Winter cleaning tips to spruce up your living space

By PA/TPN, in Lifestyle · 23-12-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Winter cleaning tips to spruce up your living space

While it’s important to keep our homes clean and tidy all year round, this winter, it’s even more meaningful.

Safe to say, we’ve lavished a lot of love and attention on our homes this year. Indeed, some might argue that overall, our sanctuaries have never been so spic and span.

But come winter, keeping everything well kept can be a bit hit and miss. Be it the murky weather and shortage of natural daylight to see the stains and grime, or just general fatigue.

However, in the countdown to Christmas with our homes a showcase for decos galore, we need to polish up our act and put as much energy into refreshing our furnishings as we have our festive flair.

To help you make the most of the holiday season, we’ve put together a Chrimbo checklist….

Freshen up the front door
Ding dong! The bells may be ringing merrily on high, but what about your front door?

“The outside of our homes is often the poor relation to interior decorating and can make everything else look tired, says Helen Shaw, marketing director at Benjamin Moore Paint. “Maintaining and refreshing your exterior masonry and woodwork not only protects the surfaces, but it’s a fantastic way of creating an impression, particularly if you embrace colour.”

Although the go to paint is often white or off white, Shaw says choosing a bolder colour is a great way of creating a feature. And something most of us can accomplish in a few hours, to make everything feel smarter and tidier.
“Having a standout front door not only looks fantastic, but offers an easy way for visiting friends and family to findyour house in seconds,” she says. Something to take into account after so many months of social distancing.

“Consider taking the lead from nature when deciding on the colour. Shades of green in varying tones from rich forest greens, to fern hues or soft sages look striking, while also at one in a suburban environment,” adds Shaw.

Clean the windows
You’re about to festoon fairy lights across your window boxes and place your prized Christmas tree in the window, so it’s well worth making the effort to clean the glass before you window dress (or even afterwards, if they’re already up!).

For best results without any streaks, mix one part distilled vinegar to 10 parts warm water in a bucket or spray bottle. Clean from the top down, rinse and dry with a microfibre cloth or paper towel.

Refresh the sofa or consider investing in a Smart one
Chances are, at some point over the past few months, you’ve become a couch potato through no fault of your own. All those Netflix nights in and Deliveroos have most likely taken their toll on your sofa, so have a hunt around for the cleaning directions on the label. The same applies to washing couch throws and cushion covers.

Alternatively, think about investing in a new sofa in the New Year, and opting for a Smart fabric with anti spill, stain repellent properties, to put your mind at ease when you crack open a bottle of redwine.

Patricia Gibbons from the design team at says sales of their ‘Smart’ fabrics have grown by 29% this year, and this includes their Smart Velvets and Smart Cottons, which have crept into their list of bestselling fabrics.”

Each season, they expand their Smart fabric offering to give customers a more varied range to choose from. “We now have around 25 different options to cater for the renewed demand for easy clean, easily maintainable forever sofas,” says Gibbons.

Hygiene your home office
If you’re working from home, keyboards are notorious for being a hotspot for bacteria and spreading germs so it’s important to get into the habit of wiping your laptop down regularly. Make sure you use a disinfectant wipe that kills at least 99.9% of germs and remember to wash your hands regularly to avoid cross contamination.

Clean the table lamps
We all love ambient lighting, but it’s easy to overlook the dust gathering on lampshades and at the top of the base. Roll a sticky lint roller across the shade to lift the dust (these are also great for removing any pet hair from soft furnishings) and polish the base with a soft cloth, you’ll be all set to tie a little tinsel at the neck.

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