Spring cleaning often feels like an insurmountable task. You may look around your home and wonder how you’re supposed to clean away the encrusted grime left over from weeks or even months of ignoring those tasks. Fortunately, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as daunting as you fear! Try breaking down your spring cleaning into a simple checklist that will allow you to accomplish your cleaning goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Start from the Top
As you approach your spring cleaning tasks, start from the top and work your way down. As you clean high areas, you may knock dust down onto lower areas, creating more mess that you’ll then have to go back and clean again later. Instead, start high and work your way down! Start by wiping down ceilings, including clearing away cobwebs that may have accumulated. Dust or wipe down light fixtures and fan blades. Dust the tops of bookshelves and other furniture–especially furniture on which piles of ‘stuff’ may have accumulated over the winter months.
Working Your Way Down
Once you’re done with the ceiling and high items in your home, keep working your way down. Wipe down the walls, paying particular attention to any stains. Check behind pictures to make sure you aren’t missing anything! Then:
- Wipe down switch plates, doorknobs, and other fixtures
- Reseal grout lines in showers, around doors, and in the kitchen
- Dust shelves and other lower furniture, removing knickknacks and cleaning or dusting them as needed
- Wash window screens
- Clean window treatments
- Clean any upholstered furniture, paying particular attention to stains
- Wax wooden furniture
- Clean the windows, inside and out
Finish with the Floors
When you’ve taken care of the rest of your spring cleaning tasks, it’s time to tackle the floors! Since you’ve been working hard to clean your furniture, you may also have discovered dirty spots on the rugs or hardwood–or discovered that your floors were dirtier than you thought. Make sure that you:
- Clean the rugs
- Shampoo the carpet
- Wash and wax wood floors
Before you know it, your house will be shining and clean: a breath of fresh air that makes it even easier to enjoy the arrival of warmer spring days.
Don’t Forget the Details
While you’re taking care of your spring cleaning, don’t forget the important details that will help keep your family safe. Make sure that you:
- Schedule an inspection of your HVAC unit, if needed. This will ensure that it’s in full working order before the arrival of summer and warmer temperatures.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to be sure that they’re in full working order.
- Check your fireplace and make sure the chimney is clean and clear after its winter use
- Test your security system and make sure that all the contacts are properly positioned and in working order
- Fix any cracks or problems that you noticed as you were taking care of your other spring cleaning tasks
These little details can go a long way toward not only making your home look its best, but also ensuring that the environment is as safe as possible for your family.
Spring cleaning may sound like a daunting task, but once it’s done, you’ll find that you’re in a much better position to enjoy your home and family–not to mention keeping everyone safe and healthy. Do you need a little extra help with your spring cleaning? Give your home a breath of fresh air without the effort. Contact us today to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you make your home or office look its best this spring.