Windows up and the sun sits higher and higher warming us from above, we all stretch from the cold winter and reach for the warmth to come with spring. A little stir crazy we have become and we want to open up the house and start our spring cleaning, so here's a little list to help you complete your task and get heading into spring on the right foot.
1. Get supplies: Microfiber clothes (in both regular and eye-glass grade), microfiber mop, non-abrasive cleanser, baking soda, white vinegar, vacuum with long-bristle and edger attachment, steam.
2. Go top-to-bottom, back-to-front: Avoid backtracking, start working with gravity—when you dust high surfaces like ceilings and furniture, it falls to the floor. Likewise, start mopping or vacuuming opposite the entrance to the room, so you don’t track dirt over clean areas.
5. lampshades and art work-Use a long-bristle vacuum attachment, circle the top and bottom band of the lampshade to suck up dust without catching or disturbing the trim. Then run the brush up and down the sides of the shade to clean the entire surface.
When it comes to wall art and framed mirrors, we suggests pulling down pictures and running a microfiber cloth over the front and back of the frame as well as the wall. Never spritz glass cleaner on glass, moisture can seep behind the glass and ruin your photos or art. Instead, use a fine microfiber cloth to remove dust from glass or spray your solution directly on the cloth, then apply to clean the surface.
6. Area Rugs and Carpeting-No need to empty a room completely before vacuuming; simply move furniture out of the way—and then replace—as you go. Roll up area rugs and vacuum beneath to remove dirt and debris. In a room with wall-to-wall carpeting, use the edger attachment of your vacuum to clean the space where the baseboard meets the floor. (While you’re at it, use the long-bristle attachment to clean the baseboards.)
On carpeted stairs, use static electricity to make your life simpler: Put on a rubber dish glove, then run your fingers along the edge of each step to bring out dirt caught in the crevices. With a handheld vacuum or vacuum attachment, suck it up as you go.
-You can considers a steam floor cleaner a secret weapon for fast, deep cleaning on hardwood, tile, vinyl and laminate floors. She especially likes it in the bathroom, where it makes easy work of pulling up dirt from uneven tiles and grout.
-As an alternative, spritz hardwood and laminate floors with your favorite floor cleaner and wipe with a microfiber mop.
7. Bathrooms- Remove mildew and soap scum from your shower curtain liner with little effort by throwing it in the washing machine with a few fluffy towels and laundry detergent. Put it in the dryer on low heat for 10 minutes to soften and remove wrinkles, Lane says, and hang it back up, looking like new.
For hard-to-reach stains around the toilet, faucets, and other tight spots, aim the steam cleaner nozzle at the area and watch dirt and grime you never knew existed get flushed out. Wipe the newly sanitized area with a microfiber cloth and move on.
If you’ve got a self-cleaning oven, save it for last—turn it on and then head outside to avoid any intense fumes (either enjoy a much-deserved iced tea in the yard, or else take the opportunity to shake out smaller area rugs outdoors). For all other ovens, prepare a paste of baking soda and water, apply to inside walls and floor of oven, then spritz with vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe down. Grease and cooked-on food should come right off.
Wipe the top of the refrigerator with a water-dampened microfiber cloth—for especially greasy dust, moisten the cloth with cleaner. If possible, move the refrigerator away from wall and clean the coils with the brush attachment on your vacuum—removing months’ worth of dust will help the appliance run more efficiently.