Tackle traditional spring cleaning now...enjoy spring laterby Millers Furniture on 2019-02-15 15:04:18
It's mid-February, and hopefully we've put the brunt of the snowstorms and polar vortexes behind us here in Ohio. But chances are, we still have at least a month left of the kind of weather that will keep us indoors. That's what makes winter such a great time to tackle those occasional household cleaning chores—the ones you only do once or twice a year (or less frequently if you're like most busy people). The good news is, if you check even just a few of these tasks off your to-do list now, you won't have to worry about them when the weather's nice. In this article, we'll discuss a few ideas for thoroughly cleaning your home's interior and furniture so that come spring, you'll be able to devote your time to outdoor activities.
You may not be able to see it, but upholstered furniture collects a great deal of dust, so regular vacuuming with an upholstery tool or soft bristle attachment will help keep the dust under control. For leather, use a soft cloth to remove dust and to buff the leather, or a damp soft cloth to gently remove surface dirt. Rotate and flip couch or loveseat cushions if possible to help ensure even wear. Read more about upholstered furniture care here. While your vacuum cleaner's out, vacuum beneath and behind furniture to get rid of accumulated dust and debris.
Occasional tables and entertainment and media stands can acquire grime that doesn't always come off with regular dusting—especially if you enjoy food or drinks in your living room. For hardwood furniture, we recommend Guardsman®Deep Clean Purifying Wood Cleaner to remove any greasy or sticky residue or stubborn stuck-on food. Hardwood furniture can be polished using Guardsman Clean & Polish, which is silicone-free and offers the added benefit of providing UV sunblock to help protect the wood from discoloration. For more information about cleaning your hardwood furniture, read our past blog article. Furniture made from man-made materials can be cleaned with a slightly damp soft cloth, concentrating on grimy areas, and then dried with a dry cloth.
Launder any machine-washable bedding, including mattress pads and pillow covers (if removable), in water as hot as allowable according to the instruction care tags. In addition to bedding, most pillows can be tossed in the dryer for 30 minutes to help reduce dust and dust mites (but check the care instructions first).
While your bedding is removed, vacuum your mattress using a mattress tool if your vacuum cleaner includes one (an upholstery tool or soft bristle attachment will work fine otherwise) to help eliminate dust. Then rotate the mattress 180 degrees and flip it if you have the type of mattress that can be flipped. If you have an upholstered headboard or footboard, vacuum the upholstery in addition to your mattress.
Your bedroom furniture likely receives a regular dusting, but over time fingerprints can contribute to smudges that are difficult to remove with dusting, so wiping your furniture down with a soft, damp cloth followed by a soft, dry cloth should help remove smudges. Hardwood bedroom furniture can be polished occasionally using Guardsman Clean & Polish.
Clean your dining room furniture, including table and chair legs, with a soft, damp cloth followed by a soft, dry cloth. If your dining furniture is hardwood, we recommend Guardsman Deep Clean Purifying Wood Cleaner to remove any greasy or sticky residue or stuck-on food. Hardwood dining furniture can also be polished occasionally using Guardsman Clean & Polish to help restore it's natural beauty.
It's amazing how many crumbs and dust particles end up in your kitchen cabinets and drawers, especially considering that dishes and utensils going into them are clean. Now's a great time to get your cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, and freezer cleaned out and organized. You might be the kind of person who enjoys putting on some energizing music and tackling your entire kitchen in one shot. But if that sounds overwhelming to you, divide the task into manageable segments, cleaning a couple drawers, cabinets, or refrigerator or pantry shelves at a time. Before you know it, your kitchen will be clean and organized, enabling you to work more efficiently there.
If you have the type of cabinets that don't extend to the ceiling, give the tops a thorough dusting, as well as the top of your refrigerator if you don't have cabinets above it.
It doesn't take long for shower curtain liners—or even the curtains themselves—to start sporting soap scum or mildew. A simple toss in the washer and dryer should help fabric shower curtains and liners look like new. Adding bleach to your wash cycle (if the fabric allows) is a good way to get rid of any mildew. Plastic or vinyl liners can also be tossed in the washer on warm with a small load of towels, which will help protect the plastic curtain during agitation. Using regular laundry detergent and adding a cup of distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle should help combat mildew on plastic curtains.
Winter is also a great time to clean out your bathroom shelves, vanities, and cabinets, giving everything a thorough cleaning and dusting. Before you put things back in place, discard any health and beauty items or cosmetics you no longer use. Expired or unused medications from the medicine cabinet require special care and should be discarded properly. The FDA's website has some helpful information about discarding different types of unused medications, which can be found here.
Winter is a perfect time to reduce the amount of dust in your home in order to achieve healthier indoor air quality. Vacuum drapes and curtains with an upholstery tool, or launder them if possible. Dust shelves, blinds, window shades, window sills, lampshades, light fixtures, chandeliers, and light bulbs throughout your home, and vacuum or dust return-air vent grates. Don't forget to dust ceiling fan blades, making sure your fans are set to rotate clockwise for winter to help push heat down into your rooms.
For most of us, tackling the big cleaning projects isn't the most fun or exciting thing to do. But getting those tasks out of the way now means you'll have more time this spring and summer to enjoy being outdoors, and you can feel good knowing that your home's interior and furniture are once again looking their best, and that your indoor environment is a little healthier!