The soft breezes of spring have begun to warm the air. When the windows are open, the scent of daffodils, tulips, and hydrangeas fill the air, and we emerge from a mode of semi-hibernation, it feels like the perfect time to get our places in tiptop shape. It is time for spring cleaning! Here is a handy list of chores that will get your home feeling crisp and clean.
- For washable fabrics, a quick turn through the washing machine and dryer will be sufficient. Be sure to check fabric care instructions first!
- Vacuum upholstered pieces and mattresses.
Walls and woodwork
- For most vertical surfaces, a simple wipe down or dusting will do. Believe it or not, dust, soot, and other dirt do stick to a vertical surface.
- Move furniture for a deep vacuum session.
- Consider cleaning carpets, or hiring a company to do so.
- Follow manufacturer or installer directions for cleaning hardwoods and tile surfaces.
- Get the sneaky cobwebs out of the corners.
- Use an old pillowcase to pull the dust off of the ceiling fan blades, one blade at a time.
- Wipe down the sills, and wipe the blinds with a damp cloth.
- To “dust” drapes – a quick spin on the air only cycle in the dryer with a damp towel to collect the loosened dust can give them a decent cleaning. To avoid having to press them, rehang each panel immediately.
- If you take time to clean the window glass inside, make the effort to clean the outside as well. It makes a world of difference.
- This is a good time to get screens repaired if winter’s winds have caused damage.
Oft Forgotten Spots
- Make it a habit each spring to get behind the refrigerator and clean the condenser coils. Doing so adds years to the appliance’s life span.
- Air return vents and central heat/air vents need a quick dusting or their turn with the vacuum cleaner.
- Check out the space above the kitchen cabinets. It is amazing how much dust collects up there!
- Wash and sterilize trash receptacles.
Once complete, your home will feel fresh and new – ready for the season, and so will you!