cleanersAs we roll headfirst into spring, many people are gearing up for the seasonal task of spring cleaning. Just because it has to be done doesn’t mean it has to be hard, though. To help you organize your chores, we’ve put together a helpful list of techniques based on marthastewart.com to make sure your home is bright and shiny in time for the summer sun.

Dust shelves – Remove all books, pictures and other items from all the shelves in your home. Use a feather duster to clear away menacing dust and use the crevice tool on your vacuum to reach into corners and other hard-to-reach spots. If appropriate, spray a wood or surface cleaner onto a paper towel and wipe the shelves down.

Wipe down walls and ceilings – Use a vacuum hose to remove dust and cobwebs from corners. Use a solvent-free degreaser to get rid of surface grime, especially in the kitchen.

Reseal grout lines – The material between the floor, wall and countertop tiles is often porous and dirties easily. Use a small foam brush to apply a penetrating grout sealer and prevent further staining.

Clean rugs – Vacuum rugs thoroughly. For synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings, use a rotary shampoo machine and hot-water extraction machine to wash. Get rugs without backings professionally cleaned.

Wash upholstered furnishings – Gently beat cushions with your hands outside to get rid of dust. Clean each furnishing according to care labels. You may also use your vacuum’s upholstery or crevice tool to clean under and between seat cushions.

Polish hardware – Surfaced like metal door handles and window hardware tend to get tarnished. Liquid polishes are great for medium-tarnished surfaces. For more stubborn tarnishes, try pastes and creams.

Dust thoroughly – Work from top to bottom of each room. Start with the tops of ceiling fans and window casings and use a vacuum to pick up any dust or debris that settles on the floor.

Update fire safety – Ensure that there are fresh batteries in every smoke detector (typically, you should change the batteries twice yearly) and clear dust and debris off of each unit.

Wash window treatments – Check labels to see if drapes and curtains are machine washable (many are). If not, you can take the treatments, including fabric shades, to the dry cleaners. Wooden blinds can be wiped with a damp cloth dipped and metal and vinyl blinds can be cleansed with warm water infused with a mild dishwashing liquid.

Clean window screens – Screens can be scrubbed down with a brush using warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. They should also be rinsed thoroughly and set out to dry.

Did you find these tips useful? Are there other techniques that you have used to spruce up your home for spring? Tell us about it.

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