Winter has been long. It has left us shut out for the better part of the past few months. The season has left us almost paralyzed and apart from our daily activities. That’s why when spring comes around, we can’t help but feel brand new.
Most homeowners feel a renewed sense of energy when spring comes. They just want to get up and get moving. Most of them look into activities they couldn’t do during the winter, one of which is cleaning.
Cleaning during spring is quite the rewarding experience. You can finally dust out your belongings and begin to feel better about yourself. Slowly and surely, you begin to feel that your house is a warm, tidy home to live in.
There are ways in which you can make the most out of your spring cleaning. Below is a simple guide to spring cleaning every homeowner would find delight (and productivity) in.
Make doorways welcoming
Say goodbye to the long winters by making your doorways welcoming. Give your doormat the toughest cleaning it can take. It has accumulated far too much dirt and dust throughout those long, dark days. Clear your doorway from any clutter so that it once again, looks like something guests would love to step into. Wipe your door and make it inviting. A clean doorway is also a good motivator to go through the rest of the house.
Clean your windows on a cloud day
Those marks on the surface you get from cleaning your windows? That’s usually because of the harsh heat drying up your cleaning solution too soon. That’s why we highly recommend cleaning your windows on a cloudy day. It allows you to work with the surface properly and not leave stains. The ideal solution is a mix of ammonia, rubbing alcohol, dishwashing soap and warm water.
Wash your blinds
Your blinds accumulate a lot of dirt and dust everyday. You must find the time to clean them at least once, or twice a year. Wooden blinds can be cleaned with a gentle wood cleaner and a sponge. Aluminum blinds can be removed and washed with water and non-corrosive cleaner. Make sure to wipe it down clean right away to prevent rust.
De-funk your fabrics
From your pillows and beds to bath mats and shower curtains, wash your fabrics and replace with new ones. Ensure you’re looking at the specific laundry instructions for each type of fabric. Also go for a gentle cycle on your washing machine. Most of these fabrics are delicate and you wouldn’t want to end up ruining them.
Clean your carpets
Your carpets have gathered far too much dirt and bacteria to last you a lifetime. So make sure you take the time to thoroughly clean it through professional help or using a carpet cleaner. Speed up the drying process by opening the windows or hanging the carpet outside. If you have zero idea about carpet cleaning, it’s always best to dial the right number and proceed to other things you can clean.
Remember how we’re told to move everything outside so we can vacuum thoroughly? Well, you don’t have to do that every single time. You can simply move the furniture bit by bit, getting into those corners as inward as you can. Also remember to dust out everything first before vacuuming. Otherwise, you’re simply putting the dust back onto everything else inside the house.
Wipe down the walls, cabinets and baseboards
These areas don’t exactly appear to have accumulated that much dirt. However, enough of them cling on, leaving your vertical spaces a breeding ground for bacteria. Lightly wash and wipe them down with a gentle detergent and water. Be sure to dry them out right away.
Clear out your refrigerator
All those festivities have left your refrigerator filled with spills, drops and smelling a tad bit funky. Now is the best time to clean it. Make it a habit and throw out old food after a week. Wipe down those spills immediately and use a cleaning solution to soften the hardened spills. Remove the shelves and drawers and wash and wipe them thoroughly. Scrub those crannies with a brush to make sure you get every bit of the refrigerator.
Tidy your fixtures
From your ceiling fixtures to your light fixtures, be sure to clean every last one of it. An all purpose cleaner, a soft cloth and a sponge are enough to do the trick. Just remember to be careful when handling electrical fixtures. Turn off the power and remove them from their source before cleaning.
Switch things up
Spring is such a warming and wonderful season. Let it echo from the inside of your house by switching things up a bit. Use more vibrant colors, change your upholstery, curtains and carpets if you can. Let the natural light in so everything feels bright and welcoming.