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10 Ways to Spring Clean Like a Pro

No one looks forward to spring-cleaning. But think how much better your house will feel when it’s done! Here are a few tips from the pros to make it efficient and effective.

By Reader's Digest Editors

No one looks forward to spring-cleaning. But think how much better your house will feel when it’s done! Here are a few tips from the pros to make it efficient and effective.

1. Work down

Always start at the top of your house and work down. You don’t have to do the whole house in one go—pace yourself. Start with the tidying, then go on to dust, clean, and vacuum, in that order.

2. Shed

Clear out your junk! If you haven’t used it in the past year, you don’t need it. Contribute good clothing and toys to charity or hold a yard sale.

3. Curtain call

Don’t forget the curtains. If you don’t clean them thoroughly at least once a year they will rot. Dry-clean velvet, tapestries, brocades, chenille, and interlined curtains. Cotton and similar textiles can be washed. Just remember to remove any hooks.

4. Deep clean

Give your carpets a deep clean at least twice a year. If you aren’t up to doing it yourself, hire a carpet cleaner or rent a carpet-cleaning machine.

5. Thwart moths

Clean the inside of your drawers and wardrobe, and then wipe the insides with cedarwood oil. Kill moth larvae by washing clothing at the highest temperature possible—or you could stick your clothing in a plastic bag and freeze them for 24 hours.

6. Brighten up

Turn off your lights and remove their shades, globes and bulbs. Wash the removable parts with regular dish soap and wipe the fixed parts with a damp cloth.

7. Turn over

Flip your mattress every three months and switch head and foot as well, which will help it maintain its shape. Vacuum your mattress on a low setting.

8. Freshen the beds

Launder all of your quilts, duvets, and pillows. Both natural and synthetic fibers can be washed, but you may have to head to the Laundromat for big enough machines. Tumble dry.

9. Cheer upholstery

Loose upholstery covers should be washed or dry-cleaned and then placed back on the furniture while still damp to reshape them.

10. Share the load

Don’t do all of the work yourself! Enlist the entire family to chip in, or hire a cleaning service.

Source: Good Housekeeping (UK)

  • Your Comments

    • http://www.miniclean.com.au/ Mini Clean

      The list is definite effective! I do “shed” once in awhile to get ride off of those stuff that I don’t use anymore. Sahring the load with the people in the house is a bit impossible for me, since I’m in my late 50′s and I just have my husband with me, thus, I usually call for help to different good cleaning companies that can do the cleaning.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BNKYAOB645HXRLSWY7BQCF7FQ William Moore

      The key to successful spring cleaning is to be able to get to all walkways, surface areas, windows and doors. Your home should be open enough to get to the dirt that hides in nooks and crannies.
      Carpet Cleaning Vancouver

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BNKYAOB645HXRLSWY7BQCF7FQ William Moore

      The key to successful spring cleaning is to be able to get to all walkways, surface areas, windows and doors. Your home should be open enough to get to the dirt that hides in nooks and crannies.
      Carpet Cleaning Vancouver

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      This is nice information on cleaning the carpet. This ten tips is effective and beneficial to me.

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      1.    
      Keeps the Carpet Looking Great -
      regular carpet cleaning does not only make
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      Carpets are vulnerable to dirt, and also pollens! Of course, it’s springtime! The pollens would probably be everywhere! In order not to catch allergies from them, it’s best to clean them regularly and deeply. That’s right! Everyone should follow these cleaning tips, so that the house will be a healthy place to live in.