With spring coming up around the corner, spring cleaning is coming into everyone’s mind. It’s that time of year to get out your cleaning supplies, dust off your mops, and get to scrubbing. It can be very stressful thinking about doing a top-to-bottom clean up of your home, but it’s necessary. I always recommend at least once a year to do a thorough cleaning. This will remove all of those built up areas of dirt, grime, mildew, and overall uncleanliness that tend to accumulate through the year.
Ready to get started? Great, here’s tip #1!
Start cleaning from top to bottom, left to right. This makes it easier to keep track of the completed area.
Gather the Cleaning Tools and Supplies
Individuals have preferences about brands of cleaning supplies; this is a generic list.
- MP3 player or some kind of music
- Nine-volt batteries
- Light bulbs (the eco-extended life ones are nice)
- Step stool
- Furniture skids
- Vacuum cleaner with hose and tools
- Carpet Shampooer
- Apron or smock with pockets
- Steel wool pad
- Scrub brushes, a couple of sizes (old toothbrush, bend the handle)
- Mop and bucket
- Bleach or Pine cleaner/disinfectant
- Spray cleaner/degreaser
- Feather duster
- Paper towels
- Dishwashing liquid
- Spray bathroom cleaner
- Long Handled brush
- Pen and notepad
- Furniture Polish (0ptional)
- Window Cleaner
- Window Cleaner removers
Clean the Linoleum, Laminate or Tiled Rooms First
These rooms need more supplies to clean them and are the hardest to clean, so get them out of the way the first day.
Spray the appliances, commode, sinks and bathtubs when you first enter the room. Allow the cleaners time to work. Use WD-40 on all hinges, door tracks and shower tracks.
While the Cleaners are Working
Start in the upper left corner and vacuum along the trim and down the creases where cobwebs form. The step stool will give the extra height that’s needed to reach the corners. Be careful, it’s easy to fall off the stool.
Polish the windows and mirrors with the preferred product. Experiment with different types of cleaners and cleaner removers. The padded V-shaped, as seen on TV, product works well. Use Q-tips to clean corners and tracks.
Clean the appliances and the outside of the cabinets with a spray cleaner. Wipe clean with a dry rag. If anything is extremely dirty, wipe clean with paper towels.
Reminder about Smoke Alarm Batteries
This is a good time to change the batteries in the smoke alarm, if you didn’t change them when the time sprung forward, or as a reminder for the people who live in states where the time doesn’t change. High ceilings may require the assistance of a taller person.
Continue Cleaning in this Fashion
- Use the feather duster on wall hangings such as pictures, sconces, shelves and knick-knacks. There are other types of dusters, but fragile objects with multiple surfaces clean best with the feather duster. If an item needs special cleaning, pour a little dishwashing liquid into the pail and rub it gently, pat dry.
- Unscrew the little screws that hold the vents in place and sweep those out, replace the vents and the screws.
- Put small items that go to a different room into your apron pocket and put them away when you get to that area.
- Make notes of any minor repairs or touch-ups that need done, such as a paint chip on the washer or scuffs on the coffee table.
- After the exterior of the room is completed start in the far left corner and work towards the center. Remove and clean the light fixture or dust and spray WD-40 on the ceiling fan’s moving parts. Replace burned out bulbs.
- Sweep and mop. Use the scrub brushes to clean around the baseboards, the door’s threshold, appliances, the commode, the shower and the base of the sink. For tight spots like the trough of the storm door , the track of the shower door or around the sinks and crevices of the appliances, use the Q-tips. The cleaner did the preliminary work on the bathroom fixtures and the appliances. Spray lightly one more time, use the appropriate brushes to scrub and wipe clean with rags or paper towels.
- Use the steel wool pad in a light circular fashion to remove shoe marks. Mop over the whole area one more time.
Spring-Clean the Carpeted Rooms in a Similar Fashion Adding the Fireplace Cleaning and the Curtains
Use furniture skids (plastic circles, square or strips that go under the legs of your furniture) to move heavy furniture. The fireplace brush removes most of the ashes from the fireplace, follow this with the vacuum cleaner.
Furniture polish or a damp cloth cleans the stands, entertainment centers and mantels. Remove curtains and blinds to wash or dust well. Clean the sills and windows.
When you’ve completed your spring-cleaning, kick your feet up on your clean coffee table and relax with a nice cup of tea. Some years, if for whatever reason we’ve had a major incident involving a spill or mess, we hire a professional cleaning company to come in and help out. This year, we decided to test out a carpet cleaning company, http://www.bnkclean.com/, to see if we found any great results. Turns out, the extra help was well worth it!