The chill has left the air and spring has sprung. For many of us, it came and went before we even got around to thinking about having a grand clean out.
Fortunately, or not depending on how you look at it, this ritual can be undertaken at any time of the year. The tradition of cleaning in spring is rooted in history and for reasons you might not have known.
Whatever the time of year you get around it to, we all owe it to ourselves and our family members to enjoy a clean home. Many of us set out with an agenda to clean, but no specific plan in mind. This inevitably leads to key areas of the home that don’t get done properly, or even worse overlooked entirely.
To enjoy cleaning sessions that are more than dirt-deep, you’ll need to think allergen-deep. Here is a curation of 5 handy tips that can help you make your deep cleaning more enjoyable.
- Create a Schedule
Evaluate your home and take note of the rooms that need the most work and areas that you typically skip during your routine cleaning. Those places that you pinpoint are the best places to start. But no matter where you start, having a clear plan of how the deep clean will proceed when you’re cleaning each room will help you stay focused.
- Clean your refrigerator
Make use of a combination of salt and soda water to clean your freezer and fridge. The bubbling action that you get of the soda water is able to combine with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner. In order to do this job right, it’s imperative that you fully clean out the fridge first –don’t get lazy and just move things around!
- Clean windows and screens
A scrap of carpeting can be used to clean screens as it makes a powerful brush that helps to remove all the dirt and dust. You can also make use of a rag and soapy water to clean windows after which you can then dry them with a different rag. Making use of a windshield squeegee is not just a great tool for cleaning, it’s darn right fun to use too!
- Clean up Your Rugs
You need to really pay attention to your rugs as they can hold onto odors if not properly cleaned about once or twice a year. Cleaning your rug in spring can give you a beautiful fresh smelling home. Beat your rugs using the handle of a sweeping brush to remove the bulk of the dirt, dust and debris that is already embedded in the fabric. After beating the rugs, vacuum them properly to remove any fine dust after which you’ll now apply a carpet shampoo to make them look and feel new again.
- Don’t Forget About Your Air
Air purifiers aren’t just for people looking to remove cigarette smoke odors. If indoor chemicals, dust, allergens or mold are a major concern for you and your family, you should consider getting an air purifier too. This will help you maintain a fresh feel in the home after your deep cleaning.
This is also a great time to replace furnace and HVAC filters, although it is often one of the most overlooked parts of cleaning. You can improve the quality of air in your home significantly by replacing a standard filter with a very robust one that has a MERV rating. This definitely is an inexpensive way to ensure that after you clean your home,