Spring has sprung and it’s time to open your doors and invite the warm weather in. Martha Stewart (www.marthastewart.com for the full article) offers her best advice for achieving a spotless home—and how to keep the process manageable—this spring and beyond. Spring Cleaning season has begun.
There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual deep spring clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Cleaning your home from top to bottom may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable-and even enjoyable.
Wipe Walls and Ceilings
Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser (test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mark the surface).
Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs
Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. A more hygienic method would be a dry carpet cleaning process, which gets rid of all dirt and dust mites, without clogging your carpet with water. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.
Dust Books and Shelves
Take everything off the shelves, and brush them (along with the books) with a feather duster. Use the dust brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings
Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. A professional clean, once a year, will go a long way to extending the life of your furniture and making it look and smell clean and hygienic. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.
Dust Your Home Thoroughly
This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays.
Clean Windows and Blinds
Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds. A good window cleaner and squeegee should get all the dust and grime off the glass. Remember to clean the frames once done.
And last but not least, enlist help– whether a house-mate, partner or children, everyone should do their share. Even little ones can help pack toys away, tidying up should become as much a habit for others as it is for you. And if you need help with the really deep cleaning, even if it’s just to start you out so that you begin your new spring cleaning habits with a clean slate, then call QClean – cleaning specialists who deliver exceptional service no matter how big or small the job.