Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means: spring cleaning!
Time to open up the windows, let in the fresh air, and break out the cleaning supplies.
Need to restock your supplies? Brinkmann’s is a great place to get everything from cleaners and grout sealant to mops, brooms, steam mops, and more.
To help make sure your home is clean and fresh here are 7 tips on tackling some of the places you may have been neglecting during your regular cleaning.
- Check the cabinets. The most overlooked place in your kitchen when it comes to regular cleaning is often your kitchen cabinets. Grease and grime can slowly build up over time, particularly if you don’t always use your ventilation fan when cooking. Take some time and give your cabinets a deep clean starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom.
- Get to the grout. The grout between the tiles of your floor, walls, and countertop is extremely porous and very prone to staining. Use a stiff-bristled brush to clean hard-to-reach areas and then apply a grout sealant. If you think you need to re-grout any tile spring is a good time to do it as well.
- Wax your wood. Wipe down your wood furniture with a soft, clean, and damp cloth moistened with a detergent solution made of a gentle detergent and water. Once it’s dry apply paste wax with a soft rag. Let it dry and then buff with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Kitchen and bath. Give your bathroom and kitchen the once over with a disinfectant spray. Wipe down the counters, polish the fixtures, and take the time to clean the exhaust vents in both rooms. For the bathroom vent, you’ll be able to rinse it in soapy water. When it comes to the kitchen vent it’s a more heavy-duty job. Soak the vent in hot water mixed with a degreasing detergent and then rinse.
- Baking soda to the rescue. Baking soda can be used around your house in a number of different ways. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to wipe down walls. Mix it with hydrogen peroxide and you’ve got a great grout cleaner. Need to mop a tile or wax-free floor? Baking soda works there too. Mix a half cup of baking soda in with your bucket of hot water, wash and rinse. Best of all, run hot water through your faucets and then pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with more hot water to take away grime, build-up, and bad smells from the drain. Baking soda makes a great all-purpose cleaner, and there are literally hundreds of uses for it around the home.
- Upholstery generally doesn’t need deep cleaning, however, taking the pillows off of your couch and using a crevice tool to clean out accumulated dirt and dust on the frame every so often is a good idea. Take pillows outside and beat them to get the dust off and then reassemble the couch when you’re done.
- Spring is a great time to clean your ceiling fans, too. Often neglected, they collect dust on the blades and blow it around the house. Ceiling fans should be wiped down at least two times a year: before you turn them on for spring and before winter sets in. Use a mild detergent solution to carefully wipe each blade. If you have to climb a ladder to reach them, use extra care!