6 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep your House Habitable
Winter’s not over yet, but it will be before you realize. And you will need to be ready when it does. Don’t let your house hibernate with last year’s mess well into spring—stay on top of your spring cleaning by making a plan and executing it with the help of Danby products!
Keep your home well stocked
You will find it hard to clean your house without supplies! Take stock of all the classic cleaners you frequently use, and make sure you have plenty of everything you will need on hand before you start the process. Run out to the store if you happen to be missing anything.
Stock up on all-purpose cleaner, and don’t forget about the classics such as baking soda and vinegar. Find yourself some new sponges, scrub brushes, rags, and rubber gloves while you are at it. Your hands are beautiful just like they are—don’t let some cleaning product mess with them!
Clean your carpets
A year of traffic can do a world of damage to your carpets. If you have synthetic carpeting, bring in a company to do the job for you, or rent a machine yourself. Carpet cleaners provide a deep clean to your carpet’s fibres using special detergents and hot water. You might want to leave the more expensive or delicate rugs to the professionals.
Help your carpets dry by opening your windows and letting the fresh air do its work naturally. Your house could likely use airing out after a long winter anyhow!
Protect your floors from damage
Even floors with a thick finish can experience damage from normal wear and tear. Combat against it!
Evaluate the felt protectors on your furniture every year. Replace any that look dirty or worn down. Dirty felt pads can scratch your floor as well. For best results, use thick self-adhesive disc pads. You can find them in a variety of sizes at your local hardware store.
Scrub your windows and walls
You might think that all dirt and dust simply falls to the floor, but you would be wrong! Be sure to give your walls a good cleaning too if you don’t already.
Get a couple pails of hot water and wash your walls in sections. Employ a sponge mop to help reach those tricky areas. Why two pails, you say? Don’t waste time constantly emptying one dirty pail. Keep one stocked with detergent, and use the other for rinsing your sponge of the dirt that was never there in the first place, right? Our little secret!
Use the same pail strategy for your windows. Get yourself a rubber-edged squeegee and you will have the job done before you know it. You can find adjustable extension handles to make the job easier on you and your back. Wet your windows, and then get your squeegee to work. Start in the corners and work from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee’s edge with a sponge to clean it, and repeat the process.
Replace household batteries
Don’t forget about the battery-operated devices in your house! This is especially important for smoke detectors, but you should pay attention to your emergency flashlights as well. You never know when you might lose power, and you will want to be ready.
Batteries aren’t cheap, but we are talking about potentially saving lives here. Take this seriously! Set a date every year and stick to it.
Clean your refrigerator’s coils
Almost everybody forgets that their refrigerators need regular maintenance, just like anything else. Cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils is an important part of the spring cleaning process, and it can help keep your fridge from overheating. Older refrigerators have this coil on the back of the unit, while you can find this coil on the front near the toe plate on newer models.
After removing the grille from your fridge, use a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to suck up all the dust, lint, and debris that has built up here over the course of a year (or a lifetime, if you haven’t done this before!)
Carefully pull your fridge away from the wall if it’s an older model so you can access these coils on the backside. Use a brush and a vacuum in the same way mentioned above. If your fridge is this old, however, you should consider getting a stylish new energy-efficient model. Part of spring cleaning is about getting rid of old junk, after all! Let this also be a reminder to clear out any old food you might have inside the fridge.
Try tackling each room of your house one at a time. This can give you a very real sense of accomplishment as you finish it and move on to the next. Remember that spring cleaning isn’t an excuse to ignore all of the cleaning in your house until winter is over. Keep on top of your cleaning tasks throughout the year. Use spring cleaning for those bigger cleaning projects you do on a yearly basis. These suggestions can help keep your house looking fresh and ready for whatever the next year brings! Looking for more spring tips? Check out our latest blog.