October 24, 2018
Spring is an excellent time to revitalise your home with some spring cleaning. You can hire someone to come in for a deep seasonal clean. Or, you can save money when you clean your home yourself. This will also give you the chance to organise, declutter, and give your whole life a refresh.
We’ve put together our top spring cleaning tips to help you polish, dust, and de-grease, without eating up too much of your precious time.
Before getting started, it’s helpful to create a plan. That way, you know what you expect to get done each day and what you need in order to get the job done quickly. With a plan of attack, you won’t have to stop and run to the store to pick up more cleaning supplies. It also makes the work feel a lot easier when you can hop from one task to the next on your spring cleaning list.
What cleaning supplies should I have for spring cleaning?
- Get your vacuum ready by emptying it of any dust or dirt and cleaning the filter
- Have plenty of microfiber cloths clean and ready to go
- You’ll need a mop and bucket, as well as any sponges, scrub brushes, and cotton tips for hard-to-reach areas
- Gather your cleaning products – make sure you aren’t low on any so you have enough to work with:
- Window cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Toilet cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
Any natural cleaning supplies like baking powder, vinegar, and lemons.
Next, create a plan for your cleaning process. The easiest method is to tackle one room at a time. Start by decluttering and putting things away so you have plenty of space to get all the surfaces, corners, and materials cleaned. Get rid of items you no longer use, donate what you can, and throw out the rest. Everything else should be neatly put away.
If you have a larger home, you may want to devote one full day to the bathrooms and kitchen, and another day to the living spaces and bedrooms. With a plan, it will be easier to get all your spring cleaning done in the weekend so you are ready to enjoy your ultra-clean home by the time you need to head back to work on Monday.
You’ll get more done if you work in blocks. Pro cleaner Jacqueline Yardan recommends committing yourself to 30 or 45-minute intervals and taking time off in between. She suggests to set a timer and then, Clean in a focused manner during that time, and when the timer goes off, treat yourself to a break.
It can also help to play music while you clean. Hearing, or singing along to, your favourite tunes can put a little pep in your step whilst scrubbing away dirt and grime. It will also help you stay focused during each cleaning interval.
Then, when you take a break, be sure to drink some water or have something healthy to eat to keep your body energised.
When cleaning, you’ll be more effective if you clean from the top down. If you mop and vacuum your floors first and then start dusting and moving things around, you could end up having to clean the floors a second time!
Start by dusting and cleaning overhead lighting, upper cabinets, and other elevated areas. If you have window dressings, now’s a good time to take them down to clean them, or to have them professionally cleaned.
Plan a lot of time for your appliances and bathroom surfaces that are prone to extra bacteria and grime build-up. These can be your biggest challenge so you’ll want to use the right cleaning supplies. For the really tough jobs, you can always outsource to the professionals.
Opt for microfiber clothes rather than paper towels – they are more effective, more cost-effective, and way better for the environment. You can also try a few cleaning hacks that the pros use to make cleaning a little easier:
- Mix baking soda and dish soap into a paste and rub onto surfaces like the bathroom tub, tile, and your kitchen splashback. Let this mixture sit for about ten minutes before scrubbing surfaces clean.
- Add some baking soda when washing sheets, blankets, towels and other items for a deeper clean.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your couch and other upholstered furniture. Let sit for ten minutes and then vacuum up.
- Hair dryers are great for getting rid of dust in hard-to-reach crevices. This is also a great trick for cleaning your computer’s keyboard.
- To clean your pipes, pour baking soda down your drains, followed by about four ounces of white vinegar.
- Add a couple drops of orange or peppermint essential oil to your cleaning cloths that you use to dust and clean surfaces. This will leave your home smelling fresh when you’re done.
- A cotton ball or tip soaked in white vinegar works well for cleaning tight areas and crevices.
Probably the best part of any spring cleaning is the end. Everything is clean and fresh and all you have left to do is to put everything back in place. Take the time to make sure you haven’t overlooked any areas. The last thing you want is to see a mess somewhere after you’ve spent the past two or three days cleaning.
You can use these spring cleaning tips for your seasonal deep cleans or when you need to clean your house or apartment before a move.
You can also freshen your home even more by adding a couple of houseplants or scented candles. They’ll stand out now that all that clutter is gone and every room in your home is fresh and clean. You’ll also enjoy the elevated ambience!
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