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Gotta Have It: spring cleaning gear

The evenings are getting lighter, lockdown is nearly over and the sunshine is showing up those handprints on the windows and stains on the carpet. Time to bust out your inner Mrs Hinch…

Mopping the floor hasn’t exactly been high on my radar over lockdown. The focus has been on surviving this homeschool/WFH/winter lockdown triumvirate with an aim of a household that’s fed, clothed and just about speaking to each other. But, with the spring blooms and sunshine has come optimism so I’ve stuck my head above the parapet and frankly, the state of the house is shocking.

It’s time for a deep spring clean – we’re going to emerge from lockdown sparkling and gleaming like never before. Every darned nook and cranny is going to be vacuumed, scrubbed and mopped, windows will be cleaned (goodbye prisoner handprints, hello spring sunshine!) and grim little corners of pestilence will be beaten back.

Here’s my edit for the spring assault. Choose your weapons, people, and let’s go forth and cleanse.

OXO Good Grips Dustpan and Brush

Not only does this look the part and can be stored smartly under the sink, it’s also effective at teasing out the filth in kitchen corners that lesser brushes cannot reach. A steal for £12.99.

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Dry:Soon Deluxe 3-Tier Heated Airer and Cover

This is next gen washing. Plough through that mountain of laundry with the help of this heated airer. It’s handy when the spring weather isn’t quite balmy enough to dry those sheets, or just when you’ve had it with every radiator, chair back and door handle being slung with damp washing. It costs less than 6p per hour to run and folds away flat to store. The outlay is £184.98 but, hey, you can’t put a price on efficiency and feng shui.

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SonicScrubber Cleaning Tool with Four Brushes

This is one of those where-have-you-been-all-my-life gadgets. Ever wanted to take your electric toothbrush to those grimy holes in the back of the sink because the scrubber won’t fit in there (or perhaps someone else’s toothbrush?!). This sonic scrubber has a variety of heads for getting into those tricky spots like around taps, tiled nooks or, if you’ve got your brave pants on, the washing machine drawer… there’s also soft brush for delicate areas. Where cleaning becomes catharsis – and for a steal at £18.99.
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Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop Kit

It’s Scandi designed and this product range is used on the wooden floors of Westminster Cathedral and The National Gallery. What more do you need to know? There’s no sloshy bucket, no squeegee mess, just a spritz and wipe with the mop that cleans sealed and unsealed hardwood, parquet, laminate, and French-polished floors among other wood surfaces. The pads are machine washable and the kit costs £39.99.

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Bissell Proheat 2x Revolution Carpet Cleaner 18583

If your carpets look more like fox mange than actual, bonafide floor coverings then you could do worse than shell out for this beauty that although pricey, is less expensive than maxing out your credit cards at the carpet shop. There’s an express mode that leaves carpets dry in an hour or a deep clean if the muddy walks of recent weeks have really taken their toll. £129.99.

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Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner WV200UK

Unravelling the vacuum for a mini spill can be such a hassle. So don’t do it. Buy this instead for all your under-the-sofa, behind-the-car-seats, work-surface-top needs. £99.99.

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Lakeland Flat Mop Cleaning System with Integrated Squeegee Bucket

Mopping is a major pain at the best of times so you might as well find a system that is effective, compact and doesn’t require sloshing big buckets of water around the house. This could be it and only £39.99.

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Bissell Steam Shot Steam Cleaner 2635E

Dirty bathroom grout and smeary windows begone. This beauty can tackle it all and take creases out of curtains and clothes, if you fancy a break from the usual ironing methods. All yours for £49.99.

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