This weather makes me want to open all the windows and finally let the warmth of the sun in! If you need a re-cap on how to get started with your Spring Cleaning, head over to our post last week and look at Spring Cleaning in Two Days – Part I
Today’s list looks more daunting then it really is. It’s unlikely you have large areas of carpet, tiles and wood floors throughout your house so only a few may apply. Get straight into it and you’ll be finished in no time.
- Cleaning your carpet. It’s important to keep carpets looking nice all year round and there are simply things like taking off your shoes when you get home and vacuuming regularly that will all make a big difference in your home. Spring is the time to really get down on your hands and knees and get rid of the stains, use some of that arm muscle and make it look new again.
- Caring for your Tiles. Cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has a neutral pH on the label. You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pout 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a good mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture and use that arm muscle again.
- Caring for your wood floors. The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new is to use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage, use furniture protectors to avoid scratches and damp-mop once a week (with my personal favourite cleaning item in the house) the norwex mop (great for tiles to).
- Shine up the Kitchen. Wipe down the cabinetry doors, inside & out. If this is something you do on a weekly basis I commend you! Take the time to wipe all the handles and open each one and get rid of any drips that may have caught on top.
- Spruce up the Fridge. It really takes less time then you think. Take a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and wipe down all the shelves and get the drawers sparkling again.
- The greasy exhaust fan needs a good clean to. To often people forget all that delicious food you are cooking on your stove top often leaves a thick greasy residue underneath the exhaust hood. You’ll need a hot preferably more grippy cloth to get rid of this.
- Polish the Silver & Copper. Use a toothbrush and Hagerty Silver Foam on your silver because it’s not too abrasive and it’s water-soluble. Or cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt over it and rub straight onto your copper. This will gently remove the build of stains and discolouration.
You will deserve a bubble bath by the end of the day, but honestly you & your house will be better off for it. Well done!
Spring is coming.
The days are longer, the buds are appearing and I’ve noticed a few squirrels bounding about!
But what does Spring mean in your home
? Most people conjure up images of dusting and packing up old items in boxes to donate. It doesn’t sound that appealing I know “Urgh, cleaning! Right?!”
It’s time to clean the house. And I mean really clean it.
Polish any silver, wash the windows, wipe down the lightbulbs, wipe down the walls. Everything will gleam and glisten. The effect will be cleansing and make you feel like you have accomplished something.
Give yourself two days and you’ll be feeling a spring in your step in no time.
- Organising Closets. Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
- Create a different mood. For easy makeovers changing the textiles in your bathroom and bedroom heck even the table linen can add a fast and easy change. Switch things out seasonally or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain colour or pattern.
- Reorganize bookshelves. Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets. Play with how you line the books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.
- Wash all the windows. Inside and out and take the time to dry them as well to make sure you’re not left with water marks.
- Ward off the dust and wipe down all your lightbulbs, give the blinds a spruce and any windowsills (even the higher ones you don’t see).
Women in particular would be more then happy to deem a well thought out and tasteful bathroom their favourite room in the house. Throw in some wine and candlelight with those bubbles and don’t expect her to get up if the doorbell rings.
When you decide to renovate a house
, it’s unfortunate but the sky isn’t your limit (unless your budget is) and the original plumbing does play a rather (sometimes disappointing) role in your decisions. Bathrooms
do need to be functional after all.
Even the dreamiest bathroom has to deal with plumbing drains, water lines, and ventilation. Bathroom floor plans are often restricted to where these original lines are run. There are many factors that can become costly when deciding to make alterations to the original layout. What floor is the bathroom on? Does the sink, toilet and shower currently all currently sit along the one wall? This could become costly when you are planning a massive bathroom overhaul.
can give you a realistic budget to make sure you’ll be floating in your piece of paradise in no tim
We all know Kitchen and Bathroom renovations are where as a homeowner you will put the most of your hard earned money, and where you will also get the biggest return for your investment.
When it comes to countertop selections it is important to consider not only the cost, but also durability and ease of maintenance.
We polled our crew to find out what they love and here is what they are over the moon for.
Steve, our Senior Project Manager, is sold on Quartz. A long time fan of natural stone, he has made the leap to quartz for the variety of colours available, the antibacterial quality and the low maintenance which has been a huge draw for our clients.
Steve also likes the ease of mix and matching colours within the same space – “When you don’t have to worry about different patterning in the veins or an overall different feel in the stone it really opens up the ability to be creative and be able to utilize different counter colours within the same space”.
Hayley, our design fanatic, loves adding in wood counters to create warmth in a space! They come in a variety of colours and species, they age beautifully, and are a lot quieter then stone counters! While they can be a bit more maintenance then stone (they usually require oiling once or twice a year) they can be sanded and refinished easily. “I love the way wood counters seem to add a serene feeling to a kitchen – the give the cabinets a furniture-like feeling, creating a space that you could really hang out in!” says Hayley who is forever in her own kitchen prepping traditional family recipes.
When you decide on renovating make sure to put some time into selecting your counters – We promise your time will be well worth it! If you are not sure where to start give us a call, we would love to help out!