Everyone’s favorite time of year is here: spring cleaning! Okay, you might not love spring cleaning, but it’s beneficial for your home to clean the things you haven’t cleaned in a while. Most people are good about taking care of the things that need to be cleaned regularly, like doing the dishes or vacuuming the floor. However, a lot of people forget about the things that need to be cleaned less regularly, which is why spring cleaning is so important!
Here are some of the things that need to be cleaned once or a couple of times a year that you want to make sure that you don’t miss when spring cleaning this year:
You might spot clean the walls when your kids draw on them, but your walls need to be deep cleaned too. Technically, your walls should be scrubbed about once a month, but it’s okay if you haven’t kept up on that. While you’re spring cleaning, deep clean all of the walls in your home. Pay special attention to the walls that might be touched most often, such as those in hallways. Hot soapy water will do the trick. If you run into cobwebs in the corners, use a broom or a vacuum with a long hose attachment to remove them before you clean the area.
Most people vacuum their carpet and sweep their wood and tile floors. However, many people don’t take the time to get their floors deep cleaned. Carpets should be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner who can remove any built-up dirt or germs that a household vacuum can’t remove. Tile floors should be cleaned by a tile cleaning professional to remove bacteria and mold that is prone to growing in grout, as well as restore the color. While you are cleaning the floors, don’t forget to clean under any area rugs that you have. Your rugs should also be cleaned by a professional area rug cleaner. Your floors should be cleaned about twice a year, so be prepared to schedule a fall cleaning as well.
If it’s been a while since you cleaned out your fridge, do it during your spring cleaning. Check the expiration date on all of the food, and throw out anything that has gone bad. Also, wipe up any spills that may have happened with a sanitizing wipe or hot soapy water. This will help with any bacteria from old food.
Another appliance to focus on is your oven. Many ovens have a self-cleaning setting, so check your manual to learn how to use it. However you clean your oven, make sure that you remove all food particles. This will keep your oven from getting smoky when you bake.
Furniture is used a lot and very rarely, if ever, cleaned. Upholstered furniture is prone to having allergens and bacteria build-up, as well as everyday dirt and stains. A professional furniture cleaner will be able to get your upholstery clean and looking like new. Also take the time to dust your other furniture. Remember to get the tops of tall furniture like bookcases or entertainment centers, as these are often forgotten and it will surprise you how much dust is up there.
Your windows should be cleaned from the inside and the outside to remove dirt and streaks that may prevent as much light as possible from entering your home. Also take the time to dust your blinds. Close then all the way, wipe them with a dusting cloth and then turn then closed the other way and repeat. This will help remove all of the dust. If you have curtains, wash or get them dry cleaned.
Your closets probably rarely get cleaned because they are full of stuff. Empty out your closet and deep clean the area, vacuuming or sweeping the floor and washing the shelves and walls. Then go through everything before you put it back, getting rid of anything you don’t need and organizing everything that you keep. It’s important to remember to clean your pantry as well, where you might have food spills that you don’t even realize exist.
Spring cleaning might not be your favorite task, but your home will feel much cleaner if you take the time to clean these places that don’t get cleaned often!