How To Get The Most Out Of Spring Cleaning – With Spring already here and summer well on its way, it’s time to start your spring cleaning. Winter can leave homes feeling cluttered and dusty, so it’s time to throw open the windows and do some serious cleaning. But who wants to have to do deep cleaning every week to keep their home clean and fresh? Check out these tips from Realtor and All You to get the most out of spring cleaning and lengthen the time between cleanings so that you can really enjoy the spring and summer weather this year.
Send the dust bunnies packing
- Tweak the humidity: After sweeping up the dust that has taken residence over winter, keep new dust at bay by adjusting your home’s humidity level. Low humidity levels increase static electricity, which attracts dust and high humidity levels can lead to a dust mite infestation in your home. By keeping the humidity in your home between 40% and 50%, the dust build-up and retention will become less of a problem.
- Clean and wax your vents: Your household heating and cooling vents can quickly accumulate dust over the winter as air circulates through them. To remedy this problem, first remove and clean the vents with soap and water. Once dry, coat the vents with car wax so that dusty particles can no longer cling to them.
- Rise off your broom: Dust tends to cling to broom bristles and remain in your residence longer than you’d like. Sweeping with a broom that has straw or plastic bristles simply propels dust into the air, swirling around until it settles into a new space in your home. Clean broom bristles regularly with soap and water to ensure that sweeping is more effective.
Seal slick surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom
- Repel soap scum: Give your shower walls a good scrub and towel dry. Then spray tile and glass with a rain-repellant windshield spray, available at any local auto supply shop. These types of sprays allow water to bead on the surface of glass and tile rather than absorbing into them, leaving scummy or soapy residue.
- Maintain your countertops: Kitchen countertops made of natural materials like granite or marble, need to be resealed one to two times a year to keep the surfaces from staining and absorbing unwanted matter. If water isn’t beading on the surface of your counters, it is time to purchase some sealer for re-application next time you visit the hardware store.
Lengthen the life of your carpet and furniture
- Protect home fabrics with a sealant: You can buy furniture and carpet sprays that act as sealants for dust and stains as well as other grimy agents. However have your furniture and rugs professionally cleaned before applying a sealant to the fabrics, so that dust doesn’t become permanently trapped inside the fibers.
- Keep a stockpile of quick cleaning products: Once a week, wipe down wooden furniture surfaces to keep them dust and damage free. Dry sweeper cloths have microfibers that dust clings to and are cheap to purchase. For a deeper clean for your wood, All You recommends mixing 2 Tbsps. of olive oil + ¼ cup distilled white vinegar + ¼ tsp. of olive in small bowl. To buff out stains and restore wood’s glow, rub the mixture on wooden surfaces with your microfiber cloth.
Use these tips and shortcuts to get the most out of your spring cleaning this year so you can really enjoy the warm weather and fresh breezes, without worrying about the next time you have to clean.