Spring cleaning is a way to give your home the deep clean it deserves after a long winter. Many people have grown accustomed to the annual deep cleaning that everyone just refers to as spring cleaning. It entails addressing many chores around the house to give every room the refreshment it needs. On the more practical side of things, spring cleaning is a way to remove dust and debris before allergy season kicks in.
In this article, we will go over a few of the most important spring cleaning tips, including a spring cleaning checklist that you can follow for greater success. You can use the tips below for your end of tenancy cleaning if you decide to do it yourself. If you do that, make sure to also check our tenancy cleaning checklist as well.
Most likely you are already staying on top of some of your spring cleaning chores. Doing a routine clean every now and then is different from doing a deep clean. The latter means you are dealing with cleaning tasks that you would normally skip or forget, such as removing the accumulated dust from hard to reach places. This is the reason why it is best to operate with a cleaning checklist.
If you want to feel less stressed about all of the work related to spring cleaning, you will do well to go through a simple preparation process.
You should start your spring cleaning spree with some tasks that apply to each room. When you are done, you can tackle each room individually.
For specific rooms, simply follow the steps and deal with tasks one by one for a more thorough cleaning process.
The goal here is to deal with all surfaces, as well as big and small appliances in the room.
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It is not easy to deep clean your entire home as part of the spring cleaning effort. That is why you can implement some of the following tips when dealing with chores.
Dusting is part of the spring cleaning process. You will go through this step no matter which room you tackle. The most important thing to remember is to always dust from top to bottom. For example, if a room has a ceiling fan, that is where you should start. Then, move on to dusting the shelves and cupboards located high, then move down to lower surfaces. The dust that falls on the floor can then be vacuumed or cleaned otherwise. A damp cloth made of microfibre material works best. Disinfectant wipes can help you with dusting small items and appliances.
Bicarbonate of soda is a powerful tool to absorb unpleasant smells from soft furnishings. Simply sprinkle a generous amount over the carpet, sofa or mattress (check out our guide on how to deep clean a mattress at home for more information), let it sit for half an hour and then vacuum. Add in a few drops of your favourite essential oil to introduce a pleasant smell. You can also use bicarbonate of soda in the bathroom and in the kitchen, as part of your spring cleaning task. It makes for the perfect all natural cleaning solution that has a mild abrasive function and can remove impurities with ease.
Window cleaning is something you will do in every room with windows. Surprisingly, a paper towel might be the thing to use, as it leaves no streaks. Use a clean cloth and warm water to remove accumulated loose dirt from the outside part of a window first. You should also address window screens with a mild dishwashing liquid and scrubbing with a wet sponge. If the window screens are too dirty, you can scrub them with a brush one by one and then use paper towels to dry them.
You may need to reseal grout lines if there are tough stains or the material has worn out. You can use a penetrating grout sealer applied with a small brush. This is important to do in the bathroom, especially if there are mould and mildew spots. When you clean grout lines, make sure you are not using acidic cleaners, such as vinegar. Instead, make bicarbonate of soda paste with water and use a small toothbrush to scrub the area.
While you may often overlook this task, clean baseboards give the ideal finishing touch of the spring cleaning effort. It is easy to do this with a vacuum cleaner and its bristled brush attachment. That way you can remove dust.
Before you clean upholstered furnishings, you should check their label. Some upholstery types should only be dry cleaned, whereas for others it is okay to employ water and specialised liquid cleaners. You should always treat a new cleaner on a small inconspicuous area of the upholstery before you proceed. That way you will know it will not do any damage to the material.
Spring cleaning is a good time to do implement some fire safety maintenance work. Check the batteries of smoke detectors and replace them if need be. Make sure your fire extinguisher has not expired yet and replace it with a new one.
To be ready for next year's spring cleaning marathon, you can do a few simple things. The first, and arguably most important one, is to establish a regular cleaning schedule for you home. The more you do simple things like wash windows, remove dust, wash floors, clean baseboards, etc. the less items you will need to deal with on your bathroom spring cleaning checklist.
Another thing you can do to ease the pressure from your spring cleaning checklist is to consider getting some help from a professional cleaning agency. Why go through an exhaustive kitchen spring cleaning checklist for example, when you can have some professional cleaners by your side to aid you?
Spring cleaning can be difficult to pull off, if you are not efficient in your efforts. That is why it is best to follow the aforementioned tips and stay on top of all of the cleaning tasks.