Spring Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home

Spring is in the air, and as the weather gets warmer and the first spring flowers bloom, it’s the perfect time to refresh and renew your home with a deep spring clean. Declutter your house and leave each room clean and sparkling, ready for the new season ahead.

To make sure this is your most successful spring clean yet, we have worked with interior designer Benji Lewis to give you some top tips!

Benji Lewis is an established British interior designer with extensive experience working on residential and commercial properties both at home and abroad. These include flats and studios, town and country houses, listed properties and commercial spaces such as the redesign of London’s Universal Studios offices.

Here, Benji Lewis offers some smart cleaning tips, to ensure your house is in tip top condition.

  • Air rugs outside if you can, give them a good shake or flop them over the washing line and bash them with a broom the old-fashioned way to get rid of winter dust.
  • Avoid hoovers with an overly abrasive brush bar when you vacuum your rugs, they can pull at the yarns; Mieles are good because of their easily adaptable settings.
  • Go through your kitchen cupboards and drawers – to swap out hefty winter linens for fresh whites, summer checks or pretty florals.
  • Buy a good easily portable basket or bucket to put all your cleaning products in – super handy to avoid running around trying to find what you need in different cupboards.
  • Stock your bucket with every different type of flannel, handheld brush and cleaning product you’ll need for your rooms – dusters on extendable handles, microfibre dusters to go behind radiators and sponges to wash dirt off your skirting boards.
  • Turn nozzles to ‘closed’ when you’ve finished with your spray cleaners to prevent the liquid leaking or evaporating.
  • Use cloths that are best suited for the various tasks you need to achieve; for example a fine linen tea towel will make drinking glasses sparkle – brocante fairs are brilliant for sourcing beautiful antique French examples.
  • Don’t assume a bathroom cleaning detergent is one you can use in the kitchen; bathroom cleaner gets rid of things like soap scum, kitchen cleaner is designed for oils and grease.
  • I find latex rubber gloves make my hands sweat, notably when using hot soapy water; gloves made from nitrile are more comfortable but must be used with care when handling corrosive chemicals.
  • If you’re re-doing a shower, then now’s the time to consider including a handheld telephone type shower in your design thoughts, they’re going to be way more practical for cleaning the unit than an overhead rain dance.
Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.