10 Highly Effective Spring Cleaning Tips
1. Create a checklist
Spring cleaning in Sunshine Coast may seem like a daunting task at first. With all the cleaning, most people are often unsure of where to even start. The secret to highly creative spring cleaning is to make a checklist. Take some time to walk through your entire Sunshine Coast house as you note down the areas that need work and add them to your list. Creating a checklist ensures that you do not forget anything. If you are not up to planning your to-do list, search the good old internet for an effective spring cleaning to-do list.
2. Clear the clutter
This is a great time to purchase an additional laundry basket. Set aside a day to clear the clutter from bench tops, desktops, bedrooms, and entryways. Declutter your closet by throwing away or donating any clothes that no longer fit and those you have not worn the entire year. Throw away the expired items and neatly organise what’s left.
This will help free up space and make it easy for you to find things you might need in your everyday life. You will be surprised at how much you can fit into a small space after you have organised it. Once you are done clearing all the clutter, make sure to return the remaining items to their rightful spot immediately.
3. Start with the commonly neglected places
Dust, debris and grime can accumulate anywhere in your home. The trick to prevent this from happening is by ensuring that you clean everything. This means that you will have to find the spots and areas in your Sunshine Coast home that are often overlooked when cleaning. Some of the common areas include heating vents, air conditioning, bathroom fans, electronics, bookshelves and the books themselves, light switches, door handles, under the sink, behind the fridge, recycling bins and garbage cans.
The secret to cleaning these areas is by moving the item from its original home, thoroughly cleaning it and the area where you place it, and putting it back. Repeat this procedure for everything in your home.
4. Clean your windows on a cloudy day
When spring cleaning your house, choose to wash your windows on a gloomy day. This is because, when the sun is shining bright, it becomes hard to see the streaks. Also, the sun evaporates the cleaning solution too quickly. Instead of just wiping down the inside part of your window, take to the outdoors to clean and remove those stubborn smudges and spots you don’t have time to tackle. After that, take a wet squeegee and move it from the top downwards for a more spotless clean. Make sure to dry your windows with a clean, dry cloth and wipe down the blinds to finish the job.
5. Wash kitchen walls and cabinets
While it may seem unbelievable that dust accumulates on vertical surfaces, it actually does. This is especially true on kitchen cabinets where other than food splatter, they also acquire a layer of oil and moisture which attracts tones of dust.
To spring clean your kitchen cabinets and walls, grab two buckets- one for cleaning and the other for rinsing, and begin scrubbing. Often, all you will need is warm water. However, if the grime is sticky and stubborn, you might be required to add a little dishwashing liquid. Once you are done cleaning, dry off the cabinets and walls with a clean, dry cloth.
6. Clean your rugs, carpets and upholstery
In most households, vacuuming the floors once a week is the order, unless there are allergies or pets. This means that dust and dirt accumulates on the carpets over time. To spring clean your carpets, move all furniture to one side and thoroughly shampoo your rugs and carpets before moving on to your upholstery. This should give your home a nice and fresh feel. If your carpet still looks rugged even after spring cleaning it, it might be the time you consider removing it and get some new area rugs and throw pillows.
These two areas are normally forgotten when vacuuming and dusting your home during a regular weekly clean. Hence, if you look closely, you will find accumulated dust on your door frames and baseboards. When spring cleaning your Sunshine Coast home, try dusting these areas first with a feather duster before wiping them down with a wet cloth, preferably one with mild dishwashing liquid. After that, dry these areas with a clean cloth.
Usually, when most people do their regular weekly cleaning, they tend to forget to look up. This makes the light fixtures, high ceiling corners, skylights and ceiling fans the perfect location for dust, cobwebs and even dead bugs. To clean this area, grab a sponge, all-purpose cleaner and a step ladder and get to work. You can also purchase some extended-reach cleaning tools to make it easier to clean your ceiling. Do not forget to polish your skylights and light fixtures for that extra shine.
Now that the rest of the house is clean, it is time to scrub the floors. Your floor should always be the last place you clean because when cleaning all other areas, the dust tends to end up on the floor. If you have wood floors or a reseal, wax and polish are in order to prevent wear and tear caused by spills and scuffs. If your house is tiled, it is time to get down and scrub while focusing on the grout. A mixture of water and baking soda often does the trick. The same applies to your bathroom tiles. If after washing your tiled floor still doesn’t look clean, consider refreshing your grout to make your floors look new again.
Finally, once you are done spring cleaning your Sunshine Coast home, open up those windows. Not only will opening the windows help to dry all the cleaning and shampoo faster, but it also helps to clear out any chemical scents. You also need the fresh air to get rid of staleness in your home. If it is still cold outside, try opening the windows for short periods of 4 to 5 minutes throughout the cleaning process and once more after you are finished.