It’s that time of year! The sun is finally awarding us with warmth, the days are getting longer, and Spring is officially here! Now that we have all this beautiful light shining into our homes, it’s time to do some deep cleaning. Todays blog is going to be a comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist that you can use to help ensure that you clean everything necessary. We are going to break it into manageable chunks, so that you don’t end up slaving for full days trying to get everything done in one go. So without further ado, let’s get cleaning!
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Day 1 – Dusting High Surfaces
It’s day one, and we definitely do not want to get burned out quickly. Therefore, we are going to keep things easy today. Grab your duster, preferably one with an extendable handle so you can reach higher areas, and a step stool (or ladder). We are going to clear all the dust and dirt from the highest surfaces in your home (which follows our working top down principle). Begin by dusting surfaces such as ceiling fans, chandeliers, light fixtures above mirrors in bathrooms, the top of all door frames, and all other various high surfaces in your home. Today is also going to be the optimal time to dust and clean all your blinds, assuming you have them in front of any windows. Blinds sit in the sun all day, resulting in “baked on” dust that is much harder to remove that other dusting tasks. I often will utilize a little cleaning product, such as Murphys Oil, to help clean tougher blinds. If you have any questions about using a wood cleaner in addition to your dusting, check out our guide here. Obviously, it is up to you to make sure you find all the nooks and crannies, just focus all your effort today on dusting the hardest to reach areas. When you are done just call it a day! We have plenty to do later this week, so go relax for the rest of the evening.
Day 2 – Organizing and Garbage Collection
Now we are going to get some heavy lifting done. Todays mission is to consolidate household items, knickknacks, and gadgets in an effort to re-organize our living space. The idea is to reduce clutter, creating a more beautiful and effectively managed space, which in turn becomes instantly more comfortable. In addition, it will also help expedite the cleaning process that will occur on the coming days.
So let’s get it started by finding anything that needs to be trashed. If you have items that are worthy of donating we encourage you to do so! Once you have eliminated unnecessary clutter, it’s time to begin reorganizing things. Try to find a “home” for items in your home that make sense. An example of this idea would be having a box for random electronic cables, which is next to a box for old unused electronic gadgets. We have created a electronics category, where we sub-sectioned items appropriately. The more you are able to effectively organize, the easier it will be to create an aesthetically pleasing yet functional living space. Depending on how creative you are, and how much work you have to be done, you might want to split this into 2 days instead of 1.
Day 3 – Mirrors, Glass, and Spot Treating Walls
Yesterday was a little tough, so let’s dial back today just a bit. If you don’t have much experience cleaning glass, or just want a little recommendation, check out our Ultimate Glass Cleaning Product Review and find your favorite glass cleaner. Today we are going to clean and shine all the mirrors, interior glass windows, and any other glass surfaces such as tables or decorations. Honestly, this is going to be the easy part of today. So keep the music playing and relax while you get all that glass crystal clear.
Next, we are going to spot treat any stains or discoloration on our walls. This step requires a little finesse, and might even require some small re-touching with paint. Grab a clean sponge, get it nice and wet with warm water, and apply a small amount of soap. Using the soapy sponge, we are going to buff out any stains on the walls. It is important to apply only a small to medium amount of pressuring when buffing out stains on the wall. In addition, it is important that our sponge only be slightly wet, and not dripping with soap and water. If you notice that a spot is not getting clean, it may require color correction by repainting the surface. Use your best judgement and try to get the easy and obvious spots clear.
Day 4 – Toilets, Showers, Tubs, and Sinks
Alright, this is the day we all dread, but we are going to get it out of the way now and just forget about it! Go grab some gloves, you know the ones, the long gloves that go to your elbow, and make sure you read all about how to safely clean porcelain fixtures here. Nine times out of ten, your toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks will be porcelain or porcelain laminated. The longer your spend doing detailed cleaning on these fixtures, the more you will get out of this Spring Cleaning Checklist. If I had to pick a day to really give 110% effort, this would definitely be my choice! My last bit of advice about today, is going to be do the sinks last. You will find yourself coming back to the sinks time and again through the cleaning process. So just save them for last.
Day 5 – Dusting and Polishing
Now it is time to start finalizing our spring cleaning! We are getting so close guys, just stick with me now! Today is all about detailing, polishing, and dusting general surfaces and items in your home. Every picture frame, table, counter-space, shelf, all of them! There will be a ton of moving things to the side of the table, wiping it down, and moving items back in to place. This is why I tried to stress the de-clutter process of day 2. The more you organized things effectively on day 2, the easier todays work will be. Really focus on making things shine today. Try to get every little nook. Places like behind the mounted wall television, the side of a dresser that is not visible, and baseboards are often overlooked. I provided a link to our dusting cleaning product review before, but here it is again in case you need it.
One important place that you will tackle today is in the kitchen. If you have any stainless steel finished appliances, I recommend grabbing a cleaning product meant for these surfaces (Wieman/Sprayway/Etc). Just make sure you get the one meant for stainless steel! Also in the kitchen, make sure you clean your stove top and oven today. If you have any questions about cleaning these items, please check out our ultimate stove top cleaning guide here.
Day 6 – Floors
Congratulations! You have made it to the last day, and you have almost officially finished this years spring cleaning! The last item on the checklist is to clean, vacuum, and sanitize our floors. Go ahead and begin by sweeping any hard floors you have, such as kitchen/bathroom floors, or any wood floors. Next, move on to mopping or steam cleaning all your hard floors. Obviously it is up to you, but I highly recommend steam cleaning your hard floors. Steam cleaning brings the temperature of the floor up to approximately 212 degrees (F) which ensures complete sanitation of one of your homes most dirty surfaces. I have had personal success with the $50 steam cleaners you can buy from your local Walmart or Target (Shark brand and Dirt Devil have both worked great).
To really wrap things up, we are going to finish by vacuuming all carpeted floors. There isn’t too much to say about this last step, just get in there and do a good job! That is it! We have officially completed spring cleaning!
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Alexander Skinner is the owner and operator of Smart Maid Service LLC, a house cleaning company that services Richmond Virginia and the surrounding area.
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