Spring is officially here! Take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by refreshing your home with our easy spring cleaning tips for homeowners. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list to make your home sparkle this season.
Why Spring Cleaning Is Necessary
Everyone deserves a clean house to call home. Refreshing your space with a thorough spring cleaning is the best way to preserve your home’s property value, fix any damage from winter storms and get ready for warmer days ahead.
When should you start Spring cleaning?
March 20th is the official start of the Spring season and can be an ideal time to begin tackling some tasks. Whether you choose to break up chores throughout the season or want to knock it out all at once, there is no ‘official’ time you must abide by.
What is included in a Spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning is intended to be a deeper clean of areas in your home that may get overlooked. Include areas in your home’s interior and exterior that may have been neglected during the winter months. For example, entryways, garages, and porches are spaces commonly forgotten about by homeowners.
Exterior Spring Cleaning Tips for Homeowners
- Clean Your Chimney: With winter weather past us, it’s time to have your chimney cleaned! Schedule a chimney sweep, and make sure everything is functioning properly.
- Check Your Yard: Does your yard need a little pick-me up? Fertilize, reseed and cut your grass to give your yard a little revamp.
- Get Your Pool Ready for Summer Fun: As the weather gets warmer, perform any pool cleaning and maintenance.
- Get Your Grill Ready: Time to get the grill going! Check grill hoses and clean your grill to prevent grease fires.
- Hook Up Water Source: With freezing weather behind us, attach hoses and turn on exterior water sources.
- Make That Glass Shine: Clean windows and sliding doors, both glass and tracks!
- Clean up Your Yard: Is there leaf debris by your house? Clear your lawn of leaves, sticks, and branches. This can help with ants and other pesky spring problems!
- Curb Appeal: Spring is a time to say “goodbye” to the old and welcome-in the new. Touch up exterior paint to brighten up your curb appeal, as needed.
- Power Wash Exteriors: Keep your home looking brand new by pressure washing your home’s exterior. Depending on the amount of buildup, consider using a pump sprayer or renting a pressure washer.
Interior Spring Cleaning Tips for Homeowners
- Vent Covers: Unscrew vent covers, then place them in a sink of hot, soapy water. Let them soak for a few minutes, rinse off with cool water.
- Doors: Wipe down all doors to get rid of loose dust and dirt. Gently scrub the door using a sponge or wet rag to remove any stains.
- Blinds: Fully lower the blinds and wipe the blinds down with either a microfiber cloth or a vacuum. Continue to work from top to bottom so dust does not fall in areas you have already cleaned.
- Refrigerator/ Freezer: Throw out any expired food and remove all shelving and drawers. Thoroughly wash all removable parts and wipe the inside with hot, soapy water. Don’t forget to dry all items before placing items back.
- Shower Curtain: Toss your shower curtain and liner in the washing machine with detergent and ½ cup of baking soda.
- Windows: Wipe down all windows in your house with a window cleaning solution and a lint-free towel. Make your homemade solution by missing one part of distilled vinegar with 10 parts warm water in a spray bottle.
- Baseboard: Vacuum along the length and top of baseboards. Dip a sponge in a mixture of warm water and dish soap and scrub any scuffs or stains. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe down any cleaning residue.
- Microwave: Using a microwave-safe bowl, fill two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar and turn the microwave on high for five minutes. Carefully remove the container and turntable and begin wiping it down with a clean rag.
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