Written by: Dan Weisman
After last week’s Spring Cleaning post, we asked the FlipKey team for their tidying tips, and the most common response was: “Hire a cleaning service!” There are some parts of a spring clean that you will have to do yourself (organizing your belongings and throwing out stuff that you don’t need anymore), but don’t be afraid to call in the professionals when you get to the scrubbing, dusting, and shampooing of a deep clean. It’s no sign of weakness to let the pros handle the serious grime while you focus on getting your rental ready for this season’s guests!
If you are going to take on the challenge independently, here are some tips to keep cleaning under control:
Start at the top
Use gravity to your advantage by starting on the top floor and working your way down. Also, start each room from the top, cleaning ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, and high shelves first. On windows and walls, working top to bottom will help prevent streaking.
Wise window washing
Wash the insides of windows with horizontal strokes and the outside with vertical strokes. When the windows dry, you will be able to tell which side requires further attention based on the direction of the streaks.
You’ve always used fabric softener dryer sheets (i.e. Bounce) for the laundry, but did you know that they also dissolve soap scum from shower doors and pick up pet hair off of upholstery? You can also use alka-seltzer or denture cleaner to scrub the insides of containers that are too small for hands.
Take your time
Chances are that cleaning the entire house is going to take a lot of hard work. No one says that you have to get it all done in one day, though. Spread your chores out over a few days, taking some time each day to get away from the house and do something fun. However, once you’ve started a task, don’t allow yourself to get distracted – finish whatever you’re working on before starting something new.
Remember to clean up outside as well as inside your home. If you have any outdoor accessories that have been in storage all winter (bikes, boats, lawn/patio furniture), then now is the time to revive them. It’s also a good idea to thoroughly clean out your car while you’re in a the spring cleaning state of mind.
Make your own cleaning solutions
Generally we like to keep cleaning simple, so here are some basic, but effective, cleaning solutions that you can make at home:
- For walls: Add ½ cup ammonia, ¼ cup white vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda to 1 gallon of warm water. Use a sponge to wash and dry with a clean cloth or towel.
- For windows: Add 3 tablespoons ammonia and 1 tablespoon white vinegar to a spray bottle of water. Use newspaper to shine.
- For the bathroom: Combine ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, ¼ cup baking soda & 1 cup warm water to clean the shower and tile. 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup water is great for cleaning mirrors.
- For wood floors: Mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon warm water. Ring out the mop before wiping the floor to avoid leaving puddles that can cause damage
Good luck with your spring cleaning!
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