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Get your home spring-ready in style

HOW TO… Stage-manage your spring clean

Get your marigolds on, National Spring Cleaning Week starts on 6th March

STARTING POINT: Cleaning professionals at Bissell recommend the old adage of dusting from top-to-bottom, starting with ceilings and the corners of walls, before using a lint roller to clean dust from lampshades and upholstery.

ON THE SURFACE: Use a microfibre cloth and warm water for most surfaces. For windows, Kim and Aggie recommend filling a spray bottle with a half-andhalf mix of clear vinegar and water before polishing with a microfibre cloth in their book The Cleaning Bible.

SWEEP UP: Make the most of your vacuum’s accessories by reading the manual to find out their intended use – it might surprise you. Also check how often the filter should be changed. Replace the bag when it’s two-thirds full to help keep suction at its best.

DIRTY LAUNDRY: Give white linen and towels back their brightness by including half a cup of white wine vinegar in the wash and try to be exact when measuring detergent. ‘Too much detergent can cause a build-up of product and too little won’t clean clothes properly,’ says Jane Robson, founder of The Fine Cotton Company.

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Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to drag your home out of the winter doldrums and freshen it up with a coat of paint and a few bright new accessories. And, in this issue, we’ve got lots of affordable ideas for giving your home a quick facelift. On page 37 we take a look at this season’s hot new trends on the high street – from cool coastal vibes to edgy ethnic touches, fresh florals to touchy-feely textures, I know you’ll find a look you love. When it comes to the smallest room in the house (yes that’s right, the downstairs loo), it’s often a bit forgotten and unloved in the décor stakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just turn to page 48 to see how small really can be beautiful! If your kitchen is in need of a revamp but you don’t want to change the units, then consider replacing the flooring. Take a look at our purse-friendly ideas on page 54 to see what a big difference it can make – without the hassle of ripping out your cabinets! Now the weather is getting a bit better, it’s time to start knocking your garden into shape so you can sit out and enjoy it over the months ahead. This month in our gardening section we take a look at some of the most popular garden styles – cottage, Japanese, formal and prairie – and show how easy it is to achieve them in your own garden (p.114). Last but not least, in our food pages this issue we’ve got some utterly scrummy pie recipes that I know you’re going to love (p.100). Trust me, the cheesy fish pie is to die for!