Spring is just around the corner and what better time to give your home a good annual clean. If you are a fairly new homeowner, this project might seem more daunting that it actually is. Martha Stewart’s website gives homeowners a handy printable checklist to help navigate them through the process of deep cleaning their home. The checklist not only shows you how to clean different parts of your home, but also provides useful information about fabric care, stain removal, and cleansers. Whether you start in the basement or the attic, try to focus only on one task at a time to not get overwhelmed. Here are a few cleaning tips that can be done throughout your home:
- Clean window treatments: If your draperies and curtain are machine washable, throw them in the washer on a delicate cycle. For fabric shades, send them to the dry-cleaners. Wooden blinds can just be wiped with a damp cloth, and mix some dishwashing liquid with warm water to clean metal and vinyl blinds.
- Wax nonwood floors: If you have vinyl or linoleum floors, you can wax them with specially designed polish to give them back their shine. For stone or tile floors, you can treat those with a paste or liquid wax that is designed for that material.
- Dust your home thoroughly: When dusting your home, start from the top and travel down, vacuuming the dust left on the floor. Make sure not to leave out ceiling fans and other hard-to-reach places.
Remember that after all your hard work, you will love having friends and family over to show off your clean home.