If the thought of cleaning your [city] home this spring doesn’t bring a smile to your face, you’re not alone. To help you get going now, here is a short list of the 6 essential spring-cleaning chores.
1. Store winter clothes.
It’s time to pack away your winter clothes. Coats, sweaters, and bulkier clothing need to be inspected, cleaned and packed away. Store your clothes somewhere clean, cool, dark and dry.
2. Wash window treatments.
You’ll be surprised at the huge amount of dirt and grime that a thorough window cleaning removes. Wash blinds, launder curtains that are machine washable and send drapes to the dry cleaners. While you’re at it, dust the window casing, wash windowsills and clean any window hardware.
3. Clean carpets and upholstery.
You need to deep clean your fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dust and germs. Shampoo your carpets and clean cloth furniture. Open windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more.
4. Wash woodwork, walls, baseboards and cabinets.
Even if the walls of your [city] home don’t look like they need cleaning, they do. Just enough dust clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal bath. Using a sponge and dishwashing soap, wash the surface in sections to make sure you don’t miss a spot.
5.Clean light and ceiling fixtures.
To clean your light fixtures, remove the light bulb and fixture if possible. Wash the glass fixtures in soap and water. If the fixture cannot be removed from the ceiling, use a damp cloth to wipe it off and then dry the fixtures. Wipe the light bulbs with a rag. The easiest way to clean your ceiling fans is to use a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.
6. Check your coils.
Caked-on dust can cause your refrigerator to overheat, so take the time to clean the condenser coil. It’s usually found behind the toe grille. Clean it with a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose.