Spring cleaning challenge: 5 steps you can follow to rejuvenate your home and restore it to top form.
1. Defy Dust
·Use a cloth to remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air conditioning vents, follow up with a soft nozzle vacuum attachment, if necessary.
·Baseboards are magnets for dust. Use a mini-broom or even a dry paint brush to sweep baseboards. Don't forget to scoop up any hair or dust you wiped away.
·Dust accumulates in creases of furniture. Flip cushions frequently and don't forget to vacuum between cushions on a regular schedule.
2. KP Duty
·Clean cabinets inside, out: Remove everything from inside cabinets, vacuum shelves, drawers, removing dust and other debris. Take the time to sort through items, toss out what you don't use. Lastly, wipe down shelves, drawers, hinges, doors with a microfiber cloth. As you return items to cabinets, remember to stay organized.
·Before cleaning oven, identify what kind of oven you own, self-cleaning, textured or non-self-cleaning. The type determines the type of cleaner to use. For stubborn stains in a non-self-cleaning oven you will need an oven cleaner and a brush or scrubbing pad. NEVER use abrasive cleaners, oven cleaners or scouring pads on textured ovens.
·Unplug refrigerator, pull it away from the way, if possible, thoroughly clean coils, dust can collect in coils and possibly create mechanical issues. Sweep and mop area while fridge is pulled out.
3. Bathroom Breakdown
·Grout is Gross: Dab a toothbrush or grout brush in straight bleach, scrub well. Be sure to ventilate the room. Tile grout is highly susceptible to bacteria growth, sealing it every 6 months is a good habit to combat grime.
·Sink vs. Toilet: Researchers at University of Arizona discovered a bathroom sink drain collects more bacteria than a toilet seat. Try frequently using disposable disinfecting wipes on the faucet to cut down on germs.
·Minimize Shower Scum: Coat shower walls and doors with a water repellent, like what you would put on a car windshield. The repellent should help water and soap scum bead up, creating less for you to eventually scrub away.
4. FLOOR IT!
·Hardwood floors require special care. Only use a cleaner suitable for the floor finish. Most newly-installed floors are surface-sealed. Avoid Water! Use a damp-mopping technique at all times. If a floor is not surfaced sealed, sweep or vacuum, instead of any amount of water.
·Fluff up heavy traffic carpet areas by spraying stains with equal amounts of water and vinegar, wait for it to work, then blot up the stain, then fluff up the carpet fibers by swiping with the side of a spoon.
·Check out care labels before deep cleaning area rugs. If no instructions are provided, test a spot on the rug with a commercial cleaner. If safe, clean the entire rug, thoroughly rinse, dry and vacuum.
5. WINDOW TREATMENT
· Dirt, dust and pet hair clings to blinds, drapes and curtains. Take down plastic or metal blinds, if possible, and spray down with a hose outdoors. Wood blinds cannot be washed. Wipe wooden slats with furniture cleaner after dusting.
·Use a vacuum attachment to clean curtains. If really dirty, check label to see if the fabric is safe to put in a washing machine. Many curtain fabrics are dry clean only.