A thoroughly clean house is the best way to welcome spring. It is an excellent way to freshen up your home, removing dust, dirt, and allergens from all contaminated surfaces. While you can always hire a spring cleaning company, you may want to save some money. If you wish to deal with spring cleaning on your own, this complete guide will help you.
How to Reorganise and De-clutter
The easiest way to start is to create a customised spring cleaning checklist. It makes sure you do not miss any areas, especially those that you may have overlooked during the winter. The checklist should also include the right tools and products to use, such as:
- Micro-fibre cloth
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Scrubbing brush
All the items above will allow you to scrub stains and dust your carpets, simplifying your chores. It helps to arrange everything first before you begin the cleaning process. If you plan to use any eco-friendly cleaners, such as white vinegar, baking soda, or lemon, prepare everything beforehand.
Additionally, de-cluttering should be performed daily – even in little amounts. It will be much easier to manage and organise your entire home if you do it once a week, for instance. Most likely, you are already tired when you get home from work. Perhaps you are exhausted after spending the whole day taking care of your kids.
Instead of doing a massive project once weekly, tackle one or two tasks every day. For example, you can sweep the floor or clean the windows one room at a time. Then, you can save closet organisation tasks for the weekend. With this method, it will not overwhelm you as you attempt to complete all the work even if you do not have enough time.
Here is an example of the cleaning chores you can assign yourself throughout the week:
- Monday: Clean the kitchen floors
- Tuesday: Clean the bathrooms.
- Wednesday: Scrub and disinfect countertops.
- Thursday: Vacuum your carpeted areas.
- Friday: Relax. You deserve the break.
Room by Room Cleaning
Spring cleaning is not only about eliminating dirt and clutter that you can see. You should take time to disinfect all the rooms in the house. Here is a guide to spring cleaning all areas in the house:
- Kitchen Cleaning
These steps will help make spring cleaning your kitchen a breeze:
- Start with your refrigerator and freezer, which you should clean both the inside and the outside.
- Clean the oven. The process will depend on the oven you have. If it is Pyrolytic or self-cleaning equipment, you will not have any issues cleaning it up. If it has catalytic liners, you should still find it easy. However, if your oven has neither features, you can use an oven cleaner instead.
- Pay attention to the cooktop. Most homeowners forget about their stovetops, which you need to clean regularly. Grease and grime can quickly build up. If you have a gas stovetop, it will be more difficult for you to clean than induction or ceramic.
- Keep the dishwasher clean. As with all the pieces of equipment in your house, cleaning the dishwasher regularly will help in its longevity. Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual before you attempt to clean.
- Take care of your benchtop appliances, including the toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, and kettles.
You should not forget the cupboards, pantry, and countertops. Remove all the items on the counter and clean the tiled surface. You may notice that some areas may need to be re-grouted, especially those with visible spots. While in the pantry, read the food labels and make sure none has reached their expiration dates.
- Living Room Cleaning
It is now time to take care of your living room, arguably the most used room of the home by the family. This space can be a haven for cleaning and can almost feel like a new room once given a deep spring clean. Here are a few things to look out for:
- Wash the cushion covers or dust them outside.
- Move furniture: You may not want to do this, but beneath a sofa or chair can lay a thick layer of dust and other things, toys, remotes and even loose change. This also allows you to make a more thorough job of the next step.
- Use a vacuum cleaner on your carpet or hardwood flooring. After this, depending on your surface, use a cleaning product such as a hardwood cleaner and mop to remove more dirt from the surface.
- Clean air conditioner filters. Check if they need replacement.
- Clean your electronic equipment, including speakers, soundbars, TV and remote controls.
- Clean the sofa: Between the cushions lay all manner of dirt and dust. If you have children in the home, you may find some of those toy cars you thought had been lost forever.
Always be cautious when cleaning near electronics. Never use soaking wet cloth even when wiping the surface. Also if you are planning to mop hardwood flooring, be careful not to slip, take your time to do one area at a time to give yourself enough room to move.
- Bedroom Cleaning
We spend a lot of time in our bedroom, sleeping is an important part of our day, and a deep spring clean of your bedroom could improve your sleep for a multitude of reasons.
Under our beds may lay dust that has built up since you initially moved into the home. This dust could have adverse effects on your sinuses and irritate. Disturbing our sleep and hurting our overall health.
Here are a few top bedroom cleaning tips:
- Move furniture: This process can help you perform a much more complete job of cleaning. Beds, drawers, wardrobes and rugs.
- Dust furniture and vacuum: With the furniture moved you can clean everywhere you need to, helping to improve the air quality of the room.
- Rotate your mattress if needed
- Remove the dirty bed linens and blankets. Make sure you wash them before storing.
- If you have electric blankets, clean them first before hiding them. Roll and do not fold to prevent insulation damage.
Spring cleaning bedrooms also means sorting through your clothes. You may want to discard or donate those that you will no longer use.
- Bathroom and Laundry Cleaning
The bathroom is the place where we go to clean and freshen up before or after a long day. Having this room clean can make it far more inviting and become a place of relaxation in case you want to take a nice long bath or you’re getting ready for a night out.
Here are some top cleaning tips for your bathroom
- Clean the bathroom cupboards and get rid of items that are no longer usable. Check the expiration dates of medications.
- For your bathtubs, sinks, and showers, use a bathroom cleaner.
- Clean your toilet with the right products and tools.
- In the laundry room, thoroughly clean the benchtops and laundry sinks.
- You should also reorganise the laundry room’s cupboard. Throw out any products you will not use.
- Clean washing machines, too. Look for signs if the machine needs repair.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, also check windowsills and ceilings. Remove any cobwebs and dust from them. Also check if there is any mould that has built up, especially areas that are exposed often exposed to moisture.
You should not forget about light fixtures as well, so make sure you dust them up. If the light bulbs you have installed require replacement, there is no reason not to. Clean the blades of your ceiling fans and ensure all smoke alarms are working. If you have a fire extinguisher, have a professional inspect it.
With all the rooms cleaned, you will feel better and your entire house will look amazing.
Spring Clean Rubbish Disposal
During your spring clean you could face an issue, how can you get rid of the rubbish you have accumulated? What is the best way to get rid of unwanted items? What about the cleaning products you used?
The most important step in spring cleaning is your disposal plan. Unfortunately, most homeowners skip this part and regret it instantly. Once you have started spring cleaning, you will soon see piles of belongings that you may no longer need. They will only cause you stress because they remind you that you have not finished your cleaning responsibilities yet.
You may wonder if recycling is the better option over disposing of your things. The answer will depend on certain factors. However, not all items are recyclable. If you know someone or a group of people who may need the things you plan to throw out, you can keep them until a recipient is ready.
If you cleaned out your garage or yard, you may have hazardous waste. Batteries, pesticides, fertilisers, and paint may be in your list of things to dispose of. How will you handle them? In Australia, the most recommended method is through hiring a skip bin. It is even better than recycling. Some items may appear recyclable to you, but they should belong in the skip bin. Here are examples:
- Can I recycle Pizza boxes?: Because they are made of cardboard, you may think you can recycle the boxes as much as you want. However, they are tainted with leftover pizza and grease, which can spoil the recycling process. Some councils have stopped collecting pizza boxes in the recycling bin as a result.
- Are Juice cartons recyclable?: Once again, they are made from cardboard, which means you can reuse them, right? Wrong! They have a thin plastic coating that makes them unsuitable for reuse.
- Styrofoam: This petroleum product is highly flammable. In most recycling centres, they consider styrofoam a dangerous material.
Skip bins for households after a spring cleaning session do not need to be gigantic, you can settle for a bin sized between 2m³ to 5m³.
You can choose from a general light waste skip bin or a mixed waste one, depending on the type of rubbish that you need to get rid of. Most homes only need general light waste bins where you can throw away cardboard, paper, plastics, and even metals. You can also include white goods, too, along with furniture pieces.
However, if you need to get rid of rubble, turf, soil, tiles, and similar items, use a mixed waste skip bin instead. Hiring a skip bin rids not just the waste but also your worries in recycling. Skip bins are an economical and convenient option since you do not have to stress yourself about waste disposal.
Additionally, skip bins are environmentally friendly. To minimise waste that goes directly to landfills, you can contribute to such an initiative by hiring a skip bin.
Spring is the perfect season for cleaning homes. Your responsibility, however, does not end in clearing away the clutter and reorganising your things. You should also have a suitable plan for disposing of waste. Let Backyard Bins assist you, call today to learn about our available skip bins or book online now.
Backyard Bins Team
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