After a long hard winter, the fresh dawn of spring and the promise of summer is a welcoming thought.
We've held ourselves warm and close during those long winter nights, hardly a window opened, hardly a door cracked. Yet our homes have collected dust, debris and clutter.
It's time for a spring cleaning. It can seem overwhelming at first, so we've made a handy guide to get you started. And for added motivation, remember that less mess means less stress :-) So let's roll up our sleeves and get cleaning!
1. Spring Cleaning Tools
Grab a container, a basket, or a caddy and collect the tools you’ll need for spring cleaning. You can carry this from room to room with you or keep it in a mudroom or storage closet and just take out what’s needed each day. Less is more and when you have multi-purpose products, it’s much easier to get your spring cleaning done. Here's your handy list below.
- Cleaning Caddy – to tote and carry your tools and supplies
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths – no lint, no streaks, just the best clean
- Bar Mops Towels or Cotton Cleaning Cloths – great for cleaning tasks that you don’t want to use microfiber for
- Wand Duster – makes dusting so much easier and quicker
- Vacuum Cleaner with Attachments – get one with a hepa filter
- Mop – you’ll need something to wash your floors
- Carpet Cleaner – I love having one one hand for rooms at a time and for spring cleaning. You can also hire this job out and make things even easier on yourself
- Scrub Brushes – large and small (or an old toothbrush) – be ready to clean the dirt and grime
- Window Squeegee – if you want to clean your own windows, a squeegee is perfect
- Lint Roller – for cleaning light fixtures, furniture, and anywhere you see dust and lint that might need a gentler touch
- Garbage Bags – for decluttering while you’re spring cleaning
You want your windows to stay clean for as long as possible so you don't have to clean them again any time soon. Washing your windows should be done with patience, and if possible, a good pressure washer can help optimize the situation.
Here are some tips to let the sunshine in:
1) Don’t Wash On A Sunny Day (Causes Streaks)
2) Don’t Wash On A Rainy Day
3) Choose To Wash On A Cloudy Day (Optimal for Cleaning Windows)
An old cloth might cause streaking or cause damage if small stones are trapped inside the fibers. It’s highly recommended to go out and purchase a new, soft-touch rag for the task. It will clean the windows and ensure things work out as intended.
The colder months tend to drag in a lot of debris, and since more time is spent indoors, carpeting takes a pounding. Instead of running a vacuum over the surface, it’s best to initiate a deep cleaning.
1) Use a Deep Cleaner
2) Prepare Cleaning Solution for Carpets
3) Don’t Rush Deep Cleaning
4) Start by Vacuuming Top Surface of Carpet
5) Use Deep Cleaner To Finish Task
Please remember, vacuum cleaners are just a part of the process but do have a role to play. Your deep cleaner isn’t going to work as well if the vacuuming isn’t done.
If there are stains present, you want to target them and make sure things are done the right way. If you leave them alone or do the bare minimum, they will not go away, and it will be a wasted effort.
4. Dust and Polish
Smaller easier areas to target:
2) Door Frames
3) Door Handles
It’s time to move onto another critical part of your spring cleaning routine.
The furniture is going to be put to use during the year and especially in the colder months when you’re indoors more. Due to this, it’s best to assess your furniture and then work on cleaning it rigorously.
1) Use Suede Brush for Leather Furniture (Brush To Remove Debris)
2) Vacuum Surface of Furniture
Also there is a lot of debris that collects under the furniture. For example, your sofa might have a lot of dirt, dust, and other things rolled up underneath. Move the furniture away and vacuum under the surface. This can be done when you are cleaning the carpets or when you’re working on the furniture itself.
5. Organize Clutter
You want to organize the clutter and make sure it is as you want it to be. Here's how to do it:
1) Set Up Containers (Marked) To Group Clutter
2) Don’t Be Afraid To Create Donation Bag For Items You Don’t Need
3) Put Away Items Into Their Rightful Place
4) Adjust and Refresh Items In Each Room
5) Clean Clothes and Organize Wardrobe
When you are organizing, it’s best to recognize how you are going to use the cluttered items. In some cases, it may be better to put the items in a new room where they’re going to be used more often. Plus, if you prepare containers, you will find it easier to stay organized for the coming months.
6. Remove and Store Winter Items
When spring rolls around, you’re not going to need those heavy jackets, snow boots or any other winter items. You should be looking to store these items for next winter.
3) Winter Coats/Jackets
There are many “winter items” a person may have, and it’s best to assess what you’ll need in the upcoming months. If you don’t need an item, put it away in a separate container for next winter. This helps create space for spring-related items.
7. Maintenance & Safety Checks
Spring cleaning is an excellent time to see what’s working.
1) Check Alarm Functionality and Replace Batteries
2) Check Carbon Monoxide Detector
3) Check Electrical Connections
4) Check Safety Standards Around House
These are details you have to look into as soon as you get started. Safety checks are essential because many homeowners take them for granted. You want to do this as quickly as possible instead of leaving it for another day.
8. Powerwash Gutters
The winter months are tough on your gutters because ice freezes over as the temperature drops. You want to take a look at if there is debris in the gutters or if repairs are required. Getting them done in advance will save you a lot of trouble down the road. You can either power wash or vacuum the leaves and larger debris or first climb and assess in detail what needs to be done.
9. Organize Room Cleaning
We recommend you start your cleaning with the busiest, dirtiest places first so the work gets progressively easier and less involved until your finished. Each home is different, but most tend to be busiest in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms then living room, family room and dining room and a furnished basement. Last should be the garage because it tends to take the most time. Plan an entirely separate day for your garage and recruit help if possible.
Budget your time and energy appropriately. Here's an estimate on how long each area takes to clean depending of course how large and how much work is involved.
- Kitchen: 2 - 4 hrs
- Bathrooms: 2 - 3 hrs
- Bedrooms: 1 - 2 hrs
- Living Room, Family Room: 1 - 2 hrs
- Furnished Basement: 1 hr
- Garage: 1/2 or full day
10. Automate for Maintenance
After all that hard work, your home looks clean and fantastic. And you want to keep it that way. Instead of scheduling time for yourself to do light, ongoing cleaning work, have it automated instead.
Today, robot vacuums, robot pool cleaners and robot lawn mowers can make your home cleaning a breeze. You can schedule cleanings, at home or away, for reliable, powerful cleanings for your floors, carpet and pool while having your lawn freshly mowed daily.
These products are relatively new so we've provided all the information you need for the perfect cleaner for your home. Check out our FAQ and Buyer Guides and please call or send a message for any questions and concerns.
And that's a wrap! We hope you found spring cleaning guide helpful. Let us know in the comments if you have any tips for us!
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