It’s that time of year again. It’s important to take the time at least once a year to clean out your home in a deeper, more fulfilling way. Spring cleaning provides enough of an opportunity to get started. It provides an opportunity to closely examine what you have in your home and truly maintain your high-quality investments.
Start cleaning from the outside in. If you want to keep your home in good condition, it’s also important to clean your home more deeply than you really think about. Mold and mildew make stains all over your house, and will devalue your home. They’re also incredibly unhealthy.
Consider finding power washing services no matter what size home you have — they know all of the secret nooks and crannies that novice cleaners would never think of. It’s worth your while, especially if it’s only done once a year.
When taking things into your own hands, be selective and plan efficiently. Instead of just wiping down the inside of the windows, make sure to take to the outdoors during spring cleaning season. It will help you remove spots and smudges you won’t normally be able to get while inside.
If you live in a two-story home, it may be more difficult to clean the windows yourself — consider finding a power washing service to save you the hassle. If you live in a ranch-style house, try cleaning the outside of your windows on a cloudy day so the sun doesn’t dry up the cleaning solution.
With wooden floors, mopping every week or so isn’t enough. Moreover, with the wrong cleaning technique, you may actually ruin your floors too — try to wet-clean them at least once or twice a year. Don’t ignore the hard to reach spots by the couch, either. Spot clean when you make a spill, sure, but too many chemicals can really damage your floors.
Over time, kitchen cabinets can build up a lot of dirt. Building out your perfect kitchen isn’t cheap, and cabinets can make the difference between showing off a vibrant kitchen or not. Especially for cabinets over a stove, grease may also be a factor that needs to get cleaned off. Consider using cabinet cream to get out all of the bad stains.
While thinking about the kitchen, your countertops probably need some work. Wiping accidental spills just won’t cut it. Though spot cleaning will remove grease and muck that collect over time, you need to clean the countertop a lot deeper to prevent any lasting stains.
The stainless steel in your kitchen deserves to retain its bright sheen. To keep its bright, clean surface, try using a wax-based aerosol spray. It creates a light mist that should keep your stainless steel items cleaner than ever before. Though it’s recommended to do so more than once in a few months, doing so once a year is the absolute bare minimum to keep the shine.
Your refrigerator should definitely be cleaned more often than once a year, but at the bare minimum, you need to empty its shelves and get to work. Pull out all of the interior shelving and wash them with warm, soapy water. Then, wipe down the surfaces again with a sponge to remove any of the stubborn stains.
Your dishwasher deserves some love too. Like the fridge, it’s one of the kitchen’s unsung heroes. A few spot cleans here and there for any tomato sauce stains will keep your dishes cleaner, but the dishwasher itself can grow its own forms of mold. You don’t want that around your food — try running an empty dishwasher with bleach or another specialty cleanser.