Consider your CNY spring cleaning sorted with our guide to cleaning services in Singapore, plus tips and products to get your house ready for the Lunar New Year
Of all the many Chinese New Year traditions – tossing Yu Sheng, dressing up in matching mama-daughter cheongsams, giving (and receiving!) ang baos – one of our faves just might be spring cleaning. We like the metaphor of sweeping away the bad fortune of the past year (out the back door, mind you) and clearing out space to welcome the good luck in! This is the time to fix stuff that’s broken, re-paint the walls, and get your home spic and span to welcome in the new lunar year. There’s actually an auspicious day to clean which is the 24th day of 12th lunar month which happens to be 18th January 18, 2020 – mark your calendars, mamas!
So with Chinese New Year coming up, we want to help you get your house as tidy as possible. Check out our ultimate guide to spring cleaning in Singapore to ensure your home is as ready for luck as can be!
1. Stock up on cleaning supplies or make your own
HDB shops are our go-to for brooms and dustpans. Giant and FairPrice also carry lots of affordable home cleaning products (as well as closet organizers, rubbish bins, and all those other bits and bobs you’ll want to get organized). FairPrice On even has one of our fave green cleaning product lines, Seventh Generation! When you want to order online it doesn’t get more convenient than Amazon Prime Now and RedMart. If you need a heavy duty vacuum cleaner head to Courts, or contact Kaercher, who specializes in outdoor machinery to clean up patios and balconies.
If like many you are concerned about using too much bleach and harsh chemicals in your home where your kids crawl and lick everything, it’s worth looking into making your own natural chemical-free cleaners! After attending a DIY Cleaning Products workshop with My Pure Earth a few years ago, the whole Sassy Mama team became converts, whether making our own multi-purpose spray with vinegar and essential oils, or stain fighters with baking soda. It turns out just a few key ingredients are just as effective as what you’d buy in the store, and they’re also blissfully free of harmful things like phthalates, parabens, and triclosan, just to name a few.
2. Get Rid of Bed Bugs
The Professional Route: Nobedbugs-SG
Bed Bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of once the itchy little critters enter your home. Nobedbugs-SG is a home care service Pest Control Company specializing in just that – killing bed bugs. Nobedbugs-SG has more than 10 years of experience in dealing with bed bugs – one of the most difficult pests to eradicate. They have a 99% success rate using their own developed and manufactured insecticide powder. You’ll be relieved to know that this treatment is harmless to humans and pets. Pretty soon they’ll also be bringing their Heat Treatment to Singapore (it’s already super popular in HK), which they guarantee is the real deal heat treatment (vs. others who might only use steam). Right now, Nobedbugs-SG is giving a 6-month guarantee (the biggest guarantee in Singapore as far as we know) to eradicate bed bugs! So who you gonna call?
DIY option: ChinChex
Looking to get rid of Bed Bugs but hesitant to call in pest control? Check out ChinChex Bed Bugs Insecticide, a simple, safe (lab-tested) and cost-effective way to kill bed bugs. ChinChex Bed Bugs Insecticide is a powder that takes less than 24 hours to kill bed bugs once it has been dusted on your mattress and bedframe (read all about the product and how it works here). It’s so easy to use you can do it yourself and be done with bed bugs by the next day’s bedtime. Purchase ChinChex Bed Bugs Insecticide online here for $36 per 1L bottle.
3. Professional Trusted Cleaners for Hire
Could you use an extra pair of hands to do a super thorough spring clean? We love the online platform Helpling, which connects users with experienced cleaning specialists in minutes. Originally from Germany, Helpling has now serves more than 200,000 customers here in Singapore, and offers a trusted, reliable service at affordable rates. We like that its cleaning specialists are vetted with thorough background checks and also have publicly available reviews and ratings — Helpling has an average rating of 4.7 stars on Google and 4.5 stars on Trustpilot!
With Chinese New Year coming up, it is time to do a spring cleaning and prepare for a prosperous new year! Prices start from $170 for its premium yet affordable service.
Use promo code SASSYMAMACNY and get 15% off your Spring Cleaning this Chinese New Year!
4. Get Rid of Mould
Thanks to Singapore’s humid weather all year round, mould is a major culprit behind myriad health issues. If the air feels damp, your closets smell a little funky, the walls are black, or you’re finding white or green patches on your clothes…chances are you might have mould. The pros at Mouldgone will inspect your property and if they find mould, they use only FDA and EPA-approved, non-toxic products to thoroughly clean walls, ceilings and hard surfaces. Mould also attacks leather (goodbye leather boots!), and even fabric gets discolored easily. To keep handbags mould-free we’ve used Colorwash (which has three convenient locations) and have also been recommended Bag Spa in the CBD.
5. Clean Your Mattresses, Sofa, Rugs & Curtains
It’s hard keeping mattresses clean at the best of times (rife with dust mites not to mention plenty of sweat and skin flakes – we spend 1/3 of our lives on mattresses, after all); throw in kids who may be potty training or sick and it’s a bacteria playground! And don’t even mention the sofa or living room rug! De Hygienique uses 100% dry, chemical-safe technology from Europe to clean mattresses, rugs, and furniture and upholstery, or there’s DryCleaning and Clean Care to check out, too.
Anyone who’s moved house in Singapore knows that landlords are sticklers about clean curtains, but it actually is a good idea to clean your curtains pretty regularly, as they absorb dust, dirt, and odor. Curtains are definitely not something to DIY, as they can be tricky to keep wrinkle-free. CottonCare is one company we’ve seen frequently recommended to tackle the job; otherwise there’s Chem Dry, who can clean wet or dry, on or off-site, and Alpha Kleen who can clean your curtains within 2 hours! Most of these offer full upholstery cleaning including mattresses and carpets as well.
6. Get Those Odd Jobs Done: Plumbing, Painting & Handymen
Now’s the time to get that leaky tap sorted, paint that balcony wall or fix those wonky paintings! We’ve compiled a little black book of recommended contractors for everything from appliance repair to plumbers, electricians, painters, odd jobs men and the post-rental-fixer upper. If you have multiple issues that need sorting there are companies that do all of the above, too. Read our ultimate guide on reliable handyman for repairs here.
7. Get Rid of Cockroaches, Vermin and Termites
Cockroaches, termites, rats…we shudder at the thought! If you’re on the ground floor you will have more than your fair share of pests but you can even get pest infestations on higher floors. Pests can infest overnight, so you want to make sure you eradicate them completely the first time. Give Pest Off or Rentokil a call if you suspect you have pests in your home (you can often spot the small pest droppings even if you haven’t seen the actual pest itself – though if you need free expert advice or aren’t sure what he pest might be, take a pic and send it along to pest controllers ORIGIN for efficient expert advice). Any of these consultants can conduct a detailed consultation and then develop a comprehensive treatment plan, along the way ensuring the well-being of any children and pets in the house.
8. Dispose and Donate Responsibly
Clearing out old furniture, toys, and other general stuff to make way for the new? Many condos and HDBs will even provide a giant dumpster for emptying out all this stuff. If yours doesn’t, or you feel some of it is in good enough shape to be passed on to someone else, check out our guide on where to donate old toys and clothes – we love that H&M actually has a collection box in all its stores to recycle clothes and textiles, and you nab yourself a 15% off voucher to boot! For larger items like e-waste, books and furniture, check out this huge guide from our super green friends at secondsguru.
Happy Spring Cleaning and Gong Xi Fa Cai!