According to Wikipedia, spring cleaning consists of thoroughly cleaning your home during springtime. It’s an activity that is especially popular in climates that have a cold winter.
When someone says they need to spring clean their home, they’re basically planning to clean their home from the top to the bottom. Most people perform this cleaning during the first warm days of the year, which would be early spring.
However, today, a lot of homeowners say they’re going to ‘do some spring cleaning’, and what they really mean is that they’re going to do a lot of heavy cleaning. Let’s jump right in and go over some aspects of spring cleaning that you absolutely should be doing.
Clean Sliding Door Tracks
If you don’t have a sliding door, you can skip this. The problem is that this area of your home is probably one of the last places you would think to clean, but it can become one of the dirtiest.
It’s definitely something you’ll want to get finished before you start entertaining guests. You should use a dry, old toothbrush to scrub the tracks, which will loosen debris.
After you’re finished, just grab a vacuum with a hose attachment, suck up the loosened debris and finish by wiping the area with a wet sponge.
Wash the Windows
A lot of homeowners don’t even notice how dirty their home’s windows are until it’s beyond time to clean them. The problem is that a window needs to be significantly dirty before you even start to have trouble seeing out of it.
Window cleaning definitely deserves a spot in the spring cleaning checklist. You’ll want to choose a cloudy day to get the windows cleaned otherwise your cleaning solution will dry too quickly, which will leave streaks.
You can create your own window cleaning solution by combining a ½ cup of sudsy ammonia, one pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
Clean Hidden Surfaces
Another aspect of spring cleaning is making sure to clean those hidden surfaces. While you probably overlook most of these surfaces every single day, you should clean them at least once per year.
Some of these surfaces are walls, door frames and baseboards. Many dirty surfaces hide in plain sight, so unless you’re actively looking for them, you’ll rarely notice they’re dirty until you get up close and personal.
You can use a sponge and a tiny squirt of dishwashing liquid mixing in a bucket of warm water to get the job done.
Clean Carpet Stains
Unless you spill a large bottle of bright nail polish, you probably won’t even notice the accumulation of carpet stains. These stains build up over time.
By the time they get cleaned, they’ve already changed the coloring of a large portion of your carpet. You can use a number of readily available, household cleaning liquids to remove stains.
However, make sure you’re extra careful and avoid bleaching your carpet. Dark colored carpeting makes it even more difficult to spot stains. Finding and removing carpet stains could represent a large portion of your spring cleaning, which leads us to the next point.
Deep Cleaning the Carpets
There are few greater feelings than fresh, clean carpet under your toes. However, over time, carpeting can get extremely stinky and dirty.
In fact, carpet is known for harboring a wide range of allergens, dust and dirt particles. It’s especially important to give it a deep cleaning if you have allergies. It’s not uncommon for carpet warranties to require you to have them professionally cleaned at least once every one to two years.
You can also do it yourself by renting a deep cleaning machine – many local stores have them, and they’re usually really cheap.
Under Appliances and Furniture
You’ll probably need someone to help you move the furniture when doing this type of cleaning. You’ll want to roll up the area rugs and move chairs, sofas and other furniture.
You can vacuum or sweep the floors, depending on what type of floors you have. Make sure you move kitchen appliances away from the wall and clean under them.
These are some of the dirtiest areas because they’re not cleaned often. Most homeowners don’t clean under appliances and furniture often, so it’s perfect for your spring cleaning checklist.
Freshen Up the Furniture
You can use a conditioner and upholstery cleaner to restore leather to its former glory. If you have furniture made from nubuck leather, perk it up using a suede brush.
Wood furniture is pretty easy to freshen up with your own special cleaning recipe, which you can make with ½ cup of lemon juice or vinegar and ½ teaspoon of olive oil mixed together inside of a spray bottle.
Shake well and spray it onto a microfiber cloth before using. Wood furniture is beautiful so why not go the extra mile and make it look and smell great?
Handling Window Treatments
Spring cleaning wouldn’t be complete without refreshing window treatments. Draperies and curtains aren’t usually dirty enough to stick in the washer; so instead, you can thoroughly clean them with the upholstery attachment that comes with most vacuums. If you have sheer curtains and need to remove dust, throw them in the dryer on low using a fabric-softener sheet.
Clean Light Fixtures
You can use a lint-free or microfiber cloth to dust bulbs and light fixtures. You would be amazed to see just how much dust accumulates on light fixtures in a short period of time.
Start by dusting all of the fixtures that you can reach. To clean the ceiling fans just use an extendable duster. There is no reason to grab a ladder unless you have incredibly high ceilings.
You can make short work of grimy bulbs with a small cloth and some vinegar. It’s obviously important to make sure the bulbs are cool to the touch before cleaning – you don’t want to get burned!
While some people might not consider this part of spring cleaning, we do! You can walk around to each room in your home and pick up clutter.
You would be surprised to know how much of a negative impact clutter can have on the appearance of your home and what guests think of it.
Grab some containers and organize anything that looks cluttered. If you don’t think a room looks cluttered, it’s always helpful to get a second opinion – even if it’s from your spouse. You can sort items by garbage, yard sale and donation categories.
Inspecting For Safety
While performing your spring cleaning, go ahead and engage in a security inspection. It’s a great time to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
This simple maintenance could save your life. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home and go out and purchase one if you don’t. We recommend keeping the extinguisher in your kitchen.
Spring is an excellent time to freshen up exterior paint. You can give your home a new paint job and update the color scheme. A lot of people underestimate the impact of a new paint job.
It could very well take your home from zero to hero rather quickly. Do you want to have the house on the block that everyone can’t stop thinking about after they pass by?
Since a typical outside paint job should last about 10 years, you’ll want to make sure it’s performed correctly, so if you’re planning to do it yourself, make sure to do your research.
If you don’t want to give your home an entirely new paint job, you can get almost the same impact from a touch up, which can also help to prolong the lifespan of your home’s trim and siding.
Power Wash the Exterior
One of the best aspects of spring cleaning is power washing your home. Power washers don’t cost a lot of money and can have a dramatic impact on the beauty of your home.
You can use it to wash the windows and exterior of your home. It will make it look sharper and prevent the growth of mildew and mold. However, if you’re not sure if your home’s exterior can handle pressure washing, consult or hire professionals to do it for you.
Get a Head Start on the Gutters
The drainage system for an average roof drains thousands of gallons of water safely away from your home’s foundation and important features.
Spring is a great time to clean your gutters and perform any essential repairs. Get a head start on the heavy rains to come and make sure your gutter system is clean and efficient.
If it is spring, then you know what’s coming soon. Take advantage of your time spent spring cleaning by cleaning and repairing your outdoor furniture.
You can use spray enamel to touch up any paint chips in outdoor furniture. You want to have everything looking good for when you have friends and family members over.
There are some room-by-room tasks that should be a part of your spring cleaning. It’s a good idea to wash comforters and blankets, flip mattresses and wash bed skirts. Also be sure to wash mattress pads and have pillows professionally cleaned.
Any rugs in the room should be cleaned. These are what we believe, to be some of the most important aspects of spring cleaning. Try to get as much done as you can, and don’t forget to clean bathrooms, offices and dens.