Spring Cleaning – Time To Get Busy!
Spring is getting closer, which usually gets us thinking about refreshing and airing out the house. Spring cleaning might be on the agenda, and maybe you’re thinking about getting organized. This is also the time you might notice mold around the home or office. Where do you start?
Let’s Start With Cleaning. We’ll cover decluttering and mold in future articles!
Even if you keep your home clean all year, some rooms may need more intense cleaning after the winter. Here are some tips.
THE LIVING ROOM.
- Artwork – dust all the artwork on the walls using a clean wet cloth.
- Books – take books off shelves and dust.
- Deep Cleaning – take your drapes down and consider sending them to the cleaners or have them steam cleaned.
- Vacuum upholstery – taking cushions off and cleaning underneath.
- Lamps and light fixtures – dust lampshades and light fixtures, as well as ceiling fans.
- Carpets and rugs – these are most likely due for deep cleaning. Let a professional handle this if they are very soiled, otherwise you can rent a machine, including an attachment for furniture or vacuum and spot clean them yourself.
- The ceilings and walls have most likely accumulated greasy dust and dirt, so start with them and work your way down to cabinets, counter tops, stove, oven and refrigerator.
- Save the floor for last.
- Appliances – don’t forget about the refrigerator coils. If possible, move the unit to sweep and mop underneath. Set your oven to start cleaning. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, spray oven cleaner inside the oven and let sit while you tackle the inside of your fridge. You’ll need to empty the refrigerator to really get it clean. Scrub the shelves, drawers and rubber seal around the inside of the door. Your dishwasher should be run without any dishes from time to time to keep it fresh smelling as well. Add white vinegar, baking soda or a commercial product made just for cleaning your dishwasher. Then run it on the normal cycle.
THE GARAGE and OUTDOORS.
- Clean the corners of walls from spider webs and leaves that may have collected. Notice if any areas are particularly damp – it may need special attention if mold has formed. If you enter your home from the garage, you may need to pay particular attention to door mats.
- Clean the patio furniture and grill so you’ll be ready for first use, hopefully soon.
- Inspect your windows, they probably need a good cleaning after the winter too. Use a solution of half rubbing alcohol half water and small amount of white vinegar to clean the windows inside and outside. Or think about calling a professional.
One of the best things about a good spring cleaning is spotting future trouble areas. Taking care of damp or musty areas can prevent future disasters.