Scrub Smarter, Not Harder: The Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to get dust out of it. Not sure where to begin? Here are 10 simple tips for making this season a clean sweep.
1: Assess the Situation
Every home is unique and so are the families inside them. That means each one is going to require different amounts of attention when the time for deep cleaning comes around. To make the most efficient use of your time, do a quick survey of your home.
Which areas have you been good about keeping up with throughout the year, and which ones are going to need a bit more work? Making a list of tasks, organized by room, will give you an easy-to-follow roadmap of work to be done and ensure that no clutter is left behind.
2: Make a Schedule
Next, translate your list into deadlines…and actually stick with them! Spring is a busy and exciting time of year, so penciling in specific times for cleaning is essential. It doesn’t all have to be done in one day. For some families, spacing things out and working an hour or two at a time can help with focus and make it easier to get the job done.
3: Don’t Forget the Junk Drawers
We all have one, or more. Batteries, old keys, rubber bands — you name it, these drawers probably have it. While they can come in handy for the quick clean, junk drawers can get out of hand quickly if left unattended, and they can end up swallowing necessary items for good!
Defend your family against these unwieldy storage spaces by dedicating some serious time to junk drawer organization. Silverware trays are a cheap and handy way to bring some order to the chaos while still keeping all the benefits of quick and easy storage.
4: Think Green While You Clean
You’re working hard to get all the grime out of your home, so don’t bring more in while you’re at it.
We pride ourselves in our environmental initiatives, so we encourage you to look for natural alternatives to your favorite cleaning supplies which are often readily available at your local supermarket. Steam cleaners are also a great option, as they only use water vapor and can clean a wide variety of household surfaces.
5: Clear the Air
Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of the spring cleaning process. Look for a filter with a higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating to help fight allergens and keep your home’s air cleaner all season long. As an added bonus, some double as fragrance emitters, adding a new layer of lasting freshness.
6: Find a Zesty Way to Beat Water Stains
Faucets looking a little worse for wear? Over time, water stains can appear on even the nicest of fixtures and can be pesky to remove. Bust through the buildup in a natural way by cutting a lemon in half and then using the fruit to scrub the stains away. The fruit’s acidity will cut through the stains and unwanted minerals, leaving a cleaner sink behind.
7: Filter Out the Dust
Your coffee filters are good for more than just putting a spring in your step. The fine fibers in disposable filters make them perfect for grabbing dust particles and eliminating smudges from TVs, computers and other sensitive screens. As long as you use a gentle hand, you’ll be looking at a sharper image in no time.
8: Know Your Upholstery
Using the wrong cleaning products on your beloved fabric pieces can really put a damper on your spring cleaning mood. Luckily, cleaning codes — usually located on a tag affixed to your carpet or couch — take the guesswork out of the process. Familiarize yourself with these helpful codes, and your couches and rugs will live to see another cleaning day.
Here are some common upholstery cleaning codes:
W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
X: Use a vacuum or brush only.
9: Defend Your Floors
Looking to move your furniture around for the sake of feng shui? Make sure your floors look as nice as your new layout. Put clean, dry towels under each leg of your heavier pieces so that you can easily maneuver them without the risk of scratches or dings.
If you live in a Winchester home, its lasting quality and timeless style ensure that it’ll see many more spring cleaning sessions. Set yourself up for success next year by taking the time to review what went well and what you plan to do differently in the future. That way, your cleaning process will only get more efficient and more fun with time.
Want to bring all these new cleaning tips into the new home of your dreams? Check out our communities and find your perfect place to ring in the spring. Plus, with a Move-In Ready Home, you can be in your new home before the season is out.
How to visit and enter these homes without an appointment:
- Look for the COME ON IN! sign on a participating home.
- Download and use the NterNow app on your smartphone to get a one-time access code — or simply call the phone number on the sign.
- Enter the access code on the lock and that’s it! Just walk in and enjoy your tour.
- When you’re ready to leave, simply close the door behind you.