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SPRING CLEANING for every room in the house

A room-by-room guidance to conquering the tradition.

The emergence of spring has long been associated with the deep cleaning of our homes. It signifies a fresh home, or a new start to complement the blossoming of a new season.

Join the ranks of spring cleaners by using this guide to conquer the task. To keep the job from feeling overwhelming, schedule a block of time each day, or even each week, for your annual cleaning. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until you've completed the job.

The basics – for every room in your home

  • Dust wall and ceiling light fixtures, then remove globes and wash them out.

  • Dust ceiling fan blades.

  • Remove cobwebs with a vacuum and brush attachment or a clean rag attached to the head of a broom.

  • Remove and wash window coverings, and dust the top of curtain rods and window trim.

  • Remove wall hangings, knick-knacks, and other décor then rinse in warm soapy water.

  • Wash doors and knobs and the dust that collects on top of doors and entryway trim.

  • Wash walls with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Touch up mars and chips with paint.

  • Wipe off switch plates.

  • Empty cabinets and drawers then wash them inside and out. Wash out and arrange drawer organizers, as well.

  • Wash windows and sills, and don’t forget the unsightly tracks.

  • Clean unupholstered furniture from top to bottom with an appropriate cleaner.

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture from top to bottom and under cushions, paying particular attention to creases and crevices where dust and grunge build-up.

  • Vacuum lampshades with a soft bristle attachment.

  • Unplug electrical cords and run through a damp rag to remove built-up dust.

  • Wash baseboards, then vacuum carpet edges with a narrow attachment.

  • Vacuum and mop under furniture and other stationary items.

Bedroom odds ’n’ ends

  • Remove items from under the bed, dust off storage containers, and dispose of clutter.

  • Vacuum under beds using attachments.

  • Eliminate unwanted articles from drawers.

The bathroom—scour and disinfect

  • Remove and launder shower curtain and liner, bath mat, toilet cover, and rugs.

  • Scour tub and shower from top to bottom, inside and out. Use a toothbrush to remove mold, mildew, and soap scum accumulation around the drain, faucet, knobs, and showerhead.

  • Clean glass shower doors inside and out, including the track.

  • Spray exterior of toilets with a sanitizing solution and wipe down.

  • If you have young boys, remove the toilet seat and clean the bolts where odors linger. Use a deodorizing solution on the baseboard and wall behind the toilet.

  • Wash toilet brush container and wastebasket.

  • Scrub sink and countertop, including grooves around the drain, faucet, and knobs.

  • Dust the top edge of mirrors, towel racks, and other accessories.

Closets—the always forgotten

  • Dust shelving, brackets, and rods.

  • Organize shelves, and eliminate unneeded items.

  • Remove clothing you haven't worn in two years.

  • Dust shoe racks and rarely worn shoes.

Kitchen—contamination zones

  • Dust the top of kitchen cabinets.

  • Remove grease and grime from small kitchen appliances

  • Clean stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher inside and out.

  • Wipe built up grunge in the top of the garbage disposal with a rag, then add ice and lemon slices and run the disposal to clean and freshen the blades.

  • Scrub countertops with a mild abrasive or degreaser.

  • Wash table and chairs from top to bottom, and don’t forget the cracks where table leaves meet.

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