Get Your Home New Year Ready with our Spring Cleaning Guide!

The New Year is all about new beginnings and what better way to catch your living space up with a spring cleaning. Refresh, Restore, and Relax! In Today’s blog I decided to put together a comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist so that your home will start the New Year off right. So, without further adieu:

Georgia Carpet Industries’

2013 Spring Cleaning Checklist

General Cleaning

  • Wipe Down Walls and Ceilings: You can start by using your vacuum attachment to suck up as many dust bunnies as possible, particularly in corners, textured ceilings and ceiling fans. After the big hunks are gone attack it with a wash cloth dampened with a water and soap mixture to get what the vacuum left behind. Don’t forget the baseboards and door frames!
  • Furniture: Make sure to vacuum and clean any upholstered decor and polish any wood furniture, use spray polish on fake woods or wood laminate and beeswax on real solid hardwoods.
  • Dusting: Dust all of the stuff in the home that you can. Make sure to pick up a microfiber clothe, this will trap dust like none other! When dusting small things make sure to pick everything up and dust under and behind for a thorough job.
  • Air Vents: Makes sure to get the air vents cleans as well as change your air filter if needed. A vacuum attachment works great on an air filter.
  • Vacuum: Vacuum all flooring in the home from carpet to hardwood. Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy with it, just make sure to empty your filter and occasional remove the excess debris from the hepa filter.
  • Schedule a Professional Carpet Cleaner to Steam Clean Carpets and Rugs.
  • Windows: Makes sure to wipe out window seals and frames inside and outside, as well as clean the glass panes with the proper window cleaner for a beautiful shine.
  • Window Treatments: These can be a bit of a pain to say the least. This is a matter or lightly vacuuming and dusting. It will take a good amount of time so be prepared.

The Kitchen

  • Defrost and Clean Fridge: Follow your manufacturer’s directions for defrosting your fridge. Make sure to keep any food cold by putting it in Ice Chest. Once defrosted take a soapy water and wipe it out. Once finish dry it out with a dry towel so that moisture does not go crazy in the fridge. Now you can plug it in and allow it to come to temperature before returning the food.
  • Oil the Cabinets: Pick up some citrus oil such as orange cleaner from just about anywhere and apply it to your wooden cabinets for an added scent and protection from drying. Make sure to use only a little bit at a time, a little goes a long way.
  • Clean Trash Can: Remove the liner from the trash can and take out side. Use a water hose and some dish detergent to wash it clean from the inside out. Make sure the trash can is completely dry before putting the liner back.
  • Oven: Follow your manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your over, make sure to check your vents above for built up grease and oils. If you can remove vents simply wash with warm soap water, rinse and dry. There are excellent de-greasers available on the market.
  • Drains: Use the appropriate drain cleaner to clean your drains. This will prevent odor and build up.

Bathrooms

  • Expired Items: Check all Cosmetic, Prescriptions and Products for expiration dates and appropriately discard the items when they have passed there prime. 
  • Clean and Repair Grout: It is Important to check your grout thoroughly to make sure it is not discoloring or wearing. If caught early you can clean and repair, if too late your will more than likely need to re-grout the entire bathroom, as mold and mildew can make its home there.

Bed Rooms

  • Flip the Mattress: To keep even wear on your mattress, it’s wise to flip it periodically. Spring cleaning is the perfect time!
  • Change the Bedding: Now that warmer temperatures are here, remove the flannel sheets and heavy blankets, wash them and store them. Replace them with lighter, warm weather bedding.
  • Pillows: With use, pillows can house bacteria and mold. If your pillows are machine washable, wash them and dry them completely. If they’re not washable, hand clean them or replace them with new ones.
  • Clean out Drawers and Closets: Add the discard and donate items to your items from the attic/basement and set a delivery date. Store cold weather clothing and bring out warm weather clothing.
  • Smoke Detectors/Alarms: Replace batteries in all smoke detector units.

I hope this post helps you get your home New Year ready, Enjoy!

Until next time, Happy Home and Flooring!

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