How-To Guide: Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Mira Roberts
How-To Guide: Spring Cleaning

Now that Spring has officially sprung, it’s time to get your apartment or townhome ready for the new season with a thorough and basic spring cleaning. Even if you regularly scrub, tidy and organize your home throughout the year, it’s important to give your space a deep clean once per season to make sure you keep your home looking and feeling its best!

Getting down to a deep Spring cleaning might sound like a lot of work, especially if you haven’t been putting a lot of elbow grease into places like your baseboards, bathtubs and bookshelves. If you arm yourself with a basic strategy and move methodically through the rooms of your home, you’ll find it’s much more achievable and maybe even satisfying!

We pride ourselves on being "details people" who love to keep our communities looking and feeling like home, and that means understanding the basics of a thorough and effective deep clean. Here’s our own How-To Guide for Spring Cleaning to get you started on a seasonal clean that will have your space feeling refreshed and revived just in time to let that bright sunshine in through your sparkling windows.

Whole Apartment Clean
Before you move room by room through your apartment or townhome, you’ll want to complete some basic cleaning tasks in all rooms. Start by dusting each room, including all shelves, along the tops of cabinets, along the legs of tables and, of course, your baseboards. After you’ve dusted from top to bottom (start at the top of shelving and cabinets, because dust will fall!), take out your vacuum and plan to vacuum all rugs and carpets. Break out your broom and mop, tackling floors before finishing by wiping down all handles, railings or knobs with a wet cloth dipped in soapy water.

Next, visit your kitchen and begin by cleaning out your dishwasher, refrigerator and cabinets. Empty the filter in your dishwasher before running a cup of white vinegar through a regular wash to clear out any remaining gunk or bacteria. Empty out your refrigerator and toss old or expired products. Then, wipe out all shelves and drawers and run racks through your dishwasher or under hot water. Next, clean out your pantry space and wipe down any cabinets that need extra love. Finish by thoroughly scrubbing your sink and grinding a few cut up pieces of lemon through your disposal to remove any unwanted scents.

Start by wiping down mirrors and any stainless steel fixtures, before diving into your medicine cabinet and tossing old, spoiled or expired products. Wipe down bathroom cabinets, and give your sink a good scrubbing. Clean your toilet bowl with a toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner, making sure to wipe down around the base of the toilet, as well. Finish up by giving your shower and tile a solid scrub down. Wipe down any water marks on your walls and run the bathroom fan for about 5-10 minutes when you’re finished.

Bedrooms/Living Areas
Remove all bedding, towels, throw blankets and linens from beds, couches, door hooks and chairs, and place all in a hot water wash. Replace winter bedding materials with lighter, spring and summer bedding. Pack up and store flannel sheets, wool blankets and other linens that you won’t use for several months. Remove cushions from couches and chairs and use the removable hose on your vacuum to suck up any fallen crumbs or dirt. If you have washable and removable slip covers, now is a perfect time to take them off and give them a good wash and dry before replacing them for the new season. Finally, move any patio plants that have been living indoors for winter back to your patio, and open windows to let the fresh, Spring air circulate. You’re finished!

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About the Author

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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