Spring cleanups give you a sense of satisfaction and make you feel great about yourself — but only after you’ve done all the hard work. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make spring cleaning more manageable and ensure you’ll finish everything in a quick and efficient way. We’ve listed some of them below:
Get everyone on board
Unless you live alone, there’s no reason to do spring cleanups all by yourself. If you’re living with your family, get your partner and/or your kids to assist you with the cleaning. If you have roommates, create a list of chores and divide them equally among yourselves.
Choose the right day
You’ve probably already decided to do your spring cleanup on a weekend. But don’t just stop there; if you’re cleaning your windows from the outside, make sure to do so on a cloudy day. The sun will dry out your cleaning product before you’ve wiped it off, leaving streaks on your windows and making them look unsightly.
Make the most of kitchen staples
There’s nothing wrong with using commercial cleaning products that you can buy from the store. But, if you’re on a tight budget and/or want to reduce your exposure to chemicals, you’ll want to use natural cleansers that can be found right in your own kitchen. If you have silk and woolen area rugs, for example, you can clean them using a solution made of one part white vinegar and four parts water. Instead of using a bathroom cleaning product, you can mix half a cup of baking soda with two cups water and use it to clean your bathroom tiles.
Invest in a dependable degreaser
Grease naturally settles on your kitchen units over time, especially if you love to fry food and/or don’t use the exhaust hood while you cook. This makes your drawers and cabinets feel slick and sticky and look the worse for wear. Fortunately, you can solve this problem by using a solvent-free degreaser that effectively cuts through grease buildup and makes it easy to remove. Choose a product that contains non-toxic ingredients, and test it first on an inconspicuous spot to ensure it won’t damage your kitchen.
Don’t forget your appliances
Your home appliances need some TLC, so pay attention to them when you’re doing your spring cleanup. Take out the shelves from your refrigerator and clean them with soap and water, then wipe the fridge’s inner surfaces before putting the shelves back. Put some vinegar and baking soda in your oven, let them heat up for a moment, then use a sponge to wipe the grime away.
Tackle non-cleaning tasks, too
Spring cleaning isn’t just about “cleaning” per se since there are many other tasks you need to do. If your door and window hardware are made of metal, make them shine again with liquid polishes that remove tarnishes. You’ll also want to reseal granite counter-tops to protect them from unsightly stains and ensure they stay in good shape (the same principle applies to bathroom and kitchen grout lines). Take the time to change the batteries of your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors as well.
Get the help of the pros
If you don’t have the time or the skills to do a specific task, don’t hesitate to call the experts. Intense carpet stains, second- and third-floor windows, and wooden floor waxing and staining are just some of the tasks that can benefit from the professional touch.
Use these tips to make your spring cleanup easier and more manageable!
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