Every year, the twitter of birdsong, longer days, and bursts of leaves signal one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning. To some, spring cleaning is a chore that should be done as quickly as possible. Yet there are those who understand its not just a yearly hassle, it is a chance to reconnect with your home, care for the beautiful things that surround you on a daily basis, and cleanse more than just your living space. Spring cleaning can be a cathartic experience that is not just tolerable, but actually enjoyable.
Here is a checklist of the four must-do elements of spring cleaning to help you make the most of your cleaning time, both in terms of productivity and emotional results:
- Wash All Fabrics
When you are spring cleaning, it is not enough to simply wash the sheets; you need to wash every fabric surface in your home, including drapes, sheers, pillows, comforters, and upholstered furniture. You may be surprised to learn that most pillows, regardless of their stuffing material, may be put into the washing machine. Pillows accumulate bacteria, mold, and dust mites over time and should be cleaned as often as possible. Just be sure to run them through two dryer cycles to ensure their fluffiness and reduce the potential for mold growth.
When cleaning drapes or tapestries, be sure to beat the dust out of them before putting them in the washing machine, this will keep the dust from becoming ground in. Upholstered furniture may be cleansed thoroughly with an antibacterial fabric spray, available for under five dollars at most grocers and home stores.
- Remove Unwanted Items
One of the key elements of spring cleaning is removing all the items that no longer serve your life, whether they are clothes, tools, or furniture. Some people find it hard to let go of things, even when they know their use for them has ended. A good trick to keep in mind while sorting through junk is to ask yourself these questions, “When was the last time I really used or wore this, and when in the next two months do I see myself using it or wearing it again?” Pay attention to your initial responses, and they will help guide you in how to handle that particular piece.
Remember that there are resources to help you handle the sometimes challenging tasks of cleaning out unneeded items. There are a variety of organization companies and unwanted item removers who will come to your home for a small price and haul away larger items and boxes.
The easiest way to find a company like this is to search your local telephone directory or check online. When searching, be sure to include your city in the query terms to make sure you get the most local company; the more local they are, the less they will charge you. For example, if you lived in Toronto, you should use search terms like “junk removal Toronto” or “Toronto junk removal.” Take some of the results from your search query and ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers who they might recommend or have worked with.
- Cleanse All Floor Surfaces
If you live in a climate that receives snow during the year, you will likely be faced with the challenge of removing salt, sand, and other anti-freeze materials from your floor surfaces. Before you begin any type of washing or waxing, be sure to sweep or vacuum all areas thoroughly to prevent these abrasive particles from damaging the surface or becoming ground into the fibers.
Wood, linoleum, and vinyl floors may be treated with wax to add a glossy, “like-new” finish that will brighten up every room after a long winter of dull, sandy surfaces. Stone may be washed or scrubbed with a mild detergent to remove stains or discoloration. Rugs should be deeply vacuumed and then treated with a shampoo. There are two options for shampooing rugs yourself: renting a shampoo machine or purchasing dry shampoo that works with your vacuum. Shampoo machines are several hundred dollars, however may be rented for under fifty dollars a day. Some Toronto junk removal companies also rent shampoo systems for vacuums.
A less expensive option is to buy a dry rug shampoo at your local home care store, which you sprinkle on the carpet and then remove with the vacuum cleaner. While the results aren’t as good as a shampoo machine, which uses hot water, they are better than doing nothing. Dry rug shampoo costs under ten dollars.
- Clean Out The Refrigerator
The refrigerator is one of the most important elements in the kitchen and most used. However, when it comes to cleaning, most used often means most dirty. While the inside of your refrigerator may look spic and span, you are unable to see the bacteria buildup that can accumulate in even the most fastidious person’s refrigerator. Food leaks out of containers, juice and milk dribble from the cap, and the constant opening and closing of the door allows elements to waft in.
To clean your refrigerator, take everything out and lay it on the counter. This gives you a great chance to remove any forgotten items that may have spoiled or passed their expiration. When they are all out, take an antibacterial soft cloth and wipe down all surfaces, including the interior of the door, the shelves, and the walls. Take this opportunity to replace the light.
Before putting items back into the refrigerator, be sure to rub them all down with another antibacterial soft cloth to make sure the refrigerator stays clean. If you are concerned about the quality of your refrigerator or feel it is getting old, you may have it taken away by junk removers and replaced easily. See the discussion above regarding “junk removal Toronto” for more information.