With spring fast approaching, the temperature slowly increasing and the development of new life all around comes everyone’s favourite time of year: spring cleaning! You may groan, but it’s the perfect opportunity to give your home a deep clean, creating a fresh and clean atmosphere to match the season.
We’ve compiled a list to help you target the key areas that will likely benefit from a clean. The list may look daunting but you can tailor it to your own home, cleaning where you think it’s needed.
Let’s start by looking at some hints and tips to help make the spring cleaning process a little easier.
General Spring Cleaning Tips
The idea of starting spring cleaning may not be the exciting proposition but there are a few tips that can help maximise your productivity.
Try to get all of your family involved in the cleaning process. They will likely all contribute to the mess so it’s only fair they help clean it up. You could assign rooms to certain family members or allocate jobs to be done in every room.
If there’s only one or a couple of people cleaning, we recommend you go room by room. This will help you keep track of the cleaning and let you tick off a room as you go.
Work from the top to the bottom, vacuuming and mopping last. This will ensure any dirt knocked onto the floor whilst you’re cleaning is picked up. It also saves you doing the job more than once.
You could also use the opportunity to declutter or rearrange your home. Clear out anything you don’t have a use for any more to create space and rearrange the furniture if you fancy a change.
Next, let’s move onto the cleaning itself.
Spring Cleaning 2019 Checklist
Here’s our checklist of the key areas you should address during the spring cleaning season. We’ve covered the general tasks for everywhere in your home and separated jobs out for specific rooms.
- Wash windows – indoors & outdoors
- Clear and dust windowsills
- Wash doors and handles
- Clean skirting boards/baseboards – repaint every two/three years
- Dust tops & corners of walls for cobwebs
- Dust light fixtures
- Dust all furniture & surfaces
- Vacuum floors
- Shampoo carpets & rugs
- Clean blinds
- Clean light switches
- Dust ceiling fans
- Wash curtains (if required)
- Clean doormat
- Organise jackets & shoes – switch winter for summer
- Clean oven
- Clean hob/gas stove
- Clean microwave
- Deep clean pans & trays
- Empty toaster tray
- Clear and clean countertops
- Defrost freezer
- Clean dishwasher – refill salt and rinse aid
- Clean refrigerator – throw out expired products
- Organise cupboards & drawers- throw out expired products
- Clean cupboard fronts & tops
- Clean kitchen bin – add scent to freshen
- Clean behind appliances – refrigerator
- Wipe backsplash and backboard
- Disinfect sink, taps & drying rack
- Mop floors
- Wash dishcloths & tea towels
- Replace sponges
- Clean shopping bags
- Clean showerhead
- Clean grout
- Clean extractor fan
- Clean tops of cabinets and cubicles
- Clear medicine cabinet – remove old & expired medicine & makeup
- Deep clean sink & toilet
- Clean shower curtain
- Wash bath mat
- Clean mirrors
- Disinfect the toilet brush
- Deep clean bath & shower
- Flip/rotate the mattress
- Vacuum mattress
- Swap autumn/winter sheets for spring/summer
- Wash/clean pillows as appropriate
- Clear wardrobe – donate clothes as appropriate
- Pack away winter clothes and replace with spring/summer
- Clean & organise under the bed
- Wash & remove winter blankets
- Clean sofa & chairs – remove cushions
- Wash cushion covers where appropriate
- Wash & remove winter throws
- Clean remote controls
- Wash pet beds
- Clean dryer lint
- Clean limescale from iron
- Check & clean washing machine compartments
- Remove weeds from pathways
- Clean paths – pressure washers work well
- Check & clean gutters
- Clean bins
Once you’re all sorted and your home is looking dazzling clean, finish off by adding a new spring air freshener. This can give your home a added feeling of freshness.
You could also use the opportunity of spring cleaning to test out your safety mechanisms like fire and security alarms.
You could also clean out your vacuum cleaner and replace any dirty mopheads and cloths. This will help next time you get the cleaning bug.
When you’re completely done, make sure you treat yourself for all of the hard work and effort you’ve put in! Take a night off cooking and keep your kitchen clean by going out for a nice meal or take away as a well-deserved reward for your efforts.
This post was written by David Atkinson, a content creator at Icon Wall Stickers. David is a passionate writer who focusses on home decor and interior design in his role at Icon.