Spring Deep Cleaning Tips
Start with Clutter!
One of the biggest areas where messes can accumulate is in clutter. Over the winter months, items get put aside to be dealt with later. Before you know it, there’s clutter everywhere. Conquering winter clutter as part of spring cleaning can make a world of difference. Even better, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Here are a few tips for conquering clutter when spring cleaning:
- Clean and store winter clothing/shoes - When you get ready for spring it’s important to clean and store winter items. It’s important to wash winter clothes with quality laundry soap before boxing them up. This is also a great time to do any stain removal on clothing before storing them. For shoes, it helps to use a kid-safe all-purpose cleaner to remove stubborn debris before storing them away for next winter.
- Donate what you won’t use - As you are clearing out clutter, it can be easy to hold on to items “just in case” you might need them again. Donating these items to a quality charity nearby gives them new life while helping you to cut down on clutter and live in a cleaner home.
- Conquer paper clutter - Paper clutter is one of the biggest clutter issues in most homes. Mail and other paper items come in and get left on tables, counters, and in other areas to be dealt with later. Instead of setting these items aside, create a drawer, file, or location for these items so that you can handle them as needed. Another option would be to have a scanner so that you scan documents in and file them on your computer to be addressed later.
Get Under, Behind, and Above Things
Many of the messes you will want to work on when spring cleaning is hiding under, behind, and above things. When doing our day-to-day cleaning we often work with the things that are easily seen and addressed. While this is perfect for the day-to-day, it can leave hidden messes and smells in the home. Spending some time moving things out of their normal places can have a huge impact. Here are some common areas things should be moved for deeper cleaning:
- Appliances - Stoves, refrigerators, and even countertop appliances can hide big messes. When deep cleaning, move your appliances from their traditional location long enough to clean under, behind, and along the sides of these appliances. When moving your oven and refrigerator make sure to wipe down the sides with a degreaser to remove any stubborn messes. When cleaning under and behind appliances, make sure to use that same degreaser to remove stubborn stains from floors or even from walls.
- Furniture - Another common area messes love to hide is under and around furniture. Take some time to move couches, tables, and other furniture. Use a floor cleaner to clean floors beneath furniture and a kid-safe all-purpose cleaner to wipe down walls and backs of furniture. (This is also a great time to dust any knick-knacks.)
- Empty Cabinets - When doing a deep clean it can help to empty out cabinets and dressers. Wipe out shelves/drawers with a kid-safe all-purpose cleaner before returning items. This is also the perfect opportunity to dispose of expired items and donate items you will no longer use.
Work on Larger Areas for Bigger Returns
When deep cleaning it can be easy to hyper-focus on deep cleaning smaller areas that have been neglected. While this is beneficial and needed, it can leave you feeling like you didn’t achieve much. The beautiful thing is, there are some larger area cleaning tasks that will have more of a reward to them when cleaning. We have a few suggestions for areas you can clean fairly quickly that are sure to leave you feeling accomplished:
- Walls - When deep cleaning for spring it can be easy to overlook the walls. After all, who washes their walls? The answer should be everyone. Cleaning your walls can freshen the smell of your home and give the house a facelift. Even better, it’s a quick job! Use the 5-minute clean walls bundle for a clean you can be proud of without any of the back pain or stress of cleaning walls.
- Floors - Floors will often get a quick sweep/mop/vacuum but rarely get a truly deep clean. Taking some extra time to deep clean floors can remove messes, make the house look cleaner, and even freshen up the smell of your home. Use a high-powered safe cleaner that will help to remove stains and give floors new life heading into spring. It can also help to use a carpet cleaner with a high-powered safe cleaner to remove stains and stubborn odors.
- Deep Clean the Bathroom - Use a shower rejuvenation kit to not only remove hard water stains but prevent future messes. When using products like this you can deep clean the bathroom once and then do maintenance cleaning moving forward. It can also help to use a bathroom magic cleaner to clean the bottom and back of toilets. When cleaning toilets, make sure to remove the seats and deep clean the base of the toilet as well.
Window Sills, Ledges, and Air Conditioning Vents
When cleaning, many people will overlook window sills, ledges, and air conditioning vents. These areas are often coated in dust and debris. Use a microfiber cloth and a kid-safe all-purpose cleaner to wipe down these areas. This will help to clean the area and prevent the build-up of future dust in the area. It can help to clean off the different air conditioning vents throughout the home in this manner as well.