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Your Spring Cleaning Checklist from Clean Calculator

The long winter is finally over.  It’s now time for the annual Spring Cleaning your house needs after a winter’s harsh weather.  A Spring Cleaning Checklist provides guidance.  What are the benefits of a checklist you might ask?

  1. Checklists can help us stay more organized by assuring we don’t skip any steps.
  2. Lists motivate us to take action and complete tasks.
  3. Checklists allow you to master the repetitive tasks and utilize more brain power for creative activities.
  4. By breaking down tasks into specific tasks, checklists give us more confidence when delegating activities.
  5. Checklists allow us to be more effective at taking care of customers.

Now that you know why to use our list, here it is:

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

DEEP CLEAN CARPETS AND UPHOLSTERY

Regular vacuuming is important, but once a year it’s worth hiring a professional cleaning service to come in with the heavy-duty equipment. Most companies use hot water extraction to remove deep-seated dust, dirt, and allergens, and their spot cleaning treatments will take up stubborn stains, maybe left over from the holidays.

RESEAL BATHROOM GROUT

Grimy grout not only looks gnarly, but it can also harbor microbes and mold, which can quickly spread to other parts of the bathroom. The longer you let it go, the worse it gets. Over-the-counter cleaners aren’t nearly as effective as pros, who will come armed with steam equipment and specialized cleaning solutions.

TREAT THE DECK

All decks benefit from a spring power washing to blast away grime and mildew. The equipment can be dangerous, so it’s best left to the pros. Wooden decks must also be sealed every few years — or more often if you choose a transparent stain, which shows the wood grain but doesn’t provide as much protection as solid or semi-transparent stains.

CLEAN GUTTERS

Clogged gutters can lead to a litany of problems, including leaky roofs and cracked foundation walls. Given the hazards of climbing ladders, especially on two and three-story homes, this is another project that you should probably let the pros handle.

SERVICE COOLING EQUIPMENT

An annual tune-up, ideally ahead of the cooling season, will keep your central air system running at optimal efficiency and minimize the risk of a mid-summer conk out. Heating and cooling contractors get busy once the weather warms, so schedule your appointment as early as possible.

CLEAR YARD DEBRIS

Start by raking up fallen leaves and dead foliage from foundation beds; left unchecked, this debris can choke off plants and foster disease. If you don’t have a compost pile or bin, consider starting one with the collected leaves and foliage.

ORGANIZE CLOSETS

First separate items into “keep,” “toss” and “donate” piles. If you haven’t worn a garment in the last year, it’s ready to go. Remember to vacuum the empty closet. When restocking, group like items together and store them by the frequency of use, for example keeping clothing and shoes at eye level and seasonal accessories on an upper shelf.

SPRING CLEANING YOUR MATTRESSES

Remove sheets and covers and machine wash in hot water. Vacuum mattresses using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. Then deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface and leaving it on for several hours, or overnight if possible. Vacuum again before remaking the bed with fresh sheets.

WASH WINDOWS

It’s worth investing in a good-quality rubber squeegee, which our pros say delivers the best lint- and streak-free cleaning. Note that most double-hung windows have tilting sashes that allow you to tilt them in for easy cleaning of the window exteriors.

WIPE DOWN HARD-TO-REACH SURFACES

Counters and floors get cleaned throughout the year. Spring is the time to wipe down out-of-the-way surfaces. Try this homemade cleaning solution: one part ammonia to eight parts water, plus a few drops of dish detergent. Walls and baseboards in high-traffic areas collect dirt and grime, as do kitchen cabinets and the areas behind the refrigerator, range and laundry appliances.

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