Spring cleaning tips: 7 key areas to tackle – Utica Observer Dispatch
April is the time of year when the weather finally starts to warm and we can begin to think about spring cleaning.
Tackle one area listed below at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed or conquer the job room by room. Breaking down these tasks into smaller pieces makes it easier to find pockets of time to get your spring cleaning done.
Floors and carpets
Begin by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor including all corners. Move and clean all area rugs. Clean all carpeted rooms with a rented machine or hire a carpet cleaner. The amount of dirt that accumulates over a year in rugs and carpets can be quite surprising. If you have pets in your home, consider doing this task twice a year.
When was the last time you vacuumed behind the couch or took off all of the cushions and gave it a good cleaning? If you can’t remember, it’s time to do it. After a thorough vacuuming, use Febreze to eliminate odors and freshen up all couches and upholstered furniture.
Walls, baseboards, cabinets and woodwork
The walls and wood work in your home need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Wash them with a damp cloth dipped in warm water with some mild dish detergent. Murphy’s oil or Glade furniture spray also can be used. It’s best to dry the newly cleaned areas with a dry cloth to avoid water streaks.
Ceiling fan and light fixtures
Use a pillowcase to clean ceiling fans. The dust will go into the case rather than fall on the floor. Then shake the case over the garbage and put it in the laundry. Wash or use Windex to clean all light fixtures. Dust can accumulate quickly on and inside fixtures. Spend the time to remove all parts of each light fixture in your home to thoroughly clean them.
Curtains and windows
Washing or dry cleaning curtains once a year will keep them looking fresh and extend their life. Clean windows from the inside and out to remove all soot and grime that has accumulated over the winter.
Refrigerator and freezer
Remove everything from your refrigerator and freezer. Clean all surfaces and discard expired items or those you no longer will use. Dry all refrigerator surfaces before putting items (like things together) back in. Consider using bins to organize the refrigerator and make it easier to locate and retrieve items.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Spring is the perfect time to check all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If they are battery operated, remove the batteries to check for corrosion.
Look for more organizing tips from Deb Cabral in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and at decluttercoachdeb.com. Follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation. organizationmotivation.com