- Wash Windows
Can you remember the last time you washed your windows? Many homeowners avoid this arduous chore for as long as possible. Thankfully, armed with the right tools, cleaning windows can be a breeze. You’ll need two microfiber cloths and a cleaner of your choice. Use the first cloth to apply your cleaner, then wipe the cleaning solution off with the second one. Besides microfiber cloths, squeegees also clean windows well. You’ll find quality squeegees in hardware and janitorial supply stores. Because worn rubber will streak your windows, replace the blade on your squeegee regularly.
Avoid investing in harsh cleaning chemicals for your windows. These abrasive cleaners can elicit an electrical charge which actually increases dust accumulation. A mixture of alcohol, vinegar, and distilled water is an effective, natural cleaner. Strive to wash your windows on a cloudy, cool day. Heat from the sun can dry them too quickly. This increases your odds of developing water spots and smears on the glass.
- Dust Light Fixtures
Like windows, microfiber cloths are a great choice for cleaning light fixtures. To make grimy bulbs sparkle again, lightly moisten a cloth with vinegar and wipe. Before cleaning bulbs, always ensure they are cool to the touch and your hands are dry. If you have ceiling fans, consider cleaning them with an extendable duster. You can also clean your ceiling fan blades by covering them with a layer of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess polish and carefully rub. When spring cleaning a room, make dusting light fixtures your first priority. You don’t want clouds of dust raining down from the ceiling in a freshly cleaned space.
- Deep-Clean Floors
To keep your carpets comfortable, clean, and plush, have them professionally cleaned this spring. If you don’t wish to hire a cleaner to come into your home, renting a deep cleaner, or purchasing a professional-style model designed for residential use, are viable options. To maintain your wood floors’ luster, give them a good waxing. Don’t forget to move furniture and appliances away from walls so you have the opportunity to clean areas which are typically hidden.
- Freshen Furniture and Linens
When spring cleaning your home, freshening furniture and linens is a must. A suede brush will perk up Nubuck leather. Smooth leather can be restored with an upholstery cleaner and conditioner. You may consider creating a natural cleaner for wood furniture by combining olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar. Search for stains on upholstered furniture and follow the instructions on the care label to clean them. In addition, vacuuming pillows and underneath cushions can make a big difference.
Wash the bedding and pillows in your bedrooms. If you change bedding every season, air out your spring blanket or comforter before placing it on your bed. You can accomplish this task by hanging the bedding outside on a clothesline for a day. After you’ve cleaned your winter bedding, put it in storage.
- Power Wash the Exterior of Your Home
Looking to enhance the curb appeal of your home? Consider having the exterior of your house power washed. This important process can also prevent the growth of unsightly mildew and mold that feed on grime. When using a power washer, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Put on the proper protective gear for your hands, face, and eyes. At all times, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure you steer clear of the pressure washer’s nozzle. Attach all necessary accessories before turning on the powerful device and never leave the machine unattended. Always remember to never point the pressure washer’s nozzle at animals, people, or any surface that might be unable to stand up to the force of the blast.
When power washing your home, work from top to bottom. By doing so, grime won’t drip down and stain a clean section. Direct water downward and utilize a power-wash-approved cleanser or detergent on the outside of your house first, then, rinse with water.
For many homeowners, spring cleaning is a rite of passage. To make this event fun and faster, enlist help from everyone in the family. By following the aforementioned most effective spring cleaning tips, your home may look better than you ever dreamed it could.