The winter months can seem to drag on forever, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is rapidly approaching and it’s time to dust off your hibernating home and get it ready for the warmer weather with these five simple spring cleaning tips.
1 – Make Your Doormats More Welcoming – Wash them, shake them, and beat them with a broom to get all the long-standing debris out. Give your doormats as tough a cleaning as you need to – they’re usually the first line of defence against tracking in dirt from outdoors, so try to get them as clean as possible.
2 – Clean Your Carpets – After a whole winter, dirt, germs, body oils and other unsightly things can lurk deep within the fibres of your carpeting. Get them ready for another year of traffic with a good deep-clean. Either rent a carpet cleaning machine or hire professional carpet cleaners to do the job for you. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure to practice on a small spot first to make sure the treatment won’t discolour or ruin your carpet.
3 – Wash the Walls, Cabinets and Baseboards – The walls don’t exactly need to be washed more than once a year, but those 12 months are just long enough to allow dust and debris to cling to these vertical surfaces. Use a sponge and dish soap, and wash the walls in sections. Baseboards might actually need more frequent cleaning, considering the dust that tends to gather on them.
4 – Clean Ceiling Fixtures – You’d be amazed (and disgusted!) at how much dust you’ll find on top of fixtures on the ceiling like ceiling fans and suspended light fixtures. Remove all these piles of dust with a cloth and vacuum with a soft-bristle nozzle attachment.
5 – Check Your Fridge Coils – The condenser coil in the refrigerator should ideally be cleaned once per year at least. Dust that is allowed to build up in this coil can actually shut down the unit due to overheating, so be sure to take a long-handled bottle brush along with a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust and lint.
Spring cleaning might not necessarily be your favourite thing to do, but it will certainly provide a renewed sense to your home that’s pleasant both for you and your guests!