The difference between cleaning and Spring Cleaning is in the details: with these checklists, you’ll know how to Spring Clean like a pro!
The clouds are parting, the skies are blue, and winter’s chill is becoming a memory. Now that it’s warm enough to open windows it’s time to give our homes the same feeling of freshness and renewal, too.
Few household chores are as hard, or as satisfying, as Spring Cleaning your house from top to bottom. I’ve partnered with Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover to bring you this guide on how to Spring Clean like a pro so you can get the clean home you’re looking for then get back to enjoying it.
How To Spring Clean Like A Pro
Some people prefer to clean task by task, starting with ceilings throughout the house then moving down to walls, windows, and so on. If you’ve ever had a professional Spring Clean your home then you know that’s not how they work.
When the pros clean they go room-by-room, starting with the most private areas (bedrooms, bathrooms, closets) and working to the more public spaces (living rooms, kitchens, and garages). This approach helps get clutter and grime out of the house rather than tracking it all over.
If you don’t know where to start or what to do, use the printable Spring Cleaning checklists at the bottom of this page as a guide.
Whichever method you choose, remember: the difference between cleaning and Spring Cleaning like a pro involves paying attention to details like those below.
Ceilings and walls: Two of the largest surfaces in our homes and yet they’re usually ignored throughout the year. Use your vacuum’s dust attachment to remove dust then clean greasy fingerprints and scuffs with soap and water. Touch up paint as needed and make a note of any dings or holes that need to be patched.
Wash windows and screens: Remove screens before spraying windows with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar plus a couple drops of liquid dish detergent. Use a microfiber cloth to loosen window grime followed by a squeegee to get them dry without streaks. Clean screens using the same mixture and a scrub brush then rinse them with a hose. Be sure screens are fully dry before putting them back in place.
Wipe everything: Spring Cleaning means cleaning pretty much every surface in your home. Use damp microfiber cloths to wipe furniture, light fixtures and switches, doors and door knobs, and knickknacks. Remove items from shelves and clean the shelves then wipe each item before putting it back — and take that time to purge what you no longer enjoy. Use a soft cloth and glass cleaner on picture frames and their fronts then run the same cloth over the room’s light bulbs (while they’re cool) to remove dust and grime.
Scour and reseal grout: Clean grout in your bathroom and kitchen using soapy water and a stiff-bristled brush. For tough stains, apply a paste of oxygenated bleach powder and water and wait 10 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. Let grout dry after scouring and go over it with a grout sealing product to prevent stains and mold.
Treat carpet stains then shampoo: The floor should always be the final step whether you’ve got carpet or tile. In carpeted homes, Spring Cleaning gives a chance to really freshen things by cleaning behind and under furniture, too. Click here to get $1 off Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover and be sure to spray it on the carpet and gently blot the stain away with a clean, white absorbent cloth before shampooing to freshen your carpets and get them looking like new again. For more Spring Cleaning tips, “like” Spot Shot’s Stain Fighting Community Facebook page.