The expert’s guide to Spring cleaning
With Spring basically on our doorstep, we are all looking at our homes thinking it’s time for a proper Spring clean. The season of flowers and new beginnings bring with it new and exciting opportunities. More time outdoors, spending time with family and friend around a barbecue and swimming pool.
Some of us might have a hard time deciding where to begin so we’re here to help you take your home from one side to the other, making sure everything is clean and fresh for the warmer weather.
Let’s start with the outside, seeing as the weather might still be bearable enough to work around the house in the sun without passing out. An overcast day is the best for washing windows because your hard work won’t dry as quickly and you’ll have time to wipe away all the grime and dirt.
Next, you can tackle the clutter that has accumulated all over your home. The kid’s toys, magazines, newspapers etc are all things that need be decluttered so you’ll have your space back. Give all the items a specific place like toys should be in the kids’ room, magazines can have a magazine rack and newspapers can be recycled or even used to wash those windows.
Your dishwasher can be used for other things instead of just your dishes. Kids plastic toys, plastic dog toys, sponges, dish brushes, clogged shower heads and fridge shelves are but only a few things you can wash in the dishwasher on a gentle cycle.
Now, you can tackle the bedrooms. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your kids and spouse. Here is a list of things you can spring clean so you know the entire bedroom is as clean as a whistle.
- Wash all the bed linens, this includes any winter blankets that can then be stored away until the colder months
- Dust everywhere, even those places you always turn a blind eye to
- Vacuum the carpets
- If you don’t have carpets give the floor a good wash and even wax if it is wood.
- Wash and dry your curtains so you know there’s zero dust lingering where you can’t see
- If you have any energy left you can also sort out the cupboards and get rid of anything you don’t use anymore
This is the one area that should be neat at all times because this is where we entertain our guests. So it’s only logical to keep this area as spotless as possible at all times.
- You can wash all the pillows and throw blankets that adorn your couches
- Vacuum the area thoroughly, you can do this twice just be sure
- Vacuum the couches, especially under the big seat cushions
- This is another area where you need to wash and dry your curtains
- Dust everywhere
- Washing and shampooing your carpet is also something to consider, especially because we spend a lot more time indoors during the winter
The kitchen is one of the places where a lot of bacteria accumulate so sanitizing and disinfecting everything is a good place to start.
- Vacuum the floor
- Wash the floor after vacuuming even under the big appliances
- Clean the oven
- Give all your appliances a good rub down
- Sanitize the dishwasher if you have one
- Clean out your fridge then give it a good wipe down
Another place where bacteria tends to gather because of its humid and wet environment. Sanitizing the entire bathroom is a good idea, you can then also wipe down any soap residue.
- Wash and dry all your towels, bath mats, shower curtains and washcloths. This is something that needs to be done very regularly though
- Clean and sanitize your toilet
- This goes for the bath and shower as well
- Don’t forget to sanitize the sink
- If there are rugs make sure to vacuum
- Wipe down the mirrors with a good cleaner
If all these lists make you feel overwhelmed don’t forget that there are professionals who will come out to your home and do exactly all of this, except they have the expertise and tools to really make your home super clean. You can even hire them to come in weekly or monthly so you know you’ll come home to clean house after a long day of work!