Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Ready to do some spring cleaning? You already know how to do the basic cleaning that your home requires. What about the not-so-obvious stuff? Here is a quick list of the spring cleaning tips that most people forget about. Use these ideas to get your home extra clean!
Clean the Doormats
Doormats aren’t just decorative. Their purpose is to prevent dirt from getting into your home. Many people forget that even doormats need a good cleaning once in a while. Start by shaking the dirt out of them. It may help to hang them up and swat them with a broom (as you would a carpet). The cleaner the doormat, the more dirt it can keep out of your house.
Wash the Walls
Believe it or not, walls can collect dust. Walls can also end up with stains where people have touched them. To clean painted walls, you will need a clean cloth or sponge. You also need a bucket of water that has had a little bit of mild dishwashing liquid added to it. Wipe off the walls. This should get rid of the dust and most (if not all) of the stains. For stubborn stains, you may want to try a stain eraser. Don’t forget to wash the baseboards!
Dust the Ceiling Fans
People tend to forget that ceiling fans can gather up tons of dust! Get a damp towel and wipe away the dust that is hiding on top of each fan blade. Or, you might be able to carefully use a vacuum with a nozzle attachment to remove the dust. It would be a good idea to put on a dust mask before you attempt this task. All that dust is going to be directly over your head!
Remove Dust from Light Bulbs
Martha Stewart points out that lightbulbs can get dusty. Wait until the lightbulb is cooled down. Unscrew the lightbulb from the fixture. Use a microfiber cloth that has been dampened with water. Don’t get the metal screw base wet! Can’t reach the lightbulb? Try using one of those telescoping dusters to clean the dust off of hard to reach fixtures.
Wash the Window Blinds
Window blinds, with all those little slats, are the perfect dust catcher! One simple way to clean them is to put an old, mateless, sock over your hand. Spray a little bit of all purpose cleaner on it. Wipe away the dust on each and every slat. This will be a tedious process, but it is worth it.