Your Indoor Spring Cleaning Checklist
Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most homeowners. It’s a chance to get the dirt out of dark corners, clean up dust that has accumulated over winter, and to freshen up musty carpets and upholstery. We can use spring cleaning as a chance to get organized and to start your home looking fresh and clean for the new season. Use these tips to make your space sparkle.
1. Wash Baseboards and Trim – Start by dusting with a duster or cloth. Work out scuffs with a scrub brush and finish the job with a washcloth and liquid cleaner. Dry with a paper towel or dry rag and paint any scuffs that cannot be removed with soap and water.
2. Clean Walls and Ceilings – Remove dust with a vacuum or broom for hard to reach areas. Remove surface grime with a multi-surface cleaner. When washing your walls, remember to start from the bottom and work your way up because it’s harder to wipe drips on a dry wall.
3. Scrub Windows and Screens – Remove screens from windows and hose them down outside. Dry them gently. Vacuum the window sills and wipe them down with bleach water to remove any mildew. A tip to cleaning windows it to wipe the interior side up and down, and the exterior side left to right.
4. Refresh Carpets and Rugs – Carpets should be cleaned every 12-18 months. Look into renting or investing in a carpet cleaner. For a quick freshen up, you can use a fabric deodorizing spray or sprinkle corn starch on the carpet, let it sit for an hour to absorb any odours, and then vacuum.
5. Clean the Floors – Most floors, including linoleum and hardwood, can be cleaned with a damp mop and diluted multi-purpose cleaner (make sure you dry the hardwood flooring right away with a rag). For ceramic tile, try using a rubbing alcohol solution on the grout.
6. Refresh Upholstered Furnishings and Window Treatments – Start by removing cushions from your furniture. Give the sofa a vacuum using the attachment that will reach into the folds and corners. Gently beat the cushions outside to remove dust and pet dander. Spot clean the upholstery, if necessary. Remove window treatments and launder where appropriate. To eliminate any odours on your upholstery or curtains, give them a spray with a fabric deodorizer.
7. Dust Bookshelves, Fans and Light Fixtures – Dusting the bookshelves and the hard-to-reach areas are often overlooked. Take all the books off the shelves, and dust the books and the shelves with an extendable duster or use a damp cloth. Take your light fixtures apart, and clean them with a damp cloth. Don’t forget the fan, because if it’s not clean, when turned on after months of not using, it will only circulate any dust that has accumulated on it.
8. Have Your Ducts and Vents Cleaned. Consider hiring a professional to have your ducts and vents cleaned. They use specialized equipment that allows for a thorough cleaning.
9. Freshen Up. Crack the windows open and let the fresh air in. If it’s still too cool, keep that just-cleaned smell with a scented candle or air freshener.
Spring cleaning can be a fair amount of work, but when it’s done it can be one of the most satisfying deep cleaning jobs you’ll do.
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