The beginnings of winter have just started to come on. However, if you’re a clean freak, your mind already might be jumping ahead to the cleaning and re-arranging you’ll be doing come the end of the season.
Planning is the key to success, as they say, and it is never too early to begin planning for your spring cleaning session. A good thorough clean of your home during this time can do wonders for your mood and for the overall presentation of your home.
Having a cleaning checklist at the ready is one of the best ways to be prepared for this type of task. What should be on your checklist for 2021? Read on and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
1. General Tasks To Remember
When we say spring cleaning, what we usually mean is an entire house cleaning. This is a big task and likely something you’ll want to set a whole day aside for. It can be a big task.
It’s good to start with some general reminders about what your entire clean should look like. What basic tasks will you complete by the end of the day?
You’ll want to make sure that you:
- wipe down all countertops and surfaces
- empty and disinfect all trash cans and receptacles
- dust off surfaces including but not limited to blinds, cabinets, ceiling fans, moldings
- mop all tile or hardwood floors, vacuum carpet
- wipe down and clean all appliances
If you can accomplish all of these tasks you’ll be well on your way to a much more sparkling home. We’ll break down some of these tasks in more detail below so you can ensure you’re doing a complete and thorough clean.
If you’re overwhelmed, hiring a cleaning company such as HurriClean can help take some of this stress off of your own shoulders.
2. Dealing With Carpets and Rugs
Where might a good portion of the dirt and dust in your home be hiding? It is very likely within your favorite rugs and your carpet. These materials can collect and hold onto a great degree of dirt and debris.
If you want to ensure your house is going to stay clean once you’re done with your clean, you’ll want to make sure you have vacuumed everything quite thoroughly. If you have special attachments for your vacuum this will be the time to use them: any brushes, rollers, or specialized attachments will help do the job here.
Once you think you’ve gotten the rugs themselves pretty clean, you can lift them up, roll them, and put them to the side. Then you’ll want to do the same task to the floor underneath. Rugs can trap dust and dirt particles underneath.
You might want to vacuum the actual underside of the rug as well, as the waxy surfaces often cause dirt to stick. If you’re having trouble, you can also take it outside and shake and beat the dust off.
3. Clean Under Bulky Kitchen Appliances
If you’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen this year (who hasn’t!) that probably means there’s a lot more mess built up that you’ll need to take care of. No one has time to do a full clean of their kitchen every time they make a meal, but that often means food bits and debris get built up in hard to reach places.
During your spring cleaning, you’ll likely want to scoot all of your appliances out of place and give those hard to reach places the cleaning they deserve. That means your oven and stove, your refridgerator, the dishwasher, and any and all appliances you have on the countertops.
Be wary of gas and water lines plugged into the back of these machines. You don’t want to turn your clean into a call to the maintence man, after all.
If you’ve got large pieces of furniture in your kitchen, this would be the time to move those out of the way as well. Make sure anything that’s fallen underneath for an extend period of time is given the sweep it deserves.
4. Cleaning Ceiling Fans
We mentioned ceiling fans earlier, but cleaning these can be a problem many homeowners don’t know how to approach. There’s a lot of dust and dirt that collects up there — but how to get it off?
The easiest and cleanest way will be to use a damp cloth to wipe down the blades. You don’t want to press down too hard as you could damage them. A light slides over each inch of the surface should get most of the dust and prevent most of it from falling to your feet.
If you’re worried about making a mess, you could try a classic pillowcase trick.
This is when you use an old pillowcase you no longer have a need for. You put a pillowcase over a blade, cleaning both sides and trapping dust inside. If the dust is bothering you, consider wearing a mask and sunglasses before starting!
5. Managing Your Closets
Our closets are used as the storage spots of our home, which means they’re often kept out of sight and out of mind. That means a real mess could be building up inside that you need to take care of.
If you’re going to truly deep clean your closet, you’ll want to go through the arduous task of pulling everything out. Sorry! Wipe down the walls, vaccum the floors, and get all of the dust, dirt, and debris out of there.
The hard part is still to come. You’ll want to do a thorough wash and clean of all the items you’re planning on putting back into the closet. If you skip this step, you might as well not done our clean at all!
The Essential Spring Cleaning Checklist
If you’re going to make it through a full house clean in one piece, you’re going to need to rely on a strong cleaning checklist. The above can make sure you don’t forget anything in your home that needs doing.
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