Happy Monday! Winter has been pretty easy this year with the unseasonably warm temperature we have had. I think February alone brought 10 days of 70+ degree temperatures. People like me, winter haters, live for this kind of winter!
Warm weather and the impending change of seasons can illicit a response in us that makes us want to freshen up things a bit. This time of year we refer to that freshening of our habitat as spring cleaning.
I get paid to clean dwellings. I actually love my job and I know that is weird to some. Here’s a college educated woman and she chooses to be a house cleaner? Yep. I’m weird. I like all things home, though. From building to remodeling on over to design and style. I have been around construction sites since I was roughly ten years old so naturally I would fall into something to do with homes, right?
Today I want to share a few tips for spring cleaning that I have. My first tidbit of advice – do not dread it! You will be so pleased with the end result if you just get in there and get it completed!
Tools of the trade
Do you have a good vacuum? Be honest! A good vacuum with heavy suction that can get into nooks and crannies? I’m personally not a fan of uprights because I need to be able to get in tight spaces. Make sure your vacuum has a hose attachment so you can really clean those corners. If you have a cannister vacuum then make it work for you! Get under the beds, use that long reach to save your back as you work. Vacuuming stairs is super easy with a cannister vacuum too.
I use an Electrolux, if you were wondering. My mom has a Miela. My vacuum was $300 her’s was like three thousand. HA! Just kidding but it was close to $600. I prefer Electrolux and Oreck.
Part of spring cleaning is getting those corners! You know where your ceiling and walls meet? That is the prime area for spider webs. This is also a good time to change out those exchange filters in your home. Dust accumulates thanks to those exchanges, pets inside the house, and all our fabrics we hold near and dear. Purchase a duster system to help you out. I’m not getting paid to do this post but I can tell you the Swiffer Duster system is great. The expandable stick is fabulous and allows me to get into those high spots so much easier. (Note: Vaulted/Cathedral ceilings will need a ladder.) I also use my duster system to get the dust off the walls! Yes, it sticks to your walls too, people!
These dusters are also great for blinds!
Speaking of Swiffer, the mop systems are not what you need for your spring cleaning. It is time to accept that sometimes working out can come from cleaning up. You need a real mop for spring cleaning. I will only buy one mop and that is the Libman. This mop is a charm. You can even pop the head off and throw it in the wash.
Don’t forget to buy Qtips. I have a couple homes where the men shave their heads and beards in the sink. Men rarely wipe out the hair. If you have this issue in your home then do the following:
- Wait for the area to dry then grab your vacuum. Using the hose feature vacuum out the hair.
- Use a QTip to get into the nooks and crannies that won’t budge for the vacuum or your paper towel.
- Go ahead and get the floor. Men are gross.
QTips are fabulous for getting dust, dirt, and toothpaste that is trapped in tough areas.
The majority of the products I use when cleaning a house are nothing short of ordinary. Don’t fall for all the packaging and marketing, friends.
Hardwood floors that have a nice finish only need warm water and a tiny drop of Palmolive. Yes, dish soap (about a teaspoon).
Laminate floors clean nicely with a spray bottle of Windex and a mop. Moderately spray the area and then mop.Remember laminate is not a friend of liquid so do not over do it.
Tile is tough and for it you can use one fourth cup of bleach to one gallon of warm water.
Baking soda is my friend and if you are a client then you are getting the baking soda clean every visit. I use to scrub the bathroom tub and shower, I sprinkle it on your carpets to fresh it up as I vacuum, and I use it on non granite/non corion counter spaces.
Vinegar, diluted, is a great antimicrobial for any area of your home.
Windex may clean a laminate floor nicely but it shouldn’t use used on windows <gasp>! Instead try a non ammonia cleaner that foams to eliminate streaking.
Another tip: Toilet bowl gel cleaner is fabulous on shower tile. You will need to put some elbow grease into it the scrubbing but it will be worth it.
Here are a few tips just for you to refer back to!
Coming up later in the week I’m sharing my tips for us allergy prone kids.