8 Spring Cleaning Tips You Need To Know
After the winter hibernation is over, spring brings with it new hope of life. The fresh air, beautiful flowers and green outdoors inspire you to beautify the inside as well. It is time to clean beyond the level of dirt and go deep to get those allergens and dust-mites that have accumulating in your house throughout the year. If you are ready to begin, here are the top spring cleaning tips to help you get going.
- Make a plan. Since you want to be thorough, you should start by taking a pen and paper to write down everything that needs to be done. Remember that spring cleaning is all about those places that don’t get cleaned on a daily basis like below the furniture, utility rooms, carpet, walls, windows and even your mattress. Write the plan to tackle one room at a time so that you can finish with every room, lock the door and move on to the next.
- Be prepared. You need to prepare yourself mentally, physically and materially before spring cleaning. Gather all your cleaning supplies, let everybody know their role in the cleaning and ask for backup the day before. Ideally, you should get an early start as spring days are short and make sure you take your time even if it means cleaning for a couple of days.
- De-clutter. Did you know that a disorganized home can cause depression? Piles and piles of magazines, clothes and other stuff not only make the house look bad and dirty but also dampen your mood. Take everything that you haven’t used for the last six months, except seasonal clothing, and throw it away. Go through your cabinets, wardrobes, drawers and even the basement and get all unnecessary clutter out of your house.
- Work from top to bottom. Use the extension hose on your vacuum cleaner or improvise to get rid of those cobwebs and dust on the ceiling and corners of the wall. You can use a clean damp cloth to wipe down all the walls from top to bottom without forgetting to clean windows, blinds and doors. After that you can vacuum the couch, wipe the pictures, electronics and other furniture pieces before vacuuming the floor.
- Use a HEPA Vacuum. Of all the products and tools to help you clean, a HEPA vacuum is the best. Not only will it remove dust and dirt but also suck all the allergens, dust-mites and impurities from the air. You can use the vacuum to spring-clean your floors and especially the carpet if you don’t want to hire professionals. The extra attachments also come in handy to clean cobwebs, ceiling fans, furniture and pillows leaving them fresh and spotless.
- Use green products. A steam cleaner is one of the best green tools to clean windows, floors, bathrooms and appliances because it only uses hot steam to clean. However, if you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can use products like white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to remove stains, unclog drainages, remove lime scale in sinks and toilets as well as breath life back into your beddings. You have to apply these products early and leave them overnight. The results will be unbelievable.
- Clean the HVAC unit. Cleaning everything and forgetting about your air conditioner will be a waste of time. You can start with using a steam cleaner or a vacuum attachment to suck the dust out of the unit when it’s turned off. Make sure you replace the dirty filter with a new one so that you can have fresh and clean air blowing into your home.
- Fridge and freezer. Apart from cleaning the inside of your fridge and freezer with a clean cloth and baking soda, you should also clean the condenser coils behind these appliances. Use a long-handled bottle brush or vacuum cleaner attachment to suck up dust, pet hair and lint from the coils that can cause overheating and even malfunctioning of the fridge.
Over and above just rushing to clean up every corner of the house, make sure you take safety precautions to ensure everything goes smoothly. You should also have gloves, mask and a hair net to protect yourself when cleaning.