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Melissa Mackrell3 years ago

Take the stress out of spring cleaning with our 3 simple tips

Nobody running a busy household is a fan of spring cleaning. Finding chewing gum your kids have adhered to surfaces, stuck so firmly that it takes super powers to pry loose. Dirty socks and underwear jammed under beds, releasing an unholy odour you can’t, or don’t ever want to describe, for fear that it makes it more real! Not to mention dirty handprints over walls, windows and furniture… leaving you wondering whether your family’s main aim in life is to torture you in new and unusual ways. Instead of reaching for a bottle of wine... follow these simple and easy spring cleaning tips to help you gain order, amongst the chaos.

# 1 Organise the closets in your home

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Before you begin organising your closets, throw out any clothes you and your family have outgrown, or no longer use. Be liberal, as clothes no longer in your home can become post modernist floor sculptures designed by your family, left for you to pick up later. (I’d suggest donating these to your local charity if the clothing is still in good condition.)

Once you’ve removed any clothes no longer needed, you can start rearranging your closets. It’s a good idea to place clothing you and your family wear more frequently in an easily accessible position. I also suggest grouping items together, such as pants, skirts, jeans and blouses. Any clothes used less frequently can be bagged at the end of the season and tucked away, to be pulled out when required the following year, freeing up more closet space.


# 2 Cleaning marks off painted walls

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While you love your children, when the time comes to cleaning their dirty finger prints off walls, there are moments when you fantasise about leaving them in straight jackets permanently… only until they’re 18!

Depending on the condition of your walls, if they are only lightly marked, a wet clean sponge or cloth may remove any surface build up. For more resilient stains, adding mild dishwashing liquid to the water may work, or even soap directly on the sponge or stain. If all of these options don’t work, a solvent based product such as Fastastik offers great results, but may result in softening the paint.


#3 Stain removal on countertops

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Even with regular wiping, countertops are no match for the deadly vermin transporting germs, dirt and boogers into your home, commonly known as your children. Which is why it’s vital to know how to hygienically clean your countertops, to fight these destructive elements.

You can clean rust stains on granite countertops using a poultice, remove mildew and soap scum with a mix of ½ a cup of ammonia in 3 ½ litres of water, and wipe away coffee and juice stains with minimal effort using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide diluted in water. Fine steel wool can also buff away small scratches from general wear-and-tear.


For more difficult cleaning tasks, you can contact the cleaning specialists in your local area by searching Local Search home cleaners.

Some leading Gold Coast residential cleaners are Black & White Home Services or Jane’s Cleaning Services.


Black & White Home Services

Offering a complete residential and commercial cleaning solution, as well as lawnmowing and garden maintenance, Black & White Home Services will ensure your home or business is hygienically clean. Services offered include:

  • High pressure cleaning
  • Vacuuming & mopping
  • Dusting & polishing

Let the experts at Black & White Home Services handle all of the cleaning and maintenance jobs you hate!


Jane’s Cleaning Services

For spring cleaning, bond cleaning and all of your residential cleaning and domestic duties, call Jane’s Cleaning Services. The friendly team can provide scheduled weekly and fortnightly services, offering prompt and professional service.

Services offered include:

  • Sale property cleaning
  • General house cleaning
  • Domestic tasks (grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, etc)

Don’t let the daily grind overwhelm you, let Jane’s Cleaning Services handle your domestic tasks!


For further tips on spring cleaning check out Spring Cleaning 101 and 3 Shocking Things You Should Be Cleaning.

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