Spring is just about here! And if your home is like any other, certain parts may have taken a beating over the winter months. As such, it’s helpful to take a couple of days to give your home – both inside and outside – a thorough cleaning job before the warmer weather arrives.
“Spring cleaning,” as it’s called, might not be the first thing you want to do to enjoy better weather, but it can make a huge difference to your home. Here are some things you’ll want to tackle as part of your overall spring cleaning job.
Clean Under All Appliances
You may clean on top or around your appliances throughout the year, but what about underneath? Most likely there is a pile of dust and other debris that’s made its way under your appliances, including your fridge, oven, dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Make it a point of moving these large appliances and clean/vacuum underneath to give these areas a clean slate.
Dust the Baseboards and Ceiling Fans
Dusting should be a regular part of house cleaning, but certain areas tend to be ignored, including your baseboards and ceiling fans. But over the months, these areas can easily build up a lot of dust. And the longer it sits there, the tougher it can be to get rid of.
For this job, you may actually need to use a warm, damp cloth to gently rub over the area along the baseboards if you find that the dust is a little stubborn. And for your ceiling fans, you’ll find that dusters with long extension handles will make the job of dusting these unseen surfaces much easier.
Clean Inside Your Fridge, Oven, and Microwave
Take some time to thoroughly scrub and clean out all surfaces of your refrigerator, oven, and microwave. Over the months, these areas can easily develop caked-on food which can be difficult to remove with a simple wipe.
Instead, you may have to soak these surfaces for a little while, then scrub them down to ensure an effective cleaning job. If your oven is self-cleaning, the job is much easier for you. Otherwise, get yourself an oven cleaning product to help you easily lift stubborn debris from the inside of your oven.
Wash Drapes and Upholstery
If you notice that your window treatments are starting to look like they need cleaning, consider taking them down and having them cleaned. While you can always do this yourself, you might want to take your drapes to a dry cleaner, especially if they’re particularly thick or delicate.
While you’re at it, consider having your upholstery deep cleaned. For this job, you might want to call in the pros who will ensure that just enough shampoo is used and can be dried in a short amount of time.
Deep Clean the Carpets
The professionals that you hire to clean your upholstery will also be able to deep clean your carpeting if you have any. Considering all the foot traffic that your carpets experience day in and day out, having them deep cleaned might be a good idea and should be included in your spring cleaning to-do list.
Clean the Eavestroughs
After a long winter, your eavestroughs have likely taken a beating. All the leaves that may have made their way in there as the fall season was winding down and the winter season started in full swing may still be there and need to be sloughed out. Plus, all the snow and ice that have accumulated may have compromised the cleanliness and the integrity of your eavestroughs.
Regardless, cleaning or even repairing your eavestroughs is a crucial component of spring cleaning and will ensure that this important system will be able to do its job of directing all that April rainwater away from your home. That way, your home will be kept safe from any potential damage that water can do if it’s allowed to pool around your home.
And without an effective eavestrough system, your home could be at risk of water damage. So be sure to make eavestrough maintenance a priority this spring.
Tackle all of these chores as part of your spring cleaning efforts to get your home ready for the warmer weather to come!