Just like that, spring is at our door. After what seemed like a really long winter, everyone is looking forward to brighter days and warmer temperatures. But along with better weather and spring flowers, this season also marks the time when many homeowners deep clean their homes after being cooped up throughout the winter.
Sure, spring cleaning isn't exactly the most enjoyable task on a homeowner's list of responsibilities, but it's still a necessity. To make your job more streamlined and effective, consider some of these spring cleaning tips for your home.
Come Up With a Schedule
It would be a lot easier to get every spring cleaning item completed if you come up with a workable schedule. Having a checklist to work with will help you remember all the tasks that need to be done. After you've listed all the chores that need to be tackled, come up with a timeline to get them done. No matter where you start, having a plan of attack will help you stay focused and on track.
While you're at it, you may want to assign certain tasks to specific family members so everyone is on board with what needs to be done and knows what their specific responsibilities are.
Start From the Top Down
Consider cleaning rooms starting from the ceiling down. That's because any debris or dust that's lingering on the ceilings or ceiling fans will naturally fall downward thanks to gravity. Starting your cleaning from the top down will encourage debris to move downward. This will help you avoid having to repeatedly dust your space.
Start with a vacuum head on a long nozzle to reach your ceilings, corners, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Get rid of all the cobwebs and dust at the higher points before making your way back down.
Wash the Walls and Windows
It's easy to remember to clean the floors and countertops, but these aren't the only surfaces that need some attention. The walls and windows need to be cleaned too. Depending on the colour of your wall paint, you might not easily notice any dirt, but these surfaces can get dirty very easily.
To clean the walls, wipe them down with a clean damp cloth with warm water. Remove the window screens and wipe them down too. For the actual windows themselves, use a steam cleaner then wipe them down with a squeegee to leave the window panes streak-free.
Spring cleaning is a big job that requires a lot of use of cleaning solutions. Rather than filling your home with chemical scents from your cleaning products, consider using solutions that are more natural and eco-friendly. You can either buy them or make them yourself.
One easy cleaning solution you can use to kill germs the natural way is a simple mixture of distilled white vinegar and a little bit of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it in place of other germ-killing solutions. You can also use a mixture of baking soda and water to be used to scrub stubborn stains and caked-on debris. Otherwise, you can use a steam cleaner using nothing but hot water to get rid of nasty germs in the home.
Clean the Air Filters
There are many items that are out of sight that can be easy to forget when cleaning. Not everything that needs to be cleaned is necessarily within sight all the time, and one of these important items are the HVAC and furnace filters. In fact these components are some of the more overlooked items in spring cleaning.
If these filters aren't cleaned on a regular basis, the quality of your indoor air will be compromised. Not only that, but dirty filters will cause the system itself to work way harder than it has to. This will not only use more energy than necessary, but it will cost you a lot more in utilities as well.
Don't Forget About the Upholstery and Fabrics
Imagine how much dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the fabrics in your home over the months. The window drapes, carpets, and upholstery need some attention too. You can steam clean them to get rid of the germs, body oil, and dust, but sometimes this isn't enough.
For more stubborn stains, you might need to employ the services of a professional cleaner who will deep clean these fabrics for you. That's a job that you should leave to the experts because they will ensure that the right amount of shampoo is used and the surface is completely dry before any furniture is replaced.
Spring is here, and while that might mean more time spent outdoors, it also means whipping your home back into shape. Keep these tips in mind to make spring cleaning a cinch this season.