Spring is in the air! That means that winter coats are being put away and the weather is starting to heat up. It also means that Spring Cleaning plans are starting to form. Those words could bring a sense of chores and hard work but it doesn’t have to. We’re here to give some tips and recommend some products that can make Spring Cleaning much easier for years to come!
GET THE RIGHT TOOLS
The first thing you will need to get is your cleaning supplies. Figure out what you need and also inspect what you already own to see if it needs to be replaced. Maybe that old broom is a little frayed or the mop is a bit too grimy. Here’s a list of the basic tools you’ll need to get the job done.
- Scrub Brush
- Toilet Brush
Carlisle is a great place to get your broom, dustpan, and brushes. Libman has a wide assortment of mops, buckets, sponges, and cloths. Ettore is world-renowned for their squeegee and scraper collection. And Pullman-Holt HEPA Vacuums are designed for the efficient recovery of asbestos, lead, mold and many other hazardous materials.
GET THE RIGHT CLEANING CHEMICALS
Of course those cleaning tools won’t do you a whole lot of good without the right cleaning chemicals. Luckily we carry plenty of those as well! Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need:
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Floor Cleaner
- Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Furniture Polish
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Laundry Detergent
If you’re looking to celebrate Earth Day and want to be a little more environmentally conscious, Earth Friendly Products has a green version of every cleaner listed above. Procter & Gamble carries nearly every brand of cleaners under the sun, including Bounty, Mr. Clean, Comet, Febreeze, Swiffer, Tide, and Dawn.
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
Ok, so you’re armed and ready to tackle dirt and grease. Now what? Well before you dive head first into your Spring Cleaning project, you need a sound strategy so you can get the job done in an efficient and timely manner.
- Remove Trash & Unwanted Items: This is the first thing you want to do as it will help free up some space, and you won’t be dragging garbage all over your clean house. Go through your closet, garage, basement and attic to find all of the items you want to throw away or get rid of. You can either sell unwanted items online or through a yard sale, or you can donate them to your local charity. When going through items that will be thrown away, be sure to separate recyclable items from garbage. These items include aluminum cans, scrap metal, paper, and electronics. Not only will you be helping the environment but some places will pay you to take them off your hands!
- Clean From Top To Bottom: Gravity is a cruel mistress and when you clean things that are high up, a good portion of the dirt and dust falls onto things below. So it’s best to start up top with fans, the ceiling, light fixtures, and shelf tops, then work your way down. Vacuuming and mopping should be the last thing you do.
- Get Help or Get Out: If you have a family, then you can have them help. Give kids small jobs like sorting their toys and taking out garbage. If the kids are being a hassle or the dog is getting in the way, have a friend or relative take them for a few hours to give you an easier time.
- Make It Fun: Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be all work and no play. It can be quality time with family and friends. If you’re on your own, put on some music or a ball game.
KEEPING YOUR HOME CLEAN
- Get A Magic Eraser: A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can clean almost anything. It can clean silver & gold, vinyl, mirrors, suede, pots & pans, BBQ grills, tile & grout, and stove tops. It can remove mold & mildew, soap scum, adhesive residue, hair dye, nail polish, paint, and ink. A definite must have around your house.
- Reverse The Clothes In Your Closet: If you had trouble clearing out your wardrobe, hang all your clothes so your hangers face backward. When you wear something, turn the hanger around. After a year, if something is still on a backward hanger, give it away.
- Stay Organized: Continental has different receptacles for recycling and trash so you can sort as you dispose. Akro Mils has plenty of storage and shelving options.