Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist 

It’s time to get your clean on! Use this spring cleaning checklist below to get your whole house deep cleaned and ready for late spring and summer entertaining.

While spring cleaning may seem like an undesirable chore, right now is the perfect time to get it done because if you have kids at home due to the Coronavirus quarantine, you’ll have helpers to tackle the projects.

I happen to love cleaning and organizing especially when I have a detailed spring cleaning checklist (printable link below) that I can check off when I tackle each room.

The satisfaction of checking items off a list is euphoric, even if the chore itself is a pain!

I actually break up my spring cleaning into 2 parts because of the late pollen season here in Colorado.  I get all the inside jobs done in April and wait until mid-June to get the outside windows and screens totally clean because otherwise, I find you have to do it twice with the pollen from the pine trees.

I guess if you don’t have pine trees nearby, then maybe this wouldn’t be an issue for you, but I find a yellowish film on everything outside from May until mid-June.

Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable — and even enjoyable.

Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

This printable Spring_Cleaning_Checklist offers an overview of everything you need to do to get your house in tip-top shape.

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After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won’t suffice, as you’ll need several days for more involved projects, such as deep cleaning carpets and organizing closets. Whether you prefer to proceed from the attic to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one room and one task at a time.   Get the kids involved to make it go faster!

Cleaning Throughout the House

The tips below outline basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface (or object) in any room.

Wipe Walls and Ceilings: Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser or a magic eraser sponge.

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs: Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.

Dust Books and Shelves: Take everything off the shelves, and wipe shelves and books with a feather duster or a microfiber dusting cloth. Use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines and tops of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.  I like to remove from shelves and blow the dust off the pages.

Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays as they can leave a film over time.

Wash Window Screens: First, vacuum the screens using the hand attachment, then hand wash.  Using warm water and a drop of mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush or a dark microfiber cloth; rinse thoroughly and dry to prevent rust.

Clean Window Treatments: Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

Spring Cleaning Basics Checklist – start with this list in every room

Use a clean washcloth and bucket with a mild dish soap solution to wash walls, baseboards, light fixtures, and screens.  Be sure to change the water between rooms as it will get dingy and dirty and you don’t want to transfer dirt around the house.

·       Declutter and donate

·       Wash light fixtures and dust lampshades

·       Wash walls and baseboards

·       Wash doors and knobs

·       Wash switchplates

·       Clean registers and vents

·       Deep-clean floors, carpets, curtains, and blinds (shampoo carpets or have them professionally cleaned once a year)

·       Wash windows and screens

·       Touch up paint

·       Check smoke detectors

Kitchen Deep Clean

·       Spring Cleaning Basics

·       Clean out and organize cupboards and drawers – Use a vacuum to get all the crumbs from the drawers

·       Clean out and organize pantry – use any food nearing expiration and toss expired food

·       Deep-clean cabinet fronts by wiping down with a damp cloth or magic eraser sponge

·       Deep-clean refrigerator and freezer (remove everything and wipe down with a wet sponge including fridge coils)

·       Deep-clean oven, stove, and microwave

·       Clean dishwasher and coffee maker with vinegar

·       Reseal grout (if necessary)

·       Oil wooden items

·       Sharpen knives

Dining Room Deep Clean

·       Follow the spring cleaning basics above

·       Clean and organize buffet and clean wooden furniture legs and chair backs

Living Room Deep Clean

·       Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Deep-clean upholstered furniture

·       Wash pillows and throws

·       Clean out and organize media storage

·       Detail remotes and phones

Bathroom Deep Clean

·      Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Clean showerheads

·       Clean shower curtain or replace (as necessary)

·       Reseal grout (as necessary)

·       Clean out and organize medicine cabinet

·       Clean out and organize linen closet

Laundry Room Deep Clean

·      Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Clean cubbies/shelves

·       Clean washing machine by running an empty load with vinegar or a washing machine cleaner

Entryway

·      Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Vacuum and wash threshold

·       Clean and organize coat closet

·       Clean or replace mats and rugs (as necessary)

Bedroom Deep Clean

·      Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Organize closet and dresser – removing items to donate

·       Clean mattress and pillows

·       Clean shams, blankets, and skirts

·       Rotate seasonal bed linens

·       Make a clothing shopping list

Basement Deep Clean

·      Follow the spring cleaning basics

·       Organize and streamline storage area items (as necessary)

Garage Spring Cleaning

·       Declutter and organize

·       Sweep and clean floor

  • Clean shelves and storage closets

Save on cleaning supplies by purchasing when they are on sale throughout the year, not just when you need them.  Since spring is often associated with cleaning, you will definitely see sales at Safeway and associated manufacturer coupons for cleaning products to help you get the job done!  Check out the latest household coupons available to print below:


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