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What’s on Your Spring Cleaning Checklist?

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With sunny spring days making an appearance, it’s time to throw open the windows and air out the house. Many people find this time of year energizing and take this opportunity to do a thorough, detailed spring cleaning of their house to really freshen things up and enjoy the new season. Nothing feels more revitalizing than a clean house!  

All too often though a project on this scale quickly loses steam as you realize that tackling the whole house can be a little overwhelming. It’s not the same as doing your usual daily chores, after all. If you’re hoping to deep clean your house top to bottom and see it through to the end, you need a plan. This will help you identify what needs to be done in each room and organize the work into manageable chunks so you don’t miss anything and can complete tasks in the best order without losing momentum.

To help you do the job right, we’ve created this comprehensive spring cleaning checklist. Use this as your cleaning plan foundation. You can tailor it to suit your own needs by adding or removing tasks as needed. And follow the spring cleaning tips we’ve included to really help you make the most of your spring cleaning!

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

It helps to concentrate on specific areas of your house one at a time while cleaning so you’re not running back and forth or missing things. We’ve divided up this checklist according to different areas and tasks to help you focus your efforts and stay organized for the quickest, more efficient cleaning.

Living Areas

Tip: Start every room by decluttering. It’s much easier to clean when everything is in its place. Best cleaning practices say to work from top to bottom, so any dust and debris that fall from high up surfaces don’t dirty already clean surfaces. If you are not sure a cleaning product is suitable on a surface, test it on an inconspicuous spot and wait a few minutes to see if it bleaches or stains.

Ceilings

Tip: For the safest cleaning, use dusters with extendable handles rather than climbing on ladders to clean hard to reach places.

  • Dust crown molding
  • Dust ceiling corners
  • Dust ceiling fans

Fixtures, Walls, and Windows

  • Dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings
  • Wash doors, including scuff marks
  • Wash walls
  • Touch up paint
  • Vacuum or launder window curtains
  • Wash window blinds
  • Clean windows and sills

Tip: Different paint finishes require different cleaning techniques. Always research the best way to clean your walls so you don’t damage them.

Furniture and Electronics

  • Wipe down and vacuum furniture (clean the base and under cushions)
  • Condition leather furniture
  • Remove stains from upholstered furniture
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Vacuum and wash lampshades, replace light bulbs
  • Dust electronics
  • Organize electronics and accessories
  • Disinfect remote controls and gaming devices

HVAC and Detectors

  • Change air/furnace filter
  • Replace batteries in the smoke detector
  • Replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
  • Schedule chimney sweep services

Floors

  • Dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
  • Clean air vents
  • Shake out rugs and vacuum or clean under them
  • Vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges and under furniture
  • Deep clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, etc. floors
  • Shampoo carpet (yourself or schedule a professional)

Kitchen

Tip: Kitchens see a lot of grease build-up. Plenty of commercial cleaners claim to cut through grease, but often all you need is already right there in your kitchen! Most greasy surfaces just need a mixture of dishwashing liquid, baking soda, and white vinegar to tackle the toughest grease.

Appliances

  • Clean the microwave inside and out
  • Deep clean the dishwasher
  • Clean and organize the freezer inside and out
  • Clean and organize the refrigerator inside and out
  • Replace the refrigerator water filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Clean the hood vent and change filter if needed
  • Clean stove top burners
  • Clean the oven inside and out
  • Clean  and disinfect coffee maker and other small appliances

Cabinets and Pantry

  • Organize plasticware and storage containers
  • Clean and reorganize kitchen cabinets and drawers
  • Straighten cups, mugs, and glasses, and eliminate extras
  • Straighten plates, bowls, and other dishes, and eliminate extras
  • Deep clean and polish cabinet doors and handles
  • Clean and organize pantry; discard old food

Other Surfaces

  • Clean backsplash tile and touch up paint on walls
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light fixtures, and pulls
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen table and chairs
  • Clean and disinfect the garbage disposal
  • Clean and disinfect the sink, faucet, and handles
  • Clean and disinfect all counters
  • Clean and disinfect the trash can
  • Deep clean floors

Dining Room

Like we’ve said before, work from the top down— you don’t want dust on your clean dining room table!

  • Remove unnecessary clutter
  • Dust crown molding and wall corners
  • Clean light fixtures and wash globes or shades
  • Dust and polish wood cabinets
  • Clean and organize hutch cabinets and drawers
  • Dust and clean windows and window treatments
  • Scrub walls
  • Clean and disinfect light switches and outlets
  • Wash table linens
  • Wash chair cushions
  • Disinfect table and wipe down all chairs, including legs and underneath
  • Dust baseboards
  • Remove rug, shake, vacuum, and clean floor before replacing the rug

Tip: Tired of dusty baseboards? Next time, dust them with a dryer sheet from your laundry supplies. This leaves a coating on them that prevents the static that attracts dust in the first place!

Bathrooms

Tips: Keep separate cleaning supplies for the bathrooms so there is no cross contamination to other rooms. Always read the instructions for cleaning chemicals carefully before use, as some can create dangerous fumes if mixed. Better yet, use only natural cleaning products that are both effective and safe!

Ceiling and walls

  • Clean air vents and exhaust fan
  • Clean light fixtures and wash globe(s)
  • Clean and disinfect light switches
  • Dust and clean windows, inside and out
  • Scrub walls
  • Wash all towels

Cabinets and Vanity

  • Wipe down cabinets, knobs, towel racks, and toilet paper holder
  • Polish wood cabinets
  • Clean, organize, and declutter cabinets and drawers
  • Clean, organize, and declutter bathroom closet
  • Toss old beauty products and expired makeup
  • Clean mirror
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Polish faucets
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders
  • Wash bathroom cups
  • Clean and refill soap dish and/or pump
  • Unclog and refill lotion dispensers

Toilet and Tub/Shower

  • Scrub and disinfect toilet, including around base, under the seat, and around hinges
  • Remove rust from toilet seat screws
  • Tighten toilet seat hinges
  • Scrub the bathtub and/or shower
  • Clean shower head
  • Clean shower caddy
  • Clean bath toys
  • Clean shower curtain and liner
  • Clean shower door frame
  • Clean shower glass
  • Clean plastic strip at the bottom of a glass shower door

Floor

  • Wash trash can (inside and out)
  • Wash floor mat
  • Mop and hand scrub floors, including grout lines, corners, and moldings

Laundry Room

  • Dust crown molding and wall corners
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Empty washing machine drain pump
  • Dust behind and underneath washer and dryer
  • Wash walls
  • Clean inside washing machine
  • Clean and organize contents on shelving
  • Eliminate unnecessary cleaning products
  • Install organizers to hold cleaning products
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switch plates
  • Dust floor molding
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Reseal tile grout

Bedrooms

Tip: Make each family member in charge of picking up and putting away things in their own bedrooms, including laundry. You can assign children age-appropriate tasks to help spring clean their bedrooms to learn responsibility and give you a little break.

Ceiling and walls

  • Dust ceiling, corners, and crown moldings
  • Dust ceiling fan
  • Dust window sills and wash windows
  • Clean light fixtures and light globes
  • Dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Clean door, including scuff marks
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switch plates

Furniture and Linens

  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Dust lamps
  • Vacuum lamp shades
  • Clean and organize your dresser
  • Clean and organize nightstand(s)
  • Flip and rotate your mattress
  • Clean under your bed
  • Wash bedsheets
  • Wash pillows

Closet and Toys

  • Declutter and reorganize closets
  • Switch seasonal clothing and donate unneeded items
  • Clean and organize outgrown clothing
  • Sanitize toys, gaming systems, and stuffed animals
  • Sort and categorize kid toys

Floors

  • Dust baseboards and remove scuff marks
  • Vacuum carpet, including edges and under furniture
  • Shampoo carpet

Tip: As you sort through old clothes, toys, and other closet items, keep a bag or box on hand to place gently used items to donate or give away later.

Office/Command Center

  • Dust the ceiling, corners, and light fixtures
  • Declutter and organize paperwork
  • Clean out files and shred unneeded documents
  • Clean and disinfect your computer, keyboard, and mouse
  • Dust and wash windows
  • Clean and organize desk drawers
  • Dust and polish wood furniture
  • Dust bookshelves
  • Dust baseboards and vacuum or clean floor

Tip: A good paper shredder makes fast work of disposing of old, confidential papers.

The Deepest Clean Ever

If you want the best cleaning your home has ever seen, use this spring cleaning checklist or your own version of it with our spring cleaning hacks so you don’t miss a thing. Nothing beats a sparkling clean home just in time for spring time. And once your home is deep cleaned, it will require less daily cleaning to keep it that way, giving you more time to get out and enjoy the warm weather.

Still not confident you can tackle spring cleaning yourself? Get some help from the professionals. Dust to Dazzle Maids have been cleaning homes in Texas and Louisiana for over 30 years. Clients hire us year after year to do their spring cleaning because we do a professional, meticulous job every time that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning homeowner.

Our employees are expertly trained as well as insured and bonded. Our work is 100% guaranteed. If you are not completely satisfied with our work, we will return and fix it.

If you want the deepest clean guaranteed, request a quote from Dust to Dazzle maids today and find out more about how we can save you the trouble of spring cleaning yourself and still get the results you want.