Tips to Master Your Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung! With the right strategy and tools, spring cleaning your home can be an easy endeavor.  We’ll share some tips to make the process easy so you can finish it and get back to enjoying your free time. Let’s dive in!

First, minimize the amount of products to use.  Select an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths that can be used for lots of surfaces in different rooms.  Think non-toxic products, especially if you have kids or pets at home.  White vinegar and baking soda are fantastic natural solutions.  Use other cleaners as needed for specific jobs.

Where do you start? Easy.  Work from the top to the bottom, left to right and start with your most high traffic rooms.  With a roadmap like this, you’ll avoid redoing work or dirtying an area that you’ve already cleaned.  When you scatter those dust bunnies off the ceiling fan and they reach the floor, you’re in good shape since you haven’t vacuumed that yet.

Scuffs marks from shoes on your floors?  Break out a new tennis ball. Rubbing a tennis ball on the scuffs will buff them right out.

If you have carpeting, do a deep cleanse.  Think of the carpet as a large air filter that absorbs smells and the impact of lots of feet and paws.  Rent a carpet cleaner and when you finish, open the windows to let them dry while you incorporate fresh air into your home.

Don’t forget the fridge.  When the refrigerator or freezer is too full, the motor can’t run efficiently, so aim for two thirds full for optimal operation.  Meat that is over 6 months old in the freezer? Toss it.  Throw out those condiments that have long since passed their expiration dates, too.  Remove the shelves and scrub them out, then dust the coils in the back to ensure it runs properly.

There are tools that we rely on that we often neglect when it comes to maintenance.  It’s time to do some cleaning on our favorites like washer and dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and oven hood vents. Clean, dust, take apart to empty filters and return them to a clean, like-new state. Things always run more efficiently when they are clean and dust-free.

Freshen the mattresses in all bedrooms and guest rooms to get rid of dead skin cells, dust mites and other bacteria.  Start by vacuuming the surface, spray any spots with vinegar and sprinkle baking soda over the top.  Cover with a towel and let sit for a few hours, and then vacuum one final time.

Show some love to the windows.  The windows and screens deserve attention after keeping out the harsh winter elements.  Mix a 3:1 ratio of water to white vinegar and use old newspapers or coffee filters to get your windows glistening and free of streaks.

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home with new window solutions.  At Budget Blinds of Greenwich, we make the process simple.  Let us bring the showroom to your home.  We’ll check out your favorite spaces, get a feel for your style and show you options to create the ambiance that you are looking to achieve.  Call (203) 580-3362 to schedule your free consultation and experience the difference that new window treatments can make!