Now that Spring has finally ‘sprung’ (hooray!) it’s time to get the Spring Cleaning done (you can’t use the weather as an excuse any more). Here at The Store Room we like to think we’re a practical bunch – so we tasked our self storage crew in Manchester to find out some unusual cleaning tricks that you may not have heard / seen / used before that we hope will help you along the way when the day comes that you decide to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Let’s see what they came up with…
#1 Pet hairs – We have a number of animal lovers working for us and this trick is sure to shave a few minutes of your spring clean – get a rubber dish washing glove (i.e. the ‘Marigolds’), wet the gloves and then wipe over the surfaces where the hairs are – they’ll stick right to it.
#2 Wine spills – Use some humble shaving foam to get rid of red wine stains on carpets.
#3 Lampshades – These will probably get damaged if you try and use any kind of hoover attachment, so try a lint roller instead.
#4 – Marker pen ‘artwork’ – If your kids make a habit of ‘self decorating’ walls or banisters with marker pens, then use a toothpaste that has baking soda in to remove the marks – cheaper and quicker than repainting!
#5 Windows – Use old newspapers instead of cloths when polishing your windows – it works better and you’re recycling!
#6 Getting that sparkle – If you’re washing glass vases, decanters or glasses, add some uncooked rice to the water to make the glass shine brilliantly.
#7 Gleaming chrome – Chrome can start to look dull after a while – get the shine back by cleaning it using Cola and tin foil.
#8 Use a self storage unit – (We had to include this one!) We all have items that we want to keep, but currently just clutter up our homes. A self storage unit can be an great way of getting things ‘out of sight and out of mind’ – but you can stay safe in the knowledge that your things are stored securely.
We hope you can use at least one of these tricks when it comes to getting your house in order for the summer! If you have any of your own we’d love to hear them – just drop them into the comments below.