Dirty, muted, boring – hardly the words you want someone to use when describing your home, yet it’s the first thing that comes to mind when we see an unkempt home. The most tasteful of decorations and most expensive furniture will look dull without proper care, and it’s very difficult to feel at home in a place where everything looks so old and rundown. To make sure your home is both beautiful and inviting, we’d like to offer a few great cleaning tips that can transform any room and make it into a place of warmth and comfort.

Curtains

Dusty, unwashed curtains can really affect the air quality in the room. If you suffer from allergies or respiratory issues, regular washing is definitely recommended as curtains can carry a lot of dust in them. To clean them, you’ll need to bear in mind your washing machine cycle. Low-heat and delicate settings should do the trick, because higher temperatures lead to wrinkles that are very difficult to iron out. Hang them back up as soon as they’re out of the washer and leave them to dry. If your curtains are made of very sheer, delicate fabrics, even low-heat setting might cause wrinkles. In this case, you can hand wash them in the sink (or in the tub) by using cold water and a small amount of hand detergent.

Mirrors

No matter how much you clean, you always have unsightly streaks all across your mirror. To avoid this, take a microfiber cloth, glass cleaner, and some rubbing alcohol. Put the rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and wipe the mirror down with that first, and after that you can use the glass cleaner and your microfiber cloth. Make sure to spritz lightly, you don’t want product running down the mirror in rivulets. If you still have some leftover marks on the mirror, use simple toilet paper to wipe them off (you’ll be surprised how well this works on any glass surface).

Carpets

Lush, thick carpets are what makes the room look luxurious and comfortable. You want to help the colors of it stay vibrant, especially if you have a light carpet that makes stains look even more obvious. Of course, the most important thing you’ll need is a good vacuum cleaner. Finding a light vacuum cleaner backpack is a great option, especially if you suffer from back pain, as these let you vacuum for longer. Before you start vacuuming, spread a dry absorbent compound (or simple baking soda) over your carpet to extract the deep-set dirt. Vacuum it all off, and if there are any stains left, you can try soaking them in white vinegar for an hour before blotting them with a cloth. Here are a few other stain-removing hacks for you to try.

Upholstery

This can be a part of your spring cleaning routine. Before you begin washing your upholstery, you’ll need to vacuum it first because dust and pet hair will just get in the way of everything. Once that is done, take ¼ of laundry detergent and mix it with 1 cup of warm water. Dip your washcloth into this solution and then wash your furniture in sections. Have a separate wet cloth ready to rinse out the suds, and repeat this until everything is clean. Leave to dry completely, and then you can vacuum it once more to get all the dirt that lifted dirt out.

Wood furniture

To remove water stains from wood, try rubbing a non-gel toothpaste and baking soda mix onto the spot until the stain is gone. This mixture is good at removing all sorts of marks without damaging the precious wood. After you’re done removing spots, use a wood polishing solution to preserve your furniture and make it glossy.

Our house is our sanctuary and there’s nothing quite like coming back from work and seeing it in all its glory. Let the vivid brightness of your home show by keeping it well-maintained through these tips and hacks.

 

Published by Emma Lawson