13 Top Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home
Want to get started on your spring cleaning and need a plan of attack that won’t leave any corners or crevices untouched? Here are 13 cleaning tips you can follow to make you home like new without taking up too much of your time. Naturally, the team at James’ Home Services are experts in the game of Spring Cleaning – so don’t hesitate to call us if you need a hand with any of your spring cleaning needs.
1. Wash Windows & Mirrors
Some people choose to clean room by room and while this may seem like the most obvious approach, it can be more time consuming. By cleaning windows and mirrors before other areas, such as floors and counters, this will ensure that you will not have to come back later to remove and residue or excess water that reaches surrounding areas. When cleaning glass surfaces, it’s best to use microfiber cloths as they won’t leave lint behind.
2. Clean Countertops
Regularly wiping and disinfecting your countertops is a great way of keeping your home looking clean and safe.
3. Clean Floors
You’ll want to ensure that you are vacuuming your floors weekly to keep your house tidy. Mopping, on the other hand, should not always be done as frequently. For wooden floors, you should only wet-clean once every one to two months and spot clean in between. For other floor types, such as tiles, once every one to two weeks is ideal.
To further protect your floors, you should make sure to use furniture protectors to avoid scratches and place trivets under plants to avoid water damage.
For carpets, knowing when to vacuum rather than bring in professionals depends on the area. You should clean commonly accessed areas, such as bedrooms and living rooms once every one to two weeks.
4. Clean Your Fridge Inside & Out
Since your fridge is accessed daily and can easily be contaminated, you will want to ensure that is clean and sanitary. To clean the inside, you will need to take everything out and then remove the interior shelving and clean with warm soapy water. Using a diluted disinfectant, wipe down the inside of the fridge and be sure to go back over it with water before returning the shelves. To prevent recontamination, wipe down any containers or packaging that need cleaning before returning to the fridge. Then wipe down the exterior of the fridge.
5. Clean Your Oven
Removing grime from inside your oven can be challenging and there are a lot of different methods you can take. Start by removing any loose pieces that you can find inside. To remove grime, sprinkle baking soda generously and then add white vinegar and leave to sit until it bubbles. Use a sponge to wipe away the grime. You may need to repeat this step, depending on how dirty the oven is. Wipe down the exterior once you have finished. The James’ domestic cleaning team can expertly clean your oven so it’s just like new again.
6. Cleaning Walls
For tiled walls in your bathroom, add ½ a cup of baking soda into a bucket of water and rub into shower walls, tubs and floors. Let the solution sit for approximately 20 minutes before washing off. Use sugar soap and warm water to clean painted walls. Let it sit for approximately 10 minutes before wiping off.
7. Washing Rugs & Mats
Rugs, throws, linen and floor mats are easily forgotten household items when it comes to cleaning. Make sure to wash and air dry each one when you clean, especially mats that can spread dirt back onto freshly cleaned floors.
8. Clean Out Your Closet
This area is easily forgotten – what’s out of sight is out of mind. Dust builds up quickly in cupboards, which invites moths and dust mites. That’s is why you should make sure to vacuum and wipe down the insides of your cupboards when cleaning. You might also find items that you no longer have use for that you can throw out – making more space for other stuff.
9. Clean Your Shoes
While shoes aren’t necessarily a part of your house, they spend a lot of time on your floors and in your cupboards. Even when they might not appear dirty, they can still introduce unwanted materials into your home. Always make sure you don a pair of gloves and wipe over the soles regularly.
10. Wash Your Washing Machine
Use distilled white vinegar and baking soda to disinfect your washing machine. Using a hot wash, add the solution and let it sit for up to an hour. To finish, drain the water and then give it a quick wipe down with a cloth or sponge.
11. Clean Your Bedding
When washing your sheets and blankets, make sure to clean your mattress too. Use a vacuum to clean the surfaces and spot-clean stains with upholstery cleaners.
12. Remove Cobwebs
Cobwebs pop up quickly and can be easily ignored because they are often so far out of reach. All it takes is a quick sweep with a broom or a run over with the nozzle of the vacuum and they’ll be gone. Keeping on top of this will also help keep the spiders living in your home to a minimum.
13. Clean Outdoor Furniture
Don’t let it be missed just because it does not live inside your home. Outdoor furniture needs to be taken care of too and can make all the difference to how you spend your time outdoors. Wipe down furniture with warm water and dish detergent and then wash off the solution using your hose. It’s that easy.
James’ Home Services – The Domestic Cleaning Experts
Don’t have time to work through each and everyone one of those tasks? It’s OK! Call James’ Home Services today for a no-obligation, free quote from a James’ Interior House Cleaning franchisee. That’s 1800 152 637 or click here to complete our online enquiry form. Call James’, you’ll be glad you did!