Spring is a time of rebirth in nature. Everything gets a fresh new coat of color and vibrancy as the dark clouds of winter dissipate and the sun shines just a little brighter over the earth. Just as the changes happen on the outside of the home, it has become custom when winter draws to a close and spring rolls around, you clean house. Out with the old and in with the new.
Everyone knows that spring cleaning is no easy task. You’ve been treading dirt into the carpet all winter long. Your bedding needs to be washed and aired. You need to pack away all your winter clothing and hang up all your Spring and summer wear. Here are a few tips on how to make these tasks and others a little bit lighter.
- Deep Clean Your Carpets and Upholstery
Over the winter months, your carpet takes a beating with rain and mud being tread in from the outside. Besides that, you have regular dirt, dust, and hair that builds up in your carpet. Deep cleaning your carpet will restore the texture and color to it.
Furniture upholstery absorbed dirt, body oils, and germs all winter long and they require a nice deep cleaning as well. This will restore their color and vibrancy. When shampooing carpets or cleaning upholstery, test out the product you’re using in a spot where it won’t be noticeable if it should spoil the carpet in any way.
If you’re using a new or borrowed machine, make sure you know how to use it, and make sure that the treatment won’t damage your carpet or upholstery. You can do this by using a high-performance vacuum read more about what to look for when buying a vacuum at Allgreatvacuums.com.
Leave the doors and windows open to allow air to move through to speed up the drying process.
Clutter builds up as we go about our lives and you don’t tend to notice until it’s a problem. Decluttering your home is a spring-cleaning chore to get rid of things that you don’t need or use anymore. The common rule for this is if you haven’t used it ins six months you should consider throwing or giving it away depending on the condition that its in.
Get rid of old magazines and newspaper that’s only taking up space boxes in the garage. Decluttering will help you be more organized and automatically make your home look tidier.
A wardrobe tip is rotating the clothing in your wardrobe seasonally and placing the out of season clothing in storage. Start by separating your clothing into different seasons. Try them on to see if they still fit. While you’re going through your clothes decide what you want to keep and what you can let go of.
The clothing that you’re keeping goes into storage and what you’re letting go of gets separated into bags for donation or throwing away. You can also sell them if they’re in good enough condition and make some money.
Still feel lost here? Consider reading Marie Kondo’s book, or consider watching the show. I have done both and find the book to be more helpful. I followed her method for all of my clothing and I feel so much better about my closet situation.
- Cleaning Your Oven and Microwave
Ovens and microwaves tend to build up lots of dirt and grime and cleaning these often requires expensive chemicals and lots of elbow grease. We offer you an alternative effective oven cleaning solution to try though; clean your oven by adding bicarbonate of soda to the water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the inside of your oven. Be sure not to spray it against the heating element. Wipe the oven clean after leaving it overnight.
To get rid of the dirt build up in your microwave you can steam clean the inside by using a combination of equal parts vinegar and water in a microwave-safe jug. Turn your microwave on and let it go for ten minutes until it steams up. When this is done, remove the jug and wipe the inside of the microwave clean.
- Take Care of Limescale
Limescale is stubborn and difficult to clean. White vinegar does an excellent job of breaking down the molecules and removing limescale build-up. You can use this in your bathroom to clean the toilet, sink, and shower. Spray the white vinegar on and leave it overnight and clean in the morning.
Do you do a good spring cleaning every year? Let us know in the comments below!