With the spring season upon us, we have the perfect opportunity to give our homes the deep clean that they so desperately need after a long winter. As the weather gets warmer and people spend more time outdoors, coming home to a clean and tidy living space makes the days even more enjoyable.
When preparing for spring cleaning, it is important to tackle messes with a checklist or plan of action in mind. Thinking of all the different areas in your home that need a deep clean will help you determine the most efficient way to proceed, making sure no spot is musty by the time you’re finished. Here are a few ways to give your home the deep cleaning that it deserves:
It’s important to note that this includes both the interior and exterior of your windows—the inside of the window for obvious dusting reasons and the outside in order to remove the spots or smudges that have built up. As Bob Vila points out, one way to reinforce your hard work is by cleaning the exterior on a cloudy day so the sun doesn’t dry the cleanser and leave behind streaky windows.
Stainless Steel Appliances
What’s the point of having beautiful stainless steel appliances if they aren’t bright and shiny? Scrub and wipe the surfaces of these items to bring back the like-new sparkle. Make sure not to overdo it with the cleanser, as leaving too much can cause leftover grime and build-up that’ll counteract your efforts.
When was the last time you cleaned the inside of the refrigerator? Not just throwing out old food, but taking everything out and doing a full deep cleaning? If you can’t recall, it’s time to do a full cleanse. The best part is that if you do it thoroughly, you likely won’t have to do it again for another year.
Start by pulling out all the food in the fridge, then taking out the shelves and compartments, and scrub everything until it’s clean. No need to apply any fancy cleanser; simply use a mixture of hot water and baking soda. As Martha Stewart advises, this mixture can help eliminate odors whereas soap can actually leave behind its own scent.
Clean Up Behind-the-Scenes Homeownership Details
Sure, traditional cleaning is the primary component of spring cleaning, but you shouldn’t overlook other important aspects that protect your house over time. Too often, homeowners forgo cleaning up their insurance policy, and may end up paying extra or finding out their policy doesn’t cover the big mess that occurs after a natural disaster or accident!
Comparing free homeowners insurance quotes can help you see if you’re overpaying for your coverage, and to check if your policy is in tip-top shape. Cleaning up your paperwork is just as important as cleaning out the refrigerator!
Dusting is a fairly common cleaning practice, and generally occurs on any other cleaning day. However, spring cleaning gives you the chance to dust everything, and we mean everything. From windowsills to kitchen cabinets and drawers, dusting is crucial to a long-lasting deep clean. Depending on the specific area, you may want to use different tools to get this done. For example, use a broom and dustpan on hardwood, vacuum on carpets and other dusting supplies as necessary.
Stock Up On Cleaning Supplies
The last thing you want is to be in the midst of heavy deep cleaning only to find that you have run out of Windex. Before beginning your spring cleaning, consider making a checklist of all the things you currently have, and all the products you need to purchase to ensure time efficiency.
Whereas cleaning on any other occasion isn’t our favorite chore, doing so to get ready for spring makes for a much more pleasant experience. Knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful weather with an equally beautiful and clean home is enough motivation to start scrubbing.
Photo: House Beautiful
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