It’s that time of the year – flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, spring is here. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to break out those mops, dust busters, vacuums, and other cleaning supplies and begin thinking about doing some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning allows you to give your home some TLC by tending to the dirt that has accumulated over time. So throw on some of your favourite tunes, grab your soap and cleaning tools, and begin cleaning room by room.
Here are 7 tips you can use to help you leave your home feeling fresh and clean this spring.
MAKE A PLAN
What areas in your home get the least amount of attention? Wherever that is, that will be a great place to start. No matter where you choose to start, creating a plan before your start spring cleaning is a great way to approach this task. Forming a list of things you need to do is a great way to help keep you focused and organized. When you walk around your home, be sure to note what supplies you’ll need to clean particular areas and ensure that you have enough supplies before you get started.
In addition to making a cleaning list, you may want to make a music playlist as well. Listening to music while cleaning is a great way to stay positive and focused on the task at hand.
Staying organized can help you feel less stressed. It’s critical that before you break out the mops and micro cloths, you take some time to declutter areas in your home. As you filter through your closets, be sure to throw away or donate old clothes or furniture that you no longer want. Recycle old magazines and papers you may have lying around as well. Look through your drawers and don’t forget to organize those too. While this is an essential part of spring cleaning, try not to get too caught up on old pictures and books you may come across.
Before you begin to clean your home, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to stay safe during the process. As you look over your cleaning supplies, be sure to read over labels as some cleaning products can release unhealthy fumes and chemicals. When spring cleaning, it’s important that you have rubber gloves, masks, and protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants to help avoid things getting on your skin.
If you’re looking to use some non-chemical alternative cleaning products, many people use vinegar as a general cleaning solution. Remember, never mix vinegar and bleach, the result can be very dangerous. A great alternative, especially for those with allergies, is a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners can be used to clean multiple things in your homes. Kitchen appliances, tiles, and hard floors are just a few examples of how steam cleaners can help you clean your home while remaining green.
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HANDY DANDY DUSTING
The best rule when it comes to dusting is to go top to bottom. When you dust from the ceiling down, this forces debris to fall on the ground and you can vacuum afterward. When you come across doors, corners, and moldings, it’s important that you look for cobwebs or spiderwebs.
If you’re someone who wants to dust their walls, one simple way to do so is by getting a flat head mop, a microfiber cloth, and some water. From there, spray the cloth with water and begin to wipe your wall. A few key areas to dust are your ceiling fan, light fixtures, and vents.
COMMON ROOMS AND FLOORS
Kitchens are often known as the heart of a home. It’s where we cook, eat, and sometimes just hang out. Over time, dirt can build up and kitchens can begin to become dirty and cluttered.
When spring cleaning your kitchen, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Wipe down your cabinets and go through them to get rid of unneeded kitchen items
- Go through your pantry or refrigerator and wipe down the shelves and throw away any old items
- If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners or a steam cleaner to avoid scratching or other issues
- Wipe down your countertops
- Don’t forget about your sink
While this may not be the most appealing room to clean, it has to be done. Bathrooms require several different cleaning steps. To help clean your bathroom here are a few tips you can use:
- Change your shower curtains and liners
- Go through your drawers or medicine cabinets and throw away any expired items
- Thoroughly scrub your tubs and tiles
- Scrub your toilet bowls
- Use newspaper and window cleaner to clean the mirrors
- Scrub down sinks, including the faucet
Your floors are important – shoes, socks, and bare feet walk on them every day. It’s fair to say, floors are dirt magnets. When looking to clean your floors, the most important difference is cleaning hardwood vs carpet.
When dealing with hardwood floors, it’s critical that you clean the floor without damaging it. While sweeping and vacuuming hardwood is great to get things off of the surface, moping your hardwood floors is a great way to get rid of grime that may have built up over time. Avoid using steam mops as high temperatures can damage your floors.
When it comes to carpet, spring is a great time to get it professionally cleaned. While this doesn’t have to be done often, a hot water extraction or a steam cleaning both are capable of leaving your carpet looking as good as new.
When all your cleaning is finished, you can finally sit back, relax, and admire all of your hard work. Hopefully the tips above can help make your spring cleaning process a little easier and less overwhelming.
While these are just a few tips when it comes to spring cleaning, we want to know – what are some of your spring cleaning tactics? Reach out to us on one of our social media platforms and let us know what your tips are.
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