Spring Cleaning is an important time of the year. It empties out the junk from the previous year and allows you to start anew the coming year. First things first, go one room at a time. Doing so will lighten your work load and the feeling of intimidation. It works best if you make your way from one end of the house going towards the door so that any dirt from other areas doesn’t track back into the house. Have a container handy to put things which you need to sort through.
Hang up clothes that are still wanted and discard those that are not. For unneeded clothes, set them aside for laundry (you’ll need to wash them before donating them, but be sure to keep them separate from your own laundry). Strip the bed of the sheets and remake it with clean sheets. Tidy up clothes in the drawers, clean tabletops, and vacuum the floor. Tip: Open the window every morning to fend off the just-slept-in smell.
Considering all of the cleaning sprays you may be using, you will want to open the windows, remove the curtains and turn on the ventilation system. Empty cabinets and drawers of products and wipe them clean (the drawers and cabinets, I mean). Insert the products back neatly. Wipe down the mirror then proceed to remove the items around the sink so you can wipe that down too—be sure to wash the inside of the sink as well—arrange the items back when you are done. Now for the troublesome spots: the floor, the toilet, and the bathtub. Using paper towel and a basic surface cleaner (soap and water in a spray bottle work very well), wipe all the nooks and crannies of the toilet seat and bowl (not the inside!). After, pour on all purpose cleaner into the bowl and let it sit while you work on the tub. Clorox spray works wonders for this part; spray it all over the tub and walls, wait 2-3 minutes before scrubbing it down with a handheld brush. Use the showerhead to rinse off the cleaner when you are done. To unclog the drain, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain then chase it down with half a cup of vinegar. Wait seven minutes (use this time to return to the toilet and using a toilet brush, scrub away all of the grime then flush).After seven minutes or so, pour boiling water down the drain and you are good to go. Sweep or vacuum the floor then mix all purpose cleaner and warm water in a bucket. Mop the whole floor then go over it with clean, warm water and a damp mop. Feel free to replace the window curtains. Tip: Buy some cheap perfume to use as a bathroom spray.
Follow the same pattern as the bathrooms: open a window, remove the curtains, empty the drawers and cabinets of all items, and then clean them out (once again, I mean the drawers and cabinets). Replace the items. Clean out the fridge and wipe down the shelves (it is a good idea not to use any harsh chemicals seeing as how food products are kept here); get rid of any outdated products. Wash cabinet doors, knobs, and the fridge door. Lightly scrub away wall stains (use water and soap which will not dissolve the paint). Using the hard part of a sponge, wash the countertop and stove with surface cleaner; wipe it down with a paper towel. Sweep or vacuum the floor then mix all purpose cleaner and warm water in a bucket. Mop the whole floor then go over it with clean, warm water and a damp mop. Tip: Fill a large pot up with water and set it on very low on the stove, cut pieces of cucumber and lemon and put them inside, this acts as a natural air freshener and calming agent.
This is where your vacuum will be most used. Vacuum not only the floor but also the sofas and side chairs. When finished, sort through and recycle any magazines or papers that aren’t needed or wanted. Neatly hide electrical wires and label them if you so wish. Open a window, remove the curtains and get ready to dust everything. It causes less dust if you spray a countertop spray onto the surface and use a paper towel to wipe the dust away. You can now put up clean curtains! Tip: if you are cleaning plywood, spray the spray right onto the paper towel to prevent bumps on the wood.
After you have cleaned the whole house, put a vase of flowers in every room to liven the place up! Loiselle Insurance Agency wishes you a happy spring and a—hopefully—fun cleaning experience that can be made into a family event!