Some people look forward to it, while others dread it. One of the best things about spring—aside from the sunshine and flowers—is cleaning!
There is no shortage of tasks that you can take on inside and outside your home each year as you prepare for the warmer months. Remember that all kinds of routine home maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs and even home insurance claims in the future.
Here are some great spring cleaning tips from Better Homes & Gardens.
- Wash your windows. To avoid streaks, clean your windows on a cloudy day.
- Get the gunk out of sliding door tracks. These little crevices often get ignored, but if you take a moment to see how much dirt and grime have accumulated over the winter, you’ll be glad you paid them some attention.
- Scrub down other often overlooked surfaces such as baseboards, doorframes and walls.
- Clean the carpets. BHG suggests that you may need to have your carpet cleaned every 12-18 months to maintain its warranty. If you don’t want to have a professional do it, you can rent a deep cleaner or even purchase a professional deep cleaner designed for home use.
- Clean under furniture and appliances. Move them out of the way and vacuum the floors underneath furniture and even behind appliances.
- Freshen furniture. Your cleaning product of choice will depend on your fabrics.
- Refresh your window treatments using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Consider having them laundered if they are heavily soiled.
- Dust light fixtures with a microfiber or lint-free cloth. Use an extendable duster for fixtures and ceiling fans that you can’t reach. Clean light bulbs with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
- Get organized. Pick up and eliminate clutter and organize items that you might want to donate or sell. Put everything else back in its designated place!
- Transition your seasonal clothing. Take winter clothes to the drycleaner if necessary, and store items that you won’t need out of the way.
- Paint the exterior of your house. The average exterior paint job lasts 10 years, so it might be time for yours to be refreshed!
- Power wash your home’s exterior to get rid of winter grime. Power washing can also prevent growth of mold and mildew
- Clean and repair gutters and downspouts every spring before heavy rains begin.
- Put away shovels, road salt, ice scrapers and other winter gear. Get out the garden tools and other warm weather necessities.
- Get out your outdoor furniture and make any needed repairs. Clean your outdoor furniture before you use it.
- Freshen bedrooms by rotating and flipping mattresses, and washing blankets, comforters, mattress pads and bed skirts. Have pillows professionally cleaned or hang them out in the fresh air. You can also freshen them with the using the no heat cycle of your clothes dryer.
- Freshen up the bathrooms by cleaning out medicine cabinets and replacing bath mats, shower curtains and liners.
- Organize your kitchen by cleaning out the pantry, cabinets and drawers. Install fresh shelf paper if necessary. Store away small appliances or cookware that you do not use. Get rid of old spices or dated items. Clean the refrigerator and freezer.
What is your spring cleaning routine? Do you have any tips you can share?