11 spring cleaning tips to brighten your day
We’re sharing our cleaning secrets that will make your living and working spaces fresh and new in springtime, or anytime.
Ahh springtime. Isn’t it lovely? The weather is warmer, the air is fresher, there’s new life blossoming every where you look. It’s a great time to be alive. Then you see it. The dust bunnies coming out of hibernation, tumbleweeding around the bedroom. Spring cleaning is possibly the lesser favourite association with Mother Earth’s freshest season.
At Triven, we specialise in commercial cleaning, which is like domestic cleaning but not quite. Cleaning is cleaning but commercial buildings and workspaces have higher traffic areas, which means surfaces need cleaning on a regular basis – not just seasonally.
That said, we’d like to share some of our top spring cleaning tips to help you keep your environment, whether it’s at work or home, hygienically clean and tidy all year-round.
Spring Cleaning Made Easy
1. Don’t wait until spring
Don’t overload your spring hours by having to spend endless hours cleaning spaces because you’ve neglected them all year. Do a little each day, week or month, and you won’t get overloaded at the change of the seasons.
2. Make a plan
Failing to plan is planning to fail. To keep on top of cleaning duties, it’s vital to make a schedule so you know when to do what. Go with a spreadsheet type and blue-tac it to the inside cupboard door in the laundry room or somewhere easy to locate.
3. Clear the clutter
Spring is a time for freshness and re-birth, not the season for withered newspapers and old magazines to stay stacked up in a corner. It’s easy to settle into a hibernation over winter and let things pile up, but now’s your chance to clear the clutter and make space in your life.
4. Sort the junk
Following on from above, spring cleaning is a fab time to get into the junk drawers, baskets, and overflowing closets. Kids’ rooms are a great place to start. Use the Peter Walsh’s declutter method and set up boxes: rubbish, recycle, sell, donate. Then, fill them up with stuff you don’t need or want anymore.
5. Donate what’s salvageable
There will always be people in need of second-hand clothing, kitchen items, books, office supplies, and toys. Once you’ve sorted through your excess, take the donate box to your nearest or favourite charity op-shop.
6. Lots of lemons
There’s nothing that says clean and fresh like the smell of lemon in the air. Lemons have natural antibacterial properties, which makes them killer cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom. Take piece of cut lemon and rub it over stainless steel, tile grout, and bench-tops. Leave the juice for a few minutes (not too long as the acid may eat into the grout) and wipe away with a clean cloth. Alternatively, make a lemon spray with lemon juice, white vinegar and water. Shake before each use.
7. Loads and loads of laundry
Ever sit on a sofa in a reception waiting room and wonder how often the throw cushions are washed? Spring cleaning, and all seasonal cleaning, is the time for washing these types of things – the things that may be over-looked. While you’re at it, launder washable floor mats, throw blankets, pillow and mattress protectors, and curtains.
8. Free the fridge
When’s the last time you looked in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator? The large drawer is often used as a graveyard for uneaten fruit and vegetables, especially in office kitchens (forgotten sandwiches also go here to die). Although the fridge should be cleared and cleaned every couple of months, spring is a good time to do a giant overhaul.
9. Cast away cosmetics
Did you know you should replace mascara every 3 months? Old make-up, sponges, and brushes are teeming with bacteria that can be harmful to your health and wellness. The more a sponge or brush touches your skin or hair, the dirtier is gets. Sponges and brushes can be washed with soap and warm water, but should be replaced every 3 months, along with mascara tubes. Powders and creams have longer shelf-lives but it’s good to get in the habit of tossing and replacing beauty products with your spring cleaning.
10. Scrub bathroom tiles
Sure, bathrooms and shower tiles get thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis (we hope) but floor tiles need special attention during spring cleaning duties. Spray the tiles with an eco-friendly cleaning solution and leave for 5-10 minutes. Then, use a stiff brush or firm toothbrush and a little elbow grease and scrub like mad. Remember TV shows from the 60s and 70s when mums were on all-fours scrubbing the floors? Do that. This may not sound “easy”, but let’s face it, cleaning is not an easy job. Knowing your bathroom is squeaky clean is worth it though.
11. Hire professionals
Even if you don’t have the need or want for commercial cleaners on a regular basis there are some spring cleaning duties that are best left to the professionals. Things like carpets need to be thoroughly steam-cleaned and depending on the amount of traffic in your environment, you may need this task completed two or three times a year, not just in spring. Another one is windows. Again, windows should not be left for spring cleaning. Some businesses require weekly window cleaning to keep their shopfronts looking spic and span.
Here are some of the tasks we tackle on a regular basis for our day care, school, office, fitness centre and aged care clients:
Buff and polish tiles
Pressure cleaning (outside areas)
Dust air conditioners and ceiling fans
Scrub bathroom grout
De-cobweb ceilings, corners, and light fixtures
Wipe tables, chairs, and desks, including the undersides
Spot clean marks on walls
Sanitise recycling and rubbish bins
Need a commercial cleaning team?
Hiring a regular cleaner for your business means your environment will always be looking and smelling clean and welcoming. And that means your staff will be healthier and happier and your clients will feel welcome and confident they’ve made the right choice.
If you have any questions, or would like a cleaning quote, please give us a call on 1300 401 390 today.