Winter has finally gone for the year and we happily welcome warmer weather and outdoor activities. As we transition from the cold, yet festive winter season, spring is the perfect time to check off those semi-annual cleaning tasks so our homes are prepared for the changes as well. Grab those cleaning supplies and welcome in spring with a fresh and organized home so you can enjoy being free from the cold.
The Cleaning Ladies always make sure our clients enjoy clean homes throughout the year. We have been serving our satisfied customers for years no matter the season. From our experience, we have created a 10-step indoor spring cleaning checklist to help knock off those not-so-regular cleaning tasks. Changing seasons make a great time to knock off the little, but important deep clean tasks we do not regularly do.
The 10 spring cleaning tips we recommend everyone should know are:
- Clean Out Fridge/Freezer, Pantry and Medicine Cabinet
- Wash and Sanitize Trash Cans
- Sweep/Mop Behind and Under Appliances
- Shampoo Carpets and Furniture
- Wash Walls and Baseboards
- Cleaning Bedding and Rotate Mattress
- Test Smoke Detectors
- Clean Dryer Vent/Hose
- Reverse Ceiling Fans
- Replace Air Filters
Add these chores to your indoor spring cleaning checklist and keep your home fresh and safe for the year to come.
Clean Out Fridge/Freezer, Pantry and Medicine Cabinet
Spring cleaning presents an opportune moment to commence anew. Discard all the old or expired items and replace anything that you will need in the next few months. This involves not only cleaning out our refrigerators, bathroom pantries and medicine cabinets but also getting rid of expired items and unwanted possessions that occupy valuable space. Disposing of expired foods or medications can prevent accidental consumption, which may cause health complications or an unsavoury aftertaste.
Wash and Sanitize Trash Cans
Once you’re done clearing out both the bathroom cupboards and refrigerator, set some time aside for an intensive cleaning of your garbage bins. By washing with warm water and disinfecting them, you could ensure that your home has an appealing scent even if that means it doesn’t smell like anything. These containers typically carry the weight of our everyday food scraps and discarded items. Showing them some deep clean care could prevent the household from smelling and keep them odour-free for a longer period.
Sweep/Mop Behind and Under Appliances
Similar to how we wash our linens, extra time while mopping thinking to include obscure spaces in our weekly cleaning routine is ideal for our indoor spring cleaning checklist. When tidying up our surfaces and floors, dedicate some additional time to get to those tough-to-reach spots like beneath appliances. Consistently cleaning these areas will stop any accumulation of dirt, animal hair or grime, ensuring that they are more manageable to tidy up. Don’t forget about those pesky allergies! A thorough cleaning will help us keep those dust bunnies at bay!
Shampoo Carpets and Furniture
To avoid discolouration of carpets and furniture and control any allergens, it is advisable to shampoo carpets and furniture as part of your thorough spring cleaning checklist. Carpets are known to trap dirt and other particles that we bring in with our footwear. Vacuuming can remove most of this debris, but stubborn stains and allergens may require the use of shampooing. It is recommended to include this deep clean step at least twice annually for optimal outcomes.
Wash Walls and Baseboards
Many households do not frequently engage in the task of washing their walls. Nevertheless, walls are susceptible to accumulating dust and debris just like any other part of the house. To avoid inflicting harm on the paint, it is recommended to use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth when scrubbing the walls. There are different ways to clean baseboards. Start by dusting or vacuuming the baseboard and then wash them with the same type of cloth that you would use to wash the walls. Along with the other tasks on our spring cleaning checklist, it is essential to dedicate time to cleaning those areas that do not necessitate cleaning on a weekly basis in order to maintain a hygienic and safe living environment.
Cleaning Bedding and Rotate Mattress
It is a common practice to wash your bedding on a weekly basis, but some pieces of bedding are not given equal attention. For instance, pillows, decorative comforters and pillowcases are often neglected. However, taking the effort to ensure that all parts of your bedding are thoroughly cleaned can help prevent damage or deterioration caused by extended use.
To achieve a complete spring clean, it is advisable to switch to thinner and cooler bed sheets. As the temperature rises, using the same bed linen that was intended for warmth can lead to discomfort and overheating. Keep your winter bedding in a tidy spot for future use and opt for cooler sheets for the incoming summer season.
It is recommended to rotate your mattress at least twice a year, as this will help to prevent wear and tear caused by extensive use. Incorporating this habit into your spring cleaning routine can help you avoid the inconvenience and cost of having to purchase a new mattress prematurely.
Test Smoke Detectors
Give your home a helping hand when you change the clocks! Smoke detectors serve as the quiet watchdogs of our households, capable of preserving the lives of our loved ones during dire circumstances. These routinely neglected devices have saved countless people each year through their timely alerts. A few minutes spent during your seasonal cleaning to test or swap out smoke detector batteries could prove to be crucial in saving your or your family’s lives. While you’re at it, it may also be worth inspecting any other safety devices, such as carbon monoxide detectors.
Clean Dryer Vent/Hose
As we discuss ways to avoid fires in our homes, it is crucial to include the task of cleaning out the dryer vents and hoses during spring cleaning. The accumulation of lint from our laundry machines is a frequent cause of house fires, which can be easily prevented. To ensure the safety of your home, disconnect the dryer hose and remove all the lint buildup.
Cleaning tip – remember to run the cleaning setting on your washing machine. If it doesn’t have that setting, then do the following:
For a front-load washer, put 2 tablespoons of oxygen bleach or borax and 2 tablespoons of washing soda in the tub of the washing machine. For a top-loading machine, put 1/2 cup of each of the powders into the wash tub. Run the biggest cycle at the hottest temperature or use the “clean tub” setting on the washer.
source: Home Depot
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Were you aware that the direction in which your ceiling fans are blowing can significantly affect the airflow in your residence? The majority of ceiling fans provide various speeds and rotational directions. To achieve optimal outcomes, it is recommended that your fan operates in an upward air-lifting mode throughout the hotter months. Ensure that your fan is pulling the colder air upwards to circulate the air conditioning within your home. This can lead to reduced utility expenses and a more comfortable environment.
Replace Air Filters
The cleanliness of air filters can impact both your air conditioning system and the quality of air indoors. It’s essential to replace your air filters regularly to enhance air circulation in your home and decrease the number of airborne particles. For optimal indoor air quality, it’s recommended to change your air filters every 3-6 months or at the beginning of each season.
Whether it is residential cleaning or commercial cleaning, The Cleaning Ladies are here to provide any professional cleaning services you might require. We hope this indoor spring cleaning checklist can help those who choose to go it alone. If you have any questions or need assistance in your next cleaning project, we would love to be there to help you out. Contact us anytime and see what professional cleaning services can do for you.