Your 2015 Spring Cleaning Guide March 23, 2015 14:05
Have a fresh start this spring! Start with a little bit of deep cleaning, exterior cleaning and some organization. Have your home feeling like new with these 10 steps.
1. Wash Your Windows
Washing your windows is a big step that is definitely needed for spring cleaning. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Make sure to dust and get rid of any cobwebs before rinsing off. Be sure to pick a cloudy day to do this though. If it’s sunny out, the water will instantly dry and you will be left with streaks. Here is a quick and easy window washing solution: Combine 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (which is a specific type of ammonia), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 1 gallon of water.
2. Deep Clean Your Carpets
Your carpets tend to get really dusty year round. Even though you vacuum a couple times during the week your carpets still need a deep cleaning. To keep the carpets warranty, you should have it professionally cleaned or you can do it yourself by renting a deep cleaner.
3. Clean Under Furniture & Appliances
These spots can be hard to clean. Grab someone to help you out and move the big furniture so you can get all the dirt out. Move your sofa and chairs, roll up your rug, and vacuum your floors. When it comes to kitchen appliances, sometimes you can pull them out far enough so a vacuum hose can reach.
4. Dust Your Light Fixtures
Don’t forget about your light fixtures and ceiling fans. These tend to get very dusty. Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. For ceiling fans, forget the ladder and use an extendable duster. Those come in handy! To clean filthy bulbs, use a little bit of vinegar. * You need to make sure that the bulbs are cool enough to touch and that your hands are dry.*
5. Get Organized
Getting all the clutter out of the way is a good start to spring cleaning. Grab a couple of boxes and use them for, things to donate, things to sell, or things to toss. Also, labeling baskets around your home always helps with staying organized.
6. Power Wash The Exterior
Every now and then the exterior of your home needs some washing. During the year it can get dirty due to weather conditions. Power washing your home will not only make it look sharp, but it will prevent it from growing mold and mildew. If you aren’t sure whether your home can handle a powerful wash, just hire a professional.
7. Clean Your Outdoor Furniture
Clean your outside furniture since you will be using it more often now that the spring time has come! If anything is broken, replace or repair it.
8. Freshen Up Your Bedrooms
You can rotate or flip over your mattress. Wash your mattress pads and covers and take your bedding to be washed including pillows. Wash and dry any rugs you have in your bedroom.
9. Deep Clean Your Bathroom
We know you clean your bathrooms quite often, but think about getting rid of old products. Go through your medicine cabinet and safely discard any outdated products. Replace old bath mats, shower curtains or simply wash your shower curtains and liners.
10. Deep Clean Your Kitchen
Take the time to clean out your kitchen cabinets and pantry and get rid of things you don’t need. you can either store of donate small appliances or cookware. Discard of stale spices such as baking powder. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer and vacuum under and behind your refrigerator.