After a long winter escaping the weather, spring is an excellent time to throw open the windows and doors and give your house an overdue deep clean.
As leading a leading waste removal expert, Ryan Colson knows a thing or two about clearing unwanted goods, clearing space and much more. Here are some spring cleaning tips from Ryan Colson.
Start As You Mean To Go On
Cleaning should always be done top to bottom, so take the same approach to the place you live. This doesn’t necessarily mean from the top of your house down. It can just mean starting with light fittings then moving to sideboards and finally the floor – the idea being that you will inevitably upset dirt and dust which can be finally gathered up by the vacuum cleaner or mop.
To help you in your spring cleaning blitz of the house, Ryan Colson has put together a room cleaning guide full of handy hints and tips to help get you from dirty to dazzling. Contact our team at Colson Transport to hiring services that may aid you with ongoing cleaning. From skip hire to road sweeping, our variance can be hugely beneficial to your cause.
While you may want to go out and buy every cleaning product under the sun, you might be surprised to learn of some slightly less toxic alternatives made up of ingredients you might already have. You’ll find these featured in amongst Ryan Colson’s tips below.
Before you begin, scan every room for things that don’t belong there. Put these misplaced items into a box for rehousing later, or use this step to begin disposing of unwanted items with the use of Skip Hire or Grab Hire.
Ryan Colson’s Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Although you’ll use the kitchen most often, it’s still a spring cleaning challenge. Start by dusting the lights and cleaning the tops of the cupboard, before working on the surfaces and finally the floor. You should always take the trouble to clean walls, drawers and appliances – as food can get everywhere.
The microwave – Put some white vinegar and water in a mug and then put in in the microwave for a few seconds until the microwave steams up. Remove the mug and wipe the microwave interior clean with a cloth.
Chopping board – The combination of cutting into the board plus food means that it’s difficult to leave the surface properly hygienic. As an alternative to an all-purpose cleaner, cover the chopping board with sea salt and then rub with half a lemon to disinfect.
Glass oven dishes – Remove hard to shift grease or burnt-on food with water, detergent and kitchen foil. Simply mix the water and detergent together in the dish and then crinkle up the foil to make it into a scouring pad – all of the shine, without so many scratches.
Cast iron pans – Add 2 tablespoons of oil to your pan and place on medium heat. Once the pan is heated, add 3 tablespoons of salt. Being careful not to burn yourself, hold a scrunched-up paper towel between kitchen tongs and scour until the pan is clean. Finally, rinse out the pan and then coat with a little vegetable oil.
Oven – For a friendlier oven cleaner, make a paste from baking soda and water. Once you’ve removed the racks, cover the inside of the oven with the mixture, then leave overnight and wipe away. Wherever you see baking soda residue, apply a little vinegar and you’ll end up with a clean finish. To make the job easier in future, buy a non-stick oven liner, which can be simply wiped with a cloth.
Fridge – First go through the fridge, cupboard and spice rack and remove anything out of date. You might be amazed by how much you get rid of. How to remove those lingering food stains? A toothbrush and toothpaste lift them off nicely – which makes sense when you think about it.
Sponges – It’s easy to overlook the fact that sponges because they pick up so much dirt and bacteria, require cleaning themselves. Disinfect sponges by squeezing out the water and putting them into the microwave for one minute.
Ryan Colson’s Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Because of humidity, the bathroom can be a breeding ground for bacteria – so it’s generally good practice to give the bathroom a good airing whenever you use it. From a waste removal perspective, Ryan Colson recommends the disposal of old products, such as hand creams etc that may be left for long periods of time at the back of cupboards etc. Hiring one of our Skip Bags can be a great way to quickly dispose of smaller waste.
Sink – Sprinkle baking soda around the sink and taps. Next cut a lemon in half and work it into the baking soda. Finally, rinse with water for a sparkling finish.
Shower – Remove soap scum from your shower by combining vinegar and dishwasher liquid in equal parts. Some white vinegar poured into a bag and then wrapped around the showerhead will break down limescale.
Shower Curtain – Place in the washing machine with a few old towels, which will act as scrubbers to remove soap scum and mildew.
Grouting – Dip an old toothbrush in bleach and scrub the discoloured areas of bacteria growth between tiles.
Toilet – Pour vinegar into the toilet bowl, which will kill bacteria whenever you flush.
Toilet brush – Pour some bleach into the toilet brush holder for 24/7 disinfection.
Ryan Colson’s Bedroom Cleaning Tips
Awake or asleep, you’ll spend a lot of time in your bedroom, so it’s important to get it straight. Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the room and get rid of those old newspapers and magazines from your bedside table. Visit our guide on decluttering your home for further information.
Blinds – Blinds can get extremely dirty and, unless you have a duster to hand, they can be difficult to tackle. A makeshift solution is to use an old sock.
Mattresses – Ryan Colson advises deodorising your mattress by first vacuuming it to remove dirt and dust. Then mix equal parts water and white vinegar and spray it onto the mattress. Allow the mixture to dry and then flip the mattress, repeating the process on the other side. Then cover the mattress with a thin coat of baking soda. Let it sit for several hours (or overnight) before vacuuming.
Ryan Colson’s Living Room Cleaning Tips
As the social hub of the home, the main problem with the living room is the amount of clutter that inevitably builds up. First, remove everything that doesn’t belong in the living room. Take off sofa cushions and use the vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment on the sofa to remove dust and dirt. Also, vacuum curtains, should you have them.
Sofas – Pet hair always seems to escape the vacuum. Stray hairs can be removed from soft furnishings by either wearing rubber gloves (which the hairs will stick to) or by wrapping outward-facing tape around fingers and going over the area.
Windows – Clean windows make a room feel fresh and light. Wash your windows inside and out with washing up liquid and warm water. Then use a squeegee to remove the suds in horizontal motions from top to bottom. This should also be applied to mirrors.
Baskets – If storage is a problem, buy a few baskets for remotes, magazines or even shoes. They look good in a room and also mean it’s easy to keep the room looking neat.
Colson Transport – The Answer To Your Clutter Problems
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