Does anything feel more comforting and satisfying than coming back to a home that sparkles?
With the winter behind us, it's again the time for a deep spring cleaning session. But, of course, getting your house deep cleaned means having to go through an extensive cleaning routine.
So, let's create a spring cleaning checklist. That way, you won't miss the dos and the don'ts and tackle every corner like a pro.
How to Properly Spring Clean Your Home?
Let's start with the most apparent spring cleaning tips and go over one item at a time.
Doormats tend to get pretty dirty from being stepped on all year long.
To remove all the trapped dirt, try using a hose and air-drying the mat.
The ones indoors can be cleaned more efficiently by a vacuum cleaner. But don't miss out on the back. That's where the real muck is.
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These aren't the most demanding surfaces to clean but can accumulate filth over time.
Get a microfiber cloth and water to clean the windows. For the tougher stains, instead of water, try using a solution of distilled water, vinegar, and some rubbing alcohol.
Now, it's advisable to pick an overcast day for the task.
The simple reason is that the chemical solution is likely to dry up more quickly on a sunny day. But unfortunately, that's going to leave you with streaks on your windows, which don't make for the best showing.
If your home has glass doors, wipe them with the same solution as your windows.
It's the tracks of your sliding door that are the real culprits here.
Don't forget to clear out the dust and debris that can often accumulate on these tracks. Scrubbing with a toothbrush or running a vacuum hose over them can do the job. Then, give a final touch with a swipe of a wet sponge.
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Carpets and Grocery Bags
Carpets are typically delicate and expensive. Therefore, it's better to get your carpets deep cleaned by professionals.
Although, you can still try deep cleaning it yourself by using some cleaning solution which differs depending on the material.
For natural fiber carpets, you can mix a teaspoon of dish soap with a cup of lukewarm water. For synthetic fabrics, use half a teaspoon of dish soap with a cup of lukewarm water.
White vinegar also works extremely well for carpet cleaning; just ensure to rinse and dry your carpets thoroughly.
Reusable grocery bags tend to get grimy with use. Spring cleaning can be a great excuse to pop them in your washing machine for a quick wash. That should remove the stains and stench.
One of the most overlooked areas that collect dust and debris is under the sofa or wardrobe. To clean them, start by vacuuming the entire area and then wiping it off with a damp cloth.
For example, if you have laminate sheets on your furniture, a simple wipe with a damp cloth would be enough to clean the surface.
After the long winter, spring cleaning gives you a chance to organize your closet. So put away the gloves, jackets, and mufflers until the following winter and bring out your spring clothing.
Get rid of unnecessary stuff and free up some space for new items. Check for any stains and repairs in your wardrobe.
Your home spring cleaning would be incomplete without getting rid of the clutter from the bedroom. Start by rearranging the mattress, washing the blankets, and cleaning the pillows.
Some other things to take care of will be to wipe down the pictures and clean the door frame. Then, if necessary, move the furniture, wash the walls, clean the curtains, and give your carpet or runner a vacuum.
Bathrooms need cleaning all year round. However, this time it's more than just cleaning the grime.
Remember to check the light fitting and clean the mirrors, blinds, and towels. Then, toss away the expired items and restock your medicine cabinet.
If your shower is having a drainage issue, try using a solution of baking soda, table salt, and white vinegar. It can tidy up the entire drainage line. Also, spraying distilled vinegar on your bathroom walls can help remove mildew and bring back its shine.
Start wiping off the grease on your countertop and all the steel appliances to get started. You can dip the wiper or cloth in mild dish soap and hot water solution.
Some appliances like microwave ovens may seem harder to clean, but the truth is it's not.
Make a solution of water, vinegar, and dish soap. Put it inside and let the steam build up for about a minute before wiping everything down with a sponge. It helps remove all pesky stains and get rid of foul stinks.
Try a heavy scrub with baking powder for the stains and gunk on your pots and oven.
The last thing on the list would be giving your fridge a soapy wash. It helps remove the bacteria and keep the place clean. Remember to switch the refrigerator off before starting the process.
There are many things to look after here, starting with your garage.
Discard the usual junk like broken ladders or shelves. If you have benches or any other patio furniture lying around, bring them outdoors.
It might be a good time to give your door or the fences a repaint. Also, give your home other touch-ups like a power wash for the windows and repairing the gutters.
Consider having a small cupboard to store away the shovels and scrapers and keep it restocked with items you might need regularly.
Why Does Your Home Need Spring Cleaning?Tidying your living room or clearing up your garage can make your place look clean and welcoming. It helps your house get rid of dust, pollutants, and old mold. At the same time protects your family from allergies and respiratory issues.
Organizing and decluttering your home can make a ton of space. However, reorganizing your furniture can also minimize the risks of falls and slips.
Psychologically, a clean home also improves productivity and energy level. In addition, it can help improve your mood and create a positive environment for work.
Dump or sell the ladder or shelf you no longer need online. Better still, organize a yard sale and maybe pocket a few dollars.
That brings us to the end of the spring cleaning checklist.
The best way to ensure that you have covered every nook and cranny is to plan out the entire day and make a list. Then, break it down into several sessions and tackle one area at a time.