Spring Cleaning Tips

The seasons seem to change faster and faster each year. As winter draws to a close and spring flowers begin to bloom, it’s time to start preparing for spring cleaning. However, in the rush to get everything ready for the coming months, it’s easy to forget to add a few things to your spring cleaning checklist. Here are a few cleaning tips to help you improve the cleaning process. iStock-1178280999.jpgFirst, take inventory of your cleaning supplies and figure out what you need to restock. We recommend that you make a detailed list and buy your cleaning supplies ahead of time. That way, you won’t have to interrupt your cleaning process to buy the things you need. 

If you tend to forget things on your spring cleaning list, make a schedule and stick to it as best you can. Prioritize the different areas you’ll be working on based on how many tasks you have in each room and how important they are. Focus on the aspects of cleaning that you don’t complete during your everyday cleaning routine. 

Next, we recommend that you work room to room. Even if you have to do the same task in multiple different rooms, it’s often easiest if you go step-by-step. Plan your route, so you don’t make a mess in a room you already cleaned while working on another room. 

General Organization/Preparation

Once you have a good plan and know where to start, it’s time to de-clutter. Before you can deep clean, you need to put everything away where it belongs. Otherwise, the clutter will end up getting in your way, and you’ll have to keep shuffling things around to clean. 

Clutter increases anxiety and stress according to several studies on the matter. Not only will tidying up make you feel better, removing clutter makes the spring cleaning process easier. After you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get rid of the dust and other particles that have accumulated over the winter. You can try a used dryer sheet to clean pet hair off many surfaces you can’t vacuum like couches and other furniture. 

Before vacuuming, move any furniture in the room out of the way so that you can clean the whole floor in one go. If you have asthma or a dust allergy, vacuuming may have fewer adverse effects if you wear a medical-grade facial mask. It’s also a good idea to dust off your ceiling fan. You could also change out your shower curtain if needed. 

Cleaning Your Windows (and Similar Surfaces)

When cleaning your windows, first remove visible dust or loose dirt particles. We recommend using a damp paper towel so loose particles don’t escape into the air and create more dust for you to clean later. 

For a streak-free clean, it’s best to use a microfiber cloth on the glass. Starting at the top and working your way down, use a spray bottle filled with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol and thoroughly wet the surface. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe off the spray, scrubbing a little extra at any stuck-on substances. 

The “Miracle” Mixture

As you go about spring cleaning, you’ll inevitably find a stain you want to remove. There’s one surprising cleaning trick that can help you get it done quickly and remove any hard surface stains with just two simple household ingredients. Simply mix one part baking soda to two parts white vinegar and add a little hot water. 

Once you’ve completed the mixture, let it sit on the water stain for about 15 minutes. Then, scrub it with a cloth or non-scratching sponge until the stain disappears. If the stain stubbornly persists, re-apply and try again. 

Clean Your Washing Machine

It may not be obvious, but your washing machine often needs cleaning, too. Soap residue, hard water stains, and rust may be affecting the performance of your washer. If you’re cleaning the basin, you can use the baking soda and vinegar mixture mentioned above. iStock-1301047513.jpgFill the washing machine with the same amount of hot water you would use for a large load of laundry. Then, stir in one part baking soda to two parts white vinegar. Run it until you are satisfied with the cleanliness and send it through a rinse cycle to remove any residue.

Next, wipe down all the outer surfaces and the inside rim. If any part is too challenging to clean, you can use the “miracle” mixture from earlier. 

Advantaclean

Check out our website for more spring cleaning advice. And, for the cleaning tasks that you can’t do yourself, call AdvantaClean and get a team of professionals that would be happy to help.

At Advantaclean, we offer a wide variety of services and would love to work with you. Whether it’s mold remediation, air duct cleaning, or fire damage cleanup, there’s virtually nothing we can’t do.