Spring Cleaning Tips
A Checklist to Make Sure your Home is Clean this Spring
Spring fever brings anyone out of hibernation. Wake up your home from its dusty slumber with this complete guide to your spring cleaning.
If you feel that your spring cleaning this year is presented itself a little too large, ServiceMaster can be of help. Their experts can make sure your home is in tiptop shape for the Spring and Summer to come. For those little projects around the house, use the spring cleaning checklist below to find how to clean all surfaces of your home.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Drywall – Spring Cleaning Tips
Drywall can be a tricky and large area to clean. When your home has been closed up all winter, dirt and dust can start accumulating on the ceiling and floorboards more frequently. Try using a light wash mix of 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 gal. warm water. This will gently wash away any cobwebs and dirt that has began to accumulate. If there are hard to reach places, such as your ceiling, attach a cleaning cloth to the end of a broom and begin wiping the corners and the ceilings. Make sure to use this solution on only drywalls, since textures like wallpaper are porous and will wrap the paper. A dry rag would be perfect for wiping down your wallpapered walls. Concentrate on areas where vents are located since the constant airflow allows the dust and dirt to accumulate in larger quantities. This is where the broom would work most efficiently.
Carpets – Spring Cleaning Tips
Dust and dirt loves to hide in your carpets. Vacuuming on a weekly basis should help your spring cleaning stress. Vacuuming allows the carpet to stay cleaner and healthier for you and your family. If your high traffic areas are not cleanable by vacuum, you may need a ServiceMaster carpet cleaning provider to steam clean your carpets quickly. This will help maintain the appearance and longevity of the carpet.
Windows – Spring Cleaning Tips
If you prefer to make your own solutions during spring cleaning, you can do this with your windows. Fill a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar & the remainder with water. This solution allows you to clean your blinds. Spray onto a clean rag and attach to kitchen tongs if you have them. This allows you to clean the top and bottom of each blind quicker. Make sure the towel is damp enough to pick up all dust and dirt. You may need to replace the rag depending on how many windows you need to clean.
Cleaning the windows is important as well. Depending on the climate you live in, windows can become very dirty not only inside but on the outside as well. A window spray should generally do the trick when dealing with this problem. Most windows are capable of swinging open for cleaning. Make sure to spray the window thoroughly with the cleaning spray and begin wiping with a newspaper. This will help with the streaking problems. Allow the windows to dry and check for smudges or streaks.
Wood Floors – Spring Cleaning Tips
For spring cleaning your hardwood floors, you can also create a water solution. A ½ cup of white vinegar in 1 gallon of water can sufficiently clean your floors. You can use a mop or cleaning pads made by many companies. Generally mops can leave excess water on your floors making it look dull and dirty again. By adding the solution to the cleaning tool, this will help allowing water to not saturate your floors.
After your floors have dried, you can use a generic floor wax or by attaching a sheet of wax paper to that cleaning tool allows the wax to make your wood floors shine.
Dusting – Spring Cleaning Tips
Like stated before with blinds, dusting should be done often enough to ensure the allergens are minimized. You can use the vinegar solution like stated before or a generic dusting spray with a clean rag. Dusting should be happening all year round, not just for spring cleaning. This will minimize dirt traveling around your home as well as through your breathing air.
Donations – Spring Cleaning Tips
During the spring cleaning process, you may have encountered many extra items stored away. Instead of throwing these items out, see if any are worth to donate or give to charity. This will create less clutter in your home as well as help those in need. Many government sites can help you figure out where to donate your things. Amvets and the Salvation Army are two organizations that will come to your home and pick up any donations you may have. You can help those in need while de-cluttering your life all in one step.
Air Ducts – Spring Cleaning Tips
Cleaning out your air ducts is very important when keeping the dust and allergens at bay in your home. ServiceMaster duct cleaning services include opening access areas to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected. They use vacuum equipment that exhausts particles outside the home, or High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuuming equipment if the vacuum exhausts inside the home. During the air duct cleaning service, carpets and household furnishings are kept protected, while removing, cleaning and reinstalling all registers and vents. ServiceMaster also uses the appropriate tools and brushes during HVAC cleaning so they don’t damage duct surfaces.
Regular duct cleaning service is particularly important for households with pets or smokers. Air duct cleaning services are also recommended if anyone in the home suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.
Frequently changing your air filters can reduce the dust and dirt that travels through your home. You should be making sure to check the level of dirt that is accumulating on the surface of the filter so you know how often you should be changing it.