Spring Cleaning Tips & Strategies

Spring cleaning can be a big task for some those who are not motivated or interested in cleaning their home, you can get a cleaner/ cleaning company to take away the stress of doing a major clean, or you can take up the challenge your self and commit to getting out the vacuum and duster, below there are a few tips that will get you started and on your way to planning and executing your spring clean.

Be Prepared

Spring cleaning checklist

Owning the right cleaning tools is essential for doing your best cleaning. Take stock of what you have and replace things that are tired and worn. Here are the staples I like to have on hand:

Tough scrubbing sponges Rubber gloves An old toothbrush Microfiber cleaning cloths Large bucket Scrub brush Paper towels Rags (old towels and washcloths, as well as old t-shirts) Mop Vacuum cleaner Broom and dustpan Plastic tote to store cleaning tools All-purpose cleaner Window cleaner Baking soda in a shaker

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Unscrew light bulbs and polish the bulbs with a microfiber cloth dampened with water (avoid wetting the metal screw base). Clean the bulbs in recessed ceiling fixtures with a telescoping lamb’s wool duster.

Once or twice a year, wipe wooden blinds with a few drops of gentle wood cleaner on a nearly dry sponge. Aluminum blinds can be washed outdoors: Place them on an old sheet on a slanted surface, and scrub with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Use a hose to rinse well, and then dry the blinds thoroughly with a towel to prevent rust.

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Deep-Clean Carpets

To maintain a new carpet’s warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months, Smallin says. Otherwise, you can do it yourself by renting a deep cleaner or buying a professional-style model designed for home use.

Clean Under Furniture & Appliances

Grab a partner and move your sofa and chairs, roll up area rugs, then vacuum the floors. Move your kitchen appliances away from the wall as much as you can. “In some cases you can pull them out enough that a vacuum hose will reach,” Smallin says

Deep-Clean Carpets

To maintain a new carpet’s warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months, Smallin says. Otherwise, you can do it yourself by renting a deep cleaner or buying a professional-style model designed for home use.

Overlooked Surfaces

You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Freshen Furniture

Restore smooth leather with an upholstery cleaner and conditioner. Use a suede brush to perk up nubuck leather. For wood furniture, use Smallin’s recipe to make your own all-natural cleaner and polish: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle; shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.

Refresh Window Treatments

Curtains and draperies aren’t typically dirty enough to launder. Instead, go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. “To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet,” Smallin says.

Dust Light Fixtures

Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. For ceiling fans, skip the ladder and use an extendable duster. To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar. Caution: Be sure bulbs are cool to the touch and your hands are dry, for more cleaning guides from Better Homes and gardening.

Above you have some ideas regarding spring cleaning from cleaning carpets, furniture, Dust light Fixtures and area that you may have not considered this will set you up to get started, Happy Cleaning.

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