There’s something quite lovely about carrying out a spring clean isn’t there? No? Just us then!

It doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think and it certainly doesn’t have to take as long as you might think! With our quick tips, you could carry out a spring clean of each room in just 15 minutes! 15 minutes? You better believe it.

Ready? Grab your phone, set yourself a 15 minute timer and get going…

Declutter

It’s quite amazing how much stuff we can collect over time and it’s equally amazing how reluctant we can be to give it up. We like to go by the one year rule… if you haven’t used, worn or looked at it for a year, it needs to go. We know there are some items that you simply can’t get rid of so why not look to put them into storage for safe keeping?

Grab yourself a box or a bag and start loading your old and unwanted items into it – remember you’re on the clock here!

Dusting

Next, take a microfibre cloth and work your way around the room, top to bottom, picking up as much dirt and dust as you can. Your microfibre cloth should do the hard work for you, even better when it’s a little damp, so move quickly and wipe over all your surfaces.

Vacuuming

When you’ve finished with the microfibre cloth, pick up your vacuum and work your way around the room again. If you couldn’t reach an area with your cloth, your vacuum should have a better reach. Use all the extra tools at your disposal to pick up the hidden and hard to reach dirt.

Sofas

Regular vacuuming of your sofas should make this job even easier but with the vacuum cleaner on full power, run the crevice tool all over your suite and remove the cushions and get right down into the hard to reach areas.

With some help, lift the sofas up and run the vacuum cleaner or a microfibre cloth underneath to pick up the hidden dirt. It’s only a very quick job but cleaning underneath sofas really does help to make the room feel cleaner.

Kitchen

If you have a dishwasher, utilise its power and place everything you can inside to give them a really good clean. If you can’t wash certain items in the dishwasher, place into hot, soapy water whilst you tackle other jobs.

To tackle the fridge and any nasty stains or odours that have collated in there, grab an old toothbrush and toothpaste and get scrubbing. The chemicals in toothpaste are great for cleaning stains and marks left over time and the toothbrush allows you to reach those tricky areas. Rinse the fridge well and if odours remain, chop a lemon in half and place one half at the top and one at the bottom – they’ll soon clear up any nasty smells.

Bathrooms

Tough limescale in the bathroom may take longer than 15 minutes to remove but with pre-planning, you can clean your bathroom overnight, whilst you sleep! For showerheads and taps that are turning green, fill a bag with white vinegar and tie it tightly around the showerhead or tap and leave it overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and take a toothbrush to the stain and it should just wipe off.

If you’re struggling with mould on your bathroom grout, check out the blog on cleaning this up over at MerryMaids.co.uk

PING! The timer has gone and your home is looking and smelling beautiful. It really doesn’t take all that much time ensure your home is left looking its best this spring.

If you really can’t find the energy to spring clean the home, our teams can help.

How to Get Rid of Dog Odour in Your Carpet

Whether you’re the proud parent of one tail-wagging, four-legged friend or a whole pack of them, it’s not uncommon for dog owners to notice a distinct odour inside their homes. And once you smell it, you’re not likely to forget it.

Beyond the pungent smell of housebreaking training accidents, lingering dog odours usually smell like moldy wool, and the stench can easily settle in carpets, upholstered furniture and fabric curtains around your home. Even if you regularly groom your dog and maintain a healthy diet, these smells can continue to build up each time your pooch comes in from outside, whether you’re returning from a hot summer run or a wet and muddy winter walk.

Luckily, getting dog smells out of your carpet takes just a few easy steps and one common household cleaner. Learn the simple technique straight from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean

Getting Dog Smells Out of Carpet

If you prefer a specific pet odour neutralizer, follow the instructions on the packaging to avoid damaging your carpets. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or vinegar, since the strong scents could attract your pets back to the area you’re trying to clean.

If you can’t find a cleaning product you like, follow the steps below to quickly absorb pet smells from your carpet using an item you likely already have in your pantry – baking soda!

Safety Tip: Large amounts of baking soda can be toxic to pets, causing illness, muscle spasms and even heart failure. Keep your dogs away from any area while you are treating it with baking soda.

  1. Close off the area you are cleaning from your pet.
  2. Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the soiled or smelly carpet. Depending on the surface area, you may need to grab more than one box.
  3. Let the baking soda sit overnight so it absorbs as much of the odour as possible.
  4. In the morning, vacuum your carpets.
  5. Once you have thoroughly vacuumed the area, you may allow your pet back in the area.

If a pet odour neutraliser or our baking soda technique doesn’t completely remove the odour, you can rent a carpet cleaning machine to finish the job. Avoid steam cleaners, however, since high heat could set smells and stains permanently.

Another option to get tough stains or dog odours out of your carpets is to call the experts at ServiceMaster Clean. We have the right products, advanced technologies, and over 55 years of cleaning experience to take care of all your carpet cleaning needs. Check out our residential carpet cleaning services and reach out for more information today.