Have you started your spring cleaning yet?
Here are 10 tips for a do it yourself spring cleaning.
- A great way to clean sponges: mix 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water, and soak the sponge for at least five minutes. If you don’t want to use bleach, microwaving the sponge is one of next best options for killing germs (this method may not kill all e-coli bacteria and certain strains of bacteria!)
- Try to vacuum carpets and area rugs weekly. Remember to maintain a carpet’s warranty; you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months! We find the best time is in the spring after sitting over the winter season.
- A microfiber or lint-free cloth is the best way to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. Try an extendable duster for ceiling fans. To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar. Make sure light bulbs are off and cool to the touch before cleaning. Spring cleaning is also the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!
- For wood furniture, use a homemade recipe to make an all-natural cleaner and polish: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle; shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.
- Try to wash windows on a cloudy day. If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and may leave streaks.
- Sliding door tracks can catch a lot of dirt and dust from winter which can track into the home. Try scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.
- Grab someone to help move your sofa and chairs, pick up area rugs, and then vacuum the floors. Move your kitchen appliances away from the wall and wash/vacuum behind.
- Give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down at least once a year. Wash them with a sponge and a few drops of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.
- If window curtains have not been washed for over a year; it is best to give them a good clean if possible. It is always good to vacuum over curtains with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet.
- Rotate and flip mattresses. Have Professionally Steam cleaned to eliminate dust mites! Wash blankets and comforters, or take them to be cleaned. Have pillows professionally cleaned; hang them outside in the fresh air.
Hope everyone has a great spring season and if you would like a break from spring cleaning this year, feel free to give us a call!