As the new season ushers in, you will notice the days getting warmer and longer; it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. It is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home, deep clean your floors and furniture, and eliminate anything you no longer need.
While it’s important to focus on the major areas of your home, there are also several spring cleaning tasks homeowners tend to overlook. This article will examine 13 tasks and explain why they are so important. When you are done reading this, you will better understand what needs to be done to have a truly clean and spacious home.
Often Overlooked Spring Cleaning Tasks
Here are some of the overlooked areas during spring cleaning.
1. Cushion covers. Your couch is used frequently, which can become dusty over time. The dirt and stains on your sofa are not always visible, particularly if it has a dark pattern. Whether the cushion covers are detachable, you may wash them by hand or see if you can put them in the washing machine by checking the manufacturer’s instructions. Try an upholstery cleaning if the covers won’t come off, or pay a service to remove them.
2. Light switches and remote controls. These objects may be breeding grounds for germs since you use them regularly, especially after the cold and flu season. Use disinfectant to clean everything to get rid of bacteria and germs. Before cleaning, remove the batteries from remote controls to prevent activating them while you scrape. Before replacing the batteries, make sure everything is drier.
3. Dryer exhaust pipes. Over time, the exhaust pipe of your dryer might get clogged with lint and other laundry waste. It increases the risk of a fire in addition to decreasing the effectiveness of the machine, which would increase the drying time for your garments. In addition, lint in the exhaust pipe can catch fire thanks to sparks produced by static charge. It poses a particular risk if your dryer uses natural gas. To achieve the finest results, use a professional service or vacuum the pipe thoroughly from both ends.
4. Electronics and appliances. Cleaning and changing the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be part of your spring cleaning to be sure they are in excellent working condition. In addition, ensure your pricey electronics, such as TVs, laptops, gaming consoles, sewing machines, etc., are also hooked up to a surge protector.
5. Door frames and ceiling fans. You walk through your door daily, yet you forget to clean it. During spring, cleaning takes time to wipe down the door frames. To stop the buildup of filth, you should also clean your ceiling fan.
6. Trash can. Another important item in the house that we overlook is the trash cans. Make sure to clean every garbage can in your house as part of your spring cleaning:
- Remove the cans from the building.
- Use your outdoor hose to wet the metal and plastic cans.
- Apply a bleach-containing household cleaner on the inside.
Using a scrub brush, scrub the inside and exterior completely. Finish by washing the cans well and setting them outside to dry.
7. Undersides of surfaces. Dining room tables, kitchen counters, and high-chair trays can develop sticky bottoms and undersides. Clean those disgusting crevices for a table with leaves while you’re at it. Don’t wonder what the mysterious muck is; clean it and set it aside.
8. Disposal of dried-out patients, adhesives, etc. Find out whether there will be a toxic waste disposal event in your city or county in the spring, and schedule your spring cleaning before that day. The dried-out cans of adhesives, varnishes, paints, and finishes fill up your storage space, and your DIY workplace can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
9. Expired items in the pantry. Everything that contains oil, including nuts, can get rancid, and staples like wheat, vinegar, and sauces past their expiration date lose flavour. Additionally, replace any dried spices exposed to air for more than a year to give your dishes a greater boost. In the future, you can purchase lesser quantities when bulk spices are offered to ensure you always have a supply.
10. Crevices in the kitchen appliances. Even if you wipe your appliances daily, grime and crumbs may still lurk in crevices like those behind your dishwasher’s controls, beneath the grill on your stove, and behind knobs. You’ll need some baking soda, soapy water, and an old toothbrush to get into the crevices to eliminate the gross factor.
11. Spots where you have your plants. Bring all your plants outside on a rainy day for a clean shower. Next, attack the areas inside where they congregate, such as the floor, shelf, and countertop. Also, clean the baseboards and the walls. Likewise, look for water damage. For example, moisture and dirt might leak from a pot due to a break or persistent overwatering.
12. Washing machine. Despite being one, washing machines are not self-cleaning. Run a cycle only to refresh the machine itself as part of your spring-cleaning regimen to get it pristine. Start your washing machine’s cycle with white vinegar, then use water, vinegar, and dishwashing detergent to remove stains.
13. Cabinets and drawers. Your cupboards and drawers can become cluttered with crumbs, filth, hair, and even dead skin, and spring is the ideal time to remove that sometimes disregarded layer of muck. First, clear them out and dispose of whatever you no longer use. Next, the inside should be vacuumed, cleaned with a clean, gently wet towel, and dried. Use a slightly moist sponge and scouring pad if significant spills occur.
While many homeowners take the time to spring clean their homes, many tasks are often overlooked. This article listed thirteen common tasks, including cleaning gutters, sweeping porches and decks, and washing windows. To ensure all your spring cleaning tasks are handled, visit Urban Care’s website to book our services.
Julie Salvatiera, a passionate writer and devoted mother of three, is also a dedicated cleaning enthusiast on a mission to share valuable insights and practical tips for maintaining a clean and organized home. With a profound understanding of the challenges that come with juggling a bustling household, Julie has spent years honing expertise in effective cleaning methods, innovative organizing techniques, and sustainable practices. Her writing reflects a genuine commitment to helping others achieve a harmonious and tidy living space, making her a trusted guide for families seeking a balance between home and cleanliness.