With spring right around the corner, cleaning is the last thing on anyone’s mind. We’re all excited for sunny days, mild temperatures and blooming trees.
The beginning of the season is also the time to give your home a deep clean and freshen it up after a long winter.
If the mere thought of cleaning an entire house is freaking you out, don’t worry - you’re not alone. Scrubbing every nook and cranny is tedious and requires a lot of time and effort.
Wiping the windows both sides? Piece of cake. Deep-cleaning several bedrooms, a couple of bathrooms and a kitchen? Not so much.
But with a good plan and a little help from your family, you’ll get the house spruced up and ready for spring in no time.
Keep reading to find out how to thoroughly clean and organize your home for spring the quick and easy way.
Your instincts might be telling you to just gather the courage and clean everything in a day. Smaller homes are easy, but for bigger houses, you need a plan or a checklist.
Decide which rooms you’ll clean first and when. Then, if possible, enlist the help of your immediate family. For example, the kids can do some chores in their own rooms while you clean around them.
Also, have an approximate time-frame in mind. Something that looks easy to clean can ultimately take an entire day.
Spring cleaning implies purging. You collect stuff throughout the year, tuck it all neatly away and forget about it until you find it the back of a closet somewhere.
Before you start deep cleaning a room, get rid of the things you don’t need or use. Divide the unwanted items into three piles: keep, toss and donate. You’ll be surprised at how much junk was taking up precious space.
Kitchens are hard to keep spotless all the time. There are stubborn stains on the tiles, a dull sink, grease on the vent hood, crumbles in the pantry closet. No matter how much you clean, kitchens are always in need of attention.
The next day, remove the shelves and rinse them with warm water and dish detergent. Then, wipe down the entire fridge and freezer sections plug it back in. Next, clean and wipe all appliances inside out.
To remove tough greasy stains, mix equal parts baking soda and white vinegar into a paste.
To soften the stain, wipe it with a clean damp cloth. Then, dab a sponge in the paste and scrub the stain with it. Let it dry completely and wipe off with a damp cloth.
Next on the list are the sink and garbage disposal. Disinfect them by pouring baking soda followed by vinegar. Let it fizz and then throw in some ice cubes and lemon peels to freshen it up.
Finally, vacuum the entire kitchen and mop the floors.
Dense items like duvets, pillows and mattresses need to breathe and aerate. They collect dead skin cells, dust and moisture and if not maintained properly, they become a breeding ground for bacteria, dust mites and bed bugs. This can lead to dangerous infections, allergies, asthma or even illnesses.
When the weather is nice enough, get the items out and let them air outside for a day. Then, bring your mattress inside and sprinkle baking soda all over the surface. For added freshness, add a few drops of essential oil. Let it sit for a while as you fluff the pillows.
Vacuum the baking soda off and put fresh bedding. It’ll be like sleeping in a brand new bed.
You can’t always spot the dust on the ceiling fan, but trust us - it’s there. As soon as you turn it on, the dust spreads around the room and settles on your clothes and furniture.
Grab a wet towel and a universal cleaning spray and wipe each fan thoroughly. If you have lighting fixtures, clean those as well as they collect a lot of dust.
The same goes for air conditioner vents. The recycled air coming through them contains dust particles, dead skin cells, hair, and other air pollutants. Clean the vents thoroughly to prepare them for the summer.
During the winter, people spend more time indoors and use the carpets and furniture more frequently. As a result, there’s dead skin, hair, dust particles, food crumbs and stains.
If you can, hire a cleaning company to handle your carpets. They’ll also freshen them up with special shampoo and conditioner and return them to you like brand new.
Soft furniture pieces like sofas and armchairs need a deep clean every now and then. You can hire professional furniture cleaners or do it yourself.
First, remove the cushions and vacuum the entire sofa. Pick up pet fur and hair with a lint roller and wipe the surface. It’s best to follow the instructions on the tag attached to the sofa.
When you prepare to vacuum a room, don’t move the furniture entirely. Just move one side, vacuum and put it right back. It’s the best way to reach the corners without straining a muscle.
If you have to lift or move heavy furniture, ask for help. One person can move the pieces around while the other vacuums the spot.
Is Your Home Ready for Spring?
Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to be a grueling task. These tips will help you set a plan and organize your time properly.
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