THIS MONTH’S TIPS: 

YOUR 2018 SPRING CLEANING LIST

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to give your home a good deep clean. While spring cleaning may not be everybody’s idea of a fun time, the end result is worth the work when you have a sparkling clean home in which to kick back and relax.

Follow these room-by-room, step-by-step spring cleaning instructions from the experts at ServiceMaster of Allentown to refresh all the rooms in your home for the year ahead. From the big stuff like carpet cleaning to finding those easy-to-miss areas, these spring cleaning tips will have your home feeling like new in no time.

KITCHEN, LAUNDRY ROOM, AND BATHROOMS
Kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms tend to be places where germs, bacteria, and mold are most likely to build up in your home, so you want to give these rooms a particularly thorough cleaning. When tackling spring cleaning in your kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms, check each of the following items off your list:

Change filters
Locate and change the water filter in your refrigerator, the filter in your hood vent, and all air filters.

Clean appliances
While the refrigerator is an obvious target for spring cleaning, don’t forget about your microwave, dishwasher, oven, washer and dryer, and smaller appliances. Inspect and clean around all your appliances to remove excess dirt and debris and check for signs of water or electrical damage.

Disinfect hard surfaces
Clear off all your countertops so you can reach areas that haven’t been disinfected for some time. You can also restore grout lines to get rid of stains. Disinfect all toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs.

Organize cupboards
There are likely items in your kitchen and bathroom cupboards that you no longer need. Take this opportunity to declutter and better organize these spaces.

Clean bathmats and shower curtains
Aside from the towels, bathroom accessories often get overlooked during routine cleaning. Take the time now to clean your shower curtain, bathmats, and toilet seat covers to keep germs from flourishing.

LIVING AND DINING ROOMS
Living and dining rooms are enjoyed by the entire family and all of your guests, so these rooms tend to need frequent cleaning. Beyond the quick tidying up that you do on a routine basis, deep clean your living and dining rooms by following four basic steps:

Dust thoroughly
There are probably areas of your living and dining rooms that haven’t been dusted in a long time, like ceiling fans, lamp shades, crown moldings, wall hangings, mirror edges, and hard-to-reach shelves. A good rule of thumb when dusting is always to dust high to low.

Treat upholstery
If your vacuum has the proper attachments, use them to clean your sofas, cushions, and other textile surfaces. For the deepest clean on a schedule and budget that works for you, let the experts at ServiceMaster Clean handle upholstery cleaning for you.

Organize possessions
Decluttered living and dining rooms simply look and feel better. Replace the toys, DVDs, games, books, papers, clothing, and other items that are lying around to their appropriate places.

Clean the carpets and floors
While routine sweeping and vacuuming can help control the dirt, grime, and germs that floors, carpets, and area rugs collect, all the flooring in your home should be deep cleaned at least once a year to thoroughly remove allergens and properly maintain your floors. Sweep and mop all hard floors as appropriate, clean and vacuum underneath furniture, and shampoo and dry your carpets. Clean each area rug following the manufacturer’s instructions.

BEDROOMS
Bedrooms are our personal sanctuaries and need an extra bit of TLC during spring cleaning to keep them as clean and comfy as possible. In addition to all of the cleaning tips above, follow these steps to deep clean your bedrooms for spring:

Refresh your entire bed
Beyond laundering and changing out your bed sheets and pillow cases, properly clean your blankets, comforters, and mattress pad following the manufacturers’ instructions. Spot clean your mattress and pillows as needed, and allow them to dry completely. If you can, flip and rotate your mattress, and finish by cleaning underneath your bed.

Clear out your closet
Fold and put away all your clothing, shoes, and accessories. If your closets are low on space, consider donating some of your unused clothing to charity, which will make organizing what you have left much easier.

Declutter for better sleep
Bedroom clutter can make it harder to fall asleep. To get a better night’s rest, keep your bedroom as tidy and organized as possible. Remove or put away anything that may disturb your sleep, especially electronics and work-related items.

Of course, not everybody has the time to give their homes a thorough spring cleaning. If you need help deep cleaning your home, the experts at ServiceMaster of Allentown can help. Contact us to customize a home cleaning plan for spring, and let your house shine without lifting a finger.