Spring Cleaning Checklist to Start the Season Fresh
Richela Fabian Morgan | Divine Caroline
May 24, 2011
Spring is finally here, and most of us have the urge to purge our closets of heavier garments. But what about doing a little spring housecleaning?
If you’re a conscientious individual interested in maintaining good hygiene, you probably already have a regular cleaning regimen, from daily chores like washing dishes to weekly chores like vacuuming or dusting. Spring cleaning addresses all those jobs that seem above and beyond a daily or weekly regimen.
For instance, washing the walls and baseboards are not things most of us consider when giving the living room its weekly cleaning, but it’s something that should be done at least once a year. And when should we do it, you ask? Let the vernal equinox be your signal to carry out these chores that should be on everyone’s spring-cleaning list.
General Indoor Chores
Even the smallest living spaces have a cabinet or a window that could use a little spring cleaning. These tasks apply to every type of home, as well as to every room and hallway therein:
• Wipe down all unplugged and turned-off light fixtures and ceiling fans with a damp cloth. Your lights will shine more brightly through your newly cleaned fixtures.
• Give windows and screens a good scrub. A little ammonia-based window cleaner and a damp rag should do the job on the glass. Remove screens, and, if possible, use a hose to spray them down. A soft-bristled brush and a 3:1 water-ammonia mixture with a squirt of dishwashing detergent will help you scrub away the grime on screens.
• Clean all shelves and cabinets (including the kitchen’s). Remove everything and wipe down with a damp cloth. Use this opportunity to purge any unwanted items, which you can either donate to Goodwill or simply toss in the trash or recycling bin.
• Wash the walls and baseboards with a damp sponge and soapy water. This helps brighten up dingy walls and allows you to inspect your walls more closely. You may decide that you need a new paint job after a good cleaning.
• Clean your air conditioners and window fans, even before the weather gets warm enough to use them. This prevents that unwelcome scenario of discovering too late on a hot day that your AC or window fan is circulating dust.
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