Make a List
If you try to tackle all your spring cleaning without creating a gameplan first, you could end up burning out early with only half the work done. Save yourself the frustration by creating a to-do list before starting.
There are a few good strategies to follow that can help break up your list so it doesn't feel so daunting. Break tasks down into categories - either by room or type of task. Choose the one that fits your style of cleaning best. Do you prefer to do all the dusting at once? Or do you prefer to tackle one room at a time? Here are a couple brief examples of what your lists might look like...
Get Rid of Clutter
It can be hard to deep clean if a lot of things are out of place. You also probably don't want to spend time cleaning items that you no longer use or that don't bring you happiness anymore. Instead, get rid of the items you no longer want and make sure everything else is in its designated place before you start cleaning.
Ceiling to Floor
When deep cleaning, it is important to start at the top and work your way down. That way, any falling dust, dirt, etc. that is freed up won't re-dirty what you've already cleaned. Dust any cobwebs out from ceiling corners, clean all fans and light fixtures, wash the windows, and wipe the walls and baseboards down with warm soapy water. People often forget about cleaning the walls even though they can hold onto quite a bit of dust and debris, particularly if the wall is textured.
The soft surfaces in your home can collect a lot of dust, dirt, and even bacteria. Take down all the curtains in your home and wash them. (Or have them professionally cleaned if they are not washing machine safe.) Follow the cleaning instructions for throw blankets and pillows as well. Couches and chairs can be difficult to clean on your own. If you've ever spilled a drink on the couch, it could be harboring mold and mildew without you even realizing it. You can use the hose attachment on your vacuum and try some DIY cleaning methods, but sometimes it is best to hire a professional to make sure harmful materials are all removed properly.
Keep the Air Clean!
If you've cleaned everything but forgotten about the air in your home, then it probably isn't truly clean. Harmful materials could quickly start building back up on everything you worked so hard to clean. To help keep the air in your home clean, follow these three important tips!
- Change the Air Filter - Air filters have specific life spans and can lose their effectiveness once that time has passed. Be sure to regularly change out your air filters to keep fresh, clean air flowing through your home.
- Install a UV Light System - HVAC UV light systems are highly effective at destroying bacteria, mold, and mildew that could otherwise be passing through your ductwork and spreading into the air in your home.
- Schedule a Check-Up - Call a professional HVAC company to check on your heating and cooling systems to make sure everything is running efficiently and cleanly.
Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we care about you and your family. Give us a call to help keep the air in your home cleaner and more comfortable this season!