Whether you are spring or fall cleaning, or perhaps your home has attained the “I just can’t take it anymore” level (we’ve all been there), here’s how to provide your home a full deep clean. It’s less difficult than you could imagine. Begin with half a dozen basic cleaning techniques, then deal with a few room-specific tasks, and you’ll have a home that goes by any white-glove examination in not much time.
1. Declutter Just a little. Get a new spot for — or in addition to this, remove — something that doesn’t fit in in the space but is seen. (Save the stuff nowadays for another day. You won’t want to get confused.) Clearing the mess makes deep cleaning less complicated, plus viewing those tidy areas provides you with the oomph to maintain heading.
2. Begin High, Go Low. Deal with the large, hard-to-reach surfaces in this order: ceiling, ceiling trim, ceiling light fittings (including bulbs), walls, all of those other trim, and baseboards. The most effective device is a clean microfiber mop or duster with a telescopic handle. (They’re so slim you may get at the rear of the sofa without shifting it.) Above eye level, a spritz of water is all you need on the mop. But below, where there is real dirt plus dust, use hot water combined with a small amount of dish soap. (In bathrooms, give a little white wine vinegar to prevent mold.) The place where a mop is awkward, utilize a microfiber cloth. Wash frequently and shake carefully.
3. Yep, You Do Windows. It’s not really that poor, and the payback is big. First, vacuum the sills and tracks. Then spray the window with cleaner all the way through. Allow the cleaner do its thing for a minute, then squeegee it away. If you clean in one direction on inside windows and another on outside ones, be more successful to find out and fix streaks.
4. Beautify Those Window Treatments. Save yourself the problem of taking down blinds or shades. Whatever you really need to do is vacuum cleaner them using the clean attachment. And instead of washing and ironing curtains, just fluff them in the dryer for a few moments (while you wipe off the rod and rings). Then hang them right back up.
5. Say goodbye to the Dust. Remove all leftover hard surfaces (wood furniture, shelves, built-ins, etc.) utilizing an oil distillate-free, beeswax-based wood cleaner. (Try Williamsville Wax, $6.25; hfstaples.com.) If you believe the requirement for speed, place a clean cotton tube sock on your dominant hand and move objects with the other. Finally, take a lint roller to the lampshades.