Spring is in the Air: Time to Clean!

It’s time to make way for the sunshine and warm air to breathe life into our homes. It’s time for the closed windows and shadowed rooms to stop hiding from the chirping birds and the green trees. It’s spring-cleaning time! All of the dusty crevices and neglected corners of our houses don’t stand a chance against these spring-cleaning tips.

Let’s start with the windows, blinds, curtains and lights–the parts of the house that will fully embrace and gladly share spring’s sunshine.

Martha Stewart’s Tips

  • Use rubber-edged squeegees with extendable handles for high reaches.
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dish soap.
  • Wipe off the dirt, and then dampen the squeegee, wiping down the pane.
  • Wipe the squeegee after each stroke and dry the windowsills with a cloth.
  • Wipe wooden blinds with a gentle wood cleaner on a barely damp sponge.
  • Clean aluminum blinds outside by laying them on a sheet on a slanted surface and scrubbing them with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Rinse them with the hose and dry them with a towel to prevent rust.
  • Vacuum, steam, or dry-clean the curtains.
  • Consider replacing heavy winter curtains with light spring curtains.
  • Unscrew the light bulbs and polish them with a microfiber cloth dampened with water.
  • Use a lamb’s wool duster with a long handle for ceiling fixtures.
  • Switch the direction of your ceiling fan: counterclockwise for warm weather creates a cool breeze, while clockwise in the winter circulates warm air.

Deep-cleaning bedrooms, living rooms and the kitchen can be overwhelming, but a few simple tricks will brighten your house for spring.

Martha Stewart’s Tips, with help from Ladue-Frontenac Patch

  • Give your walls a fresh face with a new coat of paint in warm colors.
  • Update your bed linens: for a quick, easy duvet, sew two flat sheets around the edges and leave an opening at the bottom secured by twill-tape or Velcro inside the edges.
  • Flip your mattress and wash your sheets.
  • Clean carpets and rugs with a shampooer.
  • Consider replacing heavy wool rugs with natural or woven ones such as sisal, coir or natural cotton.
  • Move big furniture away from the walls one corner at a time to vacuum out the neglected corners and crevices
  • Add a large mirror or an arrangement of mirrors on the wall to bring light into a dark room.
  • Clean out the refrigerator starting with wiping up spills on the shelves. Wash the inside with a baking soda/water solution. Remove shelves and let them warm to room temperature before washing. Use a toothbrush to scrub hardened spills and crannies. Make a habit to throw out old food.
  • Re-stock your cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, tile/grout/wood cleaner, baking soda and vinegar as well as sponges, rags, brushes and rubber gloves.

For busy families, or if cleaning just isn’t your thing, consider a cleaning service.  For instance, Two Maids & A Mop offers a thorough cleaning package (Top to Bottom Deep Cleaning Package) that would be perfect for getting your house ready for spring. A quick Google search reveals the top services in the metro area. If you don’t have the time for a deep cleaning, give one of them a call!