Spring Cleaning Tips

By Hallie Hammack , last updated March 29, 2011

As the cold winter weather starts to wear away, these spring cleaning tips will help you start thinking about ways to clean and spruce up your home for the coming spring. A thorough spring cleaning takes a lot of time and elbow grease, but the results are well worth the effort. Use the following tips as a guideline when cleaning and your home will be spic, span and ready for visitors in no time.

Windows

One of easiest ways to give your home a fresh appearance for spring is to clean the windows. Lots of dirt, gunk and debris can accumulate over the harsh winter months, so it's important not to miss this vital step in the spring cleaning process. Wash both the inside and outside of the windows with a mild soapy solution. Wipe the dirt away with a soft sponge, rinse with clean water and then use a squeegee to remove the excess water. Pat the clean window down with a clean cloth to ensure a sparkling appearance.

Light Fixtures

Cleaning your light fixtures is one of the biggest spring cleaning pains, but it has to be done. Over several months light fixtures, such as sconces, ceiling fans and overhead lights, collect lots of dust, debris and even the occasional dead moth. Help your lights to truly shine by cleaning away the mess. The easiest way to clean most glass light fixtures is to simply take them down and wash them in the sink with warm, soapy water. Trying to clean them overhead will wear your arms out fast. Take all the fixtures down and clean them at one time. While they're drying, dust off the light bulbs, clean ceiling fan blades and wipe down other hardware. Replace the glass shades and appreciate what a difference a little cleaning can make.

Refrigerator

No matter how hard you try, your brand new refrigerator will inevitably be filled with spills, crumbs and leftovers of a questionable origin. Your first step to take your fridge back to its prime by tossing all expired foods and old leftovers. Use a brush or rag to sweep out any crumbs that may have collected and then wash down shelves with a warm baking soda solution. Soak tough spills and stains to loosen them. Use a small brush to scrub tough to reach crevices.

Carpets

Your carpeting takes a lot of abuse, from rambunctious kids to feisty pups. Help keep it in tip top shape by giving a deep, thorough spring cleaning. Rent a carpet cleaner from your local home store follow the cleaning instructions exactly. Keep your windows open while you clean. Not only will the carpet dry faster but it will also give you the opportunity to enjoy the warm spring air.

Woodwork

Most people stick to a regular cleaning schedule when it comes to their floors but few regularly clean their baseboards, walls and kitchen cabinetry, all of which are subject to a lot of abuse. Use a soft sponge in a mild dishwashing solution to wipe down these surfaces and be sure to wring out the dirty water into a separate bucket. Dry the surfaces with a clean cloth.

Although spring cleaning can be a lot of work, thoroughly cleaning the grime from surfaces you don't normally address will help give your home a bright and fresh feeling to welcome spring.

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