Fall into a cleaner home: tips for every room
If you’re anything like me, deep cleaning comes twice a year. Spring cleaning is most commonly discussed as we collectively look ahead to open windows and a light breeze sweeping through a crisp clean home, but fall cleaning is also very pertinent. It ushers in the era of being secluded inside away from the cold, so let’s be sure your space is ready. Included below are easily overlooked practices that will up your cleaning game.
- Launder the sheets. That means all of them. From the bed skirt to the pillow cases, leave no sheet unwashed. Use a tennis ball in the dryer along with down filled materials to prevent clumping. For heavier materials allow running an extra lap on the spin cycle before transferring to dryer, it speeds up the drying process. To prevent damage or over loading, take the bigger items to the launder mat and use an extra-large front loading washer. It’s worth the effort.
- Don’t forget the mattress! A sprinkle of baking soda and a quick hour to allow to be sit on the material is an effective way to get those hard to wash materials sanitized.
- Cabinets first. Wipe all exposed cabinet surfaces top to bottom, along with hardware. If cabinet tops are exposed, wiped down thoroughly and line top with newspaper. The paper will collect dust and added grim, allowing cleaning to be easier when it’s time to replace.
- Empty out the refrigerator. It’s surprising to see how much damage is done when the space is cleared. Wipe down all surfaces and fully cleanse before re adding items. Do the same for the dishwasher and microwave. If possible, pull appliances from wall to clean behind and below. You will be amazed as to what has fallen between the cracks.
- Organize and sanitize countertops. Removing unnecessary clutter presents a more coherent and pleasant environment.
- Wash your shower curtain. Most can be tossed in the washer on a cold, low cycle but be sure to check the tag. It is an overlooked tip that greatly impacts the sanitation of your wash room.
- Use warmed distilled vinegar water to soak the soap scum and water spots from your door
- Pull all items from below your cabinet, organize and sanitize.
- Vacuum every piece of furniture by removing the cushions and removing debris from between lining, also use attachment to reach the back of the surfaces as well.
- Remove all artwork and framed items. Dust using a warm microfiber rag. Do not use any kind of spray, as it can damage the photo or artwork underneath.
- Dust the electronics. Save yourself some time and invest in a skinny dusting wand that can maneuver between cords and under consoles.
It is a self-satisfying accomplishment when all is done and you can kick your feet up and relax in a completely safe and cleansed environment. As always, SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is here to help you when disaster strikes and to provide tips before it does.