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Cleaning Tip of the Month-Spring Cleaning Your Home

window_cleaning_cropBelieve it or not, it’s finally that time of the year, Springtime! I’m sure for most of you it didn’t come soon enough.  The cold is coming to an end, our winter doldrums are fading and it’s time to freshen up our homes. Here are some tips to get you started, room by room.

First open the windows in your house! A little bit of fresh air does a world of good. According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality in your home and office is one of the top five environmental health concerns and can have major health impacts even years after exposure. 

Let’s get started
Cleaning products you will need:
Toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, cream cleanser, degreaser cleaner, carpet shampoo, disinfectant cleaner, furniture polish and wood floor cleaner and polish.

Supplies you will need: Microfiber duster, microfiber cloths, hepa filter vacuum, bowl brush, lobby pan and broom, mop and bucket, trash bags and a scrubbing pad.

Bathrooms
Add bowl cleaner to your commode, let sit.
Vacuum and dust your walls, corners radiators or baseboard heaters.
Wipe off any dirt or grime with a clean microfiber cloth and all purpose or disinfectant cleaner.(If you have a wife and daughters with long hair like I do, make sure you check the walls on the side of the vanity for hairspray residue).
Scrub your shower walls and tub. Rinse well
Go back to your commode, be sure to agitate brush well getting under the rim.
Vacuum or dust mop the floor.
Soak floor with all purpose and water. Scrub with pad then rinse it off with a clean mop.

Note: Even though it is inexpensive and widely commercialized, I do not recommend using bleach cleaning my home.  It is a respiratory and skin irritant. There are many safer products that can do the job. For mold issues, utilize a good cream cleanser and scrubbing pad.


Bedrooms
Strip off your linens, drapes and sheets and wash.
Vacuum and dust your walls, corners, ceiling fan, radiators or baseboard heaters.
Dust furniture
Wipe all surfaces with a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner.Microfiber_duster_shutterstock_763298374
Polish furniture
Clean your window treatments, mirrors and windows with glass cleaner.
Wash any throw rugs
Clean carpets or polish wood floors.

Living Room
Remove and clean curtains or drapes.
High dust all areas-Ceiling fans, book cases, TV, and shelves.
Clean out fireplace.
Clean windows and window treatments with glass cleaner.
Wipe all surfaces with microfiber cloth and all purpose cleaner.
Clean all upholstery with appropriate cleaner.
Clean carpets or clean and polish floors.

Kitchen
High dust vents, ceiling and cabinets.
Clean oven hood with degreaser.
Clean kitchen appliances with all-purpose cleaner.
Clean window and window treatments with glass cleaner.
Wipe surfaces and cabinets with all purpose cleaner.
Clean out refrigerator and wipe down all shelves with all purpose or glass cleaner.
Polish counter tops.
Sweep/vacuum and mop floor


You can use the 7 step cleaning process as a guideline.

 


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