The definition of a good spring cleaning is different to everyone; some homeowners want a faster spring cleaning. Families with allergies want a deep clean that removes all allergens from the home. Everyone wants a complete spring cleaning that includes every nook and crevice and completely rids homes of all the dirt and grime that builds up over the winter; that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of spring cleaning tips that we know can accomplish every homeowner’s spring cleaning goal (we know because we use them!).
- Start at the top of a room and work your way down (from ceiling to floor).
- Use a spring cleaning checklist.
- Divide up the list of tasks with other family, friends, or with a professional cleaner.
- Gather all your cleaning supplies before you work for more efficient (and speedy) cleaning.
- Organize before you clean to ensure that all surfaces are clear and ready for cleaning.
- If you have allergies, wear a mask and gloves as you clean (or hire a cleaning service to tackle deep cleaning tasks that can trigger allergies).
- Wipe down the front door (and door knob) from top to bottom; a clean front door makes a favorable first impression.
- Clean light fixtures in every room, which can easily get covered with dust and grease.
- Wash all your windows on a cloudy day.
- Use soft cloths to wash windows.
- If you don’t have a safe way to clean high or second-story windows, don’t risk a slip or fall. Contact professional window cleaners.
- Wipe down window hardware and window sills as you clean windows.
- Dust the top of all window curtain rods.
- Launder and dust all window coverings, which can trigger allergies and discolor from dust and light.
Main Rooms (Living Rooms, Dens, Etc.)
- Test any new cleaners on areas that are not visible to guests (in case of fading or discoloration).
- Don’t let puddles sit on wood, laminate, or luxury vinyl flooring; sitting water can damage the floors.
- Schedule a professional carpet cleaning to remove allergens.
- Clean behind entertainment centers and large furniture that can attract a build-up of dust.
- Clean the inside, top, and outside of appliances (i.e. dishwasher, stove, refrigerator).
- Wipe down cabinets (doors and top) and cabinet knobs; grease can build up on both.
- Deep clean exhaust fan covers (some can be done in the dishwasher).
- Clear out garbage disposals; make sure you turn off the electricity to it first.
- Vacuum and wipe out the interior workings of the exhaust fan. (Don’t use a damp cloth and leave water behind.)
- Start at the top of the room and work your way down.
- Launder all your bedding to remove dust mites and built-up dander.
- If you have allergies, don’t hang your laundry outside where it can attract outdoor allergens.
- Have your carpet professionally cleaned to remove allergens.
- Vacuum under and around your bed, on your mattress, and behind the bed to remove dust.
- Organize all cleaning supplies before you start cleaning.
- Clean the top, sides, under, and behind the washer and dryer.
- Use wash machine cleaner to clean out the inside of the washer.
- Clean off shelves and desks so you can easily clean all surfaces.
- Get area rugs deep cleaned by a professional every few years.
- Wipe off electrical and computer cords, which can attract dust. (Do not use moist rags.)
- Launder all winter clothes and put them away. (Hopefully you won’t need them until winter!)
- Deep clean rugs by the doors which can catch debris before it is tracked into the house.