Let's briefly look at how spring cleaning became global from its historical roots. Statistically, the idea of cleaning and getting your home set for cleaning started back in the Persian Era. They observe the ritual by cleaning the entire house anticipating the next day. (This marked their New Year, March 21, the first day of their spring).
In other traditions like the Jews, they also had a practice of cleaning the house before Passover. It was because the tradition forbade food eating or drinks with fermented yeasts, thereby allowing flowers thoroughly clean their houses.
Similarly, the Chinese tradition also observed spring cleaning. They believed and still do, that thorough cleaning helps remove the past year's ill-luck and create room for New Year's good fortune.
While they are various origins of spring cleaning, the habit is common through all cultures. Also, most people living in modern society overlook the need to clean their homes as much as they did e.g. centuries ago.
To date, many people believe their home doesn't get as much dirty, gritty, oily, smoky or sooty as in archaic houses. Because they assume vacuum cleaners and washing machines prevents the majority of the dirt from coming in.
There’s a catch though; most homes today are airtight – they can be difficult to breathe fresh air due to the atmospheric pollution caused by chemicals and gases (from floor waxes artificial carpets, and furniture glasses).
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a modern or traditional house, it needs fresh air and sunlight, which is gotten during general cleaning.
Things needed for a spring clean
By now you know why and when to clean your home during spring, all you need now is the right equipment that gets the job done. Listed below is a checklist which prepares you for your house cleaning this spring:
•A vacuum cleaner: if you prefer quick vacuuming, then a compact cordless will do, one you can move around within your home. However, since the focus here is spring cleaning, then a bagged vacuum would be a better option.
•A clean cloth: this comes handy when you want to clean under appliances without moving them out.
•A rubber glove: this also comes handy because of the volume of cleaning depending on how big your house is, so keep that in mind.
•A microfiber glove: this kind of glove also helps in furniture cleaning, mirrors, fan blades and more.
•A bucket: you will need a bucket for storing the water you would use for both rinsing and cleaning.
•An all-purpose cleaner: this will come handy when you want to clean your windows and tiles. Also, a detergent that would help disinfect the vital parts once you're done with the cleaning.
•An anti-bacterial kitchen spray: this is the best cleaning agent for your kitchen. It is specifically built to clean stoves, ovens, tiles, and walls.
•A mop: this will be very important, especially for wiping out spills fast. Although vacuums can be used for cleaning the floor, you would also need a broom and a dustpan for a thorough clean.
•A microfiber squeegee scrubber: this dual-sided tool is mainly used for removing soap scum and water spots. The squeegee portion helps in removing the liquid for a cleaner surface, while the scrubber portion helps in spreading the cleaning solution that lifts off the dirt.
Beginner’s Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning
Now you have an idea of what spring cleaning is, the necessary equipment needed, now it's where you'd start. Truth be told, nothing phenomenal, it's just about how you clean your house. Listed below are tips to get you started:
Clear out things
Generally, when doing any form of cleaning, the first thing you do is to create space so the cleaning is easy and fast. So in this case, you decide what needs to be moved and was should be kept. However, since it’s a spring clean, you wouldn’t want old things put back in place, so you can donate properties you aren’t using anymore.
Also, store away things you will be using later in a closet. Like your clothes or other necessary things. Usually, if you have clothes you haven’t used or worn over a year, you can get rid of it.
Focus on a room per time
After you must have decluttered the whole house, get all the cleaning equipment together. What you would then do is to tackle one room at a time! – It makes the cleaning thorough while keeping you focused.
The ideal place most people start in is their bedroom. So, you can start with your bedroom and move on to your living room and so on. You can also stop and continue the next morning.
The reason is that working in blocked time frames helps you focus more and get the job done. But if you feel very energetic, then you can take all the rooms a day.
Allow ventilation on your mattress while you vacuum
Ventilation is vital in spring cleaning. It helps kill millions of wood mites. You can start in your bedroom by stripping the sheets of your bed and taking the mattress outside for proper ventilation.
Furthermore, you can also sprinkle some baking soda on it and let dry outside. Also, you can vacuum the mattress and slip to the other side, repeat.
Before you start vacuuming, open your windows wide so that crisp air can circulate in your room. Once this is set in motion, you can begin vacuuming, sweeping and moping.
When it’s time to vacuum your rugs or carpet, make sure you turn the back and vacuum its edges and corners. Be patient with your flooring. The longer you take, the more thorough cleaning which removes 90% of dirt and allergens.
Focus your attention on abandoned areas
Asides from the regular vacuuming, you also should emphasize the difficult places you always ignore during your daily cleaning. For instance, since you know the crevice behind the water closet is one of these ignored spots. You can use a toothbrush and some vinegar solution to scrub the tiny crevices behind the toilet.
Fans and windows
You also would have to vacuum your window drapes, shades, and blinds. There are cleaning agents that work best on your windows, like commercial cleaners. Mix a solution of vinegar and warm water or a commercial cleaner for fans, and windows.
In the kitchen, the main objects needing cleaning are the oven, kitchen sink, and the fridge among other things. Also, ensure you check your fridge for expired cans because there probably would be something you might not have touched for a long time.
So check and discard them after finding expired ones. Then you can spray the inside of the fridge with water and vinegar as you use a clean cloth to wipe it down. Once everything is clean you then return everything to the fried in an orderly manner.
You can place the condiments on the door of your fridge which is preferably the least cold area. Then place your veggies and fruits at the bottom as they tend to have high humidity. Perishable items go in the middle as it's the coldest.
While still in the kitchen, take out the gas/stove and fridge as you thoroughly scrub the floor underneath. Your microwaves or ovens might not need much cleaning especially if you don't have time to scrub your microwaves every other week.
Here’s what you do to your microwave: get two cups of water in a bowl with lemon water, and switch on the oven for ten minutes. Then brush the rack, ceiling, and wall with a clean cloth. Then repeat, but this time a cup of white vinegar and warm water.
After this, you can add an extra cup of water in the bowl and turn the oven back!
The bathroom and then the basement
Most people despise cleaning their bathroom, but the truth is your bathroom also needs a thorough cleaning during spring!
First, you would need to use the all-purpose cleaner, a toilet bowl, a brush, and paper towels among others. Then pour the cleaning agent into the bowl and apply on every possible place in your toilet as you scrub gently.
Try to touch every part from your water closet, sink, wall, bathtub, mirror, and other parts.
While for your basement all you would need to clear out the things inside first before cleaning. Once you do that then you commence cleaning!
With the basement done, you’re done with the spring cleaning. While these may take you two to three days to complete, once you get used to it, you would easily clean the whole house in a day or two.
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