With spring just around the corner, many of us are starting to put together a spring cleaning to-do list. Spring cleaning as the weather gets warmer allows us to rid our homes of all the accumulated mess over the winter while giving every room a fresh start. When you’re ready to tackle your home, consider these ten spring cleaning tips before you start.
- Go Room-By-Room
Spring cleaning can seem like a monumental task if you don’t break it down into manageable parts. Start with one room and work in it until you are finished. Not only will this give you a sense of accomplishment right away, but you won’t feel so overwhelmed by the project that you quit before you even start.
- Start by De-Cluttering
Too much clutter tells our brains that there is still work that needs to be done, so start your spring cleaning project by attacking the clutter first. As you hit each room, begin the task by getting rid of everything you no longer need. You should have three piles- one to donate, one to throw out, and one to keep. Split up the “keep” pile into two categories- one to store for an extended period and one to simply put away.
- Pull out the Electric Pressure Washer
Spring cleaning should also include the outside of your home, and there are plenty of things that could use a deep cleaning while you’re out there. An electric pressure washer will make it much easier, especially the hard to reach places around your house. Use one on your driveway, sidewalk, gutters, patio, and windows. Pressure washers are also great for grills, outdoor furniture, fire pits, fences, and stairs. You can even use one to clean the side of your home if your house is built with brick or vinyl siding. With websites like Catherine Galvin’s thebestelectricpressurewasher.com, you’ll find a dedicated rundown of top pressure washers available in the market today to make your final choice.
- Replace Filters
Now is the time to make sure your HVAC and furnace filters are replaced. What good is a clean home if your system is circulating dirt and debris from a dirty filter? Air conditioner ducts can collect a large amount of dust over the winter, and a quality filter will make sure those unwanted particles don’t circulate through your space.
- Tackle the Bedding
While we should wash our sheets regularly many of us don’t wash them enough, especially when we sleep with large, heavy comforters. Now is the time to strip your bed of absolutely everything on it to give them a wood wash. It’s worth a trip to the laundromat or dry cleaner if your washing machine can’t handle the size or weight of your comforter. Don’t forget to flip your mattress over before you put everything back together.
- Clean Curtains, Blinds, and Windows
It’s also time to take down your curtains and give them just as good of a wash. More dirt collects on curtains than you probably think, especially if you have animals in the home. If you have blinds, you can wash them in your bathtub with a mixture of dish soap, baking soda, and hot water. Let your blinds soak in the tub for an hour. Rinse them off with warm water before drying them off with a clean towel.
While your blinds are soaking and your curtains are in the wash, thoroughly clean the inside of your windows. Remove any spots and smudges on the glass before using glass cleaner to bring out the shine.
- Don’t Forget the Ceiling Fans
You’ll be shocked at how much dirt and dust can collect on a ceiling fan, even when they are in constant motion. So before you begin, use an old sheet, towel, or a drop cloth to protect your floor from falling debris. If your ceilings are too high to climb up to the fan, use an extendable duster to wipe off the fan blades. If you can climb up, use a rag and cleaning solution to clean the blades.
- Spring Clean Your Pets
Pets can make just as much mess as we do, so make sure they are put in rotation during your spring cleaning stint! Start by washing their bedding and beds on the highest heat setting possible. Toys made out of nylon, rubber, and silicone can be soaked in a mixture of vinegar and warm water for up to 15-minutes before being scrubbed free of built-up dirt. If you have exotic animals, thoroughly clean cages, aquariums, and terrariums. Finally, give your pet a long, warm bath!
- Steam Clean Your Furniture
When you sit on your couch or chair, your fabric collects pieces of skin, sweat, and other debris. If you let your pets on your furniture, they are collecting even more dirt. Steam clean all of your furniture while you are spring cleaning your home. You’ll collect all of the things that dust mites love to thrive on when you do.
- Wash Throw Pillows
Even if you don’t sit or lay on your throw pillows, decorative pillows will still collect dirt and dust mites. If the pillows can be washed, run them through a cycle before throwing them in the dryer. If they cannot be washed, toss them in the dryer and turn it up to the highest temperature for about ten minutes to kill any dust mites.
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