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Spring Cleaning Your Home Top to Bottom

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Spring Cleaning Your Home Top to Bottom

Spring is here, which means it’s time for some deep cleaning! As satisfying as it is to do a quick tidy-up, there are many spots in a home that only get a deep clean once or twice a year.

I’ve put together this guide to walk you through spring cleaning your home from top to bottom. With some checklists, cleaning tips and a room-by-room rundown, you’ll be ready to tackle every nook and cranny.

Supplies You’ll Need

Here’s a checklist of cleaning tools and products I recommend having on hand before you begin:

  • Vacuum cleaner – Make sure it’s in good working order and has attachments like a crevice tool to reach tight spaces. Consider renting a carpet cleaner as well.

  • Mop and bucket – Use a microfiber mop if possible. It cleans better than a traditional string mop.

  • Cleaning rags – Have plenty of microfiber cloths, paper towels and old T-shirts on hand.

  • Duster – Invest in a high-quality duster with a telescoping handle.

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Cleaning caddy – A bucket with built-in compartments to tote everything from room to room.

  • All-purpose cleaner – Choose something that can be used on most surfaces.

  • Glass cleaner

  • Disinfecting wipes and spray – To sanitize high-touch areas like doorknobs.

  • Baking soda – Cleans and deodorizes.

  • White vinegar – Cuts through grime.

  • Rubber gloves

Top Cleaning Tips

Here are some of my top spring cleaning tips before you get started:

  • Set aside time to tackle one room or area per day so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

  • Start from the top and work your way down in each room. Dust the tops of shelves and fan blades before vacuuming the floor.

  • Don’t forget about window treatments! Take down curtains to launder or dry clean. Vacuum blinds.

  • Wash walls, baseboards and doors with an all-purpose cleaner and rag. Grime builds up over time.

  • Disinfect high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, phones and tables.

  • Move small furniture pieces to vacuum and mop underneath.

  • Declutter as you clean! Get rid of unused items and tidy storage spaces like closets.

  • Gather cleaning supplies for each room ahead of time so you’re not running around looking for things.

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning

Now let’s get into the nitty gritty! Here’s my room-by-room spring cleaning checklist:

Kitchen

  • Clear counters and wipe down with disinfectant.
  • Clean inside appliances like the microwave, oven, coffee maker.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Wipe down outside of fridge and other appliances.
  • Clean sink and faucet fixtures.
  • Organize cabinets and pantry. Toss expired food.
  • Mop floors.

Living Room

  • Dust ceiling fan blades, bookshelves and surfaces.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, under cushions and corners.
  • Wash throw pillows and blankets.
  • Disinfect remote controls, phones, game controllers.
  • Vacuum under furniture and along baseboards.
  • Clean windows, window sills and blinds.
  • Shampoo carpets or rugs if needed.

Bedrooms

  • Strip bedding and launder. Replace pillows if needed.
  • Vacuum mattress thoroughly and consider using a disinfectant spray. Allow to dry before remaking bed.
  • Dust ceiling fans, furniture, baseboards.
  • Clean under beds. Vacuum and wipe down.
  • Wash pillows and comforters.
  • Clean windows, sills, blinds.
  • Organize closets and dressers. Donate unused items.

Bathrooms

  • Use a disinfectant spray or bleach solution to sanitize surfaces. Let sit before wiping clean. Focus on counters, sinks, toilets, tub and shower.
  • Scrub tile grout with a stiff brush and baking soda paste.
  • Clean exhaust fan covers.
  • Wipe down mirrors and glass.
  • Organize cabinets and drawers. Toss expired products.

Laundry Room

  • Give the washer and dryer a thorough wipe down, including the doors, dispensers and inside drums if you can access them. Run empty washing machine cycles with vinegar or bleach.
  • Clean dryer vents and ducts to improve air flow.
  • Dust shelving, organize supplies like detergent.
  • Mop floors.

Garage and Basement

  • Sweep floors.
  • Organize shelves and storage bins. Donate or toss anything you don’t need.
  • Wipe down tools or sports/outdoor equipment.
  • Clean windows and light fixtures.
  • Discard chemicals that are expired or you don’t use. Follow proper hazardous waste disposal procedures.

Outdoor Areas

  • Sweep debris from porch, patio, deck.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and cushions.
  • Wash windows and doors.
  • Clean doormats and entryways.
  • Touch up outdoor paint if needed.
  • Inspect exterior walls and trim for any cracks or damage.
  • Clean outdoor play equipment.
  • Service lawn mower and any outdoor power equipment.

Enjoy a Cleaner Home This Spring

I hope this extensive top-to-bottom spring cleaning guide gives you a place to start and a plan of attack! Just focus on one area each day. Before long your home will feel clean, clutter-free and refreshed for spring.

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