The thermometer’s rising, and so is your desire to get your home as fresh and clean as the spring air. To keep it manageable, approach it one room at a time, recommends David Henderson, Toronto-area franchise owner for Merry Maids; here’s how David suggests you tackle each room:
The central room in the home, it’s also the room that’s most chaotic!
• Start by taking everything out of the refrigerator, freezer, cupboards, pantry and drawers, one area at a time. Wipe down the shelves, the doors and the handles. Before you put things away, go through and toss, store or give away items you’re not using.
• Pull out and clean behind appliances; wipe appliance surfaces; rinse stove hood filter and clean spill trays under stove burners; clean inside the microwave and oven (including the oven drawer and burners).
• Wipe down counters, door frames, backsplash, ceiling fixtures, baseboards, vents, trash containers, phones, door handles and light switches.
• Wash windows, window coverings, throw rugs, sinks and floors.
TIP: Wash floors on your hands and knees – that way, you can easily see all the dirt and get right into corners.
It’s where we go to wash up, so not surprising, these rooms need the most cleaning!
• Remove all items from cupboards, medicine chests, counters and drawers and wash down empty areas. Toss any items that are old and unused and put contents back.
• Clean shower, tub, shower doors; use products that remove mould, mildew and soap scum as necessary.
• Wash towels, shower curtains, rugs and window coverings.
• Wash tiles, windows, window coverings, throw rugs.
• Wipe ceiling fixtures, door frames, baseboards, vents, trash containers, door handles and light switches.
• Scrub toilets, sinks and floors.
TIP: You will need some specialty products for cleaning, but wherever possible, go with products that are multi-functional and antibacterial.
The bedrooms and other living areas
Make sleeping and living areas clean and comfortable – and get closets ready for spring.
• Remove and wash all bedding including the mattress cover and dust ruffle. Flip and rotate the mattress before putting on clean linens.
• Move in spring clothing; go through each drawer and closet and get rid of clothes that you no longer wear.
• Do a “cobweb check” in the upper corners of each room.
• Dust items on tables, dressers, etc., pictures and lamps, baseboards, door frames, window ledges and baseboards.
• Clean windows, ceiling fixtures, vents, phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches and empty trash.
• Vacuum drapes and valances; vacuum or wash floors, especially under and behind furniture and in closets.
TIP: Clean every room left to right and top to bottom so you don’t miss anything!