1. Start by informing the person who lives in the room that you will be doing a deep clean.
2. Require the inhabitant of the room to go through their personal belongings and fill a big trash bag with anything that can be donated and another with anything that is trash.
3. Next, move furniture away from its normal place.
4. Wipe walls behind furniture with a rag and hot, soapy water. Also , wipe behind the furniture.
5. Wipe down the ceiling fan and use the broom to remove cobwebs in the ceiling corners.
6. Wipe down the blinds, or throw the curtains in the washer. If you only have cheap mini blinds, buy another set and just put them in the old hardware. Do not throw the old mini blinds away until you are sure that the new ones fit. If you have curtains, throw in the wash and hang them back up.
7. Throw all of the bedding and bedskirt in the wash.
8. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vaccuum all of the areas where the furniture usually is. Move the furniture back in place and repeat the baking soda vaccuuming process.
1. Since we are doing a deep clean. The first step is to move the furniture out of place.
2. Take any accessories out of the room that need to be washed. Put curtains, blankets, pillow covers in the washer. Any vases, picture frames, etc. can be moved to the kitchen to be washed and wiped down.
3. Dust anything that is attached to the wall. Hot soapy water and a wet rag will do.
4. Don’t forget about the ceiling fan. Use a ladder to get up high and wipe it down with hot soapy water and a wet rag. Otherwise, use a swiffer duster with an extendable arm and do the best you can.
5. Wipe down any furniture and remove the cushions from the couch. Vaccuum out any crevices.
6. Since the furniture is moved, sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and vaccuum or mop the floor where is doesn’t normally get it.
7. Now, move the furniture back in place and put the accessories back where they belong.
8. Take a deep breath.
Isn’t that much better? Watch for my next blog article about Spring Cleaning. You’re almost done…
Now that you have completed your kitchen project. You can safely say that the hardest part is done. The bathroom is next.
1. This is a good time to throw out old stuff. I know random items tend to accumulate in my bathroom. If you haven’t used it in 2 months and it is not a first aid item, throw it out.
2. Wipe down the inside of your cabinets and put everything back in the cabinets in an organized way. If you need to, go to Wal-Mart or The Container Store and buy some of those clear (see-through) small drawer organizers which will allow you to slide out all of your small items and find them easily.
3. Any mold growing? Use 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water mixed together with a toothbrush to scrub away any mold areas. If you need to, now would be a good time to remove any old bathtub caulk and replace with new “silicone” caulk. Don’t make the mistake of buying waterproof caulk to save a couple dollars. It is not worth it. The “silicone” bath caulk will perform much better.
4. Any counter grout? Scrub with the bleach mixture to whiten, or scrub with baking soda and a toothbrush to clean.
5. Any floor grout? Baking soda and a toothbrush will get it clean. Scrub out any corners with a brush and any hard to mop areas should be scrubbed out as well. Floor cleaner will do, or even hot water and dish soap will get the job done. I prefer Ajax dish soap. It is cheap and it performs well.
6. Now you can pretty up the tub, sink and toilet. I like to use Barkeeper’s friend, a powder to scrub out my bathtub. Bleach will work well to wipe out your sink and the toilet.
The bathroom is complete. Wow, now the hard part is really over. The rest of the house will be a piece-of-cake! Watch for my next Spring Cleaning article.
Why should you Spring Clean?
If you do a deep clean every year, it is easier to maintain your home. It helps you to be more aware of any problems developing around the house. For example, you may be cleaning cobwebs out of your ceiling corners and notice cracking in the walls that wasnt’ there before. You then know you need to keep an eye on it and possibly call a foundation specialist in the future to resolve the problem before it becomes more costly to repair. Spring Cleaning also allows you to enjoy your home more. Who doesn’t love the feel of a nice, clean home?
I like to start with the hardest stuff and get it over with. Then I know that all I have left is the easy work.
My advice is to…
Tackle the kitchen first:
1. Scrub the inside of the oven. You can use the spray on oven cleaners, but I like to be able to breathe and work at the same time. So, try this instead: use SOS pads to scrub out the burnt on food. Then use a scrubby sponge and baking soda to scrub less difficult areas. You can also use a dish brush and hot soapy water to shine it up. Finish it off, by wiping with a wet rag and drying it. Beautiful! Now, don’t forget to line the bottom of your oven with a couple layers of overlapping foil. Slide them underneath the heating element. That way, next time, you won’t have so much hard work to do. Just remove the foil and replace with new foil. All you have left are the sides and top to clean.
2. Clean your rangehood. Be sure to scrub all of the grease. Use lots of soap and hot water.
3. It’s time to clean the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Throw out anything you have not used in 2 months. Or, give it to your neighbor, they might want it. Wipe it out with hot soapy water and a scrubby sponge. Dry with a rag. You’re done.
3. If you have a deep freeze, tackle that next. This is a project that is best done, when the deep freeze is not at its fullest.
4. Next is the microwave. Heat up half a lemon in hot water for 10 minutes in the microwave, then wipe the grime away.
5. Wipe down cabinets with hot soapy water.
6. Wipe down the outside of your appliances with hot soapy water or an all-purpose spray cleaner.
7. Next, move on to the ceiling, remove cobwebs with a broom and clean blinds with a hot soapy sponge and a rag to wipe them down. I prefer curtains. It is so much easier to take the curtains down and throw them in the washer, then hang them right back up.
8. To the windows: If you have any mold or mildew growth around your window, due to condensation, use 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water with a toothbrush to get in there and scrub it out. Wipe it with a rag after scrubbing.
9. Time to deep clean the floors. Do you have grout. Scrub it with baking soda and a toothbrush. Then wipe away with a soapy sponge and a rag.
10. Bonus: You can eliminate and prevent odor in your garbage disposal by pouring in a cup of vinegar into the disposal. Let this sit for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse out. I also like to do this to my sink drain.
Did you know that vinegar is a great deoderizer? I had a plastic playset once, that I purchased off of Craigslist. It smelled like cat. I sprayed it down with vinegar and the odor was gone.
Now, get to work and stay tuned for the next room you should tackle.