Maybe it’s the extra hours of sunlight that illuminate the dust bunnies and clutter that have accumulated during the colder months, but springtime often stirs the urge to deep clean our homes.
“People generally clean their furniture, floors, and bathrooms, but they don’t go above and beyond,” says Camille DiNicola of Lake Country Maid Service in Delafield. “Deep cleaning should entail all your window ledges, door frames, and tops of your doors, for example,” she adds.
Ginger Moldenhauer of OCD Cleaners LLC in Oconomowoc explains that deep cleaning is “digging in deep into the crevices, nooks and crannies and really disinfecting.” She recommends detailing the house four times a year.
Moving furniture, cleaning out bookcases and cupboards, and packing up seasonal decorations with the seasons make the chore easier in the long run. “It helps you cycle out things in your house so you don’t clutter up,” she says.
When it comes to spring cleaning, some places deserve extra consideration.
DiNicola advises people to look up — literally. “Things people don’t pay attention to on regular cleanings are their ceiling fans, chandeliers, ceiling light fixtures, wall sconces, and other out-of-reach areas,” she says.
Disinfecting is an equally important part of deep cleaning. “Everybody seems to have a toothpaste drawer, and it should be cleaned out and sanitized,” says Moldenhauer. She also suggests people change out their toothbrushes more often, especially during flu and cold season.
Another spot that should be cleaned at least twice a year is the screen in the clothes dryer. “The screen is catching the lint, but your clothes could actually be drying faster if your screen were clean,” says Moldenhauer. She recommends washing the screen with dish soap and a soft brush and letting it air dry.
Bit by bit
Luckily, the pros have a few tips to help people get headed in the right direction.
DiNicola suggests people invest in elbow grease and vinegar, a safe, inexpensive cleaner. “It does the job; vinegar will clean the inside of your refrigerator, your floors, your toilet, and your windows,” she explains.
Moldenhauer says, “It’s amazing how making your bed in the morning helps put things back into order.” She explains that if the bed’s made, people are more likely to hang up their clothes and tidy up elsewhere. “Just a little bit each day helps for when it’s time to do the big clean,” she adds.
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