We’ve run articles by the Merry Maids before because they are so thorough and, well, it’s Spring Cleaning time and who better to turn to? There are some interesting statistics we garnered that we thought you might find interesting; take a look:
- For more than two-thirds (68%) consumers spring cleaning is an overwhelming and time-consuming chore
- Two-fifths (41%) of consumers spend several days on spring cleaning
- The vast majority (88%) of consumers believe their homes could always be a little bit cleaner
- In fact, more than a third (35%) say some rooms in their homes are so messy they avoid cleaning them altogether
- Few baseboards would pass the white glove test, as scrubbing baseboards is the one cleaning activity consumers say they are least likely to do (47%).
- Other oft-avoided cleaning includes: cleaning behind/inside appliances (44%), and cleaning window sills (37%)
- Although it may seem like a luxury, nearly a third (30%) of consumers say hiring someone to help clean the house is actually more of a necessity than a luxury.
After a long winter, spring should be a time of celebration; instead homeowners are stuck with Spring Cleaning! The clutter and dust accumulated over an extended period coupled with the beautiful weather outside can discourage even the biggest cleaning enthusiasts from confronting the endless, boring chores.
Luckily, Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning company and Debra Johnson, Merry Maids national home cleaning expert have developed the perfect “Spring Cleaning Boot Camp” to whip homeowners into tidiness and help them tackle spring cleaning room-by-room with easy to follow, expert-tested tips.
Merry Maids “Spring Cleaning Boot Camp”
Ready, set, go…
- Vacuum or dust ceiling fans and air registers – be sure dust falls to the ground.
- Let the dusty rugs lay outside in the sun until you’re done cleaning the room.
- Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, and then vacuum slowly. If you have wood or tile floors, vacuum. Make sure to vacuum under the bed.
- Throw comforters, bedspreads, sheets, mattress covers and duvets in the wash. Vacuum, rotate and flip the mattress. And don’t forget to dust behind the headboard.
- Empty closets and drawers. Use a clean, damp microfiber cloth to wipe your drawers. Put a scented sachet or dryer sheet so your clothes always smell fresh.
- Organize your closets by hosting a fashion show and donate anything that’s not “show stopping.” If you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it.
- Dust and remove knick-knacks from coffee tables.
- Launder or dry clean drapes and curtains. Dust windows thoroughly with a microfiber cloth and wipe windowsills.
- Remove and launder washable pillows and throws; dry clean the rest.
- Upholstery needs spring cleaning? Hire a pro to help. While you’re at it, have the professionals clean the fireplace and chimney, too.
- Run your trusty microfiber cloth across all surfaces, including mantels, coffee tables, and shelves. Don’t forget the wall hangings, decorations and baseboards.
- Rearrange the furniture and decorations to give the room a fresh, new look. Add some plants to give your room a spring-y feeling.
- Start with the most neglected – the cabinets. Remove all items and use a mixture of 1 cup warm water, 2 – 3 drops dishwashing liquid & ¼ cup vinegar to wipe inside of cabinets. Work top to bottom.
- Next up, the refrigerator. Toss expired food. Wash shelves with warm soapy water and dry. Clean the outside (including handles) with a damp microfiber cloth and vacuum behind the fridge, if possible.
- Put a bowl of water and half a lemon in the microwave for 2 – 3 minutes. Allow to sit for five minutes then wipe away all the grime. Wipe the outside, including the handle and control panel.
- Oven time. Remove racks and place into large plastic garbage bags. Once inside, spray them generously with an oven spray cleaner or degreaser solution. Loosely close bags. The following morning, rinse with warm, soapy water. Wipe down the inside of your oven, and then slide in the now clean oven racks.
- Scrub kitchen sink and deodorize the garbage disposal by throwing half-cup of baking soda down it, followed by a cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
- Now the easy part: wipe countertops with warm, soapy water. Use an all-purpose cleanser or degreasing solution to clean appliances.
- Begin by throwing the shower curtain in the washing machine, If it’s plastic, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth dipped in a mixture of 1 Tablespoon baking soda, couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, ¼ – ½ cup of warm water.
- Remove items from medicine cabinets and linen closets. Get rid of expired, hardly used products. Wipe the inside of cabinets with a damp microfiber cloth and dry.
- Spray the inside of the tub/shower, toilet and sink with a non-abrasive cleaning detergent. Allow product to sit for 3 – 5 minutes and scrub with a microfiber cloth or a wand if tackling the toilet bowl and wash/flush thoroughly.
- Clean mirror, polish faucets and wipe down counter space with mild cleaning products and a microfiber cloth.
- Use a steamer to clean the floor. If you don’t have one, use floor cleaning products and a microfiber cloth, either by hand or using a floor tool to get them extra clean.
- Dust all light fixtures and air vents.
- Vacuum or wash window treatments and floors.
- Wash walls and windows with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
- Clean commonly forgotten areas:
§ Ceiling fans
§ Air registers
§ Doors, top of doorframes and handles
§ TV remotes
§ Window sills, blinds and shutters
§ Inside of trashcans
- Sweep and organize porches, patios and garage.
- Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.