When the sun comes out and the birds start singing, you know that Spring is just around the corner. When warmer weather comes it’s time to light the barbecue, invite friends, and spend as much time as possible relaxing and entertaining in and around your own home. Spring is a great time to get your home sparkling clean and ready for an amazing summer. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to open up the windows and doors and get rid of every bit of soot, dust, and mustiness that accumulated during the long winter months. Companies like CJH Cleaning Services can help clean office buildings, but in your own home, it’s down to you. Having a methodical plan of going through your entire home will ensure that you don’t miss one nook or cranny where dust and cobwebs can hide. Here is a list of tasks to get you started.
Fridge and Freezer
Your refrigerator and freezer should be deep cleaned every few months. During winter we are not very inclined to give the fridge and freezer a proper deep clean. Apart from getting rid of old food and giving the interior a wipe now and again, we are all pretty much guilty of putting it off until Spring. Give your fridge and freezer the deep clean it deserves in preparation for nice fresh summer produce. Empty out all food and remove all the shelves and drawers before giving the interior a good wash with warm soapy water. If you do not own a frost-free version, now is the time to defrost the freezer and clean the inside. Wash all the shelves and drawers separately and allow them to dry completely before replacing. Once this is done all you need do is give the interior a regular wipe-down and clean out the drawers every so often until it is time for another deep clean.
Under The Beds
A common phrase that applies to the underside of beds is “out of sight, out of mind” which aptly describes dark areas of a home such as under the beds. All kinds of things are often stored under beds and sometimes things are shoved under there just to get them out of the way temporarily. Problem is, we tend to lose track of exactly what is there and the pile just gets bigger. Clutter under beds create a welcome breeding ground for dust and germs and if there is a lot of moisture in the air it can even cause a serious mould problem. Mould spores that are breathed in can cause health problems in humans, especially asthmatics. This is a great opportunity to haul out everything from under the beds, ditch the rubbish, and vacuum up every speck of dirt and dust. If possible, do not store anything under your beds as it prevents a free flow of air and can harbour a multitude of creepy crawlies. Consider hiring a storage unit to store items that you don’t use on a regular basis instead of storing them under the bed. That way you will always know where everything is and the space under the bed will be clean and airy.
Even if you use bin bags, leaks do happen which will not only cause your home to smell bad, but it is also extremely unhealthy and dangerous. As much as we agree that this is a job that no-one enjoys doing, it is vitally important to keep your bins clean and dry to prevent bacteria from spreading around your home and mould from growing on the inside. To deep clean your bins you need to soak them in hot soapy water for a few hours. When the water has cooled down empty it into the drain outside or down the toilet and give the bin a good scrub inside and out with an anti-bacterial solution. Once it is sparkling clean, you can spray it with a scented spray to keep it fresh smelling. Empty your bin every day and give it a keep clean at least once a week.
While most of us keep the outside of our cupboards fairly clean, the inside is often neglected. The inside of cupboards can quickly become cluttered with all sorts of unused items. Springtime is an ideal time to empty your clothes cupboards, get rid of all your unwanted items, store your winter woolies, and give the insides a thorough going over with a warm soapy cloth. Kitchen cupboards that hold crockery or food should be emptied and wiped down. Often the cupboard under the sink where cleaning products are stored is the most disorganised of all. Remove everything and wipe down any spillages and stains with warm soapy water. Declutter this space by getting rid of all old containers and unused products. Make sure that the interior is completely dry before repacking. Once your home is sparkling clean and organised, it is time to store the dozens of things you may have pulled out during the process that you haven’t used in years. If there are some items you know you will need at some time but don’t need to keep around the house, you can store them in self-storage containers that can be stacked on top of each other and kept in the garage or storeroom to free up space in your home.