Spring cleaning makes your home more livable and beautiful and can even boost its real estate value. No matter how much you want to put it off, treating your house or apartment to a deep cleaning is a must. Remember to involve as many hands as you can within the household to finish tasks in less time! Here are some at home easy to make cleaning solutions and techniques to consider. This printable checklist will help you keep track of the tasks you need to complete for a thorough cleaning.
Set aside a weekend and decide on a plan of attack for the best results. It’s best to literally clean your rooms from top to bottom, especially if you’ll be cleaning ceiling fans. This ensures that dirt, dust and other grime doesn’t mess up your freshly cleaned floors before you have a chance to enjoy them.
Household Cleaning Tip:
Ventilation is a must no matter which room or area you choose to clean first. Open up windows and turn on fans after they’ve been cleaned. Pay careful attention to any instructions or warnings on the cleaning products that you’re using. Remember that you should never mix cleaners that have ammonia with cleaners that have bleach. For an all-purpose, all-natural cleaning solution, mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Tackling Rooms and Kitchen:
You can kick off deep cleaning in any room by dusting and wiping down the ceilings and walls. This is also the perfect time to clean ceiling fans and light fixtures. Use a damp sponge mop to clean ceilings that can’t be reached on a step stool. It’s a good idea to use a degreasing solution on walls in the kitchen, but you should always test a small amount of the product in a hidden area before using it everywhere.
Move onto your windows next. Wash down interior window sills and windows with a dilution of dish soap and vinegar in water. Wipe off windows with soft, clean cloths and be sure to leave them cracked open so they can dry. Take off and thoroughly wash screens and allow them to dry before replacing them. Next, vacuum all carpets and flooring.
Your remaining cleaning tasks are dependent upon the room in which you plan on working on next. Download and follow the checklist to make the process much easier. Check off what is complete and move on to the next task. Before you know it, you’ll have a thoroughly clean and presentable home!
Of course, spring cleaning isn’t complete until you wash and maintain your home’s exterior. Use the method appropriate for your home’s paint or finish. You should also take care to trim and clean up your lawns and refresh any landscaping. Simple exterior cleaning and landscaping will boost your home’s beauty and real estate value.