Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning… even if you’re not one for housework in normal circumstances, there’s just something about this time of year when the darkness starts to fade away, and the frost begins to thaw (mostly, anyway) that makes you realise your home could do with a bit of a clean – a spring clean, if you will.

The problem is that if you don’t have a plan on how to tackle your spring cleaning, you might find that you miss areas altogether, and that’s annoying, to say the least – especially if you’ve put a lot of time and effort into the whole project. With that in mind, here are some of the commonly missed areas for spring cleaning so you can be aware of them before you start and ensure they get on your to-do list. Read on to find out more.

Light Fixtures

It’s incredible how much dust and how many cobwebs can accumulate on your light fixtures over time (including over short periods), and the issue is that you don’t see it – you’re under the problem; it’s not in your eyeline. It doesn’t affect the light itself, so you might never notice that you’ve missed a significant area of your home.

Your best bet is to opt for a microfiber duster or an extendable cleaning tool. These tools spare you the hassle of fetching a ladder, stepping stool, or, even worse, a chair to reach those high spots. Remember to tackle this task before vacuuming to prevent spreading dust around.

Why bother cleaning light fixtures if you can’t see the dust buildup? The answer lies in enhancing the air quality within your home, which is consistently beneficial. So, making this effort contributes to a healthier living environment, a goal worth pursuing.

Kitchen Appliances

From the microwave to the dishwasher and definitely your fridge, your kitchen appliances can get very dirty indeed. Although you might see the dirt, it becomes almost part of the decor when you use the items so much. Unfortunately, that could mean bacteria and germs are getting into your food, clothes, and the air, so it must be dealt with.

You don’t have to clean these things every week (except, perhaps, for the microwave), but if you do it during your spring clean, everything will be nice and clean for a while to come – you’ll use them all carefully, and make sure of it!

Your Car

While your car may not be inside your home, it’s still a valuable possession. In fact, it’s likely one of the most expensive items you own. Therefore, it’s wise to include it in your spring cleaning routine to maintain its appearance and value.

You’ll probably clean the outside of your car regularly, but what about the inside? That’s just as important, and adding it to your spring cleaning schedule is a good idea. You can get useful tools to help you clean out the dashboard, console, seats, and all the nooks and crannies inside where things can get dropped and debris accumulates. Investing in good quality automotive cleaning chemicals is also wise so every inch of the vehicle can sparkle and shine.

Window Treatments

Dust is often a primary culprit behind a home’s less-than-perfect appearance and ambience. Surprisingly, one of the main areas where dust accumulates is on your window treatments. That’s why they’re another commonly missed area for spring cleaning and why you should look closer at your curtains, blinds, and shutters – you’ll soon see what we mean.

Although the task might seem quite daunting because the dust might have been there for a long time and because you’ll probably have quite a few window treatments to deal with, the best option is to use your vacuum cleaner, which will make the job quicker. You can wash curtains, which could be an excellent spring cleaning job, but you’ll need to check the manufacturer’s instructions to get it right.

Mattresses And Pillows

Mattresses and pillows can, rather disgustingly, harbour dust mites, allergens, sweat stains, and more, and they, therefore, need to be cleaned regularly, at least when you’re doing your spring clean, if not more often.

Once again, your vacuum can come to the rescue, as you can use it to remove any dust and dirt on the surface of your mattress and pillows. To make things even cleaner, putting the pillows in the washing machine is a good idea, but ensure you have enough time to dry them before bed (or have some spares you can use).

Spring cleaning offers a fresh start, even for those not typically keen on housework. However, crucial areas might be overlooked without a plan, leading to frustration. You ensure a thorough clean by addressing commonly missed spots such as light fixtures, kitchen appliances, cars, window treatments, and mattresses. Prioritise these areas and use the right tools to streamline the process and promote a healthier living environment.

Luke Johnson