Optimize Your Spring Cleaning With These 10 Simple Tips
Tip #1: Put The Humidity To Work
Yes, really. The humidity levels in your house can make (or break) your dusting regime. Low humidity increases static electricity and makes dust more challenging to remove. High humidity levels prove a breeding ground for dust mites (up to 1,000 of them in just a half teaspoon of dust). Save your dusting for a day when the humidity level in your home stays between 40-50% to target the areas you’ve neglected all winter and eliminate built-up dirt as quickly as possible.
Tip #2: Glove Up!
Overwhelmed by pet fur everywhere? Forget the lint brush. Wet a pair of rubber gloves and you’re ready to remove pesky fuzz from upholstery and drapes.
Tip #3: Perk Up Your Mattress
Go beyond the seasonal mattress flip and half turn; make spring the season you give your mattress some much needed TLC. Use your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice attachments to collect whatever has been lurking under the sheets during your winter hibernation.
Tip #4: Find Shower Cleaner In…The Garage?
Have you been ignoring the built-up soap scum and residue on your showers? No problem. You can use the same rain-repellent cleaning product you use on your car windshields on your glass (not plastic) shower doors. Not only will it cut through the grime, but it will also create an invisible, protective barrier between the glass and water, oils, and suds. Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated before giving this tip a try.
Tip #5: Clean Those Windows
Winter is exceptionally tough on windows. Clean all of your windows with a fresh rag and soapy water. Use another clean rag to dry each window and avoid streaks. If you’re looking to get a little fancy during the drying process, go back into the garage and find your windshield squeegee – it’s a great way to remove excess water from glass surfaces.
Tip #6: Help Your Stainless Steel Sparkle
Say “so long” to the smudges and fingerprints that have accumulated on your stainless steel surfaces over the past several months. Create a mixture of 1-quart hot tap water and 1-teaspoon dish detergent. Use a microfiber cloth, go with the surface grain, and carefully rub your solution over any visible marks. When finished, rinse with fresh hot water and dry with a new microfiber cloth.
Tip #7: Revitalize Window Treatments
Don’t waste time hand cleaning and fluffing your curtains. Take them off the rods, remove hooks, and toss them in the dryer along with a damp towel. Run the air-fluff cycle for about 15 minutes, hang them back up as soon as they’re done, and you’ve officially breathed new life into your drab drapes. Before trying this tip, check the tags to make sure your curtains are dryer safe.
Tip #8: Run That Dishwasher
Did you know that your dishwasher cleans far more than just your plates, glasses, and utensils? This spring, optimize dishwasher functionality; load it up with a multitude of household items such as dish sponges, plastic toys (for both kids and pets), removable cup holders, and even toothbrushes and let it do the cleaning for you.
Tip #9: Attack That Sink
We will spare you the stomach-turning statistics, but sufficed to say, your kitchen sink is probably laden with all sorts of nasty bacteria. Springtime is the perfect time to get rid of whatever microorganisms are thriving in there. Disinfect this bacteria bowl by filling the sink with hot soapy water and pouring in 1-cup of bleach (Always be careful when using bleach and make sure the room is well ventilated). Let it do its job for an hour and then drain and rinse well. Follow up with a scrub cleaning using a water/baking soda paste. Rinse well. For stainless sinks, finish with just a few drops of mineral oil and buff with a soft cloth.
Tip #10: Tap Into The Power Of That Gorgeous Spring Sunshine
Have blankets, throws, comforters, and pillows that don’t need to be washed, but could still use a little airing out? Now’s the time. Hang your bedding outside on your clothesline to let them soak in a little seasonal sunshine. For additional ways to freshen up your home this spring, consider doing some interior design updates. Check out our blog for tips or contact us to learn how we can help you bring new life to your space.