After a long winter, spring is finally upon us here in the great state of Washington, but before you can open up all the windows and enjoy the sunshine and warmth, you need to clean them first! Yes, it’s time for spring cleaning.
There are few things in life as satisfying as the sparkling look of your home after an annual spring clean has been accomplished. Although, the hard work has to be put in to reap the benefits! Your home’s spring cleaning may never be an effortless breeze, but there are ways to make the project less daunting and even enjoyable. Here at White Glove, we have developed an all-in-one list covering every aspect of spring cleaning your home so you can fly through each step of the process to enjoying a feeling of sweet relief this spring. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning your home needs or simply don’t have the time, call White Glove or book our expert residential cleaning services online! We proudly serve the Spokane Valley community with award-winning housekeeping services.
The following tips outline the basic tasks and techniques that will help you get every surface in every room of your home White Glove level clean.
Dust Everything Thoroughly
This is always our first step. This includes the hard-to-reach places such as the tops of ceiling fans, window frames, and picture frames. The best rule of thumb is always to start from the top down then vacuum it all up and off the floor when dusting your home.
Wipe Walls and Ceiling
Start with a quick vacuum job to remove all of the built-up dust in trim corners. Then you can take a solvent-free degreaser or magic eraser to tackle stubborn stains and surface grime that can occur anywhere in the home, but especially in the kitchen.
Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs
Any carpets or rugs made of synthetic material with waterproof backings can be deep cleaned using a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs that do not have backings such as Orientals or throw rugs will require professional cleaning.
Clean and Reseal Grout Lines
Your home’s grout is a concrete-based material between floor, wall, and countertop tiles that is extremely porous making it susceptible to stains frequently. By applying grout sealer with a small brush, you can effectively restore the bright look of your grout and protect it from future staining.
Dust Books and Shelves
Just in case you forgot this in your first dusting! Take everything down off of your bookshelves, and use a feather duster to brush each nook and cranny of your shelf space along with each of the books that have been collecting dust. If you are allergy prone, we recommend wearing a covering over your face to prevent the inevitable sneezing.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings
Take your furniture cushions outside and beat them by hand (gently) to get out the dust and other particles. If you notice stains on your fabric, check your cushions for tags with care labels for how to safely clean. Then take your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to deep clean under the seat cushions — getting out all the crumbs and whatever else your husband or kids may have dropped down in there.
Wax Wooden Furniture and Floors
Wipe all wood surfaces with a soft, dampened cloth with water and dish soap. Then apply your desired wax, such as Butcher’s wax with a folded rag. Let the wax dry, then buff it out with a clean cloth.
Wash Windows, Screens, and Curtains
Take out your window screens and then scrub all the grime off with a brush, dish soap, and warm water. Wipe windows and blinds down with your choice of cleaner, and clean all curtains in the washer that have labels stating it is safe to.