Add value to your home by giving these things a proper clean before you even think about putting your house on the market.
The lighter and brighter your house looks the better, so make sure the windows and frames are clean. For speedy results, use a window cleaner and a lint-free cloth or chamois leather.
3. Oven And Hob
The state of your oven says a lot! If you have a self-cleaning oven that’s grimy, the inside is better left to a professional, but clean the oven door with a oven cleaner spray – inside and out.
Gas hobs are particularly prone to dirt, use a cream cleaner and a damp cloth to clean yours. On glass-topped hobs use a hob scraper for stubborn stains and buff with an e-cloth.
Wash curtains carefully, according to the type of fabric. If you’re short on time, use a steam cleaner to get them gleaming quickly. If curtains are delicate or heavy get them dry-cleaned.
5. Bathroom Tiles
Make your walls gleam by scrubbing bathroom tiles with a solution of washing-up liquid. You can use a steam cleaner with a precision nozzle to clean dirty grouting, or scrub particularly dirty areas with an old toothbrush and a solution of bleach.
6. Kitchen Cupboards And Fronts of Appliances
It’s easy not to see the day-to-day grime, but once you’ve wiped doors and fronts of appliances with a solution of washing-up liquid you’ll notice the difference.
Rub stubborn stains with a slightly abrasive cream cleaner. Make sure you go with the grain on wooden doors. For stainless steel, rub with baby oil.
7. Carpets And Flooring
Deep clean carpets with carpet shampoo and a vacuum cleaner that can wet-clean. Check carpets and upholstery for colour-fastness first. If your hard flooring is really grubby, scrub with a mop and bucket of floor-cleaning solution. If not, a steam mop will be able to do the job.
8. Toilet, Sink And Bath
House-hunters are looking for a sparkling surface and clear, fragrant plug holes. Clean with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner – work on stubborn marks with a nylon bristle brush avoiding abrasive cleaners.
Scrub the toilet with a toilet brush and bathroom cleaner. Neutralise odours by pouring a cup of washing soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda down the bowl.
9. Sofas And Soft Furniture
Use a steam cleaner to remove any stains and dullness on soft furnishings. Stubborn stains may require specialist treatment. Wash any cushion covers, throws and blankets according to the instructions.
10. Garden Furniture
Wipe down aluminium and iron furniture with water. Wash plastic furniture with a solution of washing-up liquid. Chipped paint should be touched up. If it looks too shabby, buy some new furniture to ‘dress’ the house and then take it with you.