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The days are getting warmer and the flowers are in bloom, spring is here and you know what it’s time for – SPRING CLEANING TIME! At Choice Janitorial, Chicago, we love spring. Everything feels fresh and new. I, personally, love how energized everyone gets around spring. The sun is just right, the flowers look prettier than ever and parks are filled with picnic groups. And since we love cleaning, why not put the energy to good use and clean the house?

Families all over the country get ready for Spring Cleaning season as new life sets in nature. Let’s just say that our home lies dormant all winter, cozying up to the fire. And as spring sets in, it slowly comes back to life. To give our home a good wake-up call, let’s all join together and get ready for Spring Cleaning.

Here is our guide to Spring Cleaning the house, categorized under different rooms for easy understanding. Our Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide is available as a printable version. Our printable spring cleaning checklist is available here.

So, here we go!

 

How to Spring Clean Bedroom

“But no one else even sees my bedroom! Why even bother cleaning it?”, my teenage cousin asked last spring. And I must say, he made a point – but not a very good one. The key to spring cleaning a house is to make sure that your house has a good, fresh start. Since you spend at least one-third of the day in your bedroom, it is absolutely crucial that it be clean. Oh, and did you know that your dead skin cells make up for than 75%-90% of the dust in your room. I know, freaky.  Hope that piece of “fun” information gives us enough reason to spring clean the bedroom. (Yes, I am talking to you, Mike!)
And here is how to do it:

  • Take anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom and put it in its right place.
  • Dust ceiling, wall corners, upper/lower crown moldings and fans.
  • Dust all furniture, bookshelves, lamps and décor.
  • Dust baseboards, window sills, wall hangings, framed pictures and mirrors.
  • Polish wood furniture.
  • Dust and clean light fixtures.
  • Take out bed sheet, pillows and curtains for washing.
  • Vacuum and flip the mattress. And then vacuum that side, too.
  • Clean under the bed.
  • Clean the headboard.
  • Vacuum the carpet and under the furniture.
  • Shampoo carpet.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switch plates.
  • Organize your closet and drawers.
  • Switch seasonal clothes and donate clothing that you do not want to wear anymore.

 

How to Spring Clean the Kitchen

Kitchen- the part of the house where food is made; the food that we ingest. Do I even need to emphasize on why the kitchen is unconditionally subject to major spring cleaning routine?

Good, you already know. :) Here is how you can spring clean the kitchen:

  • Open windows.
  • Remove anything that does not belong in the kitchen and put it in its correct place.
  • Clean the microwave oven, dishwasher and the convection oven.
  • Clean and organize the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Defrost the refrigerator.
  • Replace refrigerator water filter.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Clean stove top burners.
  • Clean and disinfect the garbage disposal.
  • Clean and organize the storage containers.
  • Clean and organize kitchen cabinets and drawers.
  • Organize the cooking and dining utensils and remove the ones that you don’t use.
  • Deep clean all pots, pans and bakeware.
  • Organize the pantry and throw away expired foods.
  • Clean and disinfect cutting boards.
  • Clean small appliances. (E.g. clean crumbs out of toaster.)
  • Sharpen knives.
  • Check if your herbs and spices are out of date. Throw away the ones that are.
  • Make a list of kitchen supplies that you need.
  • Wash and clean tiles and backsplash.
  • Wash and shine sink and the faucet.
  • Deep clean floors.
  • Disinfect door knobs and light switch plates.
  • Reseal grout lines as needed.
  • Take out the existing trash. Clean and disinfect the trash can and put in a new garbage bag.

 

How to Spring Clean Dining Room

If you have a dining room in your house/apartment, it sure cannot skip spring cleaning. You eat everyday. Who would say no to having a clean place to eat?

Spring clean your dining room by following this simple guide:

  • Remove unnecessary items that don’t belong in the dining room and put them in their right place.
  • Launder curtains, tablecloth, table linens and cushions (if any).
  • Dust crown molding, wall corners and other furnishing.
  • Disinfect and wipe down table and chairs.
  • Clean chair pads.
  • Polish the table and chairs, if possible.
  • Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  • Clean and shine silverware.
  • Wash windows, window wills and window screens.
  • Disinfect door knobs and light switch plates.
  • Remove, shake and vacuum rugs. Clean floor and replace rugs.

 

How to Spring Clean Living Room and Family Areas

Even Mike agrees that the living room needs to be spring-cleaned. After all, this is the part of the house that is inevitably seen by guests. BTW Mike, the point is implied, say hello to Stark-lock Holmes. *bows*

  • Open windows.
  • Anything that doesn’t belong in the living room, put it in its right place.
  • The throw pillows and blankets go for laundry.
  • Dust fans, crown molding, wall corners and floor molding.
  • Dust all furniture, shelves, lampshades and décor.
  • Dust wall hangings, mirrors and pictures.
  • Vacuum under furniture and in between cushions.
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpet.
  • Clean television screen.
  • Polish furniture and bookshelves.
  • Condition leather furniture.
  • Clean windows and window sills.
  • Dust electronics and tidy wires.
  • Organize electronics and accessories.
  • Disinfect door knobs, light switch plates, remote controls and gaming devices.

 

How to Spring Clean Bathrooms

For me, the bathroom is my sanctuary. It is the only place in the house where you won’t be disturbed by other people, where you wash your worries away. Of course I want to give it a thorough cleaning!

  • Open windows and let the air come in.
  • Dust and clean windows.
  • Clean air vents.
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders.
  • Clean and refill soap dish.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Clean shower curtain and liner or replace if necessary.
  • Clean shower door (if you have one).
  • Clean and scrub the bathing area – your cabinet shower/tub/floors.
  • Don’t forget the walls.
  • Disinfect counter tops.
  • Clean and polish faucets.
  • Clean and scrub the floors. Caulk if necessary.
  • Clean and disinfect the toilet.
  • Wash floor mat.
  • Wash and replace towels.
  • Clean bathroom exhaust fan.
  • Reseal tile and grout.
  • Throw away beauty products, lotions and make up that you haven’t used in the last year or are expired. Also discard expired medicines.
  • Clean and organize the cabinets and drawers.
  • Polish wood cabinets.
  • Clean shower head.

 

How to Spring Clean Home Office

  • Start with the desk. Clean up paperwork and put away things that are not being used.
  • Clean and organize paperwork from cabinets. Shred/ discard unnecessary documents.
  • Review insurance policies and take action accordingly.
  • Check all credit reports.
  • Wipe down the exteriors of your computer. To clean keyboard, turn it upside down and tap lightly.
  • Clean and organize desk drawers.
  • Dust and wipe down all furniture, cabinets and bookshelves. Polish if applicable.
  • Check if bookshelf contains books that you do not want to keep anymore. Donate such books.

 

 

How to Spring Clean Outdoors

  • Sweep and power wash deck. Stain deck if necessary.
  • Touch up on paint trims, wood doors and shutter as needed.
  • Clean garage doors and check to see if it needs a new coat of paint.
  • Clean cobwebs off corners.
  • Shake and clean entry mats. A good way to do that is to turn in upside down and stamp your feet on it. You can also can kids to jump on it. They will love it! Replace, if necessary.
  • Clean and repair gutters.
  • Throw away and replace broken bricks and wood.
  • Wash and clean windows.
  • Clean all patio furniture.
  • Trim bushes, shrubs and trees.
  • Check, repair and if necessary, replace sprinklers and garden hose.
  • Clean out garage.
  • Clean outdoor trash cans.
  • Clean fences and repaint if necessary.
  • Repaint or replace mailbox.
  • Wash and wax vehicles.
  • Plant new flowers.

 

Someone once truly said, “A clean home is a happy home.” We hope spring cleaning your home makes you happy. Do let us know if you have some tips and tricks for spring cleaning. Also, do not hesitate to tell us what you would like us to feature in our next blog post in the comments section below. We would love to answer your queries.

 

Happy cleaning, everyone!