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May 2017

5 Tips for a Spring-Clean Home All Winter Long

With all the dust and dirt that your home has accumulated over the hot, open window period in summer, you need to consider cleaning before you can lock yourself in during winter.

If you have a spring clean home during winter, then the blues won’t be so blue. Here are some practical tips to ensure you have a healthy and clean environment to stay in during winter.

Carpets and upholstery

Fabrics have absorbed summers worth of body oil, dirt, dust and germs. You need to achieve a deeper clean to prepare them for extreme usage since everybody will be indoors more than ever. The best way to ensure you get a thorough clean is to use a top notch upright vacuum cleaner. There are very excellent dustbusters under $100 with a whole lot of attachment accessories for cleaning carpets and upholstery.

Make sure you move the furniture to ensure that the carpet is fully exposed to cleaning. When using water during the cleaning process, use a dryer and make sure to leave the windows open to allow fast and complete cleaning. Click here to read about top rated vacuum cleaner reviews.

Clean ceiling fixtures

Remove all the dirt from fans and air conditioner vents using a piece of cloth then vacuum using a soft nozzle vacuum attachment. A couple of minutes with an all-purpose cleaning agent, a polish cloth, a clean sponge and a step ladder will give a new shine to your light. You can also use an extended reach dust and dirt removal tool to clean ceiling lights and skylights.

Wash walls, baseboards, cabinets and woodwork

Walls don’t usually look as though they need to be cleaned but there is enough dust and soot that clings on the vertical surfaces.

Using sponge and a hand washing detergent will give your vertical surfaces a thorough pre-winter bath. A sponge mop could make higher spots reachable as you clean the surface from top to bottom. Make sure to dry the surface with a cloth.

Wash and disinfect garbage cans

Garbage cans are deadly germ havens. Before you are stuck with them all winter, clean them out and disinfect them. For a safer clean, take them outside and use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide mixed with equal parts of water. Do not mix hydrogen peroxide with water. 1 part regular bleach and 6 parts water also makes an effective disinfectant.

Clean windows

It is estimated that dirty window panes or window glasses cut daylight by up to 20 (twenty) percent. With diminished light during the winter, that’s a lot less light getting in. You need all the daylight you could get during winter. Clean your windows inside and outside. You could use ¼ cup white vinegar, 0.5 teaspoon eco -friendly detergent and 2 – 3 cups of water to wipe and polish with microfiber lint free cloths for a squeaky clean.

Take away

You are going to spend a lot of time indoors and prepping the space by cleaning is more than noble. Not only will you be healthy and comfortable, you will do yourself great favor mentally, emotionally and spiritually staying in a clean space.