It may feel like it right now given the cold and the snow, but spring is upon us here in Edmonton, and that means it’s getting close to spring cleaning time. Cleaning up after the winter is a good idea for any household, but it’s especially important if your home may be going to market this year. Here’s a checklist of spring cleaning you’ll need to do around your home this spring that can help you reduce clutter, get rid of dust and grime, and get your house looking like its best self.
Cleaning walls should be an annual tradition. It not only helps your entire home look a little brighter, but cleaning annually can help you avoid scrubbing off years or grime that can accumulate. The best way to wash your walls is to start with your vacuum and brush attachment. Suck up all the dirt and then wipe the walls down with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner. And don’t forget the wall behind where you do your make-up as it’s sure to be in need of cleaning.
2. Bathroom Buildup
When it comes to our bathrooms, it’s important to get rid of as much mineral, calcium, and general buildup that happens from regular use. It can be hard work that requires a lot of elbow grease, but it can be easy if done correctly. Start by rubbing strong cleaning agents into shower walls, tubs, floors, toilets, and sinks. Leave it for about 20 minutes (you can wash the bathroom walls in the interim) and wipe away. This will usually leave your bathroom looking brand new.
3. Steam Clean the Carpets
Carpets need a thorough washing at least annually, more if you have children or animals. The reasons are plenty, but good carpet maintenance helps them last longer and gets rid of smells and allergens hiding in your carpets. Throw rugs and other such mats can be beaten outdoors, washed, and dried to keep them looking their best.
4. Get Some Air
After you’ve done your spring cleaning, remember that a good airing out can do wonders. Be sure to let in fresh air during your spring cleaning to help get rid of the cleaning smells and any allergens hiding in your home.
5. Kitchen Appliances
Of all the spring cleaning chores, kitchen appliances can often be the most challenging. With your fridge and freezer, it’s best to do it early in the year. That way, you can leave the fridge contents outdoors to keep them cool. Ket your fridge get to room temperature before cleaning, and be sure to take out all the drawers and shelves while cleaning. For the oven, microwave, and other cooking appliances, don’t be afraid to let cleaning agents soak in. Leaving things overnight will make scrubbing much easier. And for your microwave, try heating up a bowl of water with some lemon before cleaning. The steam will loosen some of those tougher stains.