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.

Fabrics

  • 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.

Floors

  • 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.

Ceilings

  • 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.

Windows

  • 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!