Spring cleaning made easy

Winter is slowly coming to an end, and thorough spring cleaning following the cold months has become somewhat of a tradition for many people. The good intentions are there, and the need to start the year on a fresh note provides the impetus to approach the task of cleaning. But what does spring cleaning entail? And which tools and resources are required? These tips will show you how to get your house looking shipshape quickly and effectively.

Spring Cleaning 2018

What does spring cleaning entail?

When it comes to spring cleaning, allow enough time and decide in advance what you want clean. It is worth writing a list. By spring cleaning in a systematic way, you save valuable time. Ideally you should focus on one room at a time. Generally, things are cleaned from top to bottom in the following order: first dust off all surfaces such as cupboards, tables, windowsills and plants. The second step is to vacuum upholstery and furniture. The floor is cleaned right at the end. Turning our attention to outside the house, cleaning the car and garden furniture is recommended first, before cleaning the terrace and driveway. This avoids unnecessary extra work. The spring clean is also a good opportunity to sort through old things. That is why tidying out and cleaning the garage is also recommended.

Task list

• Clean the windows
• Put the curtains in the washing machine
• Remove cobwebs from walls and ceilings
• Wipe dust
• Clean the floors

1. Kitchen:
• Clean the oven and microwave
• Clean the extractor hood
• Thaw out and clean the fridge and freezer

2. Bathroom:
• Clean the sink, bathtub and shower, particularly drains
• Clean the toilet
• Clean mirrors

3. Living room:
• Vacuum sofas using an upholstery nozzle
• Clear out and wipe shelves and cupboards

4. Bedroom:
• Air and turn mattresses
• Gently wash bedding or take it to the cleaners
• Wash pillowcases and curtains

5. Outdoors:
• Clean the car inside and outside
• Remove dirt from terrace and driveway
• Tidy up the garage
• Get garden furniture back in shape


Ideally prepared

Indoor Tools

What cleaning equipment belongs in my cupboard?

Less is more – this also applies to detergents required for spring cleaning. In terms of basic equipment, the following five cleaning agents are sufficient:

Multi-purpose cleaner
Cream cleaner
Glass cleaner
Dishwashing detergent
Acid cleaner
Alongside the right cleaning agents, a few tools are required which every cleaning cupboard should have. These include a dustpan and brush for dirt on small surfaces. A wiping mop and bucket are required for wiping floors. Cleaning sponges are good for removing dirt. For dusting, a feather duster is essential. You should also have both soft cotton cleaning cloths and microfibre cleaning cloths at your disposal. Using the colour system used by professional building service contractors is recommended: red for the toilet, yellow for bathroom surfaces, green for the kitchen and blue for all other surfaces and furniture.

How to make spring cleaning easier

If you want to make spring cleaning even easier, you can use cleaning devices:

The FC 5 combines vacuuming and wiping into one task.
Without chemicals or large time investments, a steam cleaner dissolves dirt from various surfaces.
The Window Vac WV 5 can quickly produce streak-free results on smooth surfaces.
The vacuum cleaner VC 5 with soft furniture brush makes dusting furniture extremely easy.
The cordless electric broom KB 5 is a quick and simple alternative to a dustpan and brush.
If you want to save time and have fun cleaning outdoor areas, you can turn to the K 5 Full Control Plus pressure washer.

Tips for inside

There are usually quite a few different cloths in the cleaning cupboard. But which one should you use for dusting? When combatting the grey stuff, a soft, slightly damp cotton cloth works best, so that dust is not kicked up during wiping. Thanks to their antistatic effect, microfibre cloths are also well suited to the task. This is because dust particles adhere to the cloth without the need for moisture. They can therefore be used on water-sensitive furniture in particular. But be careful when it comes to high-gloss furniture. It may be scratched or become matt as a result of microfibre cloths. Coarse dirt on shelf surfaces and dressers can also be removed using a vacuum cleaner with soft furniture brush.

Following the winter months, cleaning windows is recommended so that the spring sun can find its way into your home. The important thing is to ensure no liquid stays on the glass after cleaning, since this can result in unsightly smears. These can be wiped away using a microfibre cloth. Fast, streak-free results can also be achieved with a Window Vac. This little helper cleans windows in a flash and the dirty water ends up in the tank rather than on the floor, thanks to the handy suction function. Window frames and windowsills must also not be forgotten when cleaning.en.

The vacuum cleaner is the popular alternative for cleaning. Unlike a brush, which kicks up dirt, it makes short work of crumbs and dust particles. This is important prior to wet cleaning as very coarse dirt cannot be picked up completely or can even leave visible scratches on sensitive surfaces such as parquet. Those who wish to save themselves this extra step can use the floor cleaner FC 5 from Kärcher, which vacuums and wipes in one step.