Spring is finally here, which means it's time to do some serious cleaning! After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, your home could probably use a little sprucing up. In this blog post, we'll share our top 5 tips for spring cleaning, including instructions and tools needed.
We will cover:
- Deep cleaning of your carpets
- Cleaning & restoring your wood stove
- How to clean your Conservatory and UPVC Windows
- Oven cleaning
- Decluttering your home
Tip #1: Deep Clean Your Carpets
- Vacuum cleaner
- Carpet cleaner machine (if you do not have one, these are easy and cheap to rent - just google it!)
- Dirtbusters Carpet cleaner shampoo
- Dirtbusters Stain remover (if needed)
Carpets can harbor dirt, bacteria, and allergens, so it's important to give them a deep clean at least once a year, or when they start to get grubby & smelly.
The average, you can expect to pay a professional carpet cleaner is anywhere from £100 to £250 for a professional carpet cleaning service for a 3 bedroomed house in the UK. So to save yourself some £'s we really do recommend investing in your own domestic carpet cleaner or just simply hiring a carpet cleaning machine at the fraction of the price
- Vacuum your carpets thoroughly - Remove any loose dirt particles & dust
- Pre-treat any stains with Dirtbusters stain remover - follow instructions on the product or read our blog post here.
- Prepare your carpet cleaning extraction machine with warm water and Dirtbusters carpet shampoo.
Our carpet cleaning shampoo solutions are suitable for all professional, domestic & rental carpet cleaner machines / carpet steam cleaners.
Including Vax, Bissell, Karcher, MAXVAC, Hoover, Henry, Draper, Prochem, Rug Doctor and any other carpet extraction cleaning machine.
For a Carpet cleaner machine with 1 tank:
Machines with 1 tank for both water and carpet shampoo, use 10ml of Clean & Deodorise with every 1 Litre of clean, warm water.
For a Carpet cleaner machine with 2 tanks:
Machines with separate tanks for clean water and cleaning solution, dilute Clean & Deodorise 50:50 in the solution tank e.g. fill up the tank halfway with water and the rest with Clean & Deodorise
Pro Tip - Use warm fresh water, this will help give an effective professional standard clean, as it will help the solution break down soiling easier.
- Clean your carpets in overlapping strokes, starting from one corner of the room and working your way outwards
- Let the carpet dry by opening windows and doors or using fans
Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the carpet cleaning extraction machine and if you do not use Dirtbusters carpet shampoo ensure you follow the products dilutions rates.
This simple process will help keep your carpets clean, fresh, and odor-free.
Benefits: Deep cleaning your carpets not only removes dirt and debris but also helps to improve indoor air quality by reducing allergens and bacteria.
Tip #2: Clean & Restore Your Wood Stove
- Soft-bristled brush
- Dirtbusters Stove glass cleaner
- Dustpan & brush
- Dirtbusters Stove Polish (if your stove is black)
- Dirtbusters Stove cleaning spray
- Non-scratch pad
- Microfibre cloth or sponge
- Washing gloves/latex gloves
If you have a wood stove, it's important to clean it regularly to ensure it is functioning efficiently and safely.
- Start by removing any ashes and debris from the stove. Then, use a soft-bristled brush to clean the inside of the stove, making sure to remove any soot buildup.
- Using the stove cleaner spray, apply onto the surface of the log burner exterior. Wipe clean with a microfibre cloth, removing any soot & dirt.
- Next apply Stove Cleaning Paste to the inside of the wood burning glass with a non-scratch pad. Work in circular motions all over the glass. Leave to work for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off with clean, warm water and a microfibre cloth. Buff dry with a dry cloth.
- Now your wood buring stove is clean, it is time to restore it back to a solid matt black finish (only applies to existing black stoves)
- Apply the stove polish to the clean wood burner exterior. Gloves should be worn when applying Stove Polish to avoid staining hands. Add a small amount of Polish to a microfibre cloth or sponge. Apply all over the surface in thin layers and circular motions.
- Light the fire to allow Stove Polish to form a protective coating, or leave to air dry before applying additional layers to cover rust and discolouration, if required.
Benefits: Regularly cleaning your wood stove helps to improve its efficiency, reducing the amount of wood you need to burn. Cleaning your glass will let you enjoy the natural light of the fire, whilst being able to see the wood burning! & using our stove polish will keep your stove restored from dull to a black finish.
Tip #3: Clean Your Conservatory and UPVC Windows
Conservatories and UPVC windows can quickly become dirty especially after a long wet and windy winter, making them look dirty & dull. Its very easy to restore your window frames, doors, conservatory and roof back to a clean white finish.
Start by using a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt and debris from the frames and sills. Then, use a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent to clean the windows, taking care to dry them thoroughly to avoid streaks.
- Soft-bristled brush or a vacuum
- Dirtbusters UPVC cleaning paste
- Dirtbusters Conservatory cleaner
- Microfibre cloth
- Bucket or garden sprayer
- Soft bristle broom
To clean your conservatory, panels & roof or a large upvc door etc:
- Brush away any dirt, cobwebs etc before cleaning
- Dilute Conservatory Cleaner into a bucket or garden sprayer at 100 parts water to 1 part solution. That’s 10ml of Conservatory Cleaner to every 1 Litre of clean, warm water. For heavy soiling use a stronger dilution at 20 to 1 – 50ml of solution per Litre of water.
- Apply the diluted solution over the surface and agitate with a brush or sponge.
- Foor conservatory roofs, we suggest spraying on and then agitating with a soft bristle broom to remove dirt & grime.
- Rinse away with clean water.
- Repeat if necessary
- Move onto to use the UPVC past for white window frames etc
For white upvc window frames, doors, garden furniture etc:
- If cleaning interior vacuum away any dust or cobwebs, and exterior brush away any loose dirt before cleaning
- Apply UPVC Cleaner paste using a non-scratch pad or microfibre cloth.
- Work into the UPVC surface in circular motions to lift engrained dirt & deposits.
- Leave the solution to work for up to 5 minutes if required for heavy dirt build-up.
- Rinse with clean water and a soft cloth.
- Buff dry with a dry microfibre cloth.
UPVC Cleaner paste is designed for white UPVC. For any other finish, please test in an inconspicuous area before using all over.
Benefits: Regularly cleaning your conservatory and UPVC windows helps to improve their appearance, restoring back to a clean white finish. It also helps to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, which can lead to damage over time.
Tip #4: Clean Your Oven
Ovens can quickly become dirty and greasy, which can impact the taste of your food, cause smoke, and gradually build up with grease and burnt on carbon if not cleaned.
- Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaning Paste
- Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaning Spray
- Blade or a oven scraper (highly recommended)
- Stainless Steel Scourer
- Microfibre cloth / old clean rag or cloth
- Old Newspaper
- Start by removing any racks and trays from the oven.
Prepare the area: Place newspaper on the floor beneath the oven door to catch any dirt. Turn on the oven to 80 degrees and let it heat up before cleaning. Remember to turn this off when you start to clean the interior of your oven.
Start by using a scraper blade on the oven glass to remove any build-up of carbon and burnt-on food. We recommend using a standard retractable scraper blade for non-professional cleaning.
Spray Bio Oven Cleaner solution on the glass, wait a moment and then use the scraper blade again. This will wet and soften the dirt, making it easier to remove.
Rinse off the carbon and oven cleaning solution with a clean wet cloth.
- Use the same method on the internal of the oven
Then apply Oven Cleaning Paste to remove excess carbon and grease. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes before using a stainless-steel scourer to remove it. You can also spray Bio Oven Cleaner along with the paste for even more effective cleaning.
Repeat the above processes again if your oven is really heavily soiled with carbon & grease
Rinse down the oven door & internal to remove any residue and dirt. Dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.
You can apply Glass Cleaning Spray to polish the surface if desired.
Remove the protective sheeting from under the door and wipe down cupboard doors and clean the floor if any dirt has transferred.
Benefits: Regularly cleaning your oven helps to improve the taste of your food by removing any built-up grease and grime. It also helps to improve the efficiency of your oven, reducing the amount of energy required to cook your food.
Tip #5: Declutter Your Home
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to declutter your home and get rid of any items that you no longer need. Start by going through each room and sorting items into three piles: keep, donate, and throw away. Be ruthless in your decluttering and focus on keeping only the items that you truly love or need.
- Sorting boxes - available at most supermarkets or DIY shops
- Storage space
Start by going through each room and sorting items into three piles: keep, donate, and throw away. Be ruthless in your decluttering and focus on keeping only the items that you truly love or need.
Benefits: Decluttering your home helps to reduce stress by creating a more organized and functional space. It also helps to reduce the amount of clutter in your home, making it easier to keep clean in the future.
by following these five top tips, you'll have your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for spring. From deep cleaning your carpets to decluttering