Welcome to our spring cleaning guide! Spring is the perfect time to give your home a thorough clean from top to bottom. To help you out, we’ve compiled 16 essential spring cleaning tips to get your house looking and feeling brand new. From dusting your ceiling fans to cleaning your coffeemaker, these spring cleaning tips will have your home sparkling in no time.
1) Create a spring cleaning calendar or schedule
One of the best spring cleaning hacks is to create a calendar or schedule that fits your lifestyle.
Whether you’re a get-it-over-with, all-day type of cleaner or someone with only small blocks of time here and there to use for cleaning, you need to make a reasonable plan. Set aside an entire day if you can but, if not, then break the jobs into manageable tasks and write them into your schedule.
You can either work by room, starting on one side of the house and working your way to the other or you can do one task at a time over the entire house. Scheduling and organizing your list of tasks before you start your spring cleaning will ensure that you get it done efficiently and effectively.
2) Stock up on cleaning supplies
Stock up on all of your necessary supplies before you start your spring cleaning project.
Make sure you have enough toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, and other supplies to last through your entire spring cleaning session. You don’t want to be halfway through and run out of something you need!
3) Start with decluttering
To start your spring cleaning journey, it’s important to declutter.
Get rid of any unwanted and unused items, then organize the things you plan on keeping. Sort your items into piles: keep, donate, sell, or throw away. Remember that you can donate your unwanted items to a charity, sell them, or hire a junk removal service to take them away.
4) Deodorize your gym clothes
One area of spring cleaning that often gets overlooked is gym clothes.
Working out is great for your health, but those sweaty gym clothes can start to smell after a few wearings. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep them smelling fresh and free of odors.
To get your gym clothes springtime fresh and deodorized: soak them in a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts cold water, then wash with a detergent formulated for synthetics
5) Make shower cleaning quick and easy
Here are a few spring cleaning tips to keep your shower clean:
Get a squeegee: a quick swipe of the squeegee from top to bottom can be more efficient than using a cloth and only takes seconds.
Clean as you go: make a habit of washing the walls while you are in the shower. Fill a dish wand with equal parts dish soap and vinegar to scrub while you’re in there.
Spritz daily: use a daily cleaning spray to prevent soap scum buildup.
6) Turn on the music
Turn up the volume and have some fun!
Create a perfect playlist, put on comfortable clothes, and jam out while you clean. By setting the mood and amping up the energy, you’ll find that even the most tedious tasks will go by quickly.
You could also turn on the show you’re currently binging, or listen to a podcast to keep your mind stimulated as you dust or fold clothes. Anything that makes you happy and motivated will do the trick!
7) Always clean from top to bottom
When it comes to spring cleaning, always start from the top and work your way down.
This will ensure that any dust and dirt you stir up while cleaning higher surfaces won’t settle on a freshly-cleaned floor. Dust shelves, window blinds, ceiling fans, and other hard-to-reach places before you mop and vacuum floors. By following this simple tip, you’ll save yourself time and effort in the long run!
8) Clean your toilet correctly
Cleaning the toilet is one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks, which is probably why most people never learned how to clean one properly.
Keep these quick and easy tips in mind when cleaning your toilet.
Give the toilet cleaner time to disinfect: Spray toilet cleaner inside the bowl, covering the whole surface up to the top. Let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes so that it can disinfect surfaces. Use a hard bristle brush or a toilet wand to scrub down the bowl.
Disinfect all surfaces: Don’t forget to spray disinfectant on all other toilet surfaces, including the seat, under the seat, the base, and even the floor area around the base. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth or microfiber mop.
9) Clean high-touch surfaces
Remember to add high-touch areas to your list of spring cleaning tips.
This includes doorknobs, light switch plates, appliance handles, faucets, and TV remotes. Wipe these items down with a microfiber cloth dampened with warm, soapy water (plain dish soap is fine) or an all-purpose cleaner. If someone in your family has a cold or the flu, up the ante on hygiene and use a disinfectant spray to tackle these surfaces instead.
10) Don’t forget the walls
When it comes to spring cleaning, walls are often overlooked.
But a thorough wall cleaning has the power to rejuvenate any room. First, dust baseboards with a dryer sheet. Then, wipe down your wainscoting, paneling, and baseboards using a microfiber mop or cloth with a cleaning solution made of one part water to one part white vinegar.
11) Dust ceiling fans
To get started, spread a sheet or drop cloth on the floor to catch any dust that may fall.
Next, set up a ladder and place a pillowcase over each fan blade. Slide each pillowcase towards you to collect the dust. Keep the pillowcases closed as you carry them to a trash can and shake out the dust. Finish by wiping each fan blade with a microfiber cloth dipped in warm, soapy water and use another dry cloth to dry them off.
12) Speed clean your fridge
Clean your fridge in less than 20 minutes!
Start by going through your inventory of refrigerated food and tossing out anything past its prime. Then, wipe up any spills with a cloth dampened with hot water and an all-purpose spray. Finally, give the exterior a good wipe-down with a cloth and multipurpose spray for enameled steel and distilled white vinegar for stainless steel.
13) Use denture tablets to clean coffee reservoir and more
Coffee makers, toasters, and kettles usually get missed during routine kitchen cleaning.
So your spring cleaning session is the perfect time to give them a little TLC. Take a few minutes to dissolve a couple of denture tablets in the coffee maker’s reservoir and run it through a cycle or two. To descale a kettle, a white vinegar and water mixture works best.
14) Clean your mattress
No spring cleaning is complete without a thorough mattress cleaning.
It’s one of the best spring cleaning hacks to make sure your bed is free from dust and allergens. Start by vacuuming the mattress to remove any surface dust, pet hair, and crumbs. Then you can use a handheld vacuum to get in between the seams and tufts. Follow up with a light dusting of baking soda, allowing it to sit for an hour or two so it can neutralize bacteria and deodorize. Lastly, vacuum again to get up all the baking soda. If you can, flip your mattress and repeat this process to get your entire bed feeling fresh and clean.
15) Disinfect your smartphone
When it comes to our spring cleaning tips, don’t forget your phone!
Your smartphone is a breeding ground for germs and it contributes to the transmission of microbial infections in epidemics and pandemics. So, it’s important to give your phone a thorough clean.
Start by turning off your phone and removing its case. Then, use a disinfecting wipe or a microfiber cloth sprayed with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to wipe all sides of the phone (including the screen). Avoid getting the charging port wet. Clean the case with mild dish soap and warm water. Allow your case to dry before re-attaching it.
16) Know when to hire help
One of the best spring cleaning tips is to know when it’s time to hire a professional.
If you can’t seem to find the time to do a proper spring cleaning, choosing to divide and conquer with a home cleaning service is perfectly acceptable.
Four Seasons Cleaning will save you time and energy while also making sure every inch of your home is squeaky clean. We provide daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly luxury home cleaning services in Seattle and surrounding areas including Redmond, WA, Kirkland, WA, Mercer Island, WA, Woodinville, WA, Bellevue, WA, and more! Let us help you tackle your spring cleaning project. Call us today at (425) 821-4503 to schedule your first cleaning or book online!