Building Your Home | 17 September 2015

Spring into cleaning

by Carlisle Homes

We have well and truly welcomed spring this month, everyone has a bit more pep in their step as we look forward to longer hours of daylight and warm afternoons in the sun! Along with a jazz up of your rooms with some fresh spring décor, it’s a good idea to do a thorough spring clean from top to toe. And we don’t mean wiping down the surfaces and sweeping the floors, we mean moving furniture and getting to those hidden dust piles!

Lucky for you we have a quick to-do list for you to make sure your home is sparkling and clean ready for the new season!

Clean out cupboards
Time for a fresh start, room by room remove all items from cupboards, wipe down shelves and put back re-folded and re-stacked items. No use putting back items that you haven’t used in the last six months, start a pile of ‘donations’, you will feel cleansed afterwards. Aim for a room per day so that the task doesn’t become overwhelming and get abandoned half way through.


Everything in its place in the Vaucluse Deluxe on display at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough.

TIP: Pack sheet sets all together inside their matching pillow case and arrange by size, read more.

De-clutter shelves
Take a step back and apply a critical eye to your display shelves and bookcases. Are you still nailing the look or have you somehow ‘acquired’ a few extra items turning your theme from stylishly arranged to piles on top of piles? Start again. Wipe down shelves and re think what look you are going for, less is often best, and you can’t beat a lovely display of fresh spring blooms to get into the spirit of the season.

TIP: Check out this Houzz blog for some shelf styling ideas.


Shelving inspiration in the Embleton on display at Rosentham Estate, Sunbury

Freshen up floor rugs
Rug fibres can trap a multitude of dust particles, mites, sand and dirt which often aren’t removed with the quick weekly vacuum. Start by vacuuming your rugs and mats on both sides, starting with the reverse side. Use the specialised carpet/rug fitting for your vacuum to make sure the fibre piles are thoroughly cleaned. If you have the space, take your rugs outside when the sun is shining and hang over the clothesline, fence or on a clothes airer, to freshen them up and neutralise any trapped odours. Most rugs will have care instructions noted and you can look into taking them to a specialised rug cleaner for a dry clean if needing more attention.

TIP: Read more information about floors at our Floor Care Blog.


Divine floor rug art in the Cambridge on display at Atherstone Estate, Melton South.

Air out sofas and cushions
Remove all the cushions from your sofas and thoroughly vacuum over all surfaces. Some vac systems have a special upholstery attachment which is worth checking out. If the sofa has some stubborn stains you may want to consider having someone coming in and doing a dry clean and re application of fabric protectors. Wash all loose covers of scatter cushions and hang the inners out on the clothes line to be re-vitalised by the spring breeze.


Cushion love in the Ashwood on display at Atherstone Estate, Melton South.

TIP: For a sofa freshen up sprinkle cushions with bi-carb soda and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before thoroughly vacuuming.

Dust off blinds
Using a soft microfiber duster brush over roller blinds to remove surface dust and cobwebs. Carefully wipe over brackets and chains to remove finger prints. Venetian blinds and plantation shutters can be a bit fiddlier to clean, consider using a damp cloth to wipe over or simply use your hands with cotton cleaning gloves. See some more cleaning tips in our Window Dressing Blog.

TIP: Check out the novel Smart Home Venetian Blind Slat Brush Cleaner from Bunnings.

Lighten it up
Pendant lights, lamps and even light bulbs attract dust and insects. Using a microfiber cloth dust over all surfaces and you will probably find you have living with less than optimum lighting levels for a while! Don’t forget to spend time wiping off dirt and grime from all light and power switches. Baby wipes are a good option for these items, and a job even the kids could help with.


Definitely a job for a professional cleaner reaching these pendants in the Sanctuary on display at Somerfield Estate Keysborough.

TIP: Now is a good time to check you have converted to energy efficient light globes throughout your home, you can read more at Switch On.

A good night’s sleep
Get to know your vacuum attachments as some even have special mattress tools/heads! If not, opt for the small tool and go over the top and sides to thoroughly remove all the dust particles. Bi-carb soda can give your mattress that fresh zing to help you sleep like a baby and jump out of bed in the morning! Now for the heavy lifting, you need to move your bed and completely vacuum underneath and re-assess items you have stored there.

TIP: Read more on how to Master the Perfect Bedding Style.


Fresh and light, spring is in the air in the Broadway at Mernda Villages, Mernda.

Don’t forget the man cave
If your garage has become the dumping ground for the last few months, it is time for a big spring clean out of this space. Have a read of our Organised Garage blog so that you can start some new good habits for an organised life!

TIP: Most councils allow residents to book in at least two personal hard rubbish collections per year, check it out with your local office.

Go natural
Aside from minimising the amount of harsh chemicals we are introducing into our homes, there are some good wins in cost savings if you are prepared to go back to basics and make your own cleaning solutions from a few cheap simple ingredients. For some great cleaning ideas have a read of 7 Ingredients to Transform Your Cleaning Bills.

TIP: Always test new cleaning solutions on a small surface sample to confirm if suitable and check manufacturer’s care and maintenance guidelines.

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