We are always ready to do a deep cleaning at springtime. After a long, closed in winter the home can use some freshening up. But it is also worthwhile to do some heavy-duty maintenance when fall approaches. Here are five cleaning tips to help get you started:
- Take Inventory of Your PantryBegin by removing everything from the shelves and clear away all spills, crumbs, dust and any other debris that has accumulated. Give each item the once over before putting it back in place. Throw away anything past the expiration date, or that you know will never get used.
- Test Your Smoke Detectors
Daylight savings time is the designated slot for changing the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Do you clean your safety devices at that time? Dust buildup can lead to a decline in performance. Vacuum around all openings of your detectors with the small brush attachment. Replace any units that you have been operating for over 10 years.
- Flip Your Mattresses
When you change the time, also flip your mattresses over. If you sleep on a pillow top, do a 180 degrees rotation. This will allow for more uniform wear. Neutralize any mattress odors by sprinkling baking soda on the surface and vacuuming.
- Shampoo Your Carpets
Give your carpet flooring a good scrubbing before the holidays. Consider using a professional carpet cleaning service annually. If that is not within your budget, you can also rent a cleaner and purchase the appropriate cleaning agents or try some DIY solutions.
- Vacuum All Your Upholstery
Upholstered couches, chairs, and ottomans accumulate dust and debris just like your carpets do. You might not realize just how dingy they are until start cleaning. Vacuum all your upholstery, including cushions, arms, sides and the back. Also, go over the platform beneath the cushions.