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Spring Cleaning – Dos and Don’ts

For many, spring is a time of rejuvenation. Finally, after a cold winter, it is time to throw open the windows and let that fresh spring air overtake your senses. You feel reborn and energized, ready to take on the task of spring cleaning your home, both inside and out. Spring cleaning is not as daunting a task as one might think, especially, if you bring in the whole family to help. Many hands make less work after all. Having a plan of attack also makes spring cleaning an easier task. Use this convenient space-by-space breakdown to help manage your spring cleaning.

Interior

Entrance

  1. Dust shelving, benches, and lighting fixtures.
  2. Empty closet of winter clothing; store items you will use again and give away items you no longer need
  3. Wash doors and walls
  4. Polish doorknobs
  5. Sweep and mop floors
  6. Clean or, if necessary, replace door mat

Bathrooms

  1. Empty and wash vanity, shelving, and cabinets. Remove items that are expired, such as cosmetics and medications. Place items you are keeping tidily.
  2. Clean tub/shower, and sink.
  3. Clean toilet and remove to clean the floor bolts.
  4. Polish faucets.
  5. Tighten pipes and check for leaks.
  6. Clean windows and mirrors.
  7. Wash floor and walls.
  8. Polish doorknobs.

Bedrooms

  1. Wash windows, and dust furniture, picture frames, and lighting fixtures.
  2. Empty drawers and closets and remove items from under the bed. Store items for next season and donate items you will not need again.
  3. Sprinkle bed with baking soda, let sit for a few minutes and vacuum it up.
  4. Vacuum or sweep room, including underneath the bed.
  5. Sweep and mop hardwood, or deep-clean carpets.
  6. Wash doors and walls.
  7. Polish doorknobs.

Kitchen

  1. Empty and wipe drawers and cabinets. Organize and place back items. Donate items you no longer need.
  2. Clean oven, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher.
  3. Clean and organize refrigerator and pantry. Discard expired items and donated unwanted items still within expiry.
  4. Pull out refrigerator and oven. Clean refrigerator coils. Sweep and mop the floors and put refrigerator and oven back in place.
  5. Wipe down counter, backsplash and small appliances
  6. Clean sink and polish faucets
  7. Tighten pipes in necessary and check for leaks.
  8. Sweep and mop floors. Wax, if desired.

Living/Recreation Room

  1. Dust furniture and electronics.
  2. Vacuum and spot clean if necessary.
  3. Organize wires for TV, PCs, and other electronics.
  4. Sort through toys, books, magazine, CDs, and DVDs and donate what you no longer use.
  5. Reorganize your furniture.
  6. Wash doors, floors, and doors.
  7. Polish doorknobs.

Laundry/Utility Room 

  1. Dust shelving and cabinets
  2. Wipe down laundry sink and polish faucet.
  3. Wipe down inside and outside or washer and dryer.
  4. Clean lint trap with water and soap; air dry.
  5. Sweep and mop floors.

Hallways and Stairwells

  1. Dust furniture, light fixtures, and picture frames.
  2. Sweep and vacuum.
  3. Wash down walls.
  4. Wipe down handrails

Exterior

Exterior Walls

  1. Inspect exterior of your entire home. Search for peeling paint, mold, splitting wood, bricks with mildew or moss and remove as necessary.
  2. Remove storm windows and clean window screens.
  3. Powerwash exterior walls to remove dirt and grime.

Deck/Porch

  1. Inspect porch for cracks and broken portions. Replace if necessary.
  2. Clean and treat the deck with sealant.