Spring cleaning checklist

It’s that time of the year again, when the sun starts shining and we say good bye to the dreary winter. So pull out the heavy curtains and open the windows, to let the warm spring air in. If besides the nice weather, you also notice a layer of dust and grime that has built up in your home all winter, then you know that spring cleaning season has arrived. While this might sound like a real challenge, it is also a great opportunity to declutter and refresh your house, and to make a few changes that will “raise up” your cleaning game and promote a healthier home environment.

In this article, we have put together a complete spring cleaning checklist to help you get more organised and efficient in dealing with the seasonal cleaning tasks.

Make a plan before you start!

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Ooh, how we all love lists! No matter it’s a shopping list, expenses or activities list, it is always helpful to have a plan in mind before jumping on a new project. And spring cleaning your home makes no difference, as it also requires a plan in place and a list of products and services you need to use. We suggest running a full inspection of the house, to check which are the most difficult, urgent or expensive tasks you need to consider. From fixing your roof, deep cleaning the gutters or having your floors, carpets or mattresses professionally washed, all these jobs require a lot of time and effort. If you choose to hire a cleaning service provider to help you with any of these assignments, then you need to schedule the appointments in good time. Ask around or do an online research, to make sure you’re hiring an experienced and reputable company, and not just any novice. Make a few calls to find out which are the prices in your area for the services you are looking for, to see how it will affect your budget. If you are on a strict schedule, check the company’s’ availability a week or two in advance, just so you make sure they can fit you in at the required date and time. 

You know that deep cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen is quite a hard job, so to make your life easier, you need some good quality cleaning solution such as glass cleaner, degreasing spray and chlorine bleach. Also you should check you have enough cloths and rugs, rubber gloves, vinegar and baking soda. A step stool might come in handy, as well as a brush, sponges, broom, mop, and of course, a vacuum cleaner. Our advice is to let the appliances and cleaning products do the hard job. For example, food residues and grease, as well as soap scum or toilet stains, will be much easier to remove if you allow the cleaning product to sit for 15 to 20 min, before start scrubbing. Load the dishwasher and the washing machine, so the appliances work, while you are doing something else.

If a room is filled with stacks of papers, toys, or piles of clothes, the cleaning process becomes much harder, so tidy up before deep cleaning. Start in one corner and methodically work around the room straightening or picking up anything that is out of place. Use a plastic laundry basket to gather items that need to be put away and a trash bag for things that need to be tossed. Now you can dust and vacuum much more easily.

Spring cleaning the hall house is not something you do in one day. Beside the fact that it’s a lot of work to be done, there are other things that need your attention too. So, pick an area to clean completely and stick with it until is done. If you jump from one room to another, doing just bits and pieces, you won’t see many results from your effort. Always clean an area from the ceiling to the floor, so you won’t have to dust twice. It doesn’t really matter with which room you start. Some people like to do the bathrooms or kitchen first, simply because these spaces require more time and effort. However, you could also clean first, the spots where the family and friends gather.

Make the tasks easier by having all of the cleaners and tools you need at hand when you start cleaning. Making several trips through the house to find disinfectant wipes, dusters, or the vacuum is wasted effort. 

Bathroom deep cleaning

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We all know that bathrooms require, if not daily attention, at least a good wipe down every 2 to 3 days. Bathrooms are the perfect environment for bacteria, germs, microbes, human waste and other bits of unsavoury debris. From all the other areas in your home, restrooms are the most prone to mould and mildew. There is plenty of humidity and body soil to encourage growth.

To avoid the built up of bacteria and dirt, wash the toilet, sink and other high traffic areas every few days. It’s best to use disinfecting cleaning products, just to make sure you are not only removing the grime, but the germs as well. Disinfecting wipes could be used daily for keeping the faucets, light switches and door knobs sanitized. These items in particular can be covered with body soil, yeast, and bacteria like E. coli and Listeria that can make family members very ill. Therefore, a quick wipe down is recommended at least once per day, and more often if someone has a cold or virus. Don’t forget about the toothbrush and soap holders.

Bath towels and mats should be washed with hot water and allowed to dry completely before placed back. If you have plastic or fabric shower curtains you should dry them after every use of the shower, and once in while place them in the washing machine. In case the curtains have a bit of mildew use a solution of oxygen bleach to remove the stains.

While you might be diligent about keeping certain surfaces clean, there are other areas or items that you might forget about. For example, the walls near toilets and those around the bathtub should be cleaned with disinfecting products on a regular basis. Spills and splashes will end up on these flat surfaces, leaving marks behind and unwanted microbes. The toilet brush is another thing you might forget about. After washing the toilet bowl, properly rinse the brush, let it dry, and spray it with an antiseptic cleaning solution.

Whenever cleaning the bathtub or shower areas you could use a tough cleaning agent that contains micro scrubbers, or a foam cleaner, that will help you remove the soap scum. Shower head nozzles could be cleaned with distilled white vinegar. We are sure you “own” at least one shower brush, scrub or loofah. Remember, these need to be cared for as well, as they harbour soil, dead skin and bacteria. After every use, you should wash the scrubbing tools with soap and water and then hang them in an area with good air flow. Every once in a while, toss them in the washer for a good clean. The same rules apply to make up brushes and grooming kits. Any accessories that come in direct contact with your skin or body fluids, such as tweezers, eyelash curlers, could be easily cleaned with disinfecting wipes or sprayed with a sanitizing solution. Make up brushes should be cleaned with soap and water, and air dried after.

The best way to reduce the growth of mildew and mould, is to decrease humidity by increasing air circulation. The bathroom fan or vent is essential for removing the excess moisture that accumulates after a steamy bath or shower, so it should be run for at least 20 min after every use. If the fan or vent are not properly connected to an exhaust system or the interior in covered in dust or mould, it may be recirculating dangerous particles. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove the dust from the grill, and wash the rest with a soap and water solution. If the grill is removable, soak it in sudsy water for cleaning, and then rinse and dry.

If you notice that mould starts growing on your bathroom ceiling, it’s best to act fast and remove it before it spreads. Mix a solution of one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup chlorine bleach, and one cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Make sure to use gloves and some old clothes. Spray or sponge the area. The surface should be fully wet but not oversaturated to prevent damage to the ceiling. Wipe down the mould and if any black spots remain, repeat the process. If youhave tiled walls and ceiling, you could use a brush to scrub them.

One of the most difficult tasks when deep cleaning your restrooms, is to restore the floors’, and especially the grouts’ appearance. Using a bleach containing cleaners and a brush, give your flooring a good scrub. Rinse and wipe dry at the end. It’s not an easy job as it requires a lot of effort and time, so if you don’t want to get down and dirty, call a professional floor cleaning company to the hard work for you. At Happy Clean we offer cleaning services like no other company, having the best technicians in this field, specially trained for any type of floor.

Kitchen deep cleaning

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In most homes, kitchen is the busiest room of them all, and one that requires constant care and attention. Even if you’re cleaning it on a daily basis, like washing the dishes, wiping the cooking machine and putting all the things you use in a day back to their right places, there are still some areas, that remain unchecked for a longer period of time. Therefore, spring cleaning is the perfect time for giving your kitchen presses, ovens, fridge and others, a good scrub. Especially that beside dirt and food marks, you also want to get rid of all the harmful germs and microbes. The kitchen is the place where all the elements that encourage bacteria to grow, such as heat, moisture, raw meat, unwashed fruits and veggies, are readily available.

The main areas of concern are the sinks, countertops, cabinet pulls, refrigerators, small appliances and kitchen tools. You can start off with removing the dishes, pots and pans from the cupboards. Don’t forget the silverware/ gadget drawers, as well as holders or other organizational tools that tend to get really grimy. Use some soapy water to clean the cupboards on the inside, and if the dishes look anything but spotless, run a quick load in the dishwasher before placing them back. To restore your pots’ and pans’ appearances use a paste made out of baking soda and water to buff them and get them shiny again.

To clean the top of all kitchen cabinets, use a decreasing product. Allow the solution to rest for a few minutes before you scrub and rinse the surfaces. Wipe the front of all kitchen presses, paying special attention to handles and cabinet pulls. Clear everything off your countertops and washed with soapy water. If you have specialty surfaces, like marble, use the appropriate cleaning solution for your material. Now it’s a good time to deep clean the small appliances, such as toaster, blender, kettle or coffee machine. A 1-to-1 water and white vinegar solution will work wonders for your tea kettle or blender jug. Soak them for a few hours, and then wash them thoroughly.

Move forward to the microwave. Fill a glass bowl with about a cup of water and a splash of white vinegar and microwave it for three minutes until it’s boiling. The steam will help soften any old food residues inside, so you can wipe them away with less scrubbing. Remove the turntable and give it a wash in the sink with dish soap. Wipe down the inside, outside and handles with a grease-busting spray.

When deep cleaning the fridge, make sure you check behind and under it. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris and give the floor and wall behind a good wash. Dry the area before placing the refrigerator back. Now it’s a good time to wipe the fridge’ coils as well. Use your nozzle vacuum attachment or a long brush to remove all the dust and build up which can prevent your fridge from running efficiently and cause it to wear out faster. Empty all the food from the fridge and throw away any expired products. The drawers and removable shelves could be washed in the sink with mild soapy water. Wipe down the inside, paying special attention to the rubber seals. Don’t skip the top, the door and the handle! Rinsing the surfaces with water and a splash of vinegar will remove any odours. If your refrigerator is stainless steel, use a specialty cleaner or a tiny amount of oil on a cleancloth to polish away the fingerprints.

The oven is one of the trickiest appliances to clean, mostly because it’s not washed as often as the other ones. That means the grime will build up and harden over time with heat.  Unfortunately, the self-cleaning function on most ovens does not deliver the expected results. So if you want a proper deep cleaning of the oven, you’re likely going to have to put in the work yourself. There are many specialty cleaners on the market, however, if you want to go chemical free and use natural products, you will need vinegar, baking soda, melamine foam and water.

Remove the racks from the oven. If they’re not that dirty you can scrub them in the sink, otherwise soak them overnight. Douse the racks generously with baking soda and then pour vinegar over them. This will create a foaming reaction that helps break down the grease. Once the foaming stops, fill the tub or container with hot water and let the racks sit in there for at least eight hours. After they soak, finish up with a scrub in some soapy water.

To help the grime come off easily from the inside of your oven, prepare a cleaning solution made out of baking soda, water and vinegar in an oven safe bowl, and let it sit for 45 min at 100 degrees Celsius. The steam will help you remove the caked on grime more easily, but we’ll still have to wash/ scrub vigorously. If you don’t mind using tough chemicals, an oven degreasing solution will the job much faster. You can use it for the hob and backsplash as well. Let it rest for a few minutes, and then scrub away all baked on food and grease. Rinse the surfaces thoroughly with plain water. The knobs can be cleaned with soapy water and an old toothbrush.  For the interior of the oven door, scrub with your melamine foam, dipping it in a bowl of clean water as needed. And for the exterior of the door, any glass cleaner should get the job done.

Move onto your dishwasher and check the filter, usually located under the top rack, for any food that may have gotten stuck. Rinse and return the filter, then run your empty dishwasher on hot using a specialty appliance-cleaning product.

The sink is another area that requires a thorough wash. Scrub the inside and the outer edges with either baking soda or a cleaning spray, and don’t forget about the faucet. A great tip for keeping the water marks and fingerprints showing up shortly after cleaning, rug your chrome faucet with some wax paper. To clean the drain, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar. Wait until it finishes fizzing, and then add hot water to rinse the drain. Remove all items from underneath the sink, throwing away any empties or things that you no longer want/use.  Wipe down the walls and the floor of the cabinet, and neatly return the products their right place. 

By the time you do all these, we’re pretty sure your bins are full, so take out the rubbish and give the box a good clean. Wash them thoroughly and dry the bins before placing them back.

Last but not least, vacuum and mop the kitchen floor. It’s quite hard to clean and bring back your tiles’ good look, using DIY methods and techniques. Therefore, if you want to skip this difficult task, but still restore your grouts’ original appearance, Happy Clean can help. Not all floor surfaces can be cleaned through vigorous scrubbing, using only a brush and water! Many floor types require special attention when cleaning. Using high quality equipment and solutions, our trained agents will do the hard job for you and clean your hard flooring, no matter the type of it.

Main benefits of professional floor cleaning

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Appearance – hard floors are a great addition to any house. Many people love them for their versatility, as well as the natural beauty they bring to a home. Another great advantage of this type of flooring, is that it doesn’t require as much maintenance as a carpeted area. However, that doesn’t mean     regular moping and vacuuming, as well as regular professional cleaning, are not essential for keeping it in great shape and looking “at its best” for a longer period of time. While a wood, marble or natural stone floor, won’t show stains as visible as carpets, in time, the dust and dirt will build up, damaging your floorings’ appearance and making it look soiled and dull. A professional floor deep cleaning will remove all the debris, leaving the surfaces fresh, clean and “like new again”.

Allergen control – beside dust and dirt, there are many other things, such as bacteria and allergens, hidden between the boards of your floor. These contaminants have a huge impact on the quality of the indoor air, as well as your health. A professional deep cleaning will remove all the harmful bacteria, leaving your floors sanitised and promoting a healthier home environment.

Increased longevity – with a few good practices in place, your floors could last you a lifetime. Having them professionally cleaned at least once per year, will prolong their life span and protect your investment. If the build-up of dirt, dust and bacteria is left unchecked for a long period of time, it will start damaging the protective finish of your ground. A reputable floor cleaning company will be able to deep clean and remove all the harmful debris, restoring your floors’ natural beauty, increasing their longevity and adding a shine that will prevent future build- up.

Knowledge and expertise – a bit of research on the company you want to hire to clean your floors, could save you time and money. Real experience in the field, professional trainings and high quality products and machines are the key for obtaining the expected results. Floor cleaning is quite a difficult task, and it requires much effort. Plus, if you are using the wrong cleaning solutions and techniques, you might to more damage than good. Professionals often save their customers a lot of time and money by taking care of problems before they become too serious.

Bedroom deep cleaning

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The first area of concern in your bedroom, is the bed itself. Even if you change the bed sheets regularly, there are still many harmful contaminants hidden in there. Blankets, quilts, pillows, and especially your mattress, are the perfect environment for bacteria, dust mites, allergens and dirt. These are major triggers for allergies, skin irritation, eczema, acne breakouts and breathing issues. If not properly cared for, your bed will not only not offer you the much needed comfort and rest, but it could actually damage your health. 

As mentioned before, bed linen should be changed often, at least weakly, washed at high temperature and preferably, ironed as well. This will remove the harmful bacteria, leaving your bed sheets cleaned, sanitized, and smelling fresh.

Pillows are known for harbouring dust mites and mould spores, so they should be replaced every year, if they are not washable. Plus, they tend to lose their shape and support after a while, this being another good reason for buying new pillows. We suggest using a washable and anti-allergy cover, for more protection against dust mites.

In order to increase the quality of the indoor air, and promote a healthy home environment, mattresses should be professionally cleaned every 6 to 8 months, or at least once per year. Spring is the perfect time for deep cleaning your bedsprings, as the nice weather allows you to pull out the curtains and open the windows, so the fresh and warm air speeds up the drying processes. Speaking of windows and curtains, don’t forget to add them on your spring cleaning checklist.

If the fabric allows, put the drapes in the washing machine, otherwise take them to a dry cleaning. If you have window blinds, you can remove the grime, dust, pollen and the dander they usually collect, with a cloth and some soapy water. Depending on the material your blinds are made, replace the soapy water with a specialized cleaning solution. If they are very dirty and you can easily remove them, soak them for a few hours in a solution made out of water and dishwashing detergent. You should refrain from using too much water if you have wooden blinds. A damp cloth will do the trick.

Cleaning the inside of your bedrooms’ windows should be an easy enough task. Use a specialized glass cleaner or some water and vinegar. Now is the time to check if there are any traces of mould or mildew around the windows, and if so, don’t ignore them!

As the seasons change, so does your wardrobe. Spring is the perfect time to empty and reorganize the clothes closet. Put those chunky knit sweaters and winter jackets aside, and bring on the colourful shorts and summer dresses. While all clothing items are out of your wardrobe, dust and wipe all the shelves, racks, boxes, walls and doors. If there are any items that you don’t want or use anymore, don’t hesitate to sell, donate or simply discard them. All the winter clothes you want to store until next year should be laundered or dry cleaned before you put them away.

When dusting around the bedroom, don’t forget about the door knobs, light switches and skirting boards. If you have house plants, these need a bit of attention as well. While they offer a powerful visual effect and help purify the air, plants’ soil tends to develop mould spores if overwatered. Therefore, only water house plants when you notice that the soil on top it’s dry, and don’t let them sit in a tray of water. If you are using a humidifier in your bedroom, change the water daily, and clean it thoroughly at least once per week. 

No matter if you have wall to wall carpet, or wood hard flooring in your bedroom, vacuuming on a regular basis is key for maintaining your floors in top shape. Area rugs are a great way of improving the aspect of a room, however, they tend to collect a lot of dust and debris, especially if you are a fan of plush carpet. On the good side, they are quite easy to clean and maintain.

Now that you have decided to spring clean your bedroom, it’s the perfect time have to your carpets, area rugs or hard flooring professionally cleaned. To avail of all the benefits of a thorough deep cleaning, choose Happy Clean. Our hot water extraction method, is highly efficient in removing the build-up of dirt and bacteria, leaving the surfaces free of stains, debris and sanitized. Don’t take our word for granted. Check the before and after photos available on all our social media accounts, as well as our Google rating.

Main benefits of professional mattress cleaning

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Appearance and stain removal – even though professional mattress cleaning is mainly for sanitary purposes, not visual, a thorough deep cleaning will make a difference in the aspect of your bedsprings. It’s important that in case of an accident, or we should say when an accident occurs, because it will, to act fast and efficient so you don’t end up with a permanent stain. Our complete stain removal guide, will teach you how do deal with a spill, no matter it happened on your mattress, carpet or sofa. While there are a few things you can do at home, in case of a stubborn stain, or a sensitive fabric, you should avail of professional services. Time is the main difference between a spill and a permanent spot, so the sooner you call us, the better.  

Increased air quality – if you have used your mattress for a while and never had it cleaned, then it’s one of the dirtiest items in your home, and one of the major contributors to poor quality indoor air. A dirty mattress is more or less covered in sweat, dust, oil, shed skin, pet hair, allergens and other debris. That’s quite a long list of contaminants, isn’t it?

One of the most important benefits of having your springs cleaned by a professional mattress cleaning company, is that it removes the build-up of soil and bacteria from deep within the fibres. This will instantly improve the quality of the indoor air, and combat foul odours that might affect your sleep at night.

Allergen control – watery eyes, sneezing, itchy skin, difficult breathing! Do all these sound familiar to you? If you are struggling with allergies and other breathing problems, you should highly consider having your mattress, as well as carpets and sofas professionally cleaned. At Happy Clean, we use the hot water extraction method to deep clean your mattresses, leaving them sanitised and free of bacteria and allergens.

Extend the lifespan of your mattress – the more you wait to clean your mattress, the faster it wears out. If the build- up of debris is left unchecked for a long period of time,it will eventually split and deteriorate the linings, as well as the cover itself.  Mattresses that have torn casings are susceptible to damage which can expose the pad and inner springs, causing it to wear out even faster. Professional cleaning is essential if you want your mattress to last for years.

Peace of mind – a clean and hygienic mattress to sleep on, helps you rest easier. Knowing that all the dirt, dust mites, dead skin flakes and sweet have been professionally removed, gives you greater peace of mind. Plus, your mattress you’ll be so fresh, that you will feel and smell the difference. 

Living room deep cleaning

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If the living or dining room is the last stop on your spring cleaning checklist, for sure there are many things scattered around. Start with decluttering the room and put everything back to their right place. A few boxes might be helpful, in case there are items you wish to store, donate or simply discharge.

After you finish sorting them, remove the drapes and put them in the washing machine (check the label). If you have any throws, pillows or blankets, these need cleaning as well. The easiest way to clean decorative pillows is by laundering the covers and using the upholstery attachment, vacuum the cushion. Or you can give them a good beating outside, with a clean broom or rug beater. Let them air out while you return to work inside.

Now it’s time you give your living room a good dusting, starting with the ceiling fan and vents. You will need a long handled duster to do this. Climb on a ladder and slip a cloth over the blade, running it back and forth to catch the dust. Move on to the walls. Remove artwork and using the same long-handled duster wipe the ceiling, corners, walls. This way you move the dust and dirt on the floor, where you haven’t cleaned yet, so you can take it out of the room. If there are any marks on the walls, you can clean them with a clean cloth and some glass cleaner, or you could use a melamine foam sponge. Wipe the artwork with a clean towel and return it to the walls. Moving forward dust the lamps and the bulbs. Did you know that a dirty bulb emits 20% less light? For lamp shades, a microfiber cloth or a lint roller will do the job of removing the dust and debris. If you have pleated lamp shades use the vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment. Dust and clean the rest of the shelves and furniture. It’s a good time to sort through your books, DVDs, music, photo frames and all the other pieces of decorations you’ve gathered on your living room. Sell, donate or dispose anything that you and your family are no longer interested in. Television and other electronics should be cleaned with a specialized cleaning solution. Don’t forget to dust the wires as well, untangle and tuck them out of sight. If you have a bookcase in the living room, pull it out from the wall and wipe down behind it. Vacuum and clean the floor underneath before placing it back. You should do the same thing with the sofa. If you have kids or pets, you will find a “little treasure” under the couch. Remove all the items, such as small toys, coins, food, and use the hoover to clean the dust and debris from both the floor and the baseboard. Use the upholstery attachment to vacuum the entire sofa. Be sure to clean underneath and between cushions where food and pet hair can linger. If there are any stains on it, or it’s been a while since you last deep cleaned it, spring it’s the perfect time to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company. There are many benefits of availing of professional services, from restoring your sofas’ appearance to improved indoor air quality and sanitized surfaces. If you want to find out more about how often you should have your furniture washed and why is this so important for maintaining it in good shape, read our article about main benefits of sofa cleaning.

Now that you finished dusting the room, it’s time to wash the windows, window sills and window screens. Clean and disinfect light switch plates and door knobs. Finally, lift all light weight items, such as coffee table and ottomans, from the ground, and sweep, mop or vacuum the floors. For wall to wall carpeted living rooms, we suggest having it professionally washed while you’re spring cleaning your home. The nice weather will allow you to open the curtains and let the fresh air in. This will speed up the drying process. Plus, what’s the point of scrubbing every corner of the house, and not deep cleaning and removing all the accumulated dust and soil from the carpet and area rugs as well?

Main benefits of professional carpet cleaning

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Appearance – restoring your carpet original appearance, by removing the dust and soil, and reviving its colour, it is one of the most important and visible benefits of professional carpet cleaning. There are many DIY methods that promise to bring back your floorings’ “good look”, however, the results rarely match a professional job. Not to mention, how much more convenient it is to have the carpets cleaned by experts, rather than you doing all the hard work.

Extends the life of your carpet – as mentioned before, carpets and sofas, have the disadvantage of harbouring dust, dirt, bacteria and other contaminants. Over time, all the debris will get embedded within the fibres, causing tears and premature wear. A major benefit, mostly overlooked, of a thorough deep cleaning, is that it prolongs the life span of your carpet.

Improves the indoor air quality – the total removal of soil and bacteria, not only extends the life of your floors, but also boosts the quality of the indoor air, and combats foul odours. Our wet deep cleaning method, will leave your carpets clean, fresh and sanitised, promoting a healthy home environment and minimizing the chances of allergen – induced diseases.

Stain removal – at Happy Clean, all our agents are trained to deal with the most stubborn dirt and stains such as coffee, blood, nail varnish, paint, glue, slime, permanent marker, urine, milk, tea, and more! We use different cleaning solutions depending on the type of fabric, level of soiling, age, style, or colour. In our cleaning kit, we have over 15 spot removers for each type of stain. Your carpets are in capable hands and cleaned with high-quality, eco-friendly products.

Cost Effective – you might think that professional cleaning services will cost you a “small fortune”, however this is a total misconception. First of all, most of the companies will offer free estimates, therefore we will know the price before making an appointment. Second, there is a high probability for you to use the wrong methods or products, which will do more harm than good. Now, think how much it will cost you to replace a damaged carpet? Depending of the type of fabric, experts will know which specific technique to use in order to achieve the expected results.

Kids’ room deep cleaning

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Now this one might be a real challenge! No matter if you have young kids with rooms filled with toys, or teenagers who won’t allow you to come near their “stuff”, getting their place organized from time to time, it’s a “must”. A great practice is to try to get them involved in the cleaning process. We know that it’s much difficult than it sounds, however, with a bit of effort, they might build some “good cleaning habits” for life. So it’s all about expectations! They might not be able to change the linen or rehang the curtains after you wash them, but they can pick up toys from the floor, fold some clothes or arrange their books. Assign age-appropriate chores, give them directions and help them out, so cleaning doesn’t feel like an insurmountable task to them.

Use a few boxes to pick up all the trash, toys and clothes from the floor. Put dirty clothing in the hamper and fold/ rehang all clean ones.

Plush toys are a like a magnet for dust and debris, so now it’s a good time to put them in the washing machine and give them a good clean. Bag packs and football bags could be clean in the washing machine as well. 

Now that you can see the floor again, start by changing the linen and making the bed. If you are not planning to have the mattress professionally cleaned, then you should vacuum it using the upholstery attachment.

Dust the room starting with the fan, light, blinds, and moving on the furniture and baseboards. If possible, move the bed and vacuum the floor underneath. Dust the skirting boards as well. It’s a good idea to wipe the surfaces with some disinfecting wipes.

Take the trash out, sweep/ vacuum, mop the floor and… you’re done! 🙂

Household Chores You Should Do Every Spring!

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While the inside of the house and some specific rooms need to be cleaned daily or weekly, some task only require seasonal decluttering or check- ups. And spring is the perfect season to refresh all inside and outside areas of your home, as well as to do some maintenance checks.

Most probably the easiest task from your spring cleaning checklist is to change the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Takes only few minutes, but makes a huge difference in terms of safety of your home. Another relatively easy job you should do regularly, is to wash or change the filters in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC). A fast way to tell if an air filter in any system or appliance needs cleaning is to remove it from its usual location. Hold the filter up to a bright light or window. If you can see light coming through, it can be used for a bit longer. If no light comes through, clean the filter, or replace it.

Disposable filters are meant for a one-time use, and their frame is made out of cardboard, so it won’t stand up to a cleaning. Washable filters have metal or plastic frames and are more environmentally-friendly. Before you begin the process of cleaning an air filter, make sure that the HVAC system or appliance is turned off. For small appliances, it is best to unplug the machine to avoid any potential for electrical shock.You can use a brush or the vacuum cleaner to rinse away the dust. This part of the cleaning process should be done outside. After that, hold the filter under warm water to remove smaller dust particles. Start at one side and work your way down the filter so that the dirty water runs off of it and doesn’t redeposit on the filter. Dip a sponge or soft-bristled brush in a mix of water and dishwashing liquid and deep clean the filter. Rinse well to remove any soapy residue. It is very important to not place the filter back, unless is completely dry.

Clean filters reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and improve the quality of the air you are breathing.

Your vacuum cleaner does a great job in removing the dust and debris from your floors and furniture, therefore, it needs regular maintenance as well as any other appliance in your home. If you are using a hoover without a HEPA filter, all the dust, pollen and grime, could be sprayed right back into your rooms. What you should be looking for is a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters that are able to contain even the smallest particles. If your hoover uses bags, make sure those are made of HEPA material as well. Read our article, “Thinks to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner”, to make sure you are taking the best decision.

Another thing you should check at least once per year, are the washing machines’ hoses. The risk they rupture is quite high, especially if you have rubber hoses, as they are connected to a high pressure water outlet. And you don’t want that to happen. It could cause a massive flood, that would ruin your floors, walls and cause a lot of damage. Check for minor leaks on a regular basis, and we suggest replacing the rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses.

Did you know that accumulated lint and dust lead the list of why laundry room fires occur, far ahead of wiring problems or other issues? Your clothes dryers’ lint filter, should be emptied after every use to help the dryer perform more efficiently and prevent fires. A properly installed and maintained dryer vent system is also key. If the outdoor vent is blocked by shrubbery, winter snow, or lint that is damp with humidity, it’s time to give everything a good cleaning.With the dryer running check the vent to see if the slats are opening freely. If they are not, turn off the dryer and open them manually. You can use a long handled wire brush to clean the clogging lint. The outside of the vent should also be inspected for cracks and missing parts, that would allow insects and vermin to enter the ductwork and your laundry area. If needed, lightly oil the hinges with a lubricant. A rigid metal vent pipe instead of a flexible dryer hose (looks like aluminium foil), will offer you more protection against house fires caused by dryer lint.

Now that you have tackled all these tasks indoors, is time for you to move outdoors. It is best to start at the top, and then work your way down. There is no point in cleaning the gutters if you haven’t checked the roof first, and don’t wash the exterior windows, before you remove all the leaves and pine straw from the gutters and downspouts. 

Winter winds, rains, and snow will eventually take a toll on your roof. Every spring do a complete inspection, and look for loose shingles, cracks, or broken seals around pipes. Also, if you notice that moss and lichen start growing all over your roof, then you should have it deep cleaned. If you’re handy and you have done this before, you could wash the roof yourself. Bare in mind that there are many risks involved, and if you’re not sure how to approach this task, better leave it to the experts. Beside the professional cleaning equipment, a specialized company, also has the safety gear and training required to avoid an accident. 

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning the gutters and downspouts. If you fail to do so, the build- up of debris and leaves could cause leaks, moisture and mildew problems, and rotting wood. If you are hiring a professional company to clean the roof, they can help you with the gutters as well, otherwise have a look at this video to find out how you can do it yourself.

When conducting your outdoor walk, check the exterior painted surfacesfor flaking and missing paint, as well as the foundation of the home, for cracks, settling or insect activity. Repair or strengthen any weakened or damaged areas of your fences and decks.  Wash the window screens and make sure there are no holes in them that would allow insects to get in the house.

There is no doubt that the yard and the garden need some tiding up after the winter. Rake the leaves, pull out weeds, and add mulch. There might be other things to be done here, so make sure to check the equipment. Give the lawnmower and other garden tools a thorough clean up and sharpen blades. Now that the weather permits, you will be spending more time on the patio. If getting rid of the winter mud and mildew seems like an exhausting job, we can help. Happy Clean offer professional power washing services,available in Dublin and surrounding areas. We can remove moss, algae, weeds, paint, chewing gum, oil stains and others, from your patio, driveway, decks or car park.

The outdoor furniture and umbrellas should be in top shape for the summer. Pick a sunny, breezy day to wash them, so they will dry as quickly as possible. If your umbrella has a removable cover, toss it the washing machine. Just be mindful of the water temperature. If not, you can clean it outside, with a brush and a mixture of water and laundry detergent. Rinse it properly using a hose sprayer, and let it dry.  

Last but not least on our list of outdoor cleaning activities, is the deep cleaning of the garage and other storage areas. It’s a good time to empty everything out of these rooms, so you can decide on what you need/ use and what you can sell, donate, recycle or simply put away. You might be surprise how many things end up in there, just so nobody uses or takes them out again.

Main benefits of professional power washing

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Protects your home from damage – power washing removes harmful contaminants that can damage your home’s siding if left untreated. Over time, algae, mould, and mildew growth can migrate under the siding and lead to expensive replacements and significant health concerns. Power washing your home on a regular maintenance schedule will prevent build-up and lead to a healthier, cleaner home.

Prepares your home for new projects –  if you are planning to repaint the exterior of your house, the first step is to ensure the walls are clean, so the paint will go on smoothly and last much longer.

Leads to a healthier environment – airborne contaminants that end up on your home can be harmful. For example, mould spores can lead to asthma-like symptoms when inhaled. Power washing gets rid of mould, algae, and other contaminants, never giving them a chance to grow.

Increases your homes’ curb appeal – do you remember how enthusiastic and proud you were when you bought the house? Many homeowners talk about their pride in ownership returning after their home is power washed. It simply feels good sipping your coffee on your freshly cleaned patio, or pulling the car into you newly power washed drive way.

Saves you time and money – the cost of replacing your siding, shingles, or concrete is significantly higher than having these areas regularly cleaned. Power washing helps you avoid prematurely replacing parts of your home, thus saving you money in the long run. Plus, comparing with buying equipment and doing it yourself, hiring a professional service to power wash your home will dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete the job.