The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are almost ready to bloom— but your home is still stuck with the winter blues. It’s time to get up and freshen up your space for the warmer months ahead!
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SPRING CLEANING
For many people, they have the motivation to take on spring cleaning, but knowing where to begin is the toughest part. When tackling a large home project like this one, it may seem like your to-do list continues to grow and grow (and the temptation to give up grows too). Don’t worry: our tips will help you get through this process efficiently and effectively!
Create a schedule
Take a quick survey of your home. Which rooms or areas need the most work? Start there. Then, before you begin tidying those high-priority places, create a plan for each one--this will help you stay on task and keep focused. For instance, you may want to work on the yard in the morning to avoid getting a sunburn. Sketch out a plan that works for you!
Tackle one area at a time
Professional organizers agree that this approach is the most effective way to deep clean your home. Below we’ll provide a checklist of what should be done in each room to help you through this process.
Turn it into a family project
You don’t have to do this alone; in fact, you shouldn’t! Don’t be afraid to ask for help in your cleaning endeavors, and get your family involved. Make it fun by playing music or rewarding your crew with a treat for their hard work.
Clear out the clutter
Clutter can make it challenging to get to the nooks and crannies that need cleaning. What better time to clear out the unnecessary junk than now? It’ll allow you to springboard into the new season with a fresh start! Sort your belongings into three categories: trash, donate, and store away. Completing that step in each area of your home will make cleaning a lot easier.
Establish better cleaning habits
Form better cleaning habits that keep your space tidy and organized so that you don’t have to do as much next year. Challenge yourself to put everything away before you head to bed or implement weekly cleaning routines.
Clean from the top to the bottom
Go from the highest points of a room downwards to avoid getting cleaned items dusty again.
Open the windows
Your indoor air quality will benefit from letting in some fresh air from outside. It’s also a smart idea to leave windows open while cleaning with any chemicals so that you can keep your home well-ventilated.
SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST
Clear the gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris.
Check the window and door screens for holes or any other damage.
Trim the landscaping surrounding your outdoor HVAC unit to give it breathing room to operate efficiently.
Inspect the deck and porches for loose pieces, cracks, or other signs of damage from winter storms that may have blown over. After you’re done with any repairs, give it a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer.
Test the faucets and sprinklers for freeze damage.
Prepare your lawnmower. Make sure the equipment still works, sharpen the cutting blade, and change the engine’s oil.
Inspect the roof for any defects or missing tiles. When spring showers come, you’ll want to be prepared.
Dust all surfaces, including ceiling fans, picture frames, decor, window coverings, and tabletops.
Wipe down and clean the windows.
Wash down baseboards, doors, walls.
Mop, vacuum, or sweep floors.
Discard any expired food, ingredients, or other products. Don’t forget to check your freezer for any items that have overstayed their welcome!
Organize the contents in your pantry and refrigerator.
Deep clean the oven, microwave, and stovetop.
Disinfect and wash the countertops and cabinets.
Wash out the trash can.
Throw away or recycle any Tupperware-type containers with missing lids or bottoms.
The dining room
Wash tablecloths, table linens, and chair covers.
Vacuum or mop the floors.
Wash the rugs.
Wipe down and clean the table and chairs.
The living room
Vacuum upholstery, lampshades, curtains, and the floor.
Wash or vacuum slipcovers, throw pillows, and throw blankets.
Dust the ceiling fans.
Sanitize TV remotes and game controllers.
Wash all sheets, pillowcases, comforters, mattress pads, and blankets. If you’re switching over to lighter bedding, neatly store away your cleaned winter set.
Organize the dresser drawers.
Swap out cold season apparel for the upcoming season.
Flip the mattress.
Clean and disinfect the shower, bathtub, toilet, and countertops.
Wash shower curtains and liners.
Clean the showerhead.
Organize the medicine cabinet and discard any expired products.
Wipe down the mirror.
Scrub tile grout.
General home maintenance
Stay safe by testing all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replace the batteries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Check the seals around windows and doors. The harsh winter weather can damage caulk or weatherstripping, which can make your air conditioning bill soar.
Replace or clean air filters to improve the air quality in your home and to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. You should be changing them every three months or more frequently if you have pets and or a large family.
While we’re on the topic of filters, don’t forget to clean out your dryer vent too!
Get your air conditioner ready for the warmer months by scheduling an AC tune-up. At Roy’s, our service includes:
Changing and cleaning air filters
Checking capacitors, evaporator coils, fuses, drain lines, relays, indoor blower motors, and outdoor fan motors
Warranties on all parts and services
Contact Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
We provide a broad range of air conditioning services that ensure your home is ready for the warmer months ahead. You can depend on Roy’s to get the job done right. Contact our team at (716) 215-2678 to schedule services in Buffalo, Tonawanda, Hamburg, and any of the surrounding areas.