Our war with winter is almost over, but there’s one last battle to fight: stubborn winter build-up. Months of grime can hit your household hard; arm yourself and hit back harder.
It’s the same story every year – winter beats down on your doorstep and suddenly it’s like you’re living in the trenches. In more ways than one, the dirt and drudgery of the season infiltrate your home and set up camp. Come spring, your windows are a little less bright, your carpets a lot less white and the severe lack of fresh air has made your home stuffy and stale. For a job of this magnitude, you need products that are made to battle the elements.
“When it comes to spring cleaning, your everyday cleaning products will just not cut it,” says Megan Currie, Senior Marketer for Armor All. “You need a powerful cleaner that can break through the months of dust, grit and grime clogging up your home.”
Here are a few tips to help you fight the good fight. Choose your weapon:
• Leather wipes. With the household cooped up all winter, your couch, boots and accessories can take a beating. Leather wipes for your car seats and interior trim work exceptionally well on most leather surfaces, like cleaning and conditioning your sofa, love seat or easy chair to restore and preserve its original luxurious look. Just make sure you get all the nacho crumbs, or they will be back, and in greater numbers.
• Glass cleaner. Rain, sleet, hail or snow, automotive glass cleaner is specially designed to clean your car windows no matter what Mother Nature throws at them. It’s no wonder it also packs a punch against indoor glass grime – whether you’ve got cloudy kitchen windows or enough fingerprints on your glass tabletops to qualify for an episode of CSI. This job calls for a heavy-duty formula and is a must for any spring cleaning arsenal.
• Carpet cleaner. Don’t be fooled - the dirt visible on your carpet is just the tip of the iceberg! When you consider 85 per cent of the dirt your carpet holds is buried deep within the fibres, you’re going to want to call for reinforcements. An automotive carpet cleaner uses oxygen action to power through tough stains and penetrate deep into the carpet to break up tough, ground-in dirt. Vanquish odours, bacteria and stains in one fell swoop.
• Backyard prep. It’s always a good idea to take the fight outside. Melting snow is a great thing, but it leaves behind some nasty dirt, dust and grime. A powerful all-purpose cleaner that keeps your car in showroom shape will also cut through all that winter residue on your patio furniture and get it ready for your backyard entertaining. And no doubt your motorized yard tools — lawnmower, weed trimmer, chainsaw and the like — have been sitting idle for months. Boost their performance and protect the small engine with a specialized treatment.