The birds are serenading, the flowers are blooming and we still feel that our house is stuck in winter. That is why spring comes with the great tradition of cleaning. It brings us the opportunity to freshen up our home. This pleasure of living in a neat spaces comes only after you finish cleaning. Still, you can make the project more enjoyable. Start by creating a schedule, keeping in mind that you’ll need more than a weekend, because some other chores will need to be handled like organizing closets or shampooing carpets. You can choose to start from the attic to the basement or from outside to inside. Just keep in mind to focus on one task at a time. Of course you can involve the family members, in this way you’ll save a lot of time.
- A vacuum cleaner – Some of the best vacuum cleaners of 2017 are Dyson Ball Animal 2 (bagless, upright), Miele Complete C3 (bagged, canister) and Shark Rotator Duo Clean (bagless, upright). Don’t forget about vacuum accessories. You need to maintain your cleaner at its best.
- A bucket
- Rags or chamois mop
- A few floor cleaners
- Microfiber cloths
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Oven Cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Scrubbing sponges
- Toilet Brush
- Grout brush
- Grout and tile cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
For Living Areas
- Lint roller
- Extendable duster
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
Short guide to cleaning your home
Free the refrigerator, toss what looks weird or expired. Soak in the dirty food-storage containers. Begin from the top and finish with the bottom. Wipe down the shelves with a paper towel or even a rag and spritzed with a nontoxic cleaner.
Dust the high zones. Use a telescopic duster, start above the sink and go around the room, by cleaning the upper corners. Of course, don’t forget about the top refrigerator.
The upper cabinets need cleaning to, e.g. the mounted microwave. Clean the interior with an all purpose cleaner spray. Wipe down the exterior with with a damp and soapy cloth. Wipe the doors and the pull of the upper cabinets and anything else you encounter in the room.
Load the dishwasher with the items soaking in the sink. Wipe the stove-top with a clean, dry cloth. Don’t leave the coffeemaker, or the toaster, mixer or other appliances from the top bottom alone. Give them a nice spray with a glass cleaner and wipe it with a dry cloth.
Bath oil, hair products, soap scum and body soil combine their forces and assault the surface of the shower and tub. Meanwhile the tub rims faucets and fixtures come with places where moisture, mildew and mold can hide. Using a good spray for bathroom purposes can save you. Just leave it a bit to action and then use an abrasive scrubbing pad to remove all that mess. Finish by getting rid of everything with tap water.
Glass Doors and Fiberglass Showers
These places really need special treatment. In order to clean them use a nonabrasive cleaner, like a all purpose bathroom cleaner. We recommend to avoid scrubbing pads or abrasive cleaners. Why? Because they may dull or scratch the finish.
Most of people think that this is not really the most entertaining thing to clean. You can start by placing liquid cleaner or granulated powder in the toilet bowl. Leave it there to work and kill all the germs. Be prepared with a bowl brush. You’ll need to reach up and under the toilet rim to scour away hidden deposits. The finish touch: use a disinfecting spray cleaner to spray the toilet lid, seat and rims and bowl exterior. Wipe clean and dry with a clean cloth.
Dealing with welcoming doormats
Doormats are great for keeping dirt out of your beloved home. You have to keep these clean in order to work properly. They can become very quickly full of debris and dust. Shake the doormat out. A great way of removing ground-in dirt is to beat the mat against the sidewalk. Use a vacuum to remove the dirt that didn’t come out from the shaking. Add some antibacterial liquid soap in a bucket half full of water. Dip a plastic brush in the soapy water and scrub in circular motion. Shower the doormat to remove soap and hang it on a railing to dry.
Upholstery and carpets
Fabrics absorb during winter a lot of body oil, dirt and germs and will definitely need a deep cleaning. Before cleaning upholstery or shampooing carpets with a rented carpet cleaner be sure to practice in a unobtrusive area. In this way you’ll avoid discoloring fabrics. Move the furniture slowly, not against the wall or out of the room but on wax paper. This will protect your carpet and keep it dry. Try not to wet the legs of the furniture. To speed the things up, open the windows. This can take a day or more. If you don’t like renting machines or shifting furniture, use a professional carpet cleaning company.
Walls, baseboards, cabinets
You might think that walls don’t need a bath. Dust falls directly to the floor, right? Part of it does. But just enough clings to vertical surfaces that can warrant a pre-holiday or seasonal bath. Use a hand dish washing detergent and a sponge, and start washing in sections. If you use a sponge mop, you’ll be able to reach some of the higher spots. Take 2 buckets: one for wringing the sponge and another for the dish-washing detergent solution. To dry the walls and woodwork, use a clean cloth.
Because you want to have the perfect kitchen floor for another amazing year, you have to use a combination of technique and good floor cleaners. This kind of floors don’t need a polishing treatment, but at some occasions you can add some protective buffer. In this way you’ll help it last much longer. Use a floor cleaner that cleans and shines. If you have a wooden floor, apply a wood cleaner or a liquid polish to clean and of course, add a wax coating.
Oldest rules say you have to go through the intensive task of dragging each piece of furniture off the carpet. In this way the vacuum cleaner will cover every cranny and nook. Or you can move those big items a bit to the left or right and be more effective.
We need light!
This is the easy part. Will take only a few minutes using a stepladder, a sponge, an all-purpose cleaner and a polish cloth to bring a new light in your house. If your home has all ceilings or skylights, think of buying a stepladder and an extended-reach dust and dirt removal tools. You just have to get rid of the dust and dirt from ceiling fans with a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment and a cloth. You can find them at your local hardware store or at home supply stores.
Windows and Draperies
We are letting you know that the exterior is were the most dirt builds up. If you want to have the best results choose a wind-free day. Use some warm water and a mild dish washing liquid and scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget the draperies and curtains. Some can be washed in the washing machine, check the labels.The wooden blinds can be wiped with a damp cloth. Use warm water with some mild washing liquid that is safe to be used on metal or vinyl.
Wax the Furniture
The wooden furniture needs attention, so wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and some mild dish washing liquid. Add paste wax, a few feet at time with a cotton rag folded it into a square pad. Leave the wax to dry and for the final touch buff it with a clean cloth.
Do you enjoy spring cleaning? If you have any kind of tips please leave them down in a comment.