using a damp cloth and some washing up liquid, then finish up with a quick dusting to make them look as good as new.”

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Clean your mattress

Washing bedsheets is part of most people’s weekly cleaning routines, but it’s so easy to forget the mattress itself which often gets neglected.

Jonathan Warren, director at bed specialist, Time4Sleep, advises: “Remove your bed linen and vacuum the surface of your mattress to get rid of any dirt or debris.

“For a real deep clean, sprinkle baking soda over your mattress and leave it up to 24 hours before vacuuming again, this will act as a deodoriser and get rid of any long-lasting smells.”

Get your towels smelling fresh

Nothing feels better than coming out of the shower or bath to be wrapped in fresh, fluffy towels.

Lucy Ackroyd, head of design at Christy England, shares her towel cleaning tips: “Firstly, avoid silicone-based fabric softeners as these will reduce absorbency.

“If you are using a fabric softener, only use a small amount as overuse of softeners and conditioners will build up over time, leaving towels feeling slick and non-absorbent.

“A simple way to keep towels super fluffy is to wash them with a eucalyptus-based detergent.

“Not only will this leave them smelling super fresh, the eucalyptus will also protect the fibres of the towel and ensure the colours stay bright and fresh.”

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Refresh your radiators

Radiators can be seen as a bit of nuisance when it comes to cleaning them.

Antonio Dengra, CEO at Rointe, says: “Believe it or not, a simple and efficient way to get the dust out of the back of the radiator is to use a hairdryer.

“Point the nozzle towards the slots on top and turn it on at full power.

“If you currently endure the painful task of bleeding your gas radiators during your spring clean, consider making the switch to electric heating instead.

“Not only are electric easier to maintain, but they’re also much more efficient, better for the environment and can cut the cost of your energy bills.”

Wash your windows

Windows should be cleaned on both sides a few times a year, and as we usher in the summer, now’s the best time to get them sparkling.

Adam Pawson, head of digital at Safestyle, said: “Start by opening up the window and take and old paint brush to loosen any dirt, dust and cobwebs that might be stuck in the frame.

“Then use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dirt and debris. For uPVC window frames, marks and stains should come off with ease.

“Fill up a bowl with some warm water and washing-up-liquid and use a soft white cloth to wipe them down.

“Avoid using a coloured cloth as the dye can stain the plastic.”


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