Move on to the bedroom
istock/rakoptonLPN “It’s good to get the bedroom out of the way before the middle of the afternoon when you think ‘I’ll just take a nap,’” says Novak. As with any room, she suggests circling around the bedroom, from top to bottom, so you don’t drop dirt to spots you already cleaned. If you have a ceiling fan, start there using Novak’s trick: Roll back an old pillowcase as if you were going to put a pillow inside, then close it over the fan blade. As you slide it back, the pillowcase will capture the dust instead of letting it fall to the floor. Once the fan is clean, use an old mitten to wipe down your blinds, suggests Novak.
Avoid moving bedroom furniture
istock/kanzefar Your bed sheets should already be in the washer, but heavy-duty spring cleaning is a great time to freshen your mattress. Sprinkle some baking soda over your bare mattress, says Harriet Jones, cleaning supervisor for Go Cleaners London. “It balances the pH levels of your mattress and removes the bad odor,” she says. “You don’t have to flip your mattress, but you will still have a fresh bedding to sleep on.” After a few hours, go back and vacuum the baking soda away. In the meantime, vacuum the bedroom more thoroughly than usual, making sure to go under your bed and dresser. If your dresser doesn’t have a bottom panel, remove the bottom two drawers to reach the floor without moving the whole chest of drawers, suggests Novak.
Freshen the living room
istock/YinYang Use a lint roller to remove dust from living room lampshades, says Novak. Spring cleaning is a great time to hit commonly missed spots—a dry or damp Q-Tip can get in the crevices of a remote control, and a microfiber cloth should take fingerprints off a light switch. Use a vinegar solution to wipe down a gunky baseboard, then follow with a dryer sheet once it’s dry. “It has a nice scent but is also dust-repelling, so dog hair and other dust won’t settle as quickly on your baseboard,” says Novak. Avoid getting on your hands and knees by attaching the dryer sheet to a Swiffer Sweeper or similar tool. Check out these secrets your housecleaner knows about you!