Spring Cleaning

This is often a time of dread to those who have an inveterate hatred of the sound of a broom and scrubbing-brush. Much discomfort may be avoided by remembering the following points:-

1. Time may be saved by preparation.

2. The workpeople should be engaged beforehand, to prevent delay and prolonged upset.

3. It is a mistake to disarrange too many rooms at once; always leave some comfortable refuge.

4. Never overtax mental and physical strength by attempting too much; so plan that each day has only what can be accomplished without undue effort.

5. If the head of the house has a sanctum, it is better to clean it in his absence, if possible, in order that he may not see it in a state of upheaval.

6. It is a good plan to take advantage of the absence of some of the members of a large family.

7. Make arrangements for comfortable meals to be served punctually.

Mention may perhaps be made here of the "Compressed Air" cleaning, in favour of which it is claimed that not only is the actual cleaning accomplished, but that all articles are purified and disinfected, by the enormous quantity of air pumped in. The price for cleaning is as follows :-

Carpets and rugs from 2d. per square yard.

Large couches from 4/-, small couches from 2/-.

Easy-chairs from 6d. to 2/-.

Mattresses from 2/-.

Pillows and bolsters from 3d. each.

Curtains from 1/- per pair.

Preparation

1. Turn out all drawers and cupboards, scrub the inside with carbolic soap, sponge the outside with vinegar and water if it be polished, dry with a cloth, and, when possible, set in the open air to dry. Rubbish should be disposed of; winter garments brushed and put in the open air some hours to freshen, then folded neatly with something to keep away moths. When dry, re-line the drawers and shelves with paper, and replace-their contents.

2. Winter curtains should be taken into the open air, well shaken and brushed, and hung over a line for a few hours; then folded carefully with Russian-leather parings, black pepper, turpentine rags, or blocks of camphor between the folds; wrapped in an old sheet, and sewn up carefully, so that there are no spaces through which a moth could find its way.

3. Blankets should be well shaken, washed, and wrapped up in the above manner. If the day is warm and sunny, the mattress, pillows, and bolster should be taken into the open air, beaten with a cane carpet-beater, well brushed, and left to freshen. The covers of the wire mattress, the holland or calico mattress-slips, pillow and bolster undercovers, should be washed and ironed.

4. Take down pictures and mirrors, and clean as directed in the chapters on those subjects.

5. Dust and wash all ornaments, attend to the books; clean cornice and curtain-poles, if removable.

6. Lay in a good stock of all cleaning materials, and have a sufficiency of floor-flannels and cloths.