Now that spring has officially sprung, we can start taking advantage of the longer daylight hours and warmer weather. As the weather in the Northeast gets milder, and we open up windows that have been locked shut since winter’s first frost, we need to think about what we need to do to clean up our apartments and make the indoors as fresh as it is outdoors.
C.A.B. Group has compiled a list of 5 essential apartment-cleaning tips to implement as part of your 2017 spring-cleaning. After tackling the following items, your apartment will look, feel and be a healthier and cleaner home for you to enjoy.
1. Clean your carpet
Allergists routinely recommend removing carpets to avoid allergens in your home. Since spring is known for being notoriously bad for allergies, be sure to clean your carpets thoroughly using a steam vacuum or carpet shampooer with extractor. Dust mites and allergens have accumulated in your carpet over the past several months and it is imperative to remove them in order to make your apartment allergen free.
Not only will your apartment look and feel fresh with a clean carpet, but also it will help keep your allergies at bay this allergy season.
2. Clean your windows
With mild weather, come open windows. The first time you unlock your windows and open them to let the fresh spring air in, you’ll no-doubt find dirt, debris and even bugs on the inside of your windowsill. All you need is an all-purpose cleaner and some paper towels to tackle that nasty mess. For your window glass, experts recommend a strip applicator to soak up a lot of warm soapy water to be generously applied to the window glass. Follow with a squeegee to remove the suds off of the windowpane.
3. Vacuum – EVERYWHERE
Studies show that the average American home will collect more than 6-pounds of dust every year. That’s a lot of dust, pet hair, pollen, mold and dust mites. Get out a powerful vacuum, preferably one with a HEPA filter, and get to vacuuming. Dust and dirt are hidden everywhere in your home, so get low, get high, and get in-between any and everything.
4. Sanitize your oven
This one is fairly easy. Most ovens now have a self-cleaning feature that makes it a piece of cake to clean. The reason we recommend you do this in the spring is due to the fumes that can quickly fill a small apartment or condo. Be sure to open your windows and remove birds and small pets from the space during this time.
To prevent your oven racks from discoloring, be sure to remove them prior to starting your oven self-clean. Fill your kitchen sink with hot soapy water and let oven racks soak for the duration of the oven self-cleaning, usually 4 hours. Once the self-cleaning feature has finished, simply take a damp paper towel and wipe the debris that’s accumulated on the bottom of your oven.
5. Clean your mattress
You spend about a third of your life on your mattress. As one of your most-used pieces of furniture, your mattress probably sees a vacuum cleaner less than your living room sofa or chair. The first obvious step to cleaning your mattress is to strip it of all sheets and bedding and throw them in the wash. Once all bedding is in the washing machine, vacuum the entire mattress surface with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Be sure to really get in all the crevices and seams of your mattress, as these are the places where dirt, dust, dead skin and dust mites collect.
After a fastidious vacuuming, check for stains and treat them with a spot cleaner. We love Shout Laundry Stain Remover spray. It can be used on almost anything, and it does the job. Next, deodorize your mattress with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of your mattress and let it set for a few hours. Once it’s absorbed the odors, go at your mattress again with your vacuum’s crevice tool. If you don’t already own a mattress cover, we strongly recommend that you invest in one. Mattress covers will prevent spills, odors and debris from getting into your mattress. We recommend one that covers the entire mattress, top and bottom, that zips closed and that can be thrown in the washing machine with your sheets and bedding.
If you follow these 5 steps every spring, you’ll not only enjoy the benefits of a cleaner home, but reduce allergens and their resulting effects.