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Spring clean Expert cleaning tips from Gaff Goddess Laura de Barra - and win a cordless vaccum cleaner

And one lucky reader has the chance to win a Hoover H-FREE 300 HF322HM Cordless Vacuum Cleaner worth €199 thanks to Currys PC World

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Time for a good cleaning spree

Time for a good cleaning spree

Laura de Barra is on a mission to help transform our homes

Laura de Barra is on a mission to help transform our homes

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Time for a good cleaning spree

Marigolds at the ready - spring clean season is here. But giving your home the annual once-over doesn't have to be a dust-busting nightmare. From hoovering hacks to tricks for tiles, here's how to get your home gleaming.

1. Say 'bi' to odours

The night before you start the clean is a great time to conquer any odour that may be lingering in your carpets. No need to reach for costly products - just head to your kitchen instead.

Bicarbonate of soda is great for absorbing odours and freshening up your carpet. Simply sprinkle it on the carpet before you go to bed and vacuum it up in the morning to refresh your flooring.

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Laura de Barra is on a mission to help transform our homes

Laura de Barra is on a mission to help transform our homes

Laura de Barra is on a mission to help transform our homes

2. Get steamy

Don't always reach for chemical-laden cleaning products for your floor - especially if you have pets or toddlers. There are some amazing cleaning options that save time, energy and, most importantly, require only water to get our home sparkling.

Steaming, for instance, can kill bacteria and remove odours as well as tackle stains. Appliances that vacuum, clean and dry are ideal if you have different types of flooring throughout the home or are short on time or storage.

3. Suck it up

The first step in your spring clean is to vacuum. This will help avoid spreading any dirt around when you start cleaning the rest of the surfaces. Start at the skirting, using the thinnest nozzle to remove dirt and dust that has been building up.

The top and bottom of skirting is often forgotten in a big clean and is usually the dustiest. For the main section of the carpet, vacuum in various directions to ensure you lift any odours or dirt out.

4. Socks appeal

To really carry out a thorough and long-lasting spring clean on your flooring, you'll need to vacuum under large furniture. This, however, is where we risk sucking up a beautiful earring or accessory!

To avoid this, slip an old stocking over the nozzle of your vacuum when cleaning under couches and units to catch anything that has fallen. You can then remove the stocking and vacuum as normal once you are satisfied nothing has been sucked up by mistake.

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The Hoover H-FREE 300 lasts up to 40 minutes without charging and converts into a handheld device

The Hoover H-FREE 300 lasts up to 40 minutes without charging and converts into a handheld device

The Hoover H-FREE 300 lasts up to 40 minutes without charging and converts into a handheld device

5. Stain and glory

Deep vacuuming will usually bring a stain or two to your attention. It's best to spot clean these before you start the next stage. If you don't have a carpet cleaning product to hand, the best way to tackle a stain is to mix a little washing-up liquid with some warm water.

Soak a white cloth - anything else will risk dye transfer - and start to blot the stain, working from the outside in. You should start to see the stain lifting away as you blot, so be sure to rinse the cloth well and use a fresh section every few blots. Keep going until the stain has lifted completely. If you do find that your carpet is stained often, investing in a carpet cleaner is a wise move to prevent any permanent marks.

If the stain is on hard flooring, use a dry microfibre cloth first, then a damp cloth. Washing-up liquid is great again here as it can cut through grease. Don't forget to also give your skirting a wipe down to really brighten and add to your freshly cleaned floors.

6. Grout of order

Tile grout is one of the hardest things to keep looking clean. If yours has dulled, there is an easy fix. Simply mix some trusty bicarbonate of soda with water to form a facemask consistency. Massage into the grout with an old soft-bristle toothbrush until the grout brightens, then wash off.

Sealing grout will prevent it from discolouring again but how you wash it in future will also make a big difference. Avoid mops that hold too much moisture, like sponge mops, as they will saturate the grout which leads to water pooling and dulling patches, especially around plinths and silicone. Instead, go for a chamois-style mop.

For the ultimate in tile cleaning, opt for a steam mop which will make light work of keeping your home gleaming without harsh chemicals

Spring giveaway

Currys is putting the spring back into cleaning by giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Hoover H-FREE 300 HF322HM Cordless Vacuum Cleaner worth €199.

With a battery life of up to 40 minutes, you can clean all types of floors in normal mode - or use it as a handheld to tackle your kitchen worktop or car. To WIN simply email competitions@sundayworld.com with 'Spring Clean' in the subject line - and tell us your top cleaning tip.

Closing date is March 21

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