Spring is just a couple of weeks away according to Gulf Standard Time and for the first turnover of seasons for the year, it’s important to make your home season-appropriate. This means a lot of cleaning up and getting rid of the previous season’s stuff.
Spring cleaning chores can be quite overwhelming but you need to tackle them so your home can provide the best level of comfort to the family. To help make spring cleaning a less daunting task, a professional cleaning company has rounded up all the chores that you need to prioritize.
1. Put away and store all winter items
These are the thick winter clothing, the heavier drapes for your windows, the thick throw blankets on your couches, décor, and others. Set aside a day for cleaning them up and then putting them in boxes to be put in storage because you will not be needing them until the weather gets cold again.
2. Dust and wipe
Most people have this notion that dust doesn’t accumulate much during the colder season because the doors and windows are kept closed at all times. The reality is, there always is a serious dust buildup after a cold winter. Therefore, get your dusters and damp cleaning cloths out and tackle all the areas where dust usually settles. These are:
- Light fixtures (chandeliers, panel lights, lamps, and others)
- Refrigerator tops
- Window Ledges
- Computer and the frequently missed spots behind and under the TV and other big appliances.
3. Carpet vacuuming
Rugs and carpets always accumulate a lot of dust and it’s important to clean them seasonally. Take out your vacuum cleaner and vacuum them thoroughly. If possible, use a steam vacuum to also kill bacteria.
But if you find this chore too physically taxing and you doubt that you’ll do a thorough job of it, find a carpet cleaning service to get the job done right and fast.
4. Declutter your kitchen
Get rid of all expired ingredients and organize items in your pantry so that you can still use the soon-to-expire food items and avoid wasting them.
This chore is crucial for the spring when pests become more active and find their way into homes. The less clutter you have in your kitchen, the lower likelihood of pest infestation.
5. Vacuum your mattresses and couches.
This is a must especially if you traveled the previous season and stayed at hotels. Vacuuming your bed and upholstered furniture can help make sure that you don’t have a bedbug situation.
Also, this is a great way to freshen up your beds and places of relaxation. Vacuuming will not only remove dust and dust mites but also skin flakes (which are a lot especially after a cold and dry season).
6. Restore cleanliness and sparkle in the kitchen
Remove caked-on grease and other hardened “foodstuff” on your stovetop, oven, and countertops. For this, you will need a few kitchen ingredients – baking soda, citric acid, liquid soap, vinegar, and water.
Baking soda, citric acid, liquid soap, and water will loosen grease and make them easy to wipe off. Meanwhile, baking soda, citric acid, and vinegar will dislodge dirt buildup in your kitchen sink drains. If you want to restore the shine of kitchen hardware, wipe away using vinegar and a microfiber cloth. Vinegar restores shine and at the same time, sanitizes surfaces – you can also use it to mop hard floors.
7. Clean and clear out your bathrooms
Get rid of mildew, wipe your tiles with vinegar, and throw out all the empty bottle of your personal hygiene products. Likewise, take the time to thoroughly clean your shower heads and bidet sprays. Use a special cleaning solution or just plain white vinegar to get rid of bacteria and mineral deposits,
8. Organize your clothes cabinets and closets.
After getting rid of your winter wardrobe, your clothes may be a mess so put everything back in your closet and organize them well. As you’re going about that, you may want to take an editor’s approach and chuck out clothing pieces that are damaged, too small for you, or you simply no longer want. This way, getting dressed every day will be so much easier.
There’s no denying that spring cleaning is a huge undertaking but if you know how to go about it the right way, you’ll easily cut the time and energy you’ll dedicate to the task.
Author: Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.