It is that time again when many people decide to give their pride and joy a thorough going over. After the stuffiness of winter and having all the windows closed it’s definitely time to freshen up your home!The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist! #spring #springcleaning #cleaning Click To Tweet
This is the ultimate cleaning checklist to assist you in giving your home a great spring clean. Even if you miss the spring then you can use these tips to clean your home in the summer instead.
Why should you do a spring clean?
Typically a house during winter will be more shut off to the world than during any other season. This allows dust to settle and the air to become more stagnant. Having a spring clean not only freshens everything up but can also remove allergens and dust that can cause respiratory health issues.
After the stupor of winter, it is also a chance to reinvigorate yourself and it can improve your and your family’s mood and give you a real sense of achievement. All of which sets you up to enjoy the coming season.
What should you include on your spring checklist?
This checklist is for the whole home, whether that is an apartment or a large house; it will work for any type of home.
Here is the initial checklist for you to tick off:
- Purchase cleaning products
- Declutter your home
- Make minor repairs
- Dust throughout the house
- Clean walls and ceilings
- Clean carpets and rugs
- Polish all metalwork
- Clean upholstery
- Vacuum the home
- Wax any wooden areas
- Clean the windows inside and out
Below you will be able to look at these areas much more thoroughly but this is your checklist to get you started.
Purchase cleaning products
You may need to restock, so consider what you will need: cloths for dusting, polishing, scrubbing brushes, a good mop, and a refillable spray bottle will be highly useful. Also, consider environmentally friendly cleaning products in your choices.
De-clutter your home
Before the actual cleaning starts have a good look through the home and decide what you don’t need anymore. This will not only make cleaning easier but free up some storage space. If the items you no longer want are in good condition you could give them to a local charity or store in the garage for selling on eBay or in a yard sale.
Make minor repairs
While you are giving your house the once over check the grouting on your tiles to see if it needs redoing. Are the gutters sagging or blocked? Check for broken roof tiles and any areas of mold or dampness. This is a great moment to give your home some real TLC. These problems can cause pests to move into your home and in turn, cause health issues for your family including asthma and other allergies.
Dust your home
Always dust from top to bottom. Try to get into all those little corners plus clean any ceiling fans. Clear shelves and dust thoroughly including the corners again. Dust books and ornaments before replacing them. A feather duster can help here as well as handheld vacuums.
While it is easy to be aware of everything at eye level, remember to look down too and don’t skip on cleaning your baseboards. This area so often gets overlooked but will collect dust as will door frames. Vacuum any dust from the floor and carpets.
Clean the walls and ceilings
You can use normal washing-up liquid in a bucket of warm water to wash painted walls. Use a sponge to gently clean all the walls plus the ceiling. In the UK you can use a product called sugar soap which contains sodium carbonate to clean painted walls and remove grease that washing-up liquid cannot. Beware, in the US the equivalent may contain TSP so check the ingredients do not mention phosphate.
Clean the carpets and rugs
If you have cheap, normal rugs it is perfectly fine to beat them outside to remove dust, but Oriental or heirloom rugs need a bit more love and attention. If necessary hire a professional carpet cleaner for these. Your main carpets can be vacuumed and shampooed with a special machine. You can either purchase this, hire it or again ask a carpet cleaning company to do both your rugs and carpets.
Be careful of your impact on your environment
As mentioned above some cleaning products contain chemicals such as phosphates which damage the environment. While cleaning your home you will also be using a significant amount of water. Turn off taps while cleaning and try to use every drop. In the US the average person uses over 90 gallons of water every day according to Statista. One tip is to leave the shower until last and you can clean that while you wash yourself, After all this work you will be glad for a nice bath or shower!
Polish the metalwork
This means door handles, window metalwork, the front door knocker, and letterbox. Anything that could benefit with a good polish.
Clean the upholstery
Remove cushions from armchairs and sofas. The cushions can be lightly beaten outside and the empty chairs can be vacuumed with the dust removal attachment or a handheld vacuum.
Don’t forget the curtains and blinds too. Dust blinds and wipe clean with warm water and a little detergent. Curtains may need to be dry cleaned so be careful to read the care instructions.
Vacuum the home
Now, hopefully, there is no more dust left in your soon-to-be fully cleaned home. So it is time to use the vacuum cleaner anywhere that it hasn’t yet been.
Wax any wooden areas
You can use wax polish to brighten up any wooden furniture and also a wooden floor cleaner to brighten up any wood flooring you may have. Remember to remove any cleaner residue afterward and dry off with a clean towel.
Clean your windows
This might seem like a lot of work if you have many windows to do but it will put the finishing touch on your already great work. Dust window screens if you have any and clean with your usual mix of warm water and detergent.
There are many tips for cleaning windows and leaving them streak-free. One way is to use your spray bottle with a mixture of 1 part distilled vinegar to 10 parts of water, You can spray a window at a time, rub any dirty spots off and then dry with a clean cloth. Make sure you dust the windows before you start spraying the solution.
This checklist should help you to clean and invigorate your home without missing out on any sections. Although it may take some time, you will be left feeling very rewarded afterward and if you are lucky you might be able to rope some family members in too.