Homeowner's A-to-Z Guide to Spring Cleaning

All you need to know to keep your space spotless and squeaky clean

Updated on June 13, 2017 8:06 am

Alisa Chopard

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Article originally published in SquareRooms Issue 94 February 2013. Visit their website here

A-List
Before you start spring cleaning, take stock of what needs to be done. Check the clutter levels in your cupboards, and for dust in hard-to-reach places such as under the furniture and atop lamp shades. Write everything down on a To-Do list!

Bleach
Scrubbing grime and mould from bathroom crevices just got easier. Mix a quarter cup of chlorine bleach to six cups water. Increase the dosage as needed. Also, when scrubbing mould between the grout lines of tiles, use a soft bristle brush, so you don’t scrub out the cement!

Cutting clutter
It’s easy to fill a home with a magnitude of things we don’t use and after a while, forget about. So be ruthless about clearing clutter; if you haven’t used it in a year, you’re probably not going to miss it.

Donation
After you’ve sorted out your unwanted clutter, don’t throw it away just yet. Pick out the good stuff and donate them to charity. Salvation Army has many drop-off points in Singapore.

Eyes
While cleaning, protect your eyes from harsh chemical agents with plastic goggles.

Fridge

Photo courtesy of LG

Yes, even fridges can get overcrowded. Go through everything that’s in your fridge. Check for expired items, like sauces or frozen meats, and toss them. You might also want to give your fridge a thorough wipe-down, and protect your shelves and trays from spillage with pieces of kitchen towels.

Grime
Grime gets everywhere, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. We recommend a tough cleaning agent that will make your sinks, countertops and bathroom floors sparkle and shine!

Humidifiers (de)
Mould is usually found in areas of the home that is damp or poorly ventilated. Some classic examples are the bathroom and shoe cabinets. Opt for an air dehumidifier to keep these places dry and mould-free.

Ink
Ink stains are easier to get rid of than you think. Just dab some alcohol-based hairspray on the ink blotch. Ensure the hairspray doesn’t run down the wall and rub with a cotton ball until clean. Be sure to wipe off any excess hairspray with a surface cleaner and kitchen towel.

Just do it
Don’t procrastinate! Once you have your A-list, fire away!

Kitchen Sink


Photo courtesy of Häfele

Spruce up your kitchen sink by rubbing it down with slices of lemon dipped in baking soda. Rub all over, let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse off. Buff with a soft clean cloth for the perfect gleam!

Lint
Hate lint on your upholstery and curtains? Yes, we do too. After vacuuming to remove as much lint as possible, put these covers in the dryer for about 30 minutes to get rid of the rest. Don’t forget to clear the lint filter in your dryer afterwards.

Mineral deposits


Photo courtesy of Grohe

Most don’t notice, but over time, shower heads can collect mineral deposits. To eliminate the build-up, partially fill a durable zip lock bag with vinegar and tie it around the showerhead. Ensure that it’s fully submerged. Leave to soak overnight, and then, pry out softened deposits with a toothpick.

Nay to oven grease
Ovens can be a feat to clean. Here’s a nifty tip before you rub it down with heavy-duty surface cleaner: Fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of lemon juice. Place it in your oven and turn the heat up high, until the water starts to boil. The steam from the water will soften dirt at the sides, and the lemon will clear your oven of any smell.

Organisation


Photo courtesy of Dream Interiors, featuring the Montana Shelves

Making the effort now to organise things you have a lot of, like clothes and reading matter, can pay off tremendously. By grouping them in order, you can locate each piece easily and being neat will be a time-saver especially if you’re late for work!

Polish
Make your own natural polish! Here’s a recipe we pulled: Mix ½ teaspoon olive oil and ½ cup vinegar or lemon juice into a plastic spray bottle and shake well. Use with a microfiber cloth to restore the wood furniture around your house to its former glory!

Queue


Photo courtesy of Howards Storage World featuring the Elfa shelving unit

The easiest way to organise cluttered and complicated spaces such as walk-in wardrobes and kitchens is to create a queue for all the items. There should be a logical process of what’s used first within the space, and placed accordingly. This should also be in line with your movement through the space—from the front to the back of the wardrobe, or from the right to the left of the kitchen.

Rubber Gloves
A pair of thick, rubber gloves will be your best friend when spring cleaning. You’ll be coming into contact with a lot of chemicals in the process, and it’s important to protect your skin.

Store it


Photo courtesy of Fred Lives Here

Pack away things that you won’t often use, like heavy winter clothes. The best way to store winter coats and scarves (without allowing them to collect dust) is to vacuum pack them. You can find vacuum pack storage solutions in any home improvement or DIY store.

Touch-up
Every now and again, you’ll need to give your walls a touch-up. Refresh their look with a standard surface cleaner mixed with warm water, and wait for them to dry well. Use a paint brush and lightly go over the stubborn splotches with a light and even coat of paint.

Utensils
Need your stainless steel cutlery to shine? Fill a tray or your sink (scrub it clean first), and fill with up to five centimetres of warm water. Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix gently. Drop in your cutlery and leave for 10 minutes. Remove, rinse and buff with a soft clean cloth.

Vinegar
Vinegar is nature’s cleaning agent. Dampen a microfiber cloth with some vinegar to remove that sheer coat of grime on anything around your house, including window sills, sinks and light bulbs. Stay away from marble or granite though!

Windows


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Nothing works better than a squeegee. Spray window cleaner on the inside of the glass, and use the squeegee to “sweep” the window cleaner in one direction. Wipe your squeegee with a soft lint-free cloth after each sweep.

X the fog
Can’t stand foggy mirrors? Here’s a simple solution, good all year round. Rub shaving cream on the mirror and wipe it clean. Try this trick as often as you need—your mirrors won’t fog up!

Youth
Any home will lose its appeal when it is poorly maintained. Strive to not only renew your space with a yearly spring cleaning session; but also to give it a regular scrub-down every two to three months.

Zoom in on rugs


Photo courtesy of Space Furniture

Clean and fluffy rugs leave a wonderful feeling underfoot. Switch to machine-washable cloth rugs (some on the market are fluffy and luxurious!), or send your rugs to the dry cleaners yearly. Alternatively, water based vacuum cleaners work just as well for an easy DIY solution.


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