Want to make your home as fresh as springtime? Keep reading – we’ve curated our favorite spring cleaning ideas from experts like Martha Stewart and Good Housekeeping. We hope they help make your spring cleaning a breeze.

1.  Wipe walls and ceilings. Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser (test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mar the surface).

2.  Dust books and shelves. Take everything off the shelves, and brush shelves and books with a feather duster. Use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.

3.  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 the vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

4.  Polish metal door and window hardware. Liquid polishes and polish-permeated cloths work well for moderately tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are for heavier work. If tarnish doesn’t come off, try a stronger product.

5.  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. Vacuum the dust that settles on the floor.

6.  Ensure fire safety. Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

7.  Wash window screens. Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.

8.  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.

9.  Use your dishwasher to clean more than your dishes. Throw in toothbrush holders, sponges, plastic hair brushes, glass light fixtures, and toys.

10.  Wash your window on a cloudy day. Use vertical strokes on one side of the window and horizontal on the other. This way, when you spot a streak, you’ll know which side it’s on.

Finally, give your natural fiber rug a refresher by vacuuming it with the beater bar off. NEVER steam clean, wet shampoo or use any other method that involves water saturation on a natural fiber rug.  Get details on how to deep clean your natural fiber and indoor/outdoor rugs here:

 

Here’s to your immaculate home!