Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s nearly time for your annual spring deep clean. Though some find a thorough cleaning, well, cleansing, others may be eager to have the task over and done. For those who are a little overwhelmed by the amount of dusting, brushing, scrubbing and polishing, here are a few things you’ll almost certainly want to have on your spring cleaning checklist. Throw open the windows, take in the spring breeze and celebrate a job well done:
Review Safety Plans and Measures
One of the most important things you can do to keep up your house and home ensures you have all the property safety equipment. Check smoke alarm batteries and make sure they are free of dust. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher, and ensure all members of your family know how to use it in case of emergency.
Wax Wooden Floors and Furniture
For furniture, use a mild dishwashing fluid and paste wax. Buff with a small clean cloth. Use a wood cleaner and polish for your floors.
Wash Walls, Trim, and Doors
Before you reach for a paintbrush, thoroughly wash walls, molding, trim and doors. Use a vacuum extension to dust hard-to-reach spots, then tackle the more stubborn stains with a solvent-free degreaser. You can also use warm water and a mild dishwashing fluid.
Organize Bathroom Closet, Cabinets and Drawers
Take a hard look under your bathroom sink for wasted space. Reorganize and sort your toiletries and towels, and discard expired beauty products.
Schedule Pest Control and Maintenance
Pest control is one thing you won’t want to forget. Call your local exterminator and schedule an appointment after the big clean.
Reseal Tile Grout
The easily-stained cement material between tiles in your kitchen, bathroom and other rooms needs regular resealing to prevent liquids from penetrating it. Keep in mind certain areas, like kitchen counters and shower walls, will usually need more frequent resealing.
Clean Out Kitchen Cabinets
Re-organize your kitchen cabinets and pantry. Sort out old or expired dry goods, and consider new solutions for storing plates, pots and pans. Give away or replace pots and pans, or consider a hanging rack for your cooking implements.
Clean and Disinfect Kitchen Appliances
Clean crock pots, toasters, mixers, and other appliances, but most of all, clean out your refrigerator and oven. Here are a few more tips on cleaning out essential appliances.
Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs and Runners
Some of your rugs may require professional cleaning (especially Persian rugs, or rugs without backing). Synthetic rugs, however, can get away with a little home care. Rent a steam cleaner and rotary shampoo machine. Some smaller rugs can go in the washer, for added convenience.
Wash and Dust Vent Covers
You’ll want to keep up with washing and dusting vents, not only for aesthetic purposes but for fiscal ones. Air conditioning units will run more efficiently without the added obstruction of dust. Regular dusting and wiping will save you dollars on your power bill, especially when you’re blasting air conditioning during the warmer months.