Even in this warm subtropical climate of Orlando, we all love the transition from winter to spring. Though our winters are quite mild compared to other regions of the country, we still welcome the days when the daytime highs reach into the mid to upper seventies, and can enjoy a cookout during the cool evening hours. This time of year is when we roll up our sleeves and get serious about deep cleaning our homes.
Spring cleaning actually dates back to ancient times, and the term has become synonymous with deep cleaning, regardless of the time of year. Though it’s a lot of work, it’s somewhat of a necessary ritual that we perform to usher in the warm weather. Though we do it every year, it still takes an entire day or weekend and that’s a shame when it’s so nice outside.
Spring Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
The biggest reason spring cleaning takes so long is typically due to the lack of a game plan. Though it may sound a bit cliche, it’s nevertheless true. Not having a plan is what causes the chore to extend from a few hours into a marathon session lasting one or two days. By starting in the rooms which require the most attention, and having a bucket with cleaning supplies to bring along, beginning in the bathrooms and onto the kitchen, then through the bedrooms, and out into common areas will create an easier flow. If you are planning on selling your property, the home staging process begins with the kitchen and bathrooms.
“Sliding glass door tracks probably aren’t the first spots you’d think to clean, but you’ll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. Scrub the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.” —Better Homes and Gardens
Going it alone is another mistake that’s often made. If you live alone, invite a friend over and offer to reciprocate with the same favor. Have a cup of coffee and/or enjoy a snack in between chores. Use the right cleaning supplies, like microfiber cloths, as these actually grab dust, not just push it around. When you come to the more grimy areas, deep clean and make a resolution to devote a bit of light weekly attention to make spring cleaning less arduous.
Smart Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring cleaning is about making a home not only clean, but welcome and that starts right outside your front door. The door mat isn’t something you don’t give much thought, but it is the first line of preventative care for your floors. Shake it, swat it against a fence or wall, because it’s made to withstand a lot. Other things you can do are:
- Deep clean fabrics. Carpet, upholstery, window treatments, bedding, whatever it might be, it’s porous and absorbs dirt and oil. Give these a thorough cleaning and replace what’s worn out.
- Prepare your kitchen floor. Use a wash and wax cleaning protector to give it a shine and help to guard it against the wear and tear it will undergo in the next several months.
- Clean the walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodwork. Though most dust and debris falls to the floor, enough of it clings to the walls to warrant a fresh wash. Cabinets, woodwork, and baseboards also need special attention.
- Clean ceiling fixtures. Dangling lights, ceiling fans, and other ceiling fixtures gather a lot of dust. Get a step stool or a ladder and get to work. You’ll be surprised by how much has accumulated over time.
Clean out the refrigerator and clean it inside and out. The coils on the back are probably quite dirty and those bungling spills leave their mark. It’s best to clear out the fridge and freezer, to have ample room to work and to throw out old items.