Spring is a time of newness.
Flowers are blooming, trees have buds and the grass becomes a nice green.
Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.
It’s an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces.
The 10 cleaning tips for your home tips below outline basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface and area.
1. Dust your home thoroughly
This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans, bookshelves and cabinets.
Always work from the top of a room down.
2. Wipe walls and trim
Use a vacuum to remove dust and then wipe walls and trim with a microfiber cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid.
Use a solvent-free degreaser to work on stubborn spots, especially those in the kitchen.
3. Wash window screens
Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.
4. Wipe window treatments
Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth.
Warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.
5. Clean upholstered furnishings
Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust.
Use a vacuum upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.
This will also prep the fabric for a professional upholstery cleaning.
6. Have hard surfaces cleaned
Tile and grout will eventually deteriorate without proper maintenance.
But it’s best not to go it alone.
Using a professional will ensure that all your bases are covered and that only the best products are used.
You’ll be protecting your investment by keeping it properly maintained and attractive.
7. Carpet and rug cleaning
Leave this task to the professionals.
Improper cleaning can cause mold and damage that cannot be undone.
A professional carpet and rug cleaning will also save time for the other tasks at hand.
8. Wax Wooden Furniture
Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid.
Apply paste wax – such as Butcher’s – a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad.
Let the wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.
9. Clean hardwood floors
Hardwood floors become dull and dirty over time, just like carpet.
A professional floor cleaning will bring back the shine and extend the life of your floors.
10. Ensure fire safety
Change the batteries in your smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure the units are free of dust.
Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher and review escape plans.
Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to call in professionals
There’s no better time than spring to give your home a freshening up.
While there are plenty of jobs you can do on your own, it’s best to trust your carpets, rugs, tile, grout, and upholstery to the experts.