Every year a multitude of resources are shared on the benefits of spring cleaning, from purifying your air to cleaning out hidden dirt and dust from the nooks and crannies of your home. With all of us spending more time at home due to the pandemic, this is especially necessary this year! While we used to be gone at work for 8+ hours a day, now we’re spending almost all of our time at home and it’s easy to imagine how much more dirt and dust has collected this year. Read on to learn the top tips for spring cleaning your home!
Purify Your Air
We highly recommend taking steps to purify your air at home during your spring cleaning. One easy way to improve your air quality is to change out any air filters in your home. There are many allergens that can lower your air quality, which include but are not limited to: dust, dirt, pollen, mold, lint, hair, animal fur, and bacteria. While we recommend checking your filters every 30 days, we also suggest basing when they need to be changed off of the accumulation of dirt, not a specified time. If they seem extra dirty every 30 days, don’t wait to change them monthly – check them as frequently as needed! Another easy solution to improving the air quality in your home is to invest in an air purifier.
Clean Your Window Treatments and Windows
An easy part of your home to overlook that needs to be consistently cleaned is your windows and window treatments. While we suggest a regular, light dusting of your window treatments to maintain them, if you’re doing a deep spring cleaning you can also vacuum, spot clean, or steam them based on the window treatment. To learn more about how to clean your window treatments, read our extensive article. If you’re looking to replace your current heavy window treatments with lighter spring curtains, don’t hesitate to schedule a virtual consultation with us.
Once you’ve cleaned your window treatments thoroughly, we recommend pulling them aside or up out of the way and focusing on your windows. Give your windows a thorough top to bottom cleaning on the interior and exterior to get the grime and dirt off of them so you can enjoy the sunshine through your windows all spring!
Dust All Surfaces
Another important aspect of spring cleaning is to dust all the surfaces of your home. While you should focus on every surface, we recommend putting more of an emphasis on hard-to-reach or easily forgettable areas such as ceiling fans, above cabinets, and the easily missed corners of your countertops. We highly suggest working from top to bottom, starting with the hard-to-reach areas like above your cabinets and ceiling fans and then moving on to general countertops and furniture, and then ending with baseboards and the under areas of your furniture.
Check Safety Features and Light Bulbs
Something extremely crucial to check and update when spring cleaning is your safety features in your home such as your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You’ll want to ensure that your batteries still work, and change out any that are dead. Another safety item to check is the expiration date on the fire extinguisher. It’s easy to let that date pass when you aren’t using it, and you don’t want to end up left with a malfunctioning fire extinguisher that no longer works when you need it most. Lastly, you’ll want to take note of any lighting in your home that has burned out, noting the size and quantity of light bulbs you need, and then go to the store to replace them!
Once you’ve completed all of these spring cleaning tips, it’s time to enjoy your fresh new home this spring! If you’re in the market for lighter, spring window coverings – schedule a free consultation with us today. Happy cleaning!