Spring cleaning is the act of cleaning your home or room thoroughly. It is important to conduct spring cleaning of your home at least one an year. Spring cleaning involves the cleaning of all areas in your house including those that are rarely cleaned during routine cleaning. Spring cleaning has various benefits and most importantly, leaves your home clean and hygienic. In this article, we discuss the various tips and benefits of spring cleaning your home.
Tips on Spring Cleaning
Doormats are the first item people notice when getting to your house. They also work to prevent dirt from getting into the house as people use them to scrub their shoes before entering the house. During spring cleaning, it is important to make sure that the doormats are thoroughly cleaned by scrubbing them clean with brush and water.
Upholstery and Carpets
This is one of the most important areas during spring cleaning. Over time, your upholstery and carpets tend to accumulate dirt and dust. They require deep cleaning to ensure the removal of dirt and dust to last them till the next spring cleaning. Use a carpet and upholstery cleaner to clean your surfaces. During cleaning, move the furniture and place the legs of the furniture on wax papers to prevent them from getting wet before the carpet dries. To fasten the drying of the carpet and upholstery, keep the windows open.
During spring cleaning, pay special attention to floors. Clean floors keenly with water and dry them thoroughly. After drying the floors, it is important to wax or polish them depending on the type of floors you have in your home. This maintains the floors in good condition till the next spring cleaning and also helps the floors last longer. Make sure that you use good quality wax or polish and follow the directions as indicated on the labels for best results.
Some of the most forgotten areas during cleaning are ceiling fixtures. This includes items such as ceiling fans, chandeliers, and air conditioning vents. You can use a soft nozzle vacuum to clean the ceiling fittings. You can also use a wet cloth or sponge to wipe out all the dust on the ceiling fittings.
Usually, walls do not look like they require cleaning. However, during spring cleaning, it is important to clean the walls to ensure they maintain their beauty and allow your home to remain bright and warm. Use a simple detergent such as a hand wash, water and a sponger to clean the walls. Make sure to rinse the walls with clean water. This will also apply for wooden surfaces fitted on the walls such as cabinets, wall hangings and photo frames.
Lighting fittings are also not easily remembered during cleaning. When spring cleaning, it is important to clean the lights in your home. All lights such as ceiling lights, desk lamps, and any other form of lights at your home tend to accumulate dust. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe clean all the dust from the lights. A ladder can be useful for lights that are placed higher in your home.
Electronics in your home also require cleaning. These are items such as televisions, home theatres, refrigerators, microwaves, and any other electronic items in your home. These require having dust wiped off to keep them clean and in good condition. Use a soft moist cloth or sponge to wipe of any dirt or dust on the apparatus. Make sure that the apparatus are off and disconnected from their power sources before cleaning.
Windows, Glass, and Mirrors
Cleaning of glass surfaces, windows and mirrors in your home is a part of spring cleaning. Such surfaces accumulate dirt and require cleaning to make them spotless and leave your home beautiful. You will require a spray bottle, a soft cloth (microfiber or lint free cloth), water, cleaning detergent. Put the water and the cleaning detergent in the spray bottle and spray on the surfaces as you wipe dry with the cloth leaving them dry and spotless. You can also use a newspaper to dry out the surfaces.
Benefits of Spring Cleaning
The most basic and main benefit of spring cleaning is having a clean home. Spring cleaning offers you a home that is clean and free from all dust and dirt that has accumulated over time. It leaves your home fresh and sparkling clean.
Extends the lives of your Appliances and Furniture
Thorough cleaning of your appliances and furniture eliminates the dirt and dust that could cause problems for your appliances and faster wear and tear for your furniture. Spring cleaning therefore prevents the wear and tear by making sure all dust and dirt is removed from the furniture and appliances ensuring a longer life span.
Gives you an inventory on the location of your stuff
During spring cleaning, you are able to know where all your stuff is located in the house as you can take an inventory during the clean up. This helps you save time used searching for stuff in your house. This also helps clean up all the clutter in the house remaining with only the important things at your home.
Numerous Health Benefits
Spring cleaning has a variety of health benefits. The most basic one is that during the cleaning, you get rid of all the dust, dirt, bugs, and molds. This actually improves your health as such items cause various health conditions. For instance, cleaning dust helps reduce allergic symptoms that occur due to the dust in the house. Spring cleaning also keeps you active. In this way, it works as a kind of exercise and allows you to keep fit even without knowing.
Spring cleaning could be an activity you undertake once or twice a year. It can also be done alone or undertaken as an activity with family or friends making it more enjoyable. It leaves your home clean and fresh, and gives you a fresh feeling and a good mood. Therefore, try out spring cleaning by following the tips above and enjoy the benefits that come with spring cleaning.