Are you itching to get a head start on spring cleaning but just don’t know where to begin? If you are dreading that time of year, you can make it a less exhausting and time-consuming process by starting early. Here at Stanley Steemer of South Florida, we believe it’s never too early to start your spring cleaning. Below are some ways to start deep cleaning your home now, so you won’t be so overwhelmed when spring time rolls around.
Organize and De-clutter
Not only does clutter and unorganized space cause unnecessary stress and anxiety, but all of those old clothes, magazines and other unused items are breeding grounds for unhealthy dust mites and other allergens. Before you begin spring cleaning, it is a good idea to spend time organizing you closets, desk drawers, shelves and bookcases, and get rid of items that are no longer needed. As a general rule of thumb, throw away or donate clothes that haven’t been worn in six months and ditch anything you have multiples of. You can use this as an opportunity to rake in some extra cash as well! Eliminating the clutter from your home will have you feeling calm, cool and collected. Not to mention, cleaning your home will be much easier with less stuff lying around.
Have a Plan, Make a List
Let’s face it, spring cleaning is a lot of work, which is why most people put it off. However, having a plan of what actually needs deep cleaning will save you the aggravation of forgetting things and the time it will take to complete those forgotten tasks, making the entire process run smoother and seem easier. Since this process is only done once a year, don’t include your usual tidying and cleaning task that you do on a regular basis. While you’re preparing your deep-cleaning plan, why not make a list of supplies that you may need to stock up on, as well?
Don’t Forget About the Less Obvious
When you think of deep cleaning, your walls, cabinets and curtains may not be the first things that come to mind. However, these areas of your home tend to accumulate tons of dust and grime throughout the year and should be a top priority on your spring cleaning checklist. For walls and cabinets, spot cleaning them with a wet sponge should do the trick. If there are heavier set-in stains, mix water with some mild dish detergent to do away with those unsightly marks on your walls and cabinets. Most curtains can be placed in your washing machine and be put through a delicate cycle. Then, simply air dry them or place them in your dryer to tumble dry.
Usually after a long day of work, cleaning or errands, the first thing we want to do is fall into our favorite chair or couch and take a load off. But while you’re relaxing, your furniture is collecting more dust and germs than you realize. After being a catch-all for dust and dirt for an entire year, spring is the perfect time to clean and revive your favorite (and costly) furniture! There are a number of DIY furniture cleaning methods out there, but these may damage your furniture and do more harm than good. It’s best to hire a professional at least once a year to come in and properly clean your furniture, restoring it to the best condition possible.
Leave Some Things to the Professionals
When it comes to your carpets, you can usually go to your local department or grocery store and rent a carpet shampooer. Sure, that’ll do the trick for sprucing up your carpet every few months or so. However, when you really need to deep clean your carpets, it is best to have them professionally cleaned. This will ensure the job is done properly and your carpets are left with minimal moisture, preventing the accumulation of mold and more allergens. After all, the whole point of spring cleaning is to rid your house of these evils.
Air Needs Cleaning, Too
That’s right – don’t forget about the air inside your home! Of course, we are referring to your air ducts, which tend to be one of the main culprits for hosting allergens and all sorts of contaminants that make their way into your home and the air you breathe. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, you should have you air ducts cleaned every three to five years, depending on circumstances and air conditioning use. If you’re due to have your air ducts cleaned, it’s best to have it done before it gets too warm outside.
Don’t Go It Alone – Contact Stanley Steemer Today
Many spring cleaning tasks are time consuming and quite simply, a lot of work. Let the professionals at Stanley Steemer save you time and energy by taking care of some of the items on your to-do list! Stanley Steemer of South Florida can take on your carpets, hardwood floors, tile and grout, furniture, air ducts and more! Visit the residential page on our website to learn more about any of our many services, and for a cleaner and happier home, give us a call today at 888-982-3553!