Are these warmer days giving you Spring fever? How about the itch for Spring cleaning? Now is the perfect time to focus on your home’s interior before it warms up more and you’ll be moving to the exterior of your home. According to the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) annual National Cleaning Survey, 78 percent of Americans will roll up their sleeves to spring clean their homes. If you’re one to dig in and tackle the messy closets, windows, and the other often overlooked chores, then here is a list to help you get started.
The American Cleaning Institute’s latest National Cleaning Survey reveals Americans’ top spring cleaning priorities. While spring cleaners’ top priorities are bedrooms (25%), closets (23%), kitchens (22%) and family rooms (18%), those who never spring clean say it’s because their homes don’t look dirty, they would rather be doing other things, they don’t have enough time or they don’t know how to spring clean.
The annual survey, conducted by Wakefield Research for ACI, also revealed that the top concerns of homeowners when it comes to cleaning are mold (31%), dirt (22%), odors (22%), stains (15%) and dust (12%). And what are the overall dirtiest spots in our homes? Homeowners picked windows (65%), floors (64%), toilets (48%) and shelves (41%) (respondents ranked three items).
We’ve broken Spring cleaning out into a few easy steps. Some choose to work on one room at a time, while others tackle one task at a time. This is also a great time to consider hiring a cleaning company to come in and tackle the windows, blinds, and any other deep cleaning you may not have time for nor personally want to tackle. Here is my personal style of spring cleaning, tackling one room at a time.
Spring Cleaning Steps:
- Tidy – Begin by picking up stray items, toys, shoes, etc. and returning them to where they belong. If you’re going through closets and bedrooms this is a good time to grab three boxes, totes, or even large garbage bags and label them “trash,” “donate,” and “sell”.
- Organize – Clean out closets, drawers and freshly organize your belongings. If you have children this a great time to go through clothes that they may have outgrown. In some rooms of our home, we’ll choose to rearrange furniture at this time.
- Dust – Begin at the top and move your way down the room. Dust all surfaces including lights, ceiling fans, baseboards, shelving, and decor. Shake out rugs, vacuum furniture, and wash pillows. If you use stand-alone fans this is the time to use an air compressor or vacuum to deep clean them. Be sure to dust or use a vacuum on your bathroom vents and air returns.
- Wash – Clean windows, blinds, baseboards, scuffs on the walls, and any other hard surfaces. This is a great time to polish wood furniture as well. Be sure to take a look at your light fixtures as most styles will collect dust or become ‘foggy’ due to gas heat, etc. Remove the glass and wash it in the sink or with a glass cleaner.
- Launder – Wash bedding, curtains, pillows and any other soft surfaces that can easily be thrown into the wash. I recommend using Lysol Laundry Sanitizer for disinfecting any laundered items.
- Floors – Save your floors for last. This is a great time to give your vacuum a quick Spring cleaning and ensure it is clean and running at its best prior to the beginning. Move chairs or any light furniture to ensure a clean sweep and don’t forget along the baseboards and behind doors, which are often forgotten during weekly cleaning.
- Appliances – This is also a great time to clean out the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer machine, dryer and any other appliances you may have. Run them on their ‘clean’ cycles, and be sure to check your local store for great products to help freshen your machines. Maintenance will help with the longevity of your appliances.
I personally tackle Spring cleaning one room at a time in our home and work on it over a few weeks’ time. Whatever your style, Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen the home and rid it of any potential sources of mold, mildew, odors, dirt, stains, and dust. Cheers to happy cleaning and a fresh start to the Spring.
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