That time of year is quickly rolling around again, the dreaded spring-cleaning time. Even though you do it year in and year out, it still feels like the clean to end all cleans every time! It doesn’t have to be like that, though. If you stick to our spring-cleaning checklist, it’ll feel so much easier this time around, as you’ll be guaranteed to get a much deeper and long-lasting clean!
While you might think to generally declutter, dust, and clean your living room, there are some hidden secrets and spots that you probably haven’t (but should) consider when conducting your spring-cleaning.
- Washing your curtains: Curtains can carry an immense amount of dust that gets released every time you open/close them, which is terrible for allergies and indoor air quality! You should wash your curtains around every six months to avoid this.
- Hoovering underneath furniture: One huge mistake people often make with hoovering, particularly in living rooms where there tends to be a lot of heavy furniture, is only hoovering the spaces which don’t require the moving of furniture. It’s hugely important to move your furniture out and hoover the entire area every once in a while, as this eliminates the potential for pests such as carpet beetles to settle. It also decreases dust, which improves the air quality in your home.
- Shampoo rugs and carpet: Beyond hoovering, you should also consider shampooing your rugs and carpets. Shampooing them will keep them looking fresher for longer and means you won’t have to replace them as often.
The bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in your home and often gets overlooked in the spring-cleaning process because it doesn’t require much decluttering, which is usually the theme for spring-cleaning.
- Reseal grout: Grout lines very quickly deteriorate, which can lead to little air pockets between the wall and the grout, which has the potential to grow mold and harbor germs. Resealing grout lines once a year is a good idea to keep black mold to a minimum.
- Replace or wash shower curtain: You would be surprised at how many people don’t replace their shower curtains for a long time! Shower curtains are prone to getting very germy, so you should either replace them or wash them (if they are washable) at the very least once a year.
- Declutter: People don’t often think to declutter the bathroom, but we all have those crusty bottles at the back of the cabinet that need to be removed! It’s a good job to check the expiration dates of your body care products and throw anything that is out of date or has exceeded its usefulness.
- Check spices: Similar to the bathroom, the kitchen is a straightforward place to generate clutter without you even realizing it. Spices are one of the worst things for this. While spices generally don’t go bad, they lose their taste over time and therefore need replacing. Replace any spices that you haven’t used in 6 months.
- Wipe walls: Generally, people wipe down surfaces in their kitchen as they have a noticeable and immediate mess on them, but they don’t think to wipe the walls. Kitchen walls attract splatters of all kinds, which can be an invitation for pests and germs. Wipe down all the walls of the kitchen with an antibacterial cleaner, which will also keep it looking shinier and cleaner!