15 Great
Tips for Effective Spring Cleaning
By Amy Nutt
As Spring comes to
a close, many of us are still procrastinating and haven’t yet started one of
the year’s least enjoyable tasks… Spring cleaning!
Spring cleaning is,
perhaps, one of the most dreaded quests most people embark on each year. It’s a
time to throw away old, unwanted items, organize those you are planning to use,
and give your entire home a thorough cleaning. Because of all it entails, the
prospect can be dau 414l112e nting, but there are useful hints you can follow that will
make it a little easier to tackle. Below are 15 useful tips that will help you
get started.
1.      Begin cleaning from top to bottom.
Start by cleaning the ceiling fans and light fixtures, then move on to windows,
furniture, and carpets.
2.      Wash your windows both inside and
out. Vacuum or wash the draperies or window treatments as well.
3.      Wash blankets, throw rugs, and bed
covers. When doing so, try to set aside some time just for this purpose. This
will give the task continuity.
4.      Move furniture and vacuum beneath
and around it. This can prove to be a tedious task, but you’ll be happy you did
it.
5.      If your clothing is located all
together in one closet, sort the winter clothes from the summer ones. Set aside
any clothes you would like to discard or give away. This is the perfect time to
do so.
6.      Check all downspouts and clean
them accordingly. This is important, as it can reduce the chances of unwanted
clogs or other problems from occurring.
7.      Arrange to have your air
conditioning system inspected. Spring is the best time to do this, because the
hot weather has not yet taken hold. Also check and clean air filters and vents.
8.      Check and replace smoke detector
batteries. This should actually be done every six months, so you might set a
schedule to help you remember to do it.
9.      Drain any sediment from your hot
water heater. This will help keep it in good working condition.
10.  Before using any cleaning
products, carefully read the directions to find out what it can and can’t be
used with, and how to properly use it. Failure to do so can result in a mess or
possible injury in some cases, so this detail should be given the proper
attention.
11.  When cleaning vertical surfaces,
start from the bottom and work your way up, overlapping as you go. Use a
circular motion as you clean. This will help prevent streak marks.
12.  Before using an abrasive cleaning
product, be sure it is suitable for the surface you are cleaning. These
products are good for removing food particles and other hard-to-remove soils,
but misusing them can actually damage the surface. You will find directions on
the bottle or can, as well as information about the various surfaces a
particular product can and can’t clean.
13.  Clean microwave spills as they
occur. Otherwise, they may get baked on, which will make them much harder to
remove.
14.  Use a small foam paintbrush to
clean small spaces between cabinets or under appliances. This will enable you
to get to the hard-to-reach areas without leaving dirt particles behind.
15.  Save money on paper towels by
using washable, lint-free cloths. They are easy to clean when you are finished,
and you will have less trash to empty at the end of your cleaning spree.