Spring Cleaning Tips

Here on the prairies, we love spring a lot more than other places because of our long cold winters. But with spring comes spring cleaning.
 
To help you with your spring cleaning, the information below will help you clean your home in less than a day.

Clean Kitchen Cabintets

Your kitchen is the most used room in your house. Because of that it is also the room that probably needs the deepest cleaning. 

If you cook a lot and don’t have or regulaly clean your exhaust hood filter, you may have a build up of grease on and around the stove.

There is a product to help cut that grease. It is called Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream.

Window Washing

Spring looks better through clean windows. Unfortunately there are 2 sides to every window. Sometimes more.

If you can, remove and sliding windows and clean both sides of the windows. If you have windows you can’t reach or bring into the house to clean, or If you are afraid of heights, don’t own a ladder or just don’t want to do it. You can hire companies such as College Window Washers here in Regina. They will come clean all yoru winodws from the outside.

CLEANING TIP. Wash your windows on a cludy day so the sun doesn’t dry the windows before you are done which causes spots and streaks.

Kitchen Countertops

Depending on what you have for kitchen countertops you may have more to do. If you countertops are granite, you should be sealing them on a regular basis to prevent stains.

A product to help with that is Williams Sonoma Counter Spray. 

When water beads and forms droplets on the surface you know they are sealed properly. To maintain, have them sealed again every spring.

TIP: To prevent food and other things falling between the stove and the coutner tops, you can buy and install these to cover the gap.

Wood Flooring

Wood floors (hardwood or laminate) look great. Depending on what you have for wood floors (if you have them at all). You might be cleaning them wrong. 

Real hardwood floors should only be “wet-cleaned” once every couple of months with a product called Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray. 

Painted Walls

Maintenance is crucial to keeping a crisp paint job looking fresh.

To do this, spot cleaning your walls with a cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn’t work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap (the milder the better).

If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you’re using. Then make sure you rinse the wall afterward with plain water.

Stainless Steel Surfaces

Stainless steel appliances look amazing, but only if they bright and clean.

To make your surface sparkle again use a specialty spray. Like Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner. Once or twice a week. Make sure you don’t put on too much or you might leave the surface wet which will attract more dust and fingerprints.

Cluttered Bookshelves?

If you don’t do all your reading online, chances are you have books and bookshelves. Sorting your books by size and subject, vertically and horizontally will show some style and relive the monotony.

Any old books or damaged books can be donated or recylced.

Yuu can donate books in Regina.If they are damaged, they can be recycled in your city recycle bin or taken to Crown Shred & Recycling.

Cleaning Mattress

There is something under your bed. But don’t be afraid. When you are washing your bedding, now is the time to vacuum your mattress. Using your vacuum’s crevice tool, clean your mattress. 

Hair, pet hair, dead skin cells, crumbs can be found on your mattress. 

If you have pet stains or ordours, you can use BISSEL Pet Stain & Odour cleaner to help.

 

Cleaning Patio Furniture

Depending on what you do with your patiop/deck furniture will make clean up easy or more difficult. 

Before you start using them, wipe down all furniture surfaces with a mixture of warm water and Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap.

Then hose or pressure wash them down and let air dry. You will have to dry any glass or clear plastic surfaces to not leave water drops or streaks.

Cleaning your Oven

Sometimes it’s easy to ignore this because typically only you see the inside of your oven. But leaving burnt food items in the oven will make it harder to clean and it can also cause smoke or worse each time you use it.

First, chip off loose pieces from your range. Then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then whisk away the grime with a sponge.

Washing Machine

It may seem odd to clean something that is used to clean something else. But where do you think all of the dirt and mess from your clothes go? Not all of it is whisked away when the water drains.

Disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

Carpet

Wood floors (hardwood or laminate) look great. Depending on what you have for wood floors (if you have them at all). You might be cleaning them wrong.

Real hardwood floors should only be “wet-cleaned” once every couple of months with a product called Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray. 

Area Rugs

You don’t have to clean area rugs every year. You should clean them every four or five years or every ten years if a rug is not walked on much.

Over-cleaning contributes to wear and tear. But you can treat stains at home with club soda. Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, red wine, and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove, and the key is to act quickly.

Your Refridgerator

There are two ways of the timing of cleaning your refirdgerator. If you have been clenaing all morning and its time for a break, you can clean out the refridgerator at this time. 

Emptying out everything in the fridge and placing on the counter (before you clean them) and putting items that may leak in the sink. Items that might unthaw can be placed in a deep freeze or cooler until it is ready to go back in.

Then wipe down all surfaces inside and out. While it is empty, it might also be easier to move out and clean under it as well.

Tiled Surfaces

Cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has “neutral pH” on the label.

You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop.

For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture, but for tough stains, call in the pros.

Your Bedding

Read the labels on your comforters and pillows. Some might not be able to be added to your home washing machine. Some might require dry-cleaning.

 

Organize Your Closet

Before you start cleaning your home, you will want to wear older clothes. Whcih leads us to your closet. Once you have changed, look at your closet. Are ther emore clothes that you can remove? Old shoes?

If you are cleaning your home, you can turn old T-shirts into rags. 

The other clothes and shoes you don’t wear anymore can be handed down to others in the home, dontated (check out the recyling/donation map for Regina) are numerous or sold online at www.usedregina.com for example.

Dishwasher

These are one of the best appliances in your home. It takes away a task that most people don’t like to do. But when you think about what getsput in your dishwasher and that you eat or drink from teh items that come out of the dishwahser. You want to make sure it is clean.

First, remove any bits of food on the bottom. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser, like a Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner pac, once a month.

Check your dishwasher manual as they may have a product recommednation.

Silver Sets

Depending on your age or your style. You may have silver tea sets or silver commerative plates. Not the easiest item to clean or restore. But there is help.

Use a toothbrush and Hagerty Silver Foam on your silver because it’s not too abrasive and it’s water-soluble.If you don’t display your silver, it can be stored in an anti-tarnish bag.

Dust Bunnies

Instead of just moving the dust bunnies from the floor to your broom. Swish your broom around in warm, soapy water to remove them.