1. Comprehensive Vacuuming
Don’t settle for just cramming your vacuum head into those nooks and crannies (you know the ones we’re talking about) and holding it there for a moment and then moving on. You’re not fooling anyone. Spring cleaning is the one time of year that you need to step up your game.
Move the furniture. Uncover the pens, socks, and pieces of trash that have accumulated under there, and give it the cleaning it’s been begging for. You might be surprised at how much better the end result of your vacuuming feels!
2. Clean Your Light & Ceiling Fixtures
This is one that never even occurs to many people. Make no mistake: cleaning your light fixtures can make a huge difference in the way your home feels. Remember that you depend on light from these fixtures to see your home at all, so why would you let the gift of light collect dust and grime?
Get out your stepping stool. A sturdy chair will do the trick too—just be careful! Climb on top of it with any sort of cleaning apparatus, and do some dusting! While you’re at it, take care of the fan as well! Be thorough, and you might be shocked at the difference it makes when you turn your lights on at night.
3. Empty Your Fridge And Bust Out The Sponge
We all know that refrigerators can get pretty gross as time passes. Inevitably, there will be some articles of food that get forgotten about, and go bad in the forgotten hard-to-reach corners. Meanwhile, you may be wondering why there is so little room in your refrigerator, or why there’s a phantom smell that always sends your nose for a loop.
Spring cleaning should be all-encompassing. That means that you need to take all the food out of your fridge, get down on your hands and knees with a sponge, and do the thing that you’ve been avoiding all year. Scrub-a-dub-dub! This will give you chance to weed out the food that needs to be thrown out and give your condenser cable.
4. Clean Your Faucets
Faucets have a funny way of becoming disgusting no matter what you do. Often times this disgustingness assumes the form of lime buildup around the fixtures. The cramped spaces here often deter thorough cleaning, but you shouldn’t let 365 days pass without making your fixtures sparkle again. Here’s what you do…
The best way to get rid of these lime deposits is to lay down some paper towels in the affected areas and soak them in vinegar. Then, let these vinegar-soaked towels sit for a while—we’d recommend about an hour. After this, those lime deposits should come right off with with some light scrubbing.
5. Take A Hose To Your Garbage Can
How serious are you about cleaning?
It might seem like cleaning your garbage is a bit counter-intuitive since garbage cans are supposed to be dirty, but it’s something you likely interact with on a daily basis. Spring cleaning should include everything that is part of your “home” experience, and taking out the trash is part of that experience.
Stop dry-heaving every time you open your garbage can. Next trash day, take your empty garbage can, grab some soap and your hose, and show it who’s boss.
In Need Of Something A Bit More Drastic?
If your home needs a more drastic facelift, consider replacing your flooring! In a previous post we answer that question, “When is it Time to Get New Floors?” You can start with a particularly needy section of the house and go from there. It’s a great way to invest in your property value, and it can work miracles in giving your house the vibe you’ve been looking for. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, give us a call!