As the new season ushers in, you will notice the days getting warmer and longer; it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. It is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home, deep clean your floors, and furniture, and eliminate anything you no longer need.
While it’s important to focus on the major areas of your home, there are also several spring cleaning tasks homeowners tend to overlook. This article will look at 13 of these tasks and explain why they are so important. When you are done reading this, you will have a better understanding of what needs to be done to have a truly clean and spacious home.
Often Overlooked Spring Cleaning Tasks
Here are some of the overlooked areas during spring cleaning.
1. Cushion covers. Your couch is used frequently, which can become dusty over time. The dirt and stains on your sofa are not always visible, particularly if it has a pattern or is dark in colour. Whether the cushion covers are detachable, you may wash them by hand or see if you can put them in the washing machine by checking the manufacturer’s instructions. Try an upholstery cleaning if the covers won’t come off or pay a service to remove them for you.
2. Light switches and remote controls. These objects may be breeding grounds for germs since you use them regularly, especially after the cold and flu season. Use disinfectant to clean everything to get rid of bacteria and germs. Before cleaning, remove the batteries from remote controls to prevent activating them while you scrape. Before replacing the batteries, make sure everything is drier.
3. Dryer exhaust pipes. Over time, the exhaust pipe of your dryer might get clogged with lint and other laundry waste. It increases the risk of a fire in addition to decreasing the effectiveness of the machine, which would increase the drying time for your garments. In addition, lint in the exhaust pipe can catch fire thanks to sparks produced by static charge. It poses a particular risk if your dryer uses natural gas. To achieve the finest results, either engage a professional service or vacuum the pipe thoroughly from both ends.
4. Electronics and appliances. Cleaning and changing the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be part of your spring cleaning to be sure they are in excellent working condition. In addition, ensure your pricey electronics, such as TVs, laptops, gaming consoles, sewing machines, etc., are also hooked up to a surge protector.
5. Door frames and ceiling fans. You walk through your door daily, yet you tend to forget to clean it. During spring, cleaning takes time to wipe down the door frames. To stop the buildup of filth, it would help if you also cleaned your ceiling fan.
6. Trash can. Another important item in the house that we tend to overlook is the trash cans. Make sure to clean every garbage can in your house as part of your spring cleaning:
- Remove the cans from the building.
- Use your outdoor hose to wet the metal and plastic cans.
- Apply a bleach-containing household cleaner on the inside.
Using a scrub brush, scrub the inside and exterior completely. Finish by washing the cans well and setting them outside to dry.
7. Undersides of surfaces. Dining room tables, kitchen counters, and high-chair trays can develop very sticky bottoms and undersides. For a table with leaves, clean those disgusting crevices while you’re at it. Don’t wonder what the mysterious muck is; clean it and set it aside.
8. Disposal of dried-out patients, adhesives, etc. Find out whether there will be a toxic waste disposal event in your city or county in the spring and schedule your spring cleaning before that day. The dried-out cans of adhesives, varnishes, paints, and finishes fill up your storage space and your DIY workplace can then be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
9. Expired items in the pantry. Everything that contains oil, including nuts, can get rancid, and staples like wheat, vinegar, and sauces past their expiration date lose flavour. Additionally, replace any dried spices that have been exposed to air for more than a year to give your dishes a greater boost. In the future, you can purchase lesser quantities when bulk spices are offered to ensure that you always have a supply.
10. Crevices in the kitchen appliances. Even if you wipe your appliances every day, grime and crumbs may still lurk in crevices like those behind your dishwasher’s controls, beneath the grill on your stove, and behind knobs. To get rid of the gross factor, you’ll need some baking soda, soapy water, and an old toothbrush to get into the crevices.
11. Spots where you have your plants. On a rainy day, bring all your plants outside for a good, clean shower. Next, attack the areas inside where they congregate, such as the floor, shelf, and countertop. Also, clean the baseboards and the walls. Likewise, look for water damage. For example, moisture and dirt might leak out of a pot due to a break or persistent overwatering.
12. Washing machine. Despite being one, washing machines are not self-cleaning. Run a cycle only to refresh the machine itself as part of your spring-cleaning regimen to get it pristine. Start your washing machine’s cycle with white vinegar, then use a solution of water, vinegar, and dishwashing detergent to remove any stains.
13. Cabinets and drawers. Your cupboards and drawers can become cluttered with crumbs, filth, hair, and even dead skin, and spring is the ideal time to remove that sometimes disregarded layer of muck. First, clear them out and dispose of whatever you no longer use. Next, the inside should be vacuumed, cleaned with a clean, gently wet towel, and dried. If there have been significant spills, use a slightly moist sponge and scouring pad.
While many homeowners take the time to spring clean their homes, there are still many tasks that are often overlooked. This article listed thirteen of these common tasks, including cleaning gutters, sweeping porches and decks, and washing windows. To make sure all of your spring cleaning tasks are taken care of, visit Urban Care’s website to book our spring cleaning services.
Julie is a passionate writer a mother of three kids and a dedicated cleaning enthusiast, eager to share valuable insights and practical tips on maintaining a clean and organized home. With a deep understanding of the challenges of maintaining a tidy living space, Julie has spent years honing its expertise in cleaning methods, organizing techniques, and sustainable practices.