With everyone spending more time at home, we're all looking for productive ways to use our time. Many of our REALTORS® are using their extra time to tackle those deep cleaning chores that they never seem to have time to get to. Here are a few of their best tips.
- Freshen Up Your Bed
You probably wash your sheets regularly, but when was the last time you cleaned your bed? Start by stripping off all the bedding and laundering it. This includes comforters, duvet covers, bed skirts, shams, and pillows.
Using an extra spin cycle can help lower your drying times. Hang synthetic items outdoors and dry the rest in the dryer on low. Adding a few tennis balls to the dryer will help keep pillows from clumping. If thick comforters are too large for your home washing machine, you may need to make a trip to the laundromat.
Next, spread a thin layer of baking soda over your mattress. Let it sit for about two hours, and then vacuum it off. This will help get rid of any odor-causing bacteria. Now is also a good time to flip the mattress.
- Polish the Kitchen Cabinets
Wipe the dust off any exposed cabinet tops first. Then, clean and polish your cabinet doors using wood cleaner (for wood cabinets) or warm water mixed with a drop of dish soap (for painted or laminate cabinets). Also clean the door pulls so they're grime-free and shiny.
- Clean Ceiling Fans and AC Vents
Your AC vents and ceiling fans collect an amazing amount of dust. Start by pulling off the vent covers and wash them in warm soapy water. Then, turn to your ceiling fans.
A flexible static duster or specialized ceiling fan brush will make this job much easier. If you don't have one handy, use a pillowcase to remove the majority of the dust from each blade then finish cleaning them with a damp cloth.
- Refresh Trash Cans and Cleaning Tools
People rarely think about cleaning their trash cans and cleaning tools, but they're probably some of the dirtiest things in your home. Use a solution of bleach and warm water to clean and sanitize your trash cans, recycle bins, and wastebaskets.
Also wash reusable mop heads in the washing machine. Soak non-removable ones in hot water and detergent for at least 15 minutes then hang them up to dry. Do the same with your brooms, dustpans, and scrub brushes. Throw away any used sponges and replace them with new ones.
- Clean Windows and Window Treatments
Clean your windows inside and out. Also clean the window sill and window tracks. Make sure to remove any gunk that has built up in the corners of the window frames.
Take down any drapes and wash them or put them in the dryer for a few minutes to fluff them up. Wipe down the rods and rings and then hang them back up. Save yourself the hassle of taking down blinds. Instead, simply vacuum them with a brush attachment. If they're very dirty, wipe them down with a vinegar and water solution.
- Deep Clean Your Kitchen Appliances
Wipe down the fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher from top to bottom. Remove everything from the fridge and defrost the freezer. Use the vacuum to clean out the refrigerator coils and vent.
- Clean the Floors and Floorboards
Lastly, clean all of your floors and dust the floorboards. Start by vacuuming the floorboards to remove dust, then wipe them down with a solution of warm water, dish soap, and vinegar. When it's time to clean your floors, take the time to learn the best cleaning methods for each flooring type. You may also want to consider having your carpets and area rugs professionally cleaned.
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