Forget spring cleaning – it’s all about the summer clean

Forget spring cleaning – it’s all about the summer clean

We may all be ready for summer but what about our homes? Here’s the easy-peasy guide to getting your home sunshine-friendly.

After months of short, grey days, summer is finally here (most of the time!) and it’s lovely to gather family and friends and really make the most of it. Here’s how to get your home and garden looking great – without breaking too much of a sweat!

Say goodbye to dirty windows
If there’s one disadvantage to the sun streaming into your home it’s that it really shows up and dirt on your windows! If you can afford it, a professional window cleaner will get the job done perfectly or you can always do the inside yourself and let the pros be the ones to get a ladder out!

And hello to lighter fabrics
A quick – and relatively inexpensive – way to give your home a fresh, summery look is by changing the textiles. A linen throw instead of a velvety one on the bed, for example, or some bright new cushions on your sofa. Even a new set of napkins can give your summer table a whole new feel. Tropical prints are very now, while gingham is a classic that always looks fresh.

Show your garden furniture some love
After gathering cobwebs for months on end, your garden furniture will probably be looking less than lovely. Wooden furniture needs to be cleaned with a stiff bristle brush to remove dirt and debris, then with a mild detergent and finally treated with a specialist wood restorer (available from DIY stores). Plastic, metal, and furniture can all just be dusted off and then given a quick wash with Flash Multi-Purpose Gel.

Clean up the barbie
The best time to clean the BBQ is not five minutes before you need to throw the sausages on it! Instead, get ahead by giving the grill a good wash in warm, soapy water and cleaning any tougher spots of grime with a specialist BBQ cleaner.

Game on
Outdoor games are a great way to keep grandkids – and big kids! – entertained, so why not splash out on a giant Snakes and Ladders or Jenga for your garden? And of course, let’s not forget the paddling pool, which is a perennial hot day favourite if you’ve got little people visiting.

What do you do to get your home and garden summer-ready? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Sit and wonder

Linda1963 19/07/2016

I make a point of making sure I have planted all my seeds and plants early so that when summer come I have a lovely area to sit in. Also make sure some of plants are scented then not just good to look at but smells good too.

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