Ultimate spring cleaning checklist.

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Do you despise spring cleaning? If so, we don’t blame you. It can be tedious, time-consuming and tiring. But let's face it — cleaning and sanitizing your home is a crucial part of home maintenance. And these days, it's more important than ever.

So use this spring cleaning checklist and maintenance guide to address the problem areas in your home. If you can’t handle every task on your own, don’t put them off. Instead, hire a house cleaner and other home maintenance professionals. These experts can give your home the deep cleaning it deserves.



Spring cleaning checklist for every room.

Every room has its own needs, so here's a checklist for your kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and more. Use these spring cleaning tips for every room in your house:

Kitchen.

  • Wipe down countertops, tables and other surfaces with a disinfectant. Just read the cleaning products’ labels and your manufacturer's guide for your wood, tile, marble, granite and stainless steel surfaces to make sure the product won’t ruin their condition. The American Cleaning Institute also has a guide on how to clean hard surfaces.
  • Clear out your refrigerator and freezer. Throw away expired food, and wipe down the shelves and walls to clean up any spills.
  • Sweep and mop the floors. Whether you have tile, laminate or hardwood floors, make sure the cleaner you use won’t harm the finish.
  • Clean your appliances to get rid of grease, fingerprints, stains or scratches. You might need to use a stainless steel cleaner, spray glass cleaner or a nonabrasive cleaning powder, depending on the damage and surface material.
  • Don’t forget your kitchen cabinets. Follow the manufacturer’s guide, or use a gentle cleanser with mild dishwashing soap and water.
  • Make sure your garbage disposal isn’t clogged and is working properly.
  • Organize your “junk” drawer. Some people have drawers in their kitchen (or other rooms). If you have a bunch of expired coupons, pens, rubber bands and other miscellaneous items taking up space, organize it and get rid of the stuff you don’t need.

Bathrooms.

  • Use a glass cleaner and wipe down the mirrors to remove fingerprints, toothpaste and other unsightly smudges. 
  • Remove mildew and soap scum from your shower. If you have glass shower doors, use a non-streaking, nonabrasive cleaner. Remember to use a squeegee after every shower to avoid water stains and residue.
  • Use a tile and grout cleaner and brush to clean the grout on your floors, counters or shower walls. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Wipe down your countertops with a disinfectant. Remove toothbrush holders, cubs and other items off your counters first.
  • Remove grime, dirt and fingerprints from your sink and faucets with a cleaner. Don’t forget to clean around the edges and dry the surrounding area when done.
  • Grab your toilet bowl cleaner and use a sponge or brush to scrub your toilet's interior. Wipe down the exterior surface (included under the toilet lid) with a disinfectant wipe. 
  • Sweep and mop the floors. Capture all of the hair, dust and dirt with a broom. If you have tile floors, use a tile floor solution and mop to get shiny, clean floors.
  • Scrub your bathtub with a sponge and soap scum remover. Make sure the ring around the top is gone, and don’t forget to remove your shampoo bottles and other products before you start cleaning.
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Bedrooms.

  • Declutter and organize. Go through your closets and drawers, and start making a pile of things you can throw away, sell or donate. Don’t forget to check under your bed, too. Here are some tips on how to declutter your home.
  • Fold your clothes and organize your closet. Consider installing new shelves or cubbies to help maximize the space.
  • Wash and change your sheets and pillowcases. If you have sheets that are old or coming apart, consider investing in a brand new set. 
  • Dust the top of your nightstand, desk, bed frame, dresser and other furniture. If you use a cleaning product, read the manufacturer’s instructions first to make sure the chemicals won’t damage your wood.
  • Inspect your carpet or flooring for stains. Check by your bedside (especially if you like to eat in bed) and nightstand. Use a stain remover if you spot any, and consider hiring a professional to shampoo or steam your carpets.

Also read: How to organize your home room by room.

Living, family and dining rooms.

  • Dust the dining room table, end tables, bookcases, shelves and fireplace mantle. Remove all pictures, candles, plants and other decorations before doing so, and wipe those down too. For tables, invest in a few coasters to protect the surface.
  • Vacuum your carpets. And consider getting them shampooed, steam cleaned or dry cleaned if it’s been a while since your last thorough cleaning. 
  • Inspect your coaches, chairs and other furniture. If you notice stains, tears and other damage, hire a professional to clean and repair them. 
  • Use a dry, soft cloth to clean your TV, remote control and other electronics. Remember to turn off everything (or unplug it, just to be extra safe) and remove the batteries from your controls first. Always read the owner’s manual for your TV set and electronics before cleaning.

All rooms.

  • Clean your windows and blinds. This includes the window sills, frames and glass. Follow these window cleaning tips.
  • Wash your curtains. Read the label to find out if they're washable, or you can take them to the cleaners.
  • Dust your light fixtures and lampshades too. But be careful when using a ladder, and make sure the lights are off. This is also a good time to make sure you don’t have any broken bulbs.
  • Wash your floor mats. Remove the floor mats from your bathroom, kitchen, entryway and other areas. Shake them outside to release loose dirt and particles, or you can vacuum them. If they’re washing-machine friendly, go ahead and put them through a cycle. If the mats are soiled beyond repair, throw them away and buy new ones.
  • Clean your carpets and rugs. Not only will you remove dirt and stains, but you'll be removing allergens as well.
  • Wipe and dust your ceiling fans. Again, be careful when using a ladder.
  • Dust your walls. Clear out the cobwebs in the corner with a vacuum that has a soft brush attachment.
  • Wipe your baseboards with a sponge or cloth. Use warm water and mild dish soap.
  • Sanitize all high-touch areas, including doorknobs, light switches, counters and more.

And remember that after you're done cleaning, wash all of your rags, sponges, brushes and other cleaning supplies.

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