It is soon time for spring cleaning, as the mark of tax return times, I usually prepare myself with the equipment that I need for the spring cleaning. Some years the list is more advanced then others, but in general the house usually needs a thoroughly cleaning of all the miscellaneous things that have accumulated during the winter season.
There are a few items that will be very useful in making the Spring Cleaning process easier.
– A checklist of what needs to be done room to room and to the exterior
– A mop
– Choice of cleaners
– Brand new broom
– New Dustpan
– Boxes or bins for each individual in the house
– A bucket
– Leaf rake
– Carpet cleaner either a small steam cleaner or rent one
– Laundry detergent
– Moth balls
– Water hose
– Put a new vacuum cleaner bag in your vacuum if you use the bag kind
Take a walk around your home and observe what exactly is cluttered, dusty or greasy around your home and write down room by room. This will help you remember where you are going. Some chores may have to be spaced out to a room per day, depending on how deep of a cleaning you need or how much you need to clean.
Starting with the living room, if weather permits it and it is warm outside open a window. Sometimes I will shut off the furnace and let the room air out for a good five minutes, sometimes the cool air really refreshes the room. Now that the room has aired out, begin your cleaning. Start dusting from the top to the bottom, there will be no sense in starting from the bottom and working to the top as you work above you might be dropping dust balls onto your clean knick knacks. Wrap your broom in a rag and swipe down the walls, as you must be careful of some of those picture frames. Yes, you know the ones, where you bump them and they fall. If you have these, go ahead and take them down and then swipe your broom. Now you can re hang the pictures or small shelving.
Next imagine the couch and how many people have sat upon it during the winter season. Grab a large garbage bag and if your couch can remove the cushions stick them in the garbage bag and wrap the bag around the vacuum wand, or adaptor and begin to suck the air out of the cushion, which the cushion will soon squish inside of the bag. Shut off your vacuum and release the bag, the cushion will bounce back up and be fluffier then it was before. For a step farther, if your couch cushions have the covers that have the zippers remove them and hand wash, some are even machine washable. I don’t recommend drying these as sometimes the material can shrink or bind so the will never fit on the cushion right again. While the water fills into your washing machine, take ganders at the water that those cushion covers are sitting in, brown isn’t it? This is because we shed most during the winter season, and much dirt is collected upon us through out a day’s hard work at work.
Begin your vacuuming the floor now that you have dusted everything and cleaned away debris. Through the room if you can identify whose objects belong to who put them in the box with that person’s name on it and then give it to them. Again, open your window if it was not warm enough outside to allow it to remain open and then re-close it after a few minutes.
Now you can go on to the next room, or rearrange your living room, whatever you wish.
In the kitchen, I would recommend you to seriously look through your cupboards and check out those expiration dates. Another thing is to make sure that everything in this room is scrubbed down. This is the room your food is prepared in and you want to make sure that everything is clean in this room.
In your bedroom, do the same thing that you did to the couch cushions. Wipe down everything and I may note that some knick knacks can be emerged into water or placed into the dishwasher.
I imagine that there are a few of you that are wondering what the rake is for, some of us still have the old shag rugs and over a time period they sometimes become smashed down. After carpet cleaning the carpets fluff your carpets with this rake.