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Spring cleaning checklist

Need to deep clean but don’t know where to start? Make surfaces sparkle from top to bottom with our cleaning kit and checklist. Time to spring into action!

The days are getting longer and lighter. Time to throw open those windows and get the house in tip-top condition ready for the Spring season. Give every inch of your home the attention it deserves with our cleaning checklist. Here’s our room-by-room guide, plus the cleaning kit you need to make the job as easy as possible.

Stock up on supplies

First things first, you need to make sure you stock up on cleaning supplies. Get ready to spritz and spray your way to a sparkling clean home!

Let's get started going room by room. Print off our room cleaning checklist to make sure you're doing a thorough job. There's nothing more satisfying than ticking off tasks as you go. Sainsbury's have some great spring cleaning products to help you on your way to a spotless home.

Living room

Living and dining room cleaning

The living room and dining room are usually top of the list when it comes to cleaning. You spend most of your time in these rooms and they're the ones guests are most likely to see.
Woman cleaning a mirror with a glass cleaner.

Essential tasks

Dust and polish any tables, cabinets, TV units, ornaments and photo frames. Wipe down the TV screen and mirrors with a cloth and the cleaning product of your choice and finish off by hoovering up any leftover dust and dirt.

Man using a cordless, handheld vacuum cleaner to clean blinds.

Don't forget...

...sofas and armchairs. Remove surface dust with a handheld vacuum cleaner and then get to work on any stains and marks. Always check the labels on your upholstery to see the best way to clean, and don’t forget any hidden areas, like under the cushions where dirt can build up over time. Steam cleaning the sofa can help to get rid of stains and bacteria.

Hoover Breeze Evo Corded Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner.

Finishing touches

Vacuum throughout. Now's a good time to clean the vacuum filter (a task that's often overlooked). It’s not a thorough clean without polishing and wiping down any light fittings, light switches and doorknobs. Ceiling lights and fans can also accumulate dust and lose their shine if they’re not cared for. You're likely to have accumulated a lot of clutter in the lounge. Take a look at our storage ideas page for tips on how to organise your space.


Cleaning the kitchen

Day-to-day food and drink prep can leave your kitchen full of stains and crumbs, while other jobs may get missed in a standard clean. This is a good time to go through your cupboards and chuck any expired food.
Vax steam cleaner being used to clean a kitchen sink.

Essential tasks

Clean the countertops, hob, sink and draining board of grime and stains. Clear out any unused or out of date food from the cupboards, fridge and freezer. Follow up with a thorough vacuum, clean up the dirt from the sides, and a mop or steamer should clear away stains on tiled flooring.

Man cleaning an oven door.

Don't forget...

...the oven. Often forgotten but recommended to be cleaned at least every 6 months. Similarly, small appliances like the toaster, kettle and microwave can accumulate grime and need to be disinfected regularly.

Someone cleaning the outside of an oven.

Finishing touches

Complete your kitchen clean by giving the cupboards, light fittings, door handles and the buttons and handles on your large appliances a good dust and polish. Give the same treatment to the cooker hood, another task that can often be forgotten.


Cleaning the bedrooms

As we spend most of the day in other rooms, bedrooms can sometimes get the least love when it comes to cleaning, but there’s plenty you can do to keep them fresh.

Essential tasks

There’s often lots of dust hiding under the bed, so a thorough vacuuming is a must-do. Make time to dust and polish the window sills, drawers, wardrobes and bedside tables before you vacuum, as well as wiping downlight fittings, ceiling fans and light switches.

Don't forget...

...the mattress. While your bed linen may get a regular wash, your mattress probably doesn’t. A handheld vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment is the best way to remove any stains and dust from your mattress. Steam clean it to disinfect and remove allergens.

Finishing touches

Bedrooms can often get stuffy and therefore they can benefit from a little fresh air. Open the windows while you clean, especially as you’ll be clearing up a lot of dust from under the bed. A thorough bedroom clean is also the best time to donate or throw out unwanted clothes and shoes.


Cleaning the bathroom

The bathroom is often the room most in need of a deep cleanse, but there’s some jobs that can get missed during a standard clean.
Scrubber being used to clean bathroom tiles.

Essential tasks

The sink, bath, toilet and shower obviously require a deep anti-bac to leave them fresh and shining again. A thorough bathroom clean will include wiping down tiles and grout – especially the corners, which can build up hard-to-spot dirt.

A stripy blue shower curtain.

Don't forget...

...the shower curtain. Day-to-day use can take its toll on your shower curtain. A quick spin in the washing machine is usually enough to have them looking fresh again. It’s also a good time to clean your floor mats and towels.

A scrubber being used to clean tiles around a shower head.

Finishing touches

Remove any dust from the extractor fan, clean out the bathroom bin and wipe down your taps and showerhead. It’s also a great time to cull any unused or empty toiletry bottles, which can build up on the sides and in your bathroom cabinets.

Utility and laundry

A graphite Samsung washing machine in a kitchen with a laundry basket in front.

Washing machine wins

Make your machine work harder, so you don't have to. There's plenty of things you can chuck in the machine to give them a freshen up:

  • Cushion covers
  • Shower curtains
  • Bath mats
  • Mop heads
  • Soft toys
  • Pet beds
A lady on her mobile sitting by a washing machine waiting for it to finish.

Cleaning the cleaner

On the subject of washing machines. Don't forget grime and dirt can build up in your machine, so it needs a clean of its own. You can use things like baking soda and vinegar or buy washing machine cleaning products. Make sure to clean the detergent drawer thoroughly too. Give the tumble dryer a clean while you're at it, ensuring you clean out all the filters. The lint filter should be cleaned after every use but if you have a condenser dryer, make sure to clean the condenser filter regularly too.

A woman holding a laundry basket filled with folded sheets.

Fresh as a daisy

If you haven't managed to reach the bottom of the laundry basket in a while, now's the time to do it! Get all your laundry washed and dried. With the weather (hopefully) a little warmer, take advantage of drying the clothes outside on washing lines or clothes airers. Finish the job by ironing and putting everything away neatly and organised. Ironing plays an important role in sanitising clothes, as it kills off bacteria and germs.


Woman using a carpet cleaner on a living room carpet.

How to clean carpets

A bespoke carpet cleaner provides more thorough results than a standard vacuum cleaner. They use a mixture of water and cleaning solution to clear embedded dirt. If you have pets, some models are specifically designed to deal with any hair or stains they leave behind.

A microfibre mop being used to clean laminate flooring.

How to clean laminate flooring

It can take more than a quick vacuum to fully clean laminate flooring. A damp or dry microfibre mop is the best option as it can remove embedded stains and dirt. You can also use a broom to lift any dirt and dust not picked up by your vacuum cleaner.

Lady cleaning a kitchen floor with a steam floor cleaner.

How to clean tiled flooring

Tiled floors can lose their shine if not maintained properly. Using a steam cleaner or gently wiping with a cloth or soft brush is the best way to clean tiles, without embedding the grime even further.

Windows & curtains

Woman cleaning windows with a window vac.

How to clean your windows

Cleaning the inside of your windows is a task that’s easy to forget. A window vac is the easiest way to make quick work of cleaning glass, and likely to leave you wondering why you hadn’t done it sooner.

Woman using a handheld vacuum cleaner to clean curtains.

How to clean curtains

There’s a few options for cleaning your curtains. A handheld vacuum is a great way to remove surface dust and dirt. For a deeper clean, you may want to put them in the washing machine or hand wash them, but you should check the label beforehand.

Around the home

A Habitat Jerry tall white ladder shelf in a living room.

Spring cleaning tips

  •  Fabric refreshers are perfect for giving a new lease of life to sofa coverings, curtains and carpets; all those things that can't go in the washing machine.
  • Stock up on storage boxes so you can de-clutter your home as you clean. This will prevent excess dust from building up and keep the place looking smart, fresh and clean. Check out our storage ideas guide.
  • Add dryer sheets to your dustbins to keep them smelling nice.
  • Time to tackle those stains you've been hiding. Use stain removers to bring your bits back to new.
  • Don't undo all your hard work. Add a doormat to your entrances to prevent dust and dirt from entering your home.

And finally...

More help and inspiration

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