Spring is a time for cleaning out the cupboards, polishing furniture, ornaments and cutlery, and maintaining a fresh, clean living space for the family. It’s a great season to get the house ready for the year ahead, especially if large numbers of guests are expected to dine in the coming summer months, and that is why we have a list of spring cleaning tips so you have a house to be proud of.

Windows

Spring is the perfect time to get your windows glistening, letting as much clean, natural light into the home as possible. It is perfectly possible to use simple, eco-friendly products rather than chemically enhanced shop-bought cleaners. One of those solutions is the old age favourite, one part water to one part vinegar, applied and rubbed down with kitchen towel. It will require some real elbow grease to really get the perfect window shine, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Wood furniture

Wood furniture, particularly pine and oak coffee and bedside tables, need a little TLC from time to time. Stains such as coffee mug rings and scuffs can look unwelcoming to guests, so removing these are a must when spring cleaning. Beeswax is a great product for this and helps to restore and replenish natural wood furniture. It can be bought in many hardware stores. Simply apply a small amount on the piece of furniture, leave for a few minutes and then buff with a smooth, clean cloth to reignite the shine.

Packing winter clothes away

Storing winter clothing and making space for spring and summer fashion trends is a great way to sort out any unwanted clothes, as well as cleaning wardrobe space. Vacuum-packed clothes storage is a great way for saving space and keeping clothes fresh, out of the way of moths that will ruin wool and cotton if left alone. Use a hoover and dust cloths to wipe away any cobwebs and dust that have accumulated over the year, or even use hot soapy water if the furniture is looking particularly grubby.

Oven care

With a potential busy few months ahead when entertaining guests and visitors, cooking in an oven that is clean and grime-free will make the job more pleasant. Although many households are acquiring self-cleaning ovens, there are several ways you can tackle the job of cleaning the oven.

One of these uses a store-cupboard lifesaver, bicarbonate of soda, which is very handy when cleaning all sorts of kitchen products, and not just helping cakes to rise. Cover your oven with a thick paste of a bicarbonate and water solution, and leave overnight. Then wipe off the solution the next day with a damp cloth or sponge.

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