spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier
in the year now await you ó a seemingly never-ending
list of chores.
not everyone has the time or energy to scrub their house
from top to bottom. For those who need to abbreviate
this seasonal ritual, housecleaners say the following
areas are the most essential:
think the thing people have the hardest time keeping up
with is the baseboards," says John Crum, owner of
Crum Cleaning in Kansas City, Mo.
clean your baseboards, first vacuum or sweep the area.
Then, take a cloth or sponge and a cleaning solution ó
a combination of soap and water, vinegar or a wood
cleaner ó and wipe down the baseboards.
to Crum, homeowners often forget to dust ceiling lights
and fans because theyíre out of reach. Others may
choose not to clean them because the job sometimes
requires a ladder.
Keashon, owner of Arbor Cleaning Services in
Feasterville, Pa., adds that homeowners forget to clean
off the top of their kitchen cabinets.
kitchen cabinets, you normally see people put plants and
decorations up there," she says. "They never
even think of going up there (to clean)."
says her company always cleans cabinet tops when
completing a spring cleaning, as dust accumulates
who donít want to climb atop a ladder can purchase a
longer dusting wand made specifically for high fixtures
says walls are another neglected space when it comes to
homeowners face more challenges when washing walls
because the proper method can vary based on whether
walls are painted and the paint type used.
you donít know what type of paint adorns your walls,
youíre best off using dish soap and water to softly
wipe them down. This also works for walls that arenít
painted, such as those covered in wallpaper. Donít
scrub too hard or the paint may fade.
to Crum, many people neglect the harder-to-reach areas,
such as behind the refrigerator, oven, washer and dryer,
because they take more time to clean. But once a year,
you should take the extra time to move your appliances
and clean behind and underneath them, as dirt, crumbs
and dust accumulate in these places.
you have a cat, itís possible you may find bread
clips, hair ties or other items that have been batted
under your appliances as well.
says that most people assume the inside of their
cabinets remain perfectly clean because theyíre only
opened to remove or put away dishes. However, these
areas collect grime over time.
recommends removing all dishes and wiping down the
cabinets once a year.