Spring is the perfect season for a full house cleaning session. As days get longer, you start seeing all imperfections and dust accumulations you may have ignored throughout the winter. It is time for your home to benefit from your full attention, so let’s see what you need to consider when undergoing a full house spring cleaning operation.
The first thing to do is to declutter your space. Start with the drawers and the closets. Empty them and wipe them with a soft, damp cloth. You can use a special furniture cleaner, if you want. Before putting all your stuff back in, take a closer look at everything, and decide what you want to keep and what you should rather give away. The easiest way to do this is by making three piles; one for things to keep, one for giving away to a charity and one for trash. This will make it easier for you to organize your closets. Rinse and repeat with your kitchen cabinets and with your bathroom closet, if you have one.
Once you’re done with organizing your stuff, you can move on to the actual cleaning. Ideally, you should start with the windows. They are surely dirty, so cleaning them will enable more light to come in. Remove and wash the curtains and the drapes, as well. Clean both the glass and the frames, and don’t forget the windowsills, as they are usually prone to attracting dust and debris.
If you have hardwood floors, you should clean and wax them properly. As this project requires some good DIY skills, you may want to hire an expert to help you. Since you’re going to need to move the furniture to get this job done, you may as well check the walls, and decide whether they could use a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t feel like turning your house into a work site, you may decide to skip these steps, and move on to cleaning the carpets and the furniture. Make sure you take the carpets to a professional cleaner or hire someone to clean them on site. If you decide to do it yourself, be very careful not to soak them too much, because you won’t be able to dry them fast enough to avoid the formation of mould and mildew. This advice is valid for upholstery as well. You can safely clean it with a sponge and some mild stain remover or detergent. Use a very light solution, in order to have an easier time when you rinse the fabric.
Ideally, you should move all furniture items, in order to clean under and behind them. This is the perfect opportunity to make small repairs, if needed. If some of your furniture items are too shabby or too heavy, you may skip moving them, especially if you can’t find proper help.
The kitchen cabinets are prone to accumulating a lot of grime and stains, so you should consider cleaning them thoroughly. Use a special furniture cleaner that doesn’t ruin the varnish or the pain. Fix all damaged hinges, and give all your dishes and cutlery a nice cleaning.
All these steps will probably take you a lot of time and energy. If you have a big house, you may want to do your full house spring cleaning in stages. A small apartment can be cleaned in a few hours, so there’s no point in postponing some steps, unless you are too busy to find half day for this job. Anyway, if you do all the above, you’ll enjoy a sparkling clean house for several months. Now it’s time to throw a party and invite all your friends to celebrate spring!