Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks
Monday Apr 15th, 2019
Now that the weather has finally started to warm up, it’s the perfect time to bust open your windows–and, maybe less exciting, your cleaning supplies. Yes, it’s that time of year again! Not sure where to start with your spring cleaning project? We’ve made a list that includes all the spots you’ve likely neglected for the past year (speaking from personal experince) and how to tackle them like a pro!
Here’s to spring cleaning the entire house in one day!
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1. Kitchen Cabinets
Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets. Especially if you don’t run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. To remove, use a good sanitizer and sponge and then use a Kitchen Cabinet Cream to leave wood moisturized.
Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you take to the outdoors during spring cleaning to remove spots and smudges you don’t usually have time to tackle. Pro tip: Wash them on a cloudy day to ensure that the sun won’t dry the cleanser before you’re done wiping.
The first step to preventing stone counter stains is to seal your countertops as soon as they’re installed. You’ll know they’re sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface. To maintain, have them sealed again a year later and make sure you wipe up accidental spills as soon as they happen.
4. Wood Floors
Even though you might think you should mop your wooden floors every week, this chore could ruin them. Instead you should only wet-clean them once every one to two months with a hardwood floor cleaner and spot clean as needed. Then make sure you use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage and use furniture protectors to avoid scratches.
Read: your pillows and comforter–since you should be washing things like pillowcases and sheets every week or two. These fluffy sleeping accessories should be thrown into your washing machine (just read the manufacturer’s label first!) two to three times per year.
6. Stainless Steel
What’s the point of having stainless steel in your kitchen if it’s not bright and clean? To make your kitchen sparkle again, we suggest using a specialty spray once or twice a week. Make sure you don’t put too much on or you might leave the surface grimy.
7. Tiled Surfaces
For a great homemade cleaner, mix 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix well. Then apply the mixture with a sponge mop and watch the dirt lift away. For grout, use the same baking soda mixture and scrub with a rougher edged sponge.
This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge’s interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can’t be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place.
9. Area Rugs
The good news: you don’t have to deep clean these things every single year. Experts say you should deep clean them every four or five years if they aren’t walked on much. But you can treat some stains at home with club soda! Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, re wine and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove and the key is to act quickly.
To ensure this heavy-duty cleaning appliance gets all the tomato sauce stains off your plates, you have to clean it too! First, remove any bits of food on the bottom. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser once a month.
11. Washing Machine
Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly machine. Instead, disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine and hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
If you ever start to smell something burning when you turn on your oven, it might be time to give it a deep clean. First, chip off loose pieces from your range, then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, the whisk away the grim with a sponge.
13. Patio Furniture
Before outdoor season begins, wipe down your chairs (minus the cushions) and tables with a mixture of warm water and a squirt of dish soap. Then hose off the solution with your garden hose and let air dry before enjoying.
Organizing your closet is the first step to organize the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by colour. Your closet will look more appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
15. Painted Walls
Maintenance is crucial to keeping a crisp paint job looking fresh. Spot clean your walls with a cloth or sponge with water. If that doesn’t work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dish soap. If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the cloth or sponge you’re using. Make sure you rinse the wall afterwards with water.