Not looking forward to Spring Cleaning? Keep reading!
Are you planning to do a spring cleaning of your house? With the onset of spring, we generally feel more refreshed, motivated and have more energy. The weather is nicer, the sky is clear and summer is getting closer. What better way to usher in a new season than with a clean and tidy house.
Once upon a time, the term spring cleaning meant scrubbing or washing of all surfaces of the house to remove all the dark grime and soot that had accumulated due to the use of candles, furnaces, lamps and stoves throughout the duration of winter.
These days, spring cleaning has since evolved into a custom that is still operational and, despite the wide range of cleaning products and machines available today, a good measure of dedication is necessary in order to perform this task successfully.
No doubt, spring cleaning is an important task for all homes. Therefore, by following these general guidelines, we can make spring cleaning a much simpler task.
1. Get organized. Make a list of all the rooms and everything inside them that you would like to clean. This can range from tasks like washing the windows and curtains, cleaning the refrigerator or scrubbing the floor.
To save time and avoid procrastination, you can decide to assign certain days of the week for cleaning rooms or performing some cleaning jobs on specific days. Make a daily cleaning schedule and create a plan for your daily household tasks. Be reasonable with your plan and do not try to complete the job(s) in a day or a weekend.
Remember to include tasks like discarding all expired food and medication, checking the batteries in the smoke detectors and fire alarms, replacing light bulbs and providing adequate illumination in the hallways and around the house to reduce health and security risks.
2. Arrange all cleaning products and tools in a portable container and have everything on hand to save time. Some cleaning items you may need include rubber gloves, towels, sponges, buckets, scrubbing brushes, dusters, detergent, microfiber cloths, garbage bags, cleaning agents etc.
3. Recruit assistants to help you out. If you have children old enough to help with cleaning the house, get them involved. Assign tasks to them and perhaps even reward them with the promise of prize for every task completed to make it more fun for them. You can also enlist the help of close family members if possible.
If your family members are unable or unwilling to lend a hand, consider hiring professional help. A professional can help with laundry, dusting, vacuuming and other cleaning chores around the home.
4. Decide where you want to start the cleaning. Select a room and begin from there by cleaning one room at a time. It is best done one by one, so that you do not feel overwhelmed and spend more time than necessary on the cleanup exercise. As much as possible, try to complete the easy tasks first. This will make the whole process seem achievable and give you a boost of encouragement.
5. Spring cleaning is the ideal for getting rid of anything that is no longer useful. If you have an item you’ve not used in a year, then you should either sell it online, throw it away, recycle or donate it. Trust me, spring cleaning will proceed much faster when you have less to clean. Once you’ve finished cleaning, try to keep clutter to the barest minimum. Draw up a weekly cleaning schedule as this will help you keep your home in decent order all year round.
Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
For households with pets, professional help might be required to completely rid the house of allergens, dust and dirt. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends professional carpet cleaning at least once a year, and in homes with pets or children, it is recommended to do it two or three times a year.
At Brighter Image Carpet Care we have professional cleaning agents for removing pet urine odors and eliminating bacteria from carpets. We also use specially formulated disinfectants that kill bacteria, germs, mold and mildew. Hiring a professional cleaner can help protect the appearance and life span of your carpet and upholstery for years to come. Contracting professional help is a healthier alternative as excessive amounts of water are prevented from being absorbed through the carpet during the cleaning process, thereby preventing the proliferation of mold, germs or bacteria. To learn more about our cleaning process click here.