Is there anything better than the start of spring? The weather turns warmer, flowers start to bloom and you can finally open those windows and bring some fresh air back into your home. For many of us, it also means cleansing your space of clutter and tackling deep cleaning projects.
If you’re working on your spring cleaning list, be sure to add these in!
Clean Walls, Ceilings & Window Sills
Start by vacuuming and dusting the surfaces to remove all dirt and debris. And to save yourself a double clean, start with the ceilings so any falling dust will get cleaned when you move to the walls and window sills. Depending on what type of ceiling you have (flat vs. textured) and what’s covering your walls—you will want to research the best cleaning solution for your home.
Wipe Down Kitchen Cabinets & Fridge
It seems like the kitchen is the one room that’s never truly clean—because we’re using it multiple times a day! Food grime and grease can build up over time, so you will want to find a solvent-free degreaser (do a test area first to ensure it won’t damage the surface) for your cabinets. Using some dish soap and warm water—or a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar—clean down the inside and outside of your fridge.
Scrub Showers & Tubs
Sometimes cleaning your shower or tub may not seem necessary as it’s the place you go to get clean. But even if you don’t have a deep build-up of grime—you should give it a good cleaning. Using a mixture of white vinegar and dish soap, spray down your shower or tub and let the solution sit for at least 15 minutes. Using a sponge, give the entire surface a good scrub, then rinse with warm water. If you are dealing with grime or stained grout, try a mixture of one part baking soda and one part dish soap until a paste forms. Apply the paste using a sponge or toothbrush, let it sit, then rinse with warm water.
Vacuum & Shampoo Rugs
You will want to start by going over each rug really well with the vacuum to remove as much dirt and hair as possible. As long as your rugs are synthetic, you should be able to use a shampoo machine of your choice to give them a deep clean. If you’re worried about a shampooer damaging your rug, you can try this recent trend of taking it outside and power washing it until the water runs clear—just make sure you have a clean space to let it dry.
Wash Pet Bedding & Blankets
If you have pets, you know their hair gets everywhere. But bedding and blankets dedicated to your furry friends take the biggest brunt. Be sure to give these a good wash so your pets can enjoy a fresh place to lay their heads. And if you’re looking for a dryer that can routinely handle a copious amount of pet hair, check out our DR7 dryer with Pet Plus technology.
Clean Window Treatments
Curtains are not something most people wash often—meaning they collect a lot of dust and hair over time. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and throw those curtains in the wash for a refresh! And be sure to dust blinds as well and if you’re dealing with a buildup of gunk and grime—try placing them in a bathtub with warm water, a few squirts of dish soap, and a cup of baking soda for about an hour. Rinse with warm water and finish by wiping away any excess dirt or dust. If your home has specialty window treatments (cellular shades, solar shades, etc.) this list breaks down the best way to clean each kind.
Vacuum & Clean Air Vents
Air vents are a magnet for dust bunnies, dirt, and hair and, although you may vacuum them out regularly, spring is a great time to give them a deep clean. Start by vacuuming and removing any lingering dust, then use your favorite cleaner to give them a good wipe down. Or, if they are removable, throw them in the sink and give them a good scrub.
Deep Clean Floorboards & Baseboards
And last but certainly not least, dedicate your last spring cleaning task to giving your floor and baseboards a thorough clean. After using your preferred method to clean the floors, combine warm water, liquid dish soap, and vinegar—using a sponge or soft cloth scrub scuffs and stains. Be sure to wring out the cloth or sponge thoroughly so you don’t put too much water on the baseboards and use a toothbrush to clean the grooves of the trim. When you’re done, dry the baseboards with a clean towel as leaving water on them could damage the wood. If you want to protect baseboards as long as possible, wipe them down with a dryer sheet which will prevent the static that attracts dust in the first place.