Spring into Clean!

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Spring has arrived! The warmer air invites us to throw open the windows and let fresh air in. Take advantage of the opportunity to start the season with a good, thorough spring cleaning.

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4. Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13. Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  6. Clean and organize non-refrigerated food. Check expiration dates. Donate what you won’t use.
  7. Clean oven and stove top.
  8. Clean and organize fridge and freezer. Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  9. Clean under fridge and stove.
  10. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  11. Clean microwave.
  12. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  13. Clean and descale kettle.
  14. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  15. wash counters and back splash.
  16. Wash and shine sink. Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  17. Clean dish washer. Use baking soda to clean the built-up gunk around the edges. Run a cycle with a cup of vinegar in a bowl on the top rack.
  18. Dust light fixtures.
  19. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  20. Wash switch plates.
  21. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  22. Wash doors and door knobs.
  23. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  24. Sweep and wash floor.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table, chairs, and any other furniture.
  4. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  5. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  6. Shine silverware.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  8. Wash switch plates
  9. Wash walls and trim.
  10. Wash doors and door knobs
  11. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  12. Clean floors.

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lamp shades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen and dust electronics.
  10. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  11. Wash switch plates.
  12. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  13. Wash doors and knobs.
  14. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  15. Clean floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors and inside cabinets.
  5. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  6. Wash inside of washing machine.
  7. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  8. Wash switch plates.
  9. Wash walls and trim.
  10. Wash doors and door knobs.
  11. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  12. sweep and wash floors.

STAIRS

  1. Sweep/vacuum stairs. If you have pets, use a carpet rake.
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

Last but not least, remember to dust ceiling fans and reverse direction to push cooler air down.
fresh air 3 fan

 

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