One of the best things about spring is being able to open the windows, let in some fresh air and clean out all that dust and funk that’s been building up over the winter. So you can make the most efficient use of your time and achieve the best deep clean for your home, here are some spring cleaning tips from your friends at LG Insurance.
- Make a schedule. Given that we’re all busy with work and family obligations, not to mention wanting to have fun outdoors rather than be cooped up now that the weather is getting warmer, spring cleaning can fall to the wayside if you don’t make a schedule and stick to it.
- Start from top to bottom. Naturally, some of the dust and grime you clean off the surfaces in your home will fall to the floor, so cleaning your floors last will make it so you don’t have to do it more than once. That being said, think about what’s at the very top of your home . . .
- Clean ceiling fan blades. As we move toward summer, the air indoors can get very stuffy and humid, which makes us want to turn on our ceiling fans. But think about what happens when your ceiling fan is whirring around with the blades caked in a year’s worth of dust. It’s definitely worth your while to get up on a step ladder and clean them.
- Clean your light fixtures. You’d be amazed how much just cleaning the dust off your light fixture will brighten up the room!
- Use tongs to wipe your venetian blinds. Another simple way to make your rooms brighter and more inviting is to dust off your venetian blinds. A good way to do it quickly is to use a pair of tongs that you can attach some Swiffer pads or other dry cleaning cloths to with a rubber band.
- Remember cabinets and drawers. Spring cleaning is a great time to declutter and organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers. While you’re there, clean knobs and handles which tend to build up grease from people repeatedly opening and closing them.
- Easily disinfect sponges. We’re sure cleaning your kitchen appliances (like getting that mysterious gunk out of the back of your fridge) is on your spring cleaning list. If the sponge you used to clean the fridge gunk seems too gross to continue cleaning with, but you don’t have time to run to the store to buy another pack, you can fill the sponge up with water and heat it in the microwave for two minutes. It will kill 99% of the bacteria.
- Be sure your vacuum is clean. While we’re talking about disinfecting sponges so we’re not spreading more grime around, another cleaning supply that can spread dirt around rather than gather it up is your vacuum. Using a damp cloth with mild detergent to clean your vacuum attachments, as well as flipping it over to unclog hair and fur from the rug piece, will help your vacuum be at peak performance for sucking up dirt and dust.
- Sprinkle baking soda into carpets. If your carpets are starting to smell, sprinkling some baking soda into your carpets and letting it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming could save you the hassle of having to rent a carpet cleaning machine.
- Deep clean your doormat. Think about it: The cleaner your doormat is, the less dirt, sand and mud people are going to be tracking into your home. This is the best way to reduce the amount of time you’ll spend cleaning floors. So wash it, vacuum it, sweep it, or just bang it out outside!
Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to take a load off, enjoy the rejuvenated atmosphere of your home and reward yourself for a job well done!