Your Official Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is finally here! It’s the opportune time to open those windows and air out your home as you begin pull up your sleeves and dive into that long awaited spring clean. Have you ever read the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? The mouse wants a cookie and then milk. Then he needs to wash his face and notices his hair needs trimming. The story goes on and on. Spring cleaning can be a lot like that. You open the windows and realize how dirty they are and then you get the cleaner and realize how your cabinets are in disarray. You then track down a cleaning rag only to find a mess of “clean” but just stacked towels and clothes in the laundry room. Notice a pattern?

Apr 23, 2014

Spring is finally here! It’s the opportune time to open those windows and air out your home as you begin pull up your sleeves and dive into that long awaited spring clean. Have you ever read the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? The mouse wants a cookie and then milk. Then he needs to wash his face and notices his hair needs trimming. The story goes on and on. Spring cleaning can be a lot like that. You open the windows and realize how dirty they are and then you get the cleaner and realize how your cabinets are in disarray. You then track down a cleaning rag only to find a mess of “clean” but just stacked towels and clothes in the laundry room. Notice a pattern?

Spring cleaning can be a disjointed flight from one discovered need to another. It’s kind of an ADHD cleaning frenzy, meaning a lot of activity and not a lot done. Everyone is different when they are doing their spring cleaning. One common method is to start upstairs, or in bedrooms, and work toward a back door. So here is a quick checklist for a thorough spring cleaning.

Bedrooms

  • Clean the curtains and clean according to manufacturer recommendations. Either washing at home or dry cleaning.

  • Open windows and allow the fresh air to circulate

  • Take this time to clean the windows. Be sure and clean the glass, window sill and around the window frame. Be sure and check for any weather stripping, cracked glass or other issues with the window that need to be addressed professionally.

  • Using a broom or vacuum attachment to clean around the ceiling and in the corners of the room

  • Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth

  • Dust all your furniture thoroughly and clean all other surfaces, remember light switches and drawer knobs

  • Strip all the beds. Keep up with the washing so that dust ruffles and mattress covers are finished first. Remake the beds as all the pieces are ready

  • Clean the carpets. You may choose to do this yourself or have it done by a professional.

Bathrooms

  • Open windows and allow the fresh air to circulate

  • Take this time to clean the windows. Be sure and clean the glass, window sill and around the window frame. Be sure and check for any weather stripping, cracked glass or other issues with the window that need to be addressed professionally.

  • Using a broom or vacuum attachment to clean around the ceiling and in the corners of the room

  • Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth

  • Remove all the throw rugs and mats and wash them

  • Spray a tub, tub walls, faucets and sinks with bathroom cleaner. It is a good idea to let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then wipe off

  • Clean the toilet thoroughly. Be sure and use a cleaner on the outside too.

  • Mop the floors with a disinfectant cleaner

Living Room

  • Clean the curtains and clean according to manufacturer recommendations. Either washing at home or dry cleaning.

  • Open windows and allow the fresh air to circulate

  • Take this time to clean the windows. Be sure and clean the glass, window sill and around the window frame. Be sure and check for any weather stripping, cracked glass or other issues with the window that need to be addressed professionally.

  • Using a broom or vacuum attachment to clean around the ceiling and in the corners of the room

  • Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth

  • Dust all your furniture thoroughly and clean all other surfaces, remember light switches and ceiling fans, lights and globe covers

  • Clean furniture according to the manufacturer recommendations

  • Clean any electronics. A good tool to have here is compressed air to blow dust out of little crevices

  • If you have a fireplace, be sure to clean it out and close it down until fall

  • Clean the carpets. You may choose to do this yourself or have it done by a professional.

Kitchen

  • Clean the curtains and clean according to manufacturer recommendations. Either washing at home or dry cleaning.

  • Open windows and allow the fresh air to circulate

  • Take this time to clean the windows. Be sure and clean the glass, window sill and around the window frame. Be sure and check for any weather stripping, cracked glass or other issues with the window that need to be addressed professionally.

  • Using a broom or vacuum attachment to clean around the ceiling and in the corners of the room

  • Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth

  • Empty and clean the refrigerator. Check the dates when returning everything back and discard the expired or soon to be items. Make a grocery list as you go for replacement items. You may want to put an open box of baking soda to absorb odors.

  • Clean your stove. Or if you have a self clean feature, do a little dance of joy as you start the self clean cycle.

  • Great tip for microwave cleaning! Place a bowl of water in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. After it is done and has sat for a minute or two, remove the bowl and clean the walls with a damp rag. The “steaming” from the water bowl will help loosen any dry caked on food.

  • Remove the stove eyes or grates and clean. If your stove is older, you can cover your stove eye basins with aluminum foil for easier cleaning.

  • This is a great time to clean and reorganize cabinets and pantries. Remove everything, wipe down the shelves and replace neatly. If you have small appliances, dishes and bake ware that you seldom use, you may want to think of a person to donate too.

  • If cleaning out a pantry, remember to check expiration dates as you are putting things back in place. Add any needed items to your grocery list.

  • Be sure and wipe down all your countertop appliances, countertop surfaces and refrigerator top

  • Sweep the floors well. Shop Vac attachments are great for getting into smaller areas. Mop the floor with your normal cleaner.

This list should will give you a great place to start with your spring cleaning. Enjoy the process with music and sunshine streaming in the windows. Spring has sprung and warmer days are ahead! Keep in mind as you are cleaning that checking the windows and their condition are important steps as you step into a new season. Windows are your front line of defense in keeping your home at a moderate temperature. Check for broken or cracked glass and well seated windows. If you discover a problem, call the professionals at Window Nation. We are experts in Ohio replacement windows and window installation services! We will be happy to help any way we can.

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