Henry Ford thought of it first, and if it works for cars, why not for spring cleaning? Use an assembly line approach to getting the job done fast. Since spring cleaning your home involves a few basic steps, you can combine them into an efficient pattern that saves time and turns you into a kind of Wonder Woman of spring cleaning. Add to this the use of the best cleaning products for each job, and you can spring clean your home in a day. So here they are, the 10 spring cleaning tips you need to spring clean your home in just one day.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #1. Blankets
The first step to spring cleaning your home in a day is gather all the bedroom blankets, living throws, and any slipcovers from furniture. Take everything down to the laundry room and place the first load in your drier, along with 5 fabric softener sheets. For soiled items, spring clean by washing with a gentle laundry detergent (such as green laundry detergents for sensitive skin), or place aside for dry cleaning. Proceed to the next spring cleaning steps below, and return to the laundry room periodically to change loads. If available, use the wrinkle free cycle to reduce your spring cleaning work even further.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #2. Curtains
The next step to spring cleaning your home in a day is to freshen curtains. If the curtains are hard to take down, save time on your spring cleaning by vacuuming them from top to bottom, so falling dust will not contaminate already cleaned areas; then spry Febreze. If easy to take down, spring clean your curtains in the drier as well, with 5 sheets of fabric softener.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #3. Dusting
The next step to spring cleaning your home in a day is to get those hidden dust balls that have lingered under sofas and behind tables for many months. Use a handheld vacuum (not to be mistaken for the weak hand vacuum). Use the attachments to spring clean hard to reach areas. Move from room to room until you’ve spring cleaned every lamp, furniture piece and window blind in your home. It’s a good idea to stick cotton balls in your ears to muffle the constant noise of spring cleaning with a handheld vacuum for two or three hours. In addition, change the vacuum bag several times, to increase the efficiency of this spring cleaning tip.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #4. Bathrooms
Now continue to spring clean your home in a day by cleaning all the bathrooms at once. Protect your hands with rubber gloves, then remove all items from showers or bathtubs. Next spray the entire surface with a mildew and soap scum spray. Charlie’s Soap is an excellent green cleaner that has no fumes. Spray all bathrooms and tubs simultaneously for efficient spring cleaning, then return to the first to wipe and wash and proceed to the last. This spring cleaning tip saves time by allowing cleaners to act on the soiled surfaces as you continue cleaning elsewhere. (If you have any heavy grout cleaning, leave it for another day and follow these grout cleaning tips).
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #5. Polish
Take up a milder spring cleaning job at this point, to keep up your energy for spring cleaning your home in a day. Using a fragrant wood polish (like Old English) clean and shine wood surfaces. For especially worn, dry surfaces, wipe cooking oil over the surface and leave to be absorbed. For all other surfaces, use anti-bacterial wipes to save time on spraying then wiping. Make spring cleaning out of reach spots easier by bringing a stool or step-ladder with you as you clean in rotation from room to room. For kitchen cabinets, use Charlie’s soap to clean any greasy stains.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #6. Windows
Modern windows are easier to spring clean in a day. Check if your window has clips at the top that you can flick aside, then pull the window towards you for cleaning the back. For older windows, clean the front only, leaving the back for another day by cleaning from the outside with a hose. Use an efficient, streak free window cleaner to save time on spring cleaning all your windows. Oreck glass and window cleaner is especially good for efficient spring cleaning.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #7. Floors
Spring cleaning your floors in a day is easy if you clean each type of floor in turn rather than each room. For example: spring clean all hardwood floor, then all tile and linoleum. Begin by vacuuming all floor surfaces well, then move on to thorough surface cleaning of each type of floor. Begin by spring cleaning along edges and corners with a cloth dipped in floor cleaner. For hardwood floors use the best floor cleaners, and wipe the floor three times to remove all entrenched grime. For tile or linoleum use standard cleaners diluted in a bucket of water and wet the floor thoroughly, then wipe and use a clean cloth to remove any soap residue. In bathrooms and under kitchen cabinets be especially careful to spring clean all hard-to-reach surfaces thoroughly, and pull out the fridge to spring clean behind it.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #8. Outdoors
To spring clean in a day, do not commit to cleaning outside your home, but do clean outdoor areas directly adjacent to doorways. Sweep the floor in the garage, beat the entrance rug before the front door, and sweep the deck. There is no time for thorough spring cleaning of these outdoor areas when you spring clean in a day, but you do want to prevent fresh dirt from being blown or dragged into your clean home.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #9. Carpets and Rugs
You can include carpets, rugs and even upholstery in your spring cleaning in a day, if you rent the cleaning machine at your supermarket the day before (unless you own one). Be sure to vacuum first, then shampoo the carpets, rugs, and any upholstery you wish to spring clean. Be sure to clean from the back of your home, working your way forward to prevent stepping on clean areas. Leave this task to step 8 in your spring cleaning in a day, to avoid dust or cleaning spray clinging to the wet carpets and rugs.
Spring Cleaning in a Day: Tip #10. Miscellaneous
Wrap up your spring cleaning in a day by giving attention to miscellaneous items in your home. If you have plants, wipe their leaves with milk to remove any dust and create a beautiful shine. If you have dry or silk flower arrangements, spring clean them by diluting fabric softener in a spray bottle, and spraying over a sink. And finish off your spring cleaning by wiping any decorative objects that you did not vacuum with the handheld vacuum earlier.
Finally, make your spring cleaning in a day even easier by bringing helps in to split the work. Each helper can focus on one of the tips above, completing that part of your spring cleaning in one go, then moving on to the next. Using this simple assembly line, rotating technique, you can complete your spring cleaning one segment at a time, until, at the end of the day, your whole home will be spring cleaned. And discover the secrets to making your home smell fresh, as well as a bouquet of heavenly home fragrance ideas that don’t involve candles.