At BISSELL®, we practice “spring cleaning” year-round, but we do up our game a little every year when the actual season arrives. After all these years, we’ve realized something important: not everyone has the same excitement that we do when it comes to spring cleaning. That’s why we created an easy-to-follow 20-day spring cleaning guide. Why 20 days you ask? Good question! The way we see it, by dedicating 20 tasks during a month of spring-focused cleaning, you can give yourself some "rest" days and mold this list to your schedule. We recommend using your rest to admire your hard work.
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We packed the first week with some of our favorite spring cleaning go-to’s. We just couldn’t wait to get to the good stuff. Day one includes deep cleaning all things pet around your home. This day is meant for steam cleaning your pets’ toys and washing their bed or any cute clothes they may have. If it belongs to your pet, clean it – nothing is off limits. On day two, dust everything you can think of, especially places that don’t get attention throughout the year. We love agitating the dust early on in our spring cleaning, since we’ll be cleaning everything else around the house in the coming days.
Spring means warm weather and open windows. That’s why we focus on windows early on, too. Day three is not just for cleaning the actual glass on your windows, it’s also for wiping down window sills and the area between the screen and glass. The crevice tool and dusting brush on our Pet Hair Eraser® Turbo Plus Vacuum Cleaner are just what you need for this task.
Day four and five are like peanut butter and jelly – they just go together. Carpet cleaning is one of the most important things to accomplish during spring cleaning. It takes time, but it’s worth it. You should be cleaning your carpet every 6 months, so if you plan to do it during spring each year, it’s easy to keep track of – do it once for spring cleaning, and once before or after the holiday season! It’s important to keep tasks from day four and five in order. Pro-tip: Pretreating spots and stains before carpet cleaning makes a huge difference. So, for day four, walk around the rooms you’re planning to clean and tackle those tough stains. Pet Stain Pretreat for Carpet & Upholstery is one of our favorites for the job but we have so many other pretreat formulas to choose from, it just depends on the spots you’re treating. For specific guidance on fighting the good fight against dozens of stains, check out our interactive stain removal guide. Once everything is pretreated, on day five it’s time to get to the good stuff: carpet cleaning. We have endless tips when it comes to cleaning your carpets; some of our favorites can be found in this post and the video below:
The start of week two (day six and seven) is all about channeling your inner Marie Kondo. Start the week by taking a long hard look at your closet and donating clothes that no longer spark joy. You can also use this time to swap out your winter and summer clothes – it’s almost like getting a whole new wardrobe! Once the closets are taken care of, day seven can be focused on moving to the kitchen and cleaning out your fridge and pantry.
We also dedicated a whole day to cleaning the air vents in your home, because this takes some time. On day eight, your vacuum will really come in handy. Use its dusting brush to clean the grates that cover your vents, and use the extension wand and hose to clean up dust and debris that build up in the vents during the winter months – and don’t forget those sometimes hidden air returns!
The laundry room is easy to forget when it comes to cleaning. Since it’s the room where we clean our clothes, it feels like it’s already clean! But it still needs some TLC, and that’s why it’s our day nine task. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to run that long, self-cleaning cycle on your washing machine and use your vacuum’s crevice tool to clean out your dryer’s lint trap. Our CleanView® Rewind Pet Vacuum Cleaner is another great option when it comes to versatile above floor cleaning like this.
Now, you’ve already cleaned the window sills and glass on your windows, but taking care of window treatments is a large enough task to give it its own day. Of course, the way you clean your treatments will differ based on whether you have blinds, curtains or another sort of window covering. If you have traditional blinds, check out this post for a full walkthrough of the process. If you have curtains or another kind of fabric, check the manufacturer’s tag to see the best way to clean them.
By day 11, you’re already halfway through our spring cleaning task list! We know cleaning bathrooms can be a real drag, but we have tools that make it easy. In fact, we have a whole post about using one of our steam mops to clean your entire bathroom. Spring cleaning is also the perfect time to wipe down doors, walls, cabinets, and all along the corners, since bathrooms collect a lot of moisture throughout the year. Once the bathrooms in your home are clean, the next day’s task is a breeze – paperwork purge. It’s an easier task but it’s just as important as the other spring cleaning on our guide. Be sure to shred any sensitive paperwork.
Day 13 and 14 also go together nicely. Cleaning baseboards is a spring cleaning classic and complements the carpets you cleaned back on day five. Once your baseboards are taken care of, clean all the doors, door frames and handles around your home – you may be surprised how much dirt is hiding on those surfaces. You’ll finish off week three by deep cleaning kids’ toys (or any objects of yours that sometimes get neglected during regular cleans) with the same steam cleaner technique you used on day one.
You’ve made it to the home stretch! In just five days, you’ll be able to check spring cleaning off your ever-growing to-do list. Start the final week (day 16) by wiping down the walls in your home. You can also use your vacuum’s extension wand and crevice tool or dusting brush to vacuum any cobwebs that may have formed in the corners between your ceiling and walls. The garage also deserves a good spring clean, especially with the warmer temperatures. You can be as thorough or as top level as you want with spring cleaning your garage, we just highly suggest checking out this post for some ideas ahead of day 17.
Your vacuum’s attachments will also come in handy for day 18 – light fixture cleaning. Vacuum any cobwebs that have gathered and change out any burned-out lightbulbs. Day 19 should be spent cleaning kitchen appliances. If any of your appliances have a self-cleaning cycle, now is the time to run it. For any appliances that don’t, a handheld steam cleaner works great. Celebrate day 20, the last day of spring cleaning, by washing your bedding. We’re talking pillows, comforters, mattress pads, the whole shebang. With all the beds stripped, this is a good time to vacuum and flip your mattress – we hear the sweetest dreams happen on the cleanest beds!
It’s important to note that this is a guide that we like to use, but it can easily be adjusted to fit your home and cleaning needs. You can also use any of these methods any time of year. There are really no rules when it comes to spring cleaning besides buckling up and getting it done! Hopefully you found this guide helpful.