We spend all year cleaning our homes. Daily, weekly, and sometimes monthly we get out our supplies to clean up kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, and bedrooms. You know how to clean your house. So why do people make such a big deal out of spring cleaning? To us, spring cleaning is about tackling those not-so-obvious areas that get skipped over in your regular cleaning. The areas that are hard to clean or really only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. We have some cleaning tips and tricks that will help you clean those spaces more easily now than ever.
Spring cleaning means carpet cleaning
Stop hiding stains under furniture! It’s the perfect time of year to refresh and renew your carpets. Get rid of all the deep-down dirt that everyone has dragged in, freshen up your home, and protect your carpet until next year by getting out your carpet cleaner and cleaning the carpets.
Deep clean stains on couches and chairs
Did you know that your carpet cleaner can do double duty and clean your sofa and armchairs? It can! Use your carpet cleaner’s attachments, or a portable carpet cleaner, for upholstery cleaning so that it looks good and you feel good too!
Fireplace mantels – not just to decorate
You love to decorate them, but do you really ever clean them? The fireplace mantel is one of those out-in-the-open, easy-to-forget places to clean. Use spring cleaning as the motivation to take down your decorations and dust the whole mantel. You may even get inspired to change up your look!
Clean lamp shades
Do you ever think of cleaning your lamp shades? They get dusty too – and pet hair sticks to them. Use your vacuum’s dusting brush to gently clean upholstered lamp shades. Or try a damp cloth to wipe dust off any shades you have that aren’t fabric.
Best way to clean blinds and curtains
Window treatments get dirty too – dust accumulates everywhere during the winter. Use a vacuum wand and upholstery tool to remove the dust and then try a damp cloth on any stubborn marks that you can still see.
Remember those carpet and stair edges
We all vacuum the stairs every once in a while (we try to make it easier for you by having a vacuum with a lift-off canister). But how often do you really get really close to the edges by the walls? So much dust and pet hair accumulates toward the edges of carpeting. Spring cleaning is a good time to go around the edges of stairs and the rest of your carpet to really clean that neglected area.
Crown molding and other hard-to-reach spots are spring cleaning musts
Vacuum the crown molding around your ceiling, the tops of kitchen and bathroom cabinets, above and below the fridge, and any other tall furniture that you have. It’s easy to overlook these places during your regular cleaning, but spring cleaning is their time to shine.
How do TVs get so dusty? Is it just us?
Give your TV screen a good wipe down and dust the top, base, and the cords behind it. Do you have a surround sound system? Dust those speakers too. These are good places to use a vacuum dust brush to get all that dust without the hassle of a cleaning rag and spray.
Baseboards attract pet hair
This job feels like the foundation of spring cleaning. (Thanks, Mom.) Make it easier to clean the baseboards by using your vacuum to get the stray pet hair and dust that accumulates. And a bonus tip – wipe the baseboards down with a dryer sheet to cut down on the static that attracts the dust in the first place. Your baseboards may look better for longer.
Sliding door tracks are dirty
Have you ever wondered how to clean your sliding door tracks better? They collect dirt and can be a pain to clean. We recommend using your vacuum’s crevice tool to get loose dirt, sand, gravel, bugs, and anything else that likes to hide in the door tracks. Then use a steam mop attachment brush to steam off the packed in or greasy dirt to make the track sparkle like new.
Ceiling fans collect dust
The amount of dust that accumulates on top of your fan can be astounding. Have you ever looked up to see a ledge of dirt that looks like it could fall at any minute? Yuck. Use your vacuum wand and dusting brush to suck up all that dust during spring cleaning – before you turn the fan on this summer.
Dust light fixtures
Turn off your lights and then use your vacuum’s wand and crevice tool to reach up high and clear the cobwebs that can accumulate around chandeliers, pendants and even in your light cans.
Air registers get forgotten (don’t!)
Those air vents and heating/cooling registers can really collect dust. Clean those out so your furnace has the best air circulation it can get. Use a lightweight hand or stick vacuum, or an extension wand and crevice tool to reach the wall, ceiling and floor air vents around your house.
Windows have nose prints
Cleaning windows can be a chore. Those little fingers and pet noses that we love tend to make slider doors a little hard to see out of – at least the bottom three feet. Use your steam mop attachment to easily steam away finger and nose prints. It’s much easier than scrubbing!
Cleaning the oven can be easier
Some ovens have a clean setting. But if you don’t want to turn on that high-heat setting, or use harsh chemicals, try using your steam mop and one of the brush attachments. It can be used on the racks, sides/bottom and door of the oven. And you don’t have to fumigate afterwards.
Steam away dried-on stovetop messes
Dried on gunk on the top of the stove isn’t fun to remove. And may be a reminder of that time when dinner didn’t go quite the way you wanted. To clean all that away without tons of elbow grease, or harsh chemicals, try your steam mop and a brush or scraper attachment. Steam makes those old tomato sauce chunks melt away easily.
Countertops and faucets need steam
One of the best ways to clean on hard surfaces is with steam. It only uses water and can get rid of dried on gunk and built-up scum easily. Try using your steam mop attachments during spring cleaning to make your kitchen and bathroom shine.
Showers can be steam cleaned too
Another spring cleaning tip: Steam clean showers to get rid of dried-on scum and mildew that forms on your grout. It’s much easier than scrubbing!
Dryer lint traps should be cleaned
We have a hard time remembering this one. Who thinks to clean the machines that clean your clothes? But getting lint out of the lint trap in your dryer is important in helping to prevent fires. Use your vacuum crevice tool to get down into the lint trap and grab the dust that is lurking. (This is a good idea to do more frequently, too.)
Don’t forget the toys during spring cleaning
Toys can get so dirty. In and out of kids mouths, in bathrooms, on road trips – they go everywhere. And it’s important to keep kid’s toys clean for so many reasons. An easy way to clean the hard-plastic toys is to put them in your sink or bathtub and use your steam mop and its attachments to clean them. You can feel good about getting the toys clean without harsh chemicals.
If you want even more spring cleaning tips, get our spring cleaning checklist. You can download it and check everything off your list!