Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget These 6 Things In Your Home!
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the warm weather and the great outdoors, but it’s also the favorite period to invite friends and family over. But, as much as this hurts to write, we will probably be spending most of spring indoors this year. Without any visitors. Either way, there’s no better time to deep clean every nook and cranny in your home. Who are we kidding? What else is there to do?
Spring is the time of year when most people go into somewhat of a “frenzy” to do some serious house cleaning. During the winter your windows and doors are mostly closed. The lack of airflow causes a higher degree of dirt and dust to get trapped. Your carpets, rugs and furniture fibers are basically filters that trap dirt and dust like there’s no tomorrow. But have no fear, some great tips are near!
At Mr. Timesaver, we’re built upon the importance of human help, giving people their valuable time back and committed to providing the highest level of quality and service. As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, we think it’s a good time to understand how cleaning and disinfecting your home can help prevent the spread of viruses and diseases and what you can do to reduce the risk of infection in your home. Remember, protecting yourself against COVID-19 begins at home.
In this blog we’ll share 6 important parts of your house that need to be cleaned asap. Of course, all parts of your home need your cleaning attention, but we’ll talk about the parts that need spring cleaning the most. These are the areas that tend to get the dirtiest in the house and are often overlooked, especially #2. We also included a bonus section to tackle disinfecting your home. Bye bye corona virus!
What do most people expect from spring cleaning your home?
Most people thoroughly clean their home in the springtime simply because it is habit or tradition they’ve developed. When your home has that clean feeling, you tend to feel better about yourself and appreciate your belongings more. It’s an opportunity to open your windows and let some fresh air flow through your home, something you’ve not been able to do since the late fall season.
Spring is about new beginnings and saying goodbye to the winter blues. Here’s a good starting point.
1. CLEAN YOUR WALLS
The walls are the primary thing when thinking about the most important parts of your house. People rarely include walls on their cleaning list yet it’s so important to the overall cleanliness of your home. It’s astonishing that a flat dry surface is able to catch so much dirt throughout the year. Taking the time to clean them at least once a year will make your whole home feel cleaner and fresher, longer.
TIP #1: Remember to dust along the ceiling corners with a broom or long duster.
2. FRESHEN UP YOUR CURTAINS
Curtains are to dust as fly catchers are to flies. They catch dust as if it were their main purpose. Most of the time we don’t even realize how dirty and dusty they are until we get really close to them (and open them dramatically to let some sun in). Your curtains require deep cleaning to prevent allergies. Some curtains can be laundered at home but some require dry cleaning or a larger washing machine than the one you have in your home. Most of the time however, it’s best to leave curtain cleaning to professionals. What better time to do this than during your spring cleaning period?
TIP #2: Mr. Timesaver cleans curtains too!
3. DON’T FORGET YOUR LAMPS & SHADES
It is very easy to see when dirt and dust build up on your lamps and shades. The good thing is that it really doesn’t take too long to clean them. Because it is deep cleaning season, do take off the shade and clean every part of your lamp and inside the shade thoroughly. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies with a duster first and then wipe them clean.
4. DEEP CLEANING YOUR CARPET(S) & RUG(S)
During the winter season, dirt and dust accumulates inside your home, being brought in under your shoes, on your clothes and even on pets. These end up on and in your carpet and rug. A good vacuum will remove most of the surface dirt and dust, but over time most of it will drop to the base of your carpet, which is difficult to remove with your domestic vacuum cleaner.
To keep your carpet in excellent condition you really need to get it professionally cleaned. The environmental protection agency suggests that carpets be cleaned every 6 to 12 months, especially if you have young children, elderly parents or anyone suffering from breathing disorders. Bacteria and dust mites live in dirty carpets and they may cause some health issues and allergies. Professional cleaning of your carpet/rug removes these unwelcome guests and dirt that reside in your carpet, and increases its lifespan. Learn more about our household textiles service (including carpets) here.
! Carpets & rugs are sometimes used interchangeably. But they are different. Carpets cover room floors and can’t be removed. Rugs can be rolled up and moved. For carpet cleaning, you can rent a cleaning machine at most hardware stores.
TIP #3: Mr. Timesaver picks up dirty rugs and delivers them back to you nice and clean!
5. WASHING YOUR COMFORTERS
If there’s one place you want to pay extra attention to when deep cleaning is your bedroom. We spend so much time in this area of the home so, we want it to be a relaxing and refreshing place to rest our heads at night. Pretty much all beds, comforters, and pillows have dust mites living on them. These are microscopic bugs that feed off of dead skin cells. The only way to keep these creatures under control is to wash your bed sheets on a regular basis. Otherwise, you may develop an allergy or a lowered immune system. Learn more about our bedroom textiles (including bed sheets) here.
6. CLEAN YOUR MATTRESS
Your mattress is covered by all your other bedding textiles so you would assume that it is clean(er). But just like the other textiles, it too is covered in sweat, dead skin cells, dust, & dust mites! When removing the mattress cover and sheets for washing, don’t forget to vacuum the mattress, deodorize it with some baking soda for a couple of hours, vacuum off the remaining baking soda, and let it air out before putting back your covers.
BONUS: MAKING AND KEEPING YOUR HOME CORONA VIRUS FREE
TIP #1 Disinfect high touch areas
These areas include door knobs, mobile phones, faucets, taps, light switches, remote controls, keys, toilets, and table tops. Use disinfectant wipes like Blue Wonder for most items and alcohol for electronics such as mobile phones.
Tip #2 Wipe down items brought into your home
These items are for example take out containers.
TIP #3 Leave your shoes at the door
Shoes are a bit more difficult to sanitize after each use. Just leave them at the front door!
TIP #4 Clean surface and then sanitize/disinfect!
Simply using disinfectant on a surface is not enough, since the virus has been shown to stay on surfaces for hours/days at a time. Clean the surface of dirt and organic material first, and then sanitize.
How can we help keep your home virus free?
At Mr. Timesaver, the health and safety of our customers and our team members has always been our highest priority. Since the COVID-19 outbreak we have taken a series of steps to ensure the safety of our customers and our team members. But how can we be of service to you throughout these crazy times we’re living in? For those of you who are choosing to stay at home, we encourage you to take advantage of our on-demand pickup and delivery service, which will enable you to have your laundry, dry cleaning, bedding, carpet/rug, curtains and household items cleaned without leaving your home.
In addition to that, the CDC states that the detergents and heat used in our cleaning processes will disinfect your items from Covid-19 as well as other seasonal viruses. We encourage you to stay home and know that we are here for you.
Spring cleaning is a big job but it feels so good when it’s finally done. Nowadays it’s even easier to check off everything on your to-clean-list. Mr. Timesaver picks up & delivers your items right at your door. Zero hassle, many fresh benefits. Take a deep breath in and let it out. Isn’t fresh air just lovely? Our services include curtain cleaning, carpet cleaning, washing and pressing of bed sheets, duvet cleaning and more! Check out our laundry, dry cleaning and other cleaning services here.
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