Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

cleaningSpending time at home, you may be inspired to tackle spring cleaning. Here are some useful tips to make this job less painful and complete in a short amount of time:

Top To Bottom
When cleaning, work top to bottom from the ceiling down. This forces dirt and debris downward so you do not need to re-dust. Remove cobwebs from ceiling corners and fans. Then dust furniture. Finally, clean the floors.

Room By Room
Tackle cleaning room by room. You will feel more of a sense of accomplishment when you do so.

Kitchen 
One of the biggest areas for spring cleaning is the kitchen. Cleaning a refrigerator both inside and out doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process as long as you plan ahead. Slowly remove items as they’re used – without replacing them – so that there’s less clutter to take out. Once your fridge is decluttered it will be a lot easier to remove all of the shelves and drawers and give them a good scrub without having to spend a lot of time removing and replacing food and drink items.

Clean out the microwave oven. It tends to gather dirt. In a bowl, combine a cup of water, cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Place the bowl in the microwave for two minutes on the high setting. Follow up by wiping the interior with a soft, damp cloth.

Wipe down kitchen cabinets. Be sure to take a look at your pantry and toss old items. Have a junk drawer? Be ruthless about organizing it.

Clean your trash receptacle and pay attention to lid hinges. De-crumb the toaster.

Bathroom 
The bathroom is another area that requires a deeper clean over a given time. For showers with grout, it may be wise to first rub the affected areas with a high-grit sandpaper to clear off the top layer, and then carefully apply bleach to those stained areas to ensure there’s no leftover mildew. Once this is done, allow some time to dry and then apply sealant.

For faucets and shower heads covered in soap scum, scrubbing with balled-up aluminum foil will clear off debris with ease, without scratching the metal.

Change out the shower curtain or wash your fabric and plastic liners in a gentle cycle. Organize the cosmetics drawer and medicine cabinet.

Unexpected Places To Clean
Spring cleaning isn’t just about getting at the “problem areas.” You need to address less-considered parts of your home as well. For instance, countertops and cabinets can get a little dirtier than people might expect and cleaning them off with a high-power cleaning product, then sealing them, can help them stay much cleaner for years to come.

Here is a tip on cleaning windows: clean them on a cloudy day. Sunlight won’t dry out cleaners when applied, making the wipe-down more effective.

Winter Clothing
Now is the time to clean and store all winter items. Pack up gloves, hats and scarves. Coats should be stowed. If you do not have room in your closet for winter sweaters and other heavier clothing, now is the time to pack them away. If you have clothing you did not wear this year, consider donating their items.

Need help with your spring cleaning efforts? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with local vendors to help get your home clean top to bottom.

Brought to you by Cinch Home Services, an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers.  

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