We are pumped for spring cleaning! What better time to clear out all of that winter dust and bring the fresh feel of spring into your home? If you’re geared up and ready to go, here are ten “must-clean” areas of your home. Let this checklist be your guide as you spruce things up!
Overhead Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans: brighten up rooms and keep dust to a minimum by cleaning your overhead fixtures. Just make sure all of your fixtures are turned off before you climb up there and start cleaning!
Windows and Drapes: depending on the material, you may be able to just vacuum these guys, but check the label to be sure. For really stinky drapes, it’s best to hand-wash them in cold water.
Behind and Underneath Furniture: scoot that sofa to the side and you’ll probably uncover a secret world of dust and dirt. As you clean, keep an eye out for loose change between those cushions, too!
Air Filters: changing your air filters regularly will prolong the life of your furnace and keep the air you breathe free from dust and allergens. Plus, it only takes about five minutes!
Mold and Soap Scum: mold is most common in dark, moist areas such as you bathrooms, basement and attic. To kill mold and soap scum, mix a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide.
Mattresses: flipping your mattresses will prolong their life by distributing the wear. Flip your mattresses over so the top becomes the bottom, and turn them so the foot becomes the head.
Refrigerator: banish bacteria and prevent food poisoning by clearing out your fridge. Toss anything that’s rotten, expired or questionable. Keep things fresh with a box of baking soda.
Floors: break out the broom and vacuum! Before you begin, squeeze a fresh lemon or lime into your vacuum bag. This will freshen both the bag and the carpet; for an even deeper clean, contact a professional green carpet cleaner.
Toilets: you probably clean the ‘ole porcelain throne regularly, but there’s no substitution for a deep scrub. Lemon juice and denture cleaning tablets are both effective toilet cleaners.
Dryer Duct: lint builds up in your dryer duct throughout the year, and can create a serious fire hazard if it’s not cleared. Make sure you clean both the duct and the exterior vent!
www.brightnest.com April 2013