Spring aka allergy season is here! Spring cleaning your home is important, especially if you are an allergy sufferer. Instead of dreading it, follow these 10 tips :
Make A Schedule:
What areas need most work? These are the best places to start. From there have a plan for when you are tackling each room and stick to it.
De-clutter (see our de-cluttering blog post here)
Did you know a disorganized home can lead to higher stress levels? Set aside some time to organize your rooms, throw out junk, etc. You’ll be surprised how fresh you feel!
Work from Top to Bottom
Start from the ceiling down. This will force dust and debris downward to avoid having to re-do anything. If you have a vacuum with an extension hose, make use of it to get cobwebs and dust from the ceiling.
If you don’t already own a HEPA vacuum it may be a good idea to invest in one. A HEPA vacuum catches particles you can’t even see. It traps pet dander, allergens, and all household particles in your home. Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust, but it will also remove allergens and impurities from your air.
If you don’t have a HEPA vacuum, look for one with attachments, like dusting brushes and crevice tools, and hoses that can be used to clean any location.
When you Spring Clean, Think Green
A steam cleaner is one of the best green products because it only use hot water vapor. You can clean your tile, hard floors, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, furniture, etc.
Another great cleaning combination is white distilled vinegar, baking soda, and water.
Don’t Forget Your Walls and Windows
People almost always clean their floors, but they typically forget about walls and windows. Not all dust settles on the floor and other surfaces. Just use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds (starting from the top). Remove and wipe down the window screens outside.
Kitchen and Bathroom
Here are a few tips for these trouble areas:
- Wipe down cabinets
- Go through pantry and refrigerator, wipe selves, throw away old items.
- Change your shower curtain
- Go through your cosmetics drawer and/or medicine cabinet and throw away expired items.
Clean the Air You Breathe!
Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important and overlooked parts of spring cleaning. In fact, replacing a standard filter with a more robust one with a high MERV rating will help keep you healthier as you enter spring.
Have Allergies? Protect Yourself!
Cleaning will unsettle all the winter dust. If you suffer from allergies be sure to wear rubber gloves, masks, and even a hair net.
Spring Cleaning Will Set A New Tone
Spruce up your decor with refreshing, bright colors to give your home that springtime feel! Replace items such as bedding, towels, table linens are a great way to freshen up your rooms.