TACKLE YOUR SPRING CLEANING WITH COLIN MCALLISTER AND JUSTIN RYAN Thursday 6 March 2008 PDF Print Let’s be honest, we never really look forward to the daunting big spring clean but TV’s interior design duo Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have a few suggestions to make the process easier and more fun: “Hey - if Anthea Turner can become a domestic goddess then surely the rest of us can follow suit too? Spring cleaning should be fun, easy and the kind of pastime that’s not just left to one person. Share! And don’t fret if the idea of a major spruce up leaves you cold – follow our hot guide and you’ll soon clean up! “First things first – your spring cleaning shouldn't take all season, so make sure you have a grand plan. Assemble all the equipment and products you’ll need for every spill, stain and spot. Plan out your cleaning timetable and be realistic over what you can achieve on a day-to-day basis. A deep, every nook and cranny clean can take a few days, so pace yourself and try not to overwork each day – remember that spring cleaning should be a pleasurable experience and not a chore! Sharing work means half the time - and half the trouble - so get your partner or kids to give you a hand. After all - whose mess is it anyway? “To fail to plan is to plan to fail” so, before you start chucking yourself at a seemingly never ending task, go from room to room and make a list of everything that needs to be done. Start at the top and work your way down, listing dusty areas, dirty paintwork, furniture in need of polish and floors in need of a spruce. Listing these chores on paper allows you to mentally contain the work and makes the whole exercise feel much more achievable. With one room listed, move onto the next until you’ve got a game plan for the whole house. Post your plans on the door of each room and you’ll remove the worry about where to begin and you’ll remove any excuses for not getting it done! “Plans made, get ready to rumble! Pop on your favourite pumping disco track, turn up the volume and boogie those black bags and boxes away… And if that doesn’t guarantee a clean sweep, then our hot tips will: 10 TIPS FOR A TIP TOP TIDY 1. Start working from the top down, moving from the inside to the outside. That way you’ll avoid dirtying what you just cleaned. 2. Keep things close to hand – pop all your cleaning materials into a handy basket or carrier to transport easily from room to room. 3. For sparkling-clean windows, use a smear free cleaner and then buff to a perfect shine. Or try your granny’s idea of newspaper and vinegar – sure its smells like a chip shop, but boy does it shine… 4. Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Steam-clean or vigorously vacuum your mattress keeping your bedroom windows open to let everything properly air. Flip over your mattress every time you make the bed with fresh linen. 5. Pop in an air freshener to refresh the air - and make sure you use one that changes perfume. The Ambi Pur 3volution (£7.99 from all good supermarkets) is genius courtesy of its alternating trio of smells which makes sure your nose doesn’t become immune to ‘static’ aroma. Why not try the apt Spring Collection of fragrances, available in Blossoming Flowers and Fresh Gardens for a clean and sparkling aroma. Ambi Pur 3volution has three alternating but complementary fragrances, which are released in a continuous cycle, one after the other, every 45 minutes so you always notice them and can enjoy the scents again and again and again. Perfect for complementing all your hard work. 6. Clear your closet - swap your summer and winter wardrobes over and vacuum pack your unseasonable clothes away for next year. Be ruthless - if you didn’t wear it this year and will never fit into it again, give it to charity and free up valuable storage space. 7. Multi task - do two things at once; while bed linen is washing in the machine, for example, clean the bathroom. 8. Steam-clean your carpets if possible, or simply vacuum paying special attention to corners and under furnishings as well as open traffic areas. Make sure your vacuum is clean before you start to avoid that dirty vacuum smell! 9. Sort your drawers! Empty out each one, wipe with a damp cloth and examine the contents – throw away odd socks etc and use drawer organisers for socks and underwear. Consider lining with scented paper like Crabtree & Evelyn's Lavender Drawer Liners. 10. Become a handyman (or woman) and make small ongoing repairs around the house so things don‘t get worse – stick down peeling paper and paint out ceiling stains etc. If you're not the handy type then don’t just let your home fall into disarray – get someone in and keep your home well maintained!” NOTES TO EDITORS: • These Justin & Colin tips are unique to Ambi Pur and can only be used in conjunction with an Ambi Pur editorial mention • Ambi Pur Spring Collection 3volution Plug-ins provide continuous fragrance for 90 days (if used on a minimum setting for 12 hours per day). Primary unit: £7.99 (RRSP). Perfume Refill: £4.49 (RRSP) • Ambi Pur Spring Collection Scented Candle provides continuous fragrance for 25 to 35 hours. Blossoming Flowers is a pale pink wax set in frosted glass, £2.99 (RRSP) • Ambi Pur Spring Collection pure perfume plug-ins provide continuous fragrance for 75 days (if used on setting 2 for 12 hours per day). Primary unit: £5.49 (RRSP). Perfume Refill: £3.89 (RRSP) • All of Ambi Pur Spring Collection products use real perfume essence for a superior fragrance • Available from all good supermarkets and independent retailers • High res lifestyle and Colin and Justin images are available on request CONTACT: Jemma Lawton Senior Account Executive Ambi Pur Media Relations The Bottom Line Consultancy Tel: 01992 579990 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Bottom Line Consultancy Ltd in the following categories: Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.