Flower scents are filling the air! You know what that means. Spring cleaning time! Don’t let a house full of winter musk keep you down any longer. So open the windows, make a pot of coffee, turn on the music, and let the cleaning begin!
Now, this checklist isn’t a normal cleaning checklist, it’s full of cleaning tasks that you aren’t able to get to throughout the year. That’s what spring cleaning is all about. Of course, you should clean your bathroom, your sheets and blankets, and your kitchen. But those things should be done on a regular basis. This checklist is to help you deep clean the rest of the house or places that you may be forgetting.
Wash Windows & Screens
Don’t forget about all your windows and glass. Spring cleaning is a time to make it sparkle. And just like cleaning the walls, take some warm water and a mild dish soap to scrub each window screen with a brush, rinsing thoroughly when you’re finished.
Walls and Ceilings
Start by taking a vacuum and removing the dust. Using a bucket full of water and dish soap should do the trick for this task. But if you need to tackle stubborn surfaces, use a solvent-free degreaser.
Pro Tip: Test anything other than dish soap first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t damage the surface.
Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. You’ll want to do this task before vacuuming and cleaning the floors. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels, and clean accordingly. Then take a vacuum to clean under the cushions.
Clean & Reseal Grout Lines
Grout can get pretty dirty throughout the year. Take an old toothbrush, and some Lime-A-way and scrub the grout clean. This includes grout in all areas such as the walls, floors, countertops, and even in the shower. After you’ve cleaned it allow it to dry by focusing on another spring cleaning task before adding grout sealer.
Vacuum & Shampoo Rugs
Sprinkle some Arm & Hammer carpet cleaner on your carpets and rugs, let it sit for twenty minutes and then vacuum. Then they can be deep-cleaned with a rotary carpet shampooer. Make sure to check the labels on your rugs before cleaning. Some rugs you might be able to throw them in the washing machine. And some rugs need to be cleaned professionally.
Clear everything off the Shelves, and brush shelves and books with a microfiber cloth. You can also use the crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into a tight spot. Add a hint of furniture polish to your rag for a nice polished finish.
But the dusting doesn’t stop at the shelving. Spring cleaning is a time to clean house. This includes all those hard to reach places and all those places that normally get forgotten throughout the year. Make sure to get your ceiling fans, window ledges, baseboards, and nick-nacks.
Pro Tip: When dusting, always work from top to bottom, vacuuming last.
Secure Fire Safety
Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year). And make sure they are free of dust. Make sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher and that you have an emergency exit.
Make sure you check the label on your drapes before washing them, but many of them are machine washable. If they aren’t machine washable, now’s the time to take them to the cleaners, along with anything else that needs a little TLC this spring. Dust any wooden decor such as blinds and then wipe with a damp cloth and dish soap.
Clean & Wax Floors
After you’ve given your floors a good scrub, wax them. Floors that are vinyl and linoleum can be waxed with a polish wax whereas stone and tile floors can be treated with a paste or liquid type wax. Check your local hardware for the type of wax you need to give your floors a good shine.
Empty & Clean The Refrigerator
Let’s be honest, this task is the least enjoyable. This is a time for you to empty out your refrigerator by discarding any old and expired food and condiments. Then you can spray the inside with a multi-surface cleaner and wipe it out with your microfiber rag.
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