It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning season. Here are 6 fabulous tips to help you get your house looking great from top to bottom.
1. Organize your closets
Organizing closets is a task everyone dreads, but we’re so happy when it’s done. Actually, once your closets get organized, the rest of your house will follow suit.
Clear out any unused clothing, shoes, and accessories. Next, arrange the rest of your belongings according to color and how you dress in the morning. Not only will your closet be more functional, it will look good and make your daily routine much simpler.
2. Clean and paint walls
Spring is the perfect time to freshen your walls. To clean them, start with a quality sponge and some water. For really dirty walls, use a bit of mild dishwashing soap.
Stubborn stains will require some elbow grease and perhaps a bit more soap. Once your walls are clean, it’s smooth sailing for paint application. Although the average American repaints every seven years, that doesn’t mean the walls have to wait that long to get a good scrubbing.
3. Shampoo your carpets
To keep your carpets looking clean and new, ask your guests to remove their shoes when they enter your home. If you can, try to vacuum daily with a high-quality top-load vacuum.
Change the filters regularly so pollutants and dirt don’t blow back into the air. High-traffic areas should ideally be deep-cleaned three or four times a year, while areas such as bedrooms may need cleaning only every 12 to 18 months to look their best.
4. Reorganize your bookshelves
Simply stacking all your books vertically in your bookcase can look uninteresting and boring. Mix it up: Sort them by subject and size, and stack them both vertically and horizontally in different random patterns.
Don’t be afraid to add personal items like small photos, table clocks, or attractive trinkets and other bric-a-brac. Arrange everything together as one piece of art in order to create a sophisticated place for the eyes to rest and admire.
5. Wood floor care
The trick to keeping wood floors looking beautiful and new is to damp-mop them once a week using a mild detergent such as Murphy Oil Soap. Other wood floor care includes using furniture protectors and a barrier under your plant pots in the form of a saucer or trivet in order to avoid scratching or damaging the surface.
6. Eliminate stains from your countertops
Removing stains from granite countertops can be challenging. The key is to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. Also, it’s a good idea to seal your countertop a couple times after installation.
You’ll recognize a good seal if water beads on the surface. Seal once a year to keep it in tip-top shape. For most juice or coffee stains, use a bit of hydrogen peroxide with water and a few drops of ammonia to scrub them gently away.
Buff out any small scratches using dry, superfine steel wool: grade 0000. If you’re unsure how to remove a specific stain, call your local home store and ask a professional.
Remember, a clean house makes a happy home. Spring cleaning isn’t so bad once you can enjoy the end results.