For the majority of households in the nation, spring cleaning is a routine process. Considering the year we’ve had, it’s fair to say that this time around, the spring cleaning routine will be extensive. The pandemic has caused us to become hyper-focused to the germs we are surrounded by on a daily basis that continuing the same spring-cleaning routine will not be be justifiable. It may have worked that last year you just dusted the blinds, but for this year, you’re going to have to sanitize those same blinds in addition to dusting. If the spring-cleaning routine is upheld by you and not a cleaning service, it’s important to remember that sanitizing is different from cleaning. Didn’t know there was a difference? Not to worry. Continue reading for a spring-cleaning guide that will help you adhere during these unprecedented times.
This list by no means encompasses all the tasks that should be included in your routine, but we figured this blog could serve as a good starting point at the very least.
Now is the time to finally flip your mattress and collect all the dust bunnies under the bed. Don’t forget to clean the air vents in your home since they are a primary dust collector. Besides the obvious of washing the bed linens, go a step further and reorganize the space. Maybe the bed would look better on a different wall, or maybe the vanity would fit better in front of the window. Reorganizing your environment can result to being more productive because if you’re comfortable in your environment, you can have the headspace to be creative. Since you’re reorganizing, transfer all of you winter apparel and accessories to storage or to that extra closet in your house.
Regardless of the room, all baseboards, fans, and windows should be cleaned. We suggest using microfiber clothes to collect the dust before applying cleaning or sanitizing products. Door frames collect dust too! Not to mention the scuff marks. It’s also a good idea to rent a carpet cleaner. The machine allows you to add sanitizing solution so that after the dirt, dust, and grime are collected, the carpet fibers can be revived. One way to revive your floors if they are not carpeted, is removing the grime from the grout and then polishing them.
The bathrooms might be the most dreaded rooms to clean but just take it one step at a time. Wash or replace the shower curtain and shower liner. Next, replace the bathmats if they are worn down otherwise, they can just be washed. This is where cleaning and sanitizing becomes evident. Cleaning the dirt and grime is different than sanitizing it. Cleaning removes the germs from the surface. When you sanitize, you lessen the number of germs on surfaces so make sure to really sanitize the bathroom since you don’t want those germs spreading around your home. One more thing: It’s common knowledge that medications expire, so take this time to inspect your medicine cabinets to make sure all are up to date.
While you’re working through your routine list, this is the time to check if your smoke detector and fire extinguisher are intact. Typically, the smoke detector’s batteries need to be changed once to twice a year. If you smoke detector sounds off an alarm, it’s definitely time to change the batteries. As for the fire extinguisher, the gauge on the extinguisher’s exterior determines the internal content levels. So, if the gauge needle falls outside of the green zone, it’s time to replace your extinguisher.
As for the appliances, deep clean your oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator—any appliance you use daily. The coils behind the fridge will need to be cleaned too, so once you pull your fridge out from against the wall, make sure to sweep up the dust bunnies and wipe the walls down. All the appliance drawers and cabinets should be cleaned too—Not to mention the pantry! Regardless of the number of people living in the home, it’s expected to find a trail of crumbs lingering on the shelves.
We’re almost done! Cleaning outdoors is a loaded task. The list includes but is not limited to:
- Pressure wash the driveway and home exterior (windows, roof, awnings, etc.)
- Sweep the porch and/or deck
- Clean lighting fixtures and change the lightbulbs
- Swap seasonal decor
- Replace furniture fabrics if mildew is evident
- Pest control
Now that we have covered the basics, don’t forget to recycle any recyclables you encounter whilst cleaning, donate clothes, and throw away expired items like cosmetics, shampoos/conditioners, and baking powder for the refrigerator, etc. The pandemic life won’t last forever as long as we all do our part; it starts at home. Don’t do this project alone! Make sure to involve your family in the routine, that way, all family members can provide support for one another’s home cleaning projects. Happy spring cleaning!