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You’ve traded your sweaters for short sleeves, made plans to get in shape for summer, and given your yard some much-needed attention. Spring is like a breath of fresh air, bringing us brighter, longer days and breezy mornings. While you enjoy spending time outside, there’s something about being indoors on warm, sunny days. That is until the sunlight illuminates the smudges on your windows, the dust collecting on your baseboards, and the stains on your floors. Now is a great time to take care of many of the overlooked spaces in your house and prepare for the summer months when everyone spends a lot of time at home. Use our checklist (with a few helpful tips) to make spring cleaning feel like a breeze.

The Kitchen

1. The Fridge: It’s hard to overlook the splatters of marinara sauce in the microwave, but when was the last time you cleaned the shelves and drawers in your refrigerator? This is a great item to add to your spring cleaning list. Remove bacteria and stains by popping out the shelves and doors and washing them in warm, soapy water. Wipe down the doors with antibacterial products to remove germs and smudges.

2. Kitchen Cabinets: Hopefully, you’re in the habit of wiping down kitchen cabinets in between use, but now is a good time to remove stains from spilled food, grime from the buildup of grease and dust. Consider a kitchen cabinet cream to eliminate the gunk and moisturize wooden cabinets. Don’t forget to wipe down the door and drawer pulls while you’re at it. 

3. Stainless Steel Appliances: Bring back the sparkle to your stainless steel appliances by creating a solution of 1 tsp dish detergent and 1 qt hot water. Use a microfiber cloth and rub the solution onto the appliances, going with the grain. Then, rinse with clean water and dry the surface immediately to prevent streaks.

The Bathrooms

1. Shower Curtains: In most cases, you can toss your shower curtain and a few bath towels into the washing machine and run the gentle cycle, then let it hang dry. Replace plastic curtain liners and keep them fresh longer by spraying them with an all-purpose cleaner containing bleach. Before you shower, don’t forget to rinse them off.

2. Grout: If you have white grout, you’ll notice it begin to change colors over time. To keep your bathroom looking fresh and clean, spray the grout with your favorite bathroom cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the grout using a stiff brush. This may not be your favorite chore, but it will give your bathroom a much-needed facelift (and give you an arm workout, too!)

3. Shower Drains: This is a quick and easy way to freshen your shower drains. This will not unclog them, just help them remain free-flowing. Mix ¼ cup table salt and ½ cup baking soda. Pour the mixture into the drain, followed by 1 cup warm vinegar. Let it stand for 15 minutes and watch your drain bubble and foam. Then, run warm tap water for 30 seconds.

Living Spaces

1. Furniture: Your weekly to-do list may include vacuuming the floors, but what about your couch? This spring, pull your furniture away from the wall and, using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum everything. We’re talking both sides of the cushions, trim, crevices, throw pillows, even the back of your furniture. While the furniture is pulled away from the wall, clean the floors, baseboards, and vents that are often ignored.

2. Bookshelves: Dust the shelves, and decorative items, books, and magazines that fill the shelves. Use this time to rearrange, declutter, and organize to freshen up the space or create a new look.

3. Ceiling Fixtures: In Texas, our ceiling fans are often running constantly, so we often forget how much dust collects on them. This season, open your windows and turn off your fans to properly dust the blades and light fixtures. Make your way around the house in other rooms and clean other ceiling fixtures that may not get regular attention.

Bedrooms

1. Bedding: This is the perfect time to clean items that only need attention a few times a year, like comforters and throw pillows. In most cases, you can freshen up decorative pillows by putting them through an “air only” cycle in your dyer. Check the label on your pillow shams and comforters before tossing them into your washing machine.

2. Mattress: Vacuum the top and sides of your mattress by using the upholstery and crevice tools on your vacuum cleaner. Then, use a disinfectant spray to sanitize the top of your mattress and a garment steamer to kill potential dust mites living beneath the surface.

3. Closets: As you change over your wardrobe, throw out any worn or torn items and donate or sell clothes you didn’t wear in the colder seasons or clothes that no longer fit. Dust shelves, organize drawers and declutter “catch-all” spaces.

When it comes to cleaning, there are few tactics you can use to make sure you complete the whole list. You can set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes every day and see how much you can accomplish in the allotted time. You can tackle a room at a time until you’ve made it through the entire house. Or you devote an entire day or weekend and enjoy that feeling of sitting in a completely clean space.

But we know how daunting it can be to make your house sparkle. That’s why we’re here! To provide honest & reliable cleaning to families in Bryan/College Station. We want you to love the space you’re in and enjoy a freshly clean home. You can contact us today to schedule your next cleaning or to receive a free cleaning quote

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