Spring Cleaning Tip - Removing Dirt and Grease
Over the next few weeks, I want to share a few spring cleaning tips with you. These tips are methods that I have been using for many years. It was only when a friend spotted me using a couple of these methods, that she said I should share them with you.
I always seem to be cleaning my home, but every now and again I like a real thorough clean. It is when you start to venture into areas not seen at eye level, and behind cabinets and chairs, that you can spot hidden dust and dirt.
Most dirt is easy cleaned with a quick wipe over and polish. However, have you ever had an area which is a menace to get clean? When I moved into my home, areas such as the extractor hood, kitchen tiles and some cupboards were not as sparkly as I would have liked them to be. It was then, that I reached for my "must have" product for cleaning. The item is called sugar soap. Sugar soap is not new, in fact it has been around a very long time and is often used by painters and decorators to clean walls before painting. It is a brilliant product to use in other areas. Anywhere where there is grease or dirt, I use sugar soap.
Where can you get sugar soap?
Sugar soap can be found in many hardware and DIY stores. In fact, look for places that sell paint and you should find it! I get mine from B & Q store and it looks like the picture below.
How do you use sugar soap?
The brand I get doesn't have a scent. I use gloves and would not use it on delicate areas. I also make sure I don't splash it around areas such as fabrics and leathers. You can dilute it as per the manufacturers instructions for a general clean. This is good for areas like doors and skirting boards, or anything that needs a light clean. If you have a real dirty area then I put it neat on a damp cloth. I rub it a bit, let it settle for a few moments and then wipe off with a clean cloth. If you get a grease splash on an extractor hood or on a tiled splashback, it is brilliant at getting it off!
I went hunting for something dirty, to demonstrate it for you. In my garage I found an old metal lampshade. Hopefully you can see the side that I cleaned with sugar soap and the other side which wasn't done.
Sugar soap saves on elbow grease and time. It is inexpensive and gets the job completed in next to no time. Occasionally if you have a really stubborn area, it may take a couple of goes. I prefer sugar soap to the many other harsh cleaners on the market, which often leave an awful strong smell behind.
I have another great cleaning tip coming up in the next few days. It is one of my favourites, so please follow me on the website or on facebook!