Over the next few weeks, we’re going to cover some the essentials of Spring Cleaning. Now that the weather is warming up, and the snow is starting to melt, it’s time to think about making your home and yourself look beautiful and healthy.
For many, the thought of Spring Cleaning can seem overwhelming. But it isn’t a task that can (or should) be tackled all at once. Instead, take each task one at a time, and find space throughout your schedule to work them in.
This week we’re going to talk about the spaces inside your house you should focus on for Spring Cleaning. Some of these are big projects, some of them are small, but they’re all things that will help to brighten up your home in anticipation of warmer days.
Wash Windows.Be sure to pick a cloudy day to wash windows. If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll be left with streaks.
Wash Walls and Baseboards. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.
Clean and Shampoo Rugs. Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.
Sliding Door Tracks. Scrub the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it.
Clean Under Furniture. Grab a partner and move all your big, heavy furniture to give a thorough cleaning underneath.
Freshen Curtains. Curtains and draperies aren’t normally dirty enough to warrant being put into the laundry. Instead, go over them with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum.
Store Winter Clothes. With warmer weather comes wardrobe changes. Before putting anything away, take stock of what you haven’t worn this season, and consider donating it. Make sure your winter clothes are properly cleaned, and then store them in a cool, dry area.
Dust Your Home. Including hard-to-reach areas like ceiling fans. Start from the top of the room and work your way down, vacuuming away dust that settles on the floor.