Spring cleaning is a great way to get your home in order and has been shown to help motivate people towards achieving other goals. Here are some top tips for spring cleaning your home.
Create a Schedule
Launching straight into spring cleaning is never a good strategy. Make a list of all the cleaning tasks you typically put off and create a check list that follows a logical order. List each room in your plan and approach each task methodically, remembering to take breaks.
Clutter is often the result of a disorganized mind and, the more clutter you accumulate in your home, the higher your stress levels will become. Taking the time to organize all your rooms and areas is a great way to purge your mind of stress.
Top to Bottom Strategy
The top to bottom strategy is a smart way to clean your home. When you clean from the top of your home to the bottom, clutter is naturally going to end up at on the lower floor where you can push it right out the door. It will also negate the need to double back as dust and cobwebs are also pushed downwards.
Walls and Windows
Most homeowners ignore walls and windows when spring cleaning. It seems like an impossible task but you will be done before you know it. Windows and walls can accumulate dirt from foot-fall and air flow. Wash down to walls, and make sure to clean windows and frames both inside and out.
You should incorporate a steam cleaner when tackling your tiles, hard floors and kitchen appliances. Green cleaning will remove a lot of the toxic grime from your home using nothing but water. A steam cleaner is not suitable for every task so make sure to check the instructions.
Kitchen and Bathroom
Kitchen cabinets attract a lot of dirt and grime over a relatively short period of time. Appliances are also usual suspects when it comes to hiding dirt. Give your kitchen a deep clean which includes:
- Cabinets and doors
- Outside, inside and around appliances
- Walls and windows
Next, move onto any bathrooms. Heat and steam creates an environment where dirt and mould thrives. Follow the same principle for your bathroom as you did with the kitchen. That means a thorough spring cleaning of all features; including sinks, baths, showers and toilets. If your shower curtains have seen better days, consider replacing them altogether.
You need to make sure that HVAC filters are replaced as needed, otherwise the quality of your air will suffer. A filter with a high MERV rating is preferable as they are designed to help improve inside air quality. Check your ducts for leaks. If you do find air leaking, call in the professionals to carry out repairs.
Always read the labels on your cleaning products and, if you are doing a deep clean of areas that have been neglected, consider wearing a face mask to prevent irritation from dust particles. It is also advisable to purchase gloves, hairnets and any other protective clothing you may need.
Make a Change
Spring is a time for change, so consider altering rooms to make a fresh start. You don’t have to make major changes to your home. Swapping out pillows and mats for brighter, warmer colours is enough to make a home feel fresh and new. If you are planning on major renovations, Houspect can provide quality building inspection reports in the Northern Territory. Call today to learn more about our services.