15 Items You Need to Deep Clean Every Spring
Excited to declutter and freshen your home decor for the new season? Don't forget the real purpose of spring cleaning is to tackle the deep work that reduces germs, allergens, and mold for a healthier home.
Curtains and drapes
"One of the number one home items that get missed regularly during cleaning is drapes and curtains. They get exposed to a lot of dust and should be cleaned about every six to eight months," shares Ryan Knoll of Tidy Casa. "Most drapes can be machine washed on the delicate setting. If they're silk, linen, or synthetic, they should be dry cleaned."
Air vents and ducts
Before you worry about outside allergens, defeat the biggest indoor allergen offender: dirty air vents and ducts. "You don't want the first time you turn on the AC to be a trigger for your allergies," says Tania Elliot, MD, allergist and spokesperson for Flonase. "Vents can be filled with dust, pollen, bacteria, and even mold."
"Nearly all the keyboards on the market have removable keys, so spend time picking up each one and giving it a good swipe with a disinfecting wipe," says Mark Ortiz, founder of ReviewingThis who formerly ran a cleaning company. "A blast from a can of compressed air will remove dust and food crumbs from the keyboard."
Don't forget to vacuum and wipe down baseboards and shelves in your closets after you KonMari it. "We deep clean closets and you won't believe the amount of dust that builds up over time in that close space," says Alberto Navarrete, the general manager of Emily's Maids in Dallas. Once you put everything back in, make sure you aren't making these closet organizing mistakes.
The top of door frames and cupboards
"When we go into homes we almost always find an inch deep layer of dust on top of cupboards and the top of door frames," says Jack Prenter, founder of Chore Bliss. "The problem with not cleaning this is that as air circulates through our home it will bring the dirt down onto us and our furniture, which can aggravate allergies." Find out the secrets of those who always have a clean house.
Behind and under the bed
"If you have a rug or carpet and store things under your bed, it is very difficult to clean it," says Diana Henley of Naturalcare Cleaning Service. Pulling these items out and doing a thorough cleaning can help reduce allergens in your bedroom." You'll also want to dust, scour, and wash the 14 germiest spots in your bedroom.
Don't forget your knife block, which can harbor bacteria, Ortiz recommends. "Use a high-powered hair dryer (or a can of compressed air) to blow the dust out, then sanitize the block under warm water with soap." While you're at it, try these tricks for cleaning your other tricky kitchen appliances.
"Winter can be hard on floors, especially if you live in an area that receives heavy snowfall. Salt, wet snow, and muck can build up on floors, especially carpets," shares Sherryl Nens owner of Office Pride of Overland Park-Kansas City. "Regular deep cleaning of carpets will not only keep them looking great but also extend their life." Don't miss these 17 carpet cleaning solutions.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
When was the last time you cleaned the doorknobs in your house or the TV remote? Probably never, but you should be, as these, along with microwave, faucet, and refrigerator handles, are some of the dirtiest surfaces in your home, says Kevin Behan of AdvantaClean. "Germs are passed from hands to surfaces every second, so it is imperative they are disinfected, not just dusted." To deep clean them, mix a half cup of bleach in a gallon of hot water and wipe them down with a soft cloth. Just make sure you're not making any of these 10 cleaning mistakes that make your home dirtier.
Pet bed and blankets
"Pets are awesome, but if you are allergic to their dander, it can build up over the winter and make your allergy and asthma symptoms worse," explain the experts at American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "The best way to remove pet allergens is to vacuum frequently and wash upholstery, including your pet's bed." These 11 tricks will help you get the most out of your vacuum cleaner.