As the weather turns to spring, it brings the opportunity for a fresh start. Something about the season makes us want to air everything out and spring clean. It’s a great time to give some much-needed attention to all areas of the home — especially those we often neglect. Not sure where to begin? Read our spring cleaning tips for some easy ways to make your home sparkle.
Spring Cleaning Tips for 5 Areas of Your Home
It’s easy to clean all of your appliances with vinegar, baking soda, and some elbow grease. Empty and disassemble where possible, and run a load of vinegar in your appliances that use water. For the rest, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar should do the trick. Here are the appliances you need to deep clean:
- Washer and dryer
2. Hard Surfaces
For tile floors, kitchen backsplashes, and showers, a simple baking soda mixture will work well. Don’t hesitate to hire professionals for any stubborn grout stains. For optimum protection, don’t wet-clean your wood floors more than once a month — but you can spot clean as often as needed.
Dust and oil all wood furniture, including cabinets. Clean windows both inside and out with vinegar or glass cleaner. To keep stainless steel looking its best, use a specialized cleaner. Finally, spot clean walls and doors, touching up paint where necessary.
Clean your area rugs every few years, depending on traffic. Carpet needs more attention — plan to bring the professionals out at least twice a year. They can clean your upholstered furniture, as well.
Flip all of your mattresses over and clean with baking soda, then vacuum. Wash all of your pillows, throws, and comforters according to their labels. Take down your curtains and launder them.
Make a list of all known issues in your home. Depending on your spare time and budget, you may decide to DIY some of the more simple repairs. If not, a good handyman can knock out many of the problems in as little as a day.
Go room by room and tidy up. Some common problem areas include:
- Laundry room
- Kitchen cabinets
- Bathroom cabinets
How to Clean
Survey each room in your house and start with the bedrooms. It’s best to clean top-to-bottom, both for organization purposes and your morale. A sample cleaning might go something like this:
- Remove any cobwebs from the ceiling.
- Dust ceiling fan and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Thoroughly dust all artwork and decor.
- Launder curtains.
- Clean furniture.
- Wipe baseboards.
- Deep clean floors.
If you follow the simple spring cleaning tips above, your home can go from grimy to pristine in no time at all.
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