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Spring cleaning can be a tedious task. And while it can be tempting to take a few shortcuts, there are some items on your list you just shouldn’t skip.
If you’re hoping to cut down on your to-do list, but aren’t sure which items are important, I have you covered! As you take inventory of everything you need to do this year, be sure you don’t skip these five important spring-cleaning tasks.
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5 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Shouldn’t Ignore
Cleaning Under the Furniture
I know how difficult it can be to move out all your furniture and clean underneath everything. That’s why you don’t do it every time you clean. Which makes it all the more important to tackle this task while you’re spring cleaning.
You won’t believe how much dirt and grime can collect underneath your furniture. And the longer you go between cleanings, the dirtier it will get.
To get the space under your furniture spotless, start by moving the largest piece of furniture to the center of the room and work your way around. Push the couch out and pick up any stray toys and trash, sweep away large pieces of debris and throw them away, and then vacuum the smaller crumbs.
Finish by mopping the floor, if needed, and wiping the baseboard and wall behind the couch. Continue moving around the room until you have cleaned under each piece of large furniture.
You should also complete this task in other rooms of your house. That means moving out the large hutch in your dining room and even the beds in each bedroom.
And your task isn’t finished after cleaning under the furniture. You’ll also need to clean under the cushions. Turn on your vacuum and get in all the cracks and crevices under the cushions to remove all the hidden crumbs deep inside each piece of furniture.
Shine the Windows
Your windows have probably been closed for a few months now, but as soon as the weather warms up, you’re going to want to open them up.
The last thing you want is to view the beautiful spring weather through a set of grimy windows.
Take the time to clean the glass panes, as well as the screens and tracks inside to get those windows sparkling. And don’t forget to clean the blinds and window treatments, too.
You’ll be happy you did when you can enjoy a nice spring day through a clean, shiny window.
Wash the Ceilings and Walls
The ceilings and walls of your home are often overlooked during everyday cleaning, which is why you shouldn’t skip them when you’re spring cleaning this year. Dust and spiderwebs can quickly build up on the walls, molding, and ceiling of a room. So, if you let those items go this year, it may be another year before you get to them again.
This task is actually easier than you may think. You’ll just need a broom or long-handled duster to tackle this spring-cleaning task. Use your broom or duster to knock down dust and spider webs from the ceiling first. Then, take the broom and run it along the walls to clean the dust from there, as well. Finish by vacuuming the floor to remove the debris.
Your walls may need a little more attention than simply dusting them. If you notice stains, scuffs, or other grime on your walls as you clean, it’s best to clean the area with warm, soapy water. Choose a mild cleaner that won’t damage the paint on your walls. Then use a damp cloth to gently scrub away stains and grime from the walls. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and dry the walls with a lint-free towel.
Scrub Your Oven
There’s nothing worse than turning on your oven to cook dinner and filling the house with the horrible smell of burnt food. If your oven is looking dingy, spring cleaning is the perfect time to tackle the mess.
One of the easiest ways to clean your oven is to run the self-clean cycle, which cranks your stove up to its highest setting and basically burns the stuck-on food off. After the cycle is finished, allow your oven to cool, then vacuum away any loose pieces of debris and wipe the inside of the oven down to finish cleaning it.
Clean Out the Closet
The changing of the seasons is a great time to take inventory of your wardrobe and cut back on some of the items you don’t need anymore.
To easily declutter your closet, start by getting rid of all the clothing you have in your closet that you haven’t worn this year or items that don’t fit. Those pieces can be donated. You can also donate any items that you just don’t like or probably won’t wear again.
Next, remove all items that are ripped, stained, or broken and throw them away. Finally, organize everything you have left and clean the closet by vacuuming the floor and wiping down all the shelving.
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