Spring Cleaning Tips
Although spring cleaning tips are available by the thousands on the internet, there’s one you don’t see often: Hire a service to do your seasonal cleaning! You don’t have to be rich to hire a maid.
For less than the cost of a trip to a day spa, you can have a professional come in and do a thorough cleaning for the season. Like the service? Have them come more frequently. Otherwise, have a professional maid service come in a couple of times a year to give your home a complete cleaning. You’ll revitalize your environment without the resulting mess and hassle.
Spring Cleaning Tips
When you hire a service to clean your home, even on a one shot basis, it pays to do your homework. These tips will put you in touch with a reputable housecleaning service in your area:
- Check with someone you know for a referral before you contact a service. The best advertising is word of mouth.
- When you’re checking out a specific service, ask for three to five references you can contact who’ve used the service (even occasionally) for a year or more.
- Prefer maid services that have been in business for three years or more and have a presence in your community. Check to see if they’re members of the Better Business Bureau too.
- Only consider services that employ workers who are bonded and insured with Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage. Having these two insurances in place will protect you from litigation in the event of injury or loss.
You can expect a thorough spring cleaning to include:
- Carpets vacuumed
- Windows cleaned inside
- Baseboards dusted and wiped
- Floors vacuumed and mopped
- Stairs vacuumed
- Flat surfaces and knickknacks dusted
- Marble surfaces washed
- Cobwebs removed
- Fans and light fixtures dusted
- Tile walls, bathtubs, and sinks cleaned and disinfected
- Showers cleaned and disinfected
- Mirrors cleaned
- Counters cleaned and disinfected
- Toilets cleaned and disinfected
- Built-in cabinets and drawers dusted and wiped down
- Countertop appliances cleaned
- Refrigerator exterior cleaned (interior on request)
- Range hood, range front, and top cleaned(interior on request)
- Range drip pans cleaned
- Microwave cleaned (inside and outside)
- Tables and chairs cleaned
- Trash emptied
If you plan on doing a thorough cleaning yourself, these tips will help:
- Always start from the top and work down, that way if dust and cobwebs are present, they’ll sift onto lower surfaces to be dusted away later.
- Open the windows to provide good ventilation, and employ a respirator and fan if you’re planning on using strong solvents in areas with restricted airflow.
- When you use a ladder to reach ceiling vents, make sure to lock it in place. Unless the door is locked, never use a ladder in front of a door that opens toward you.
Cleaning can be a challenge, but with some spring cleaning tips, some help, and a few safety strategies in place, you can get your home in shape for summer fun in a few hours.