After surviving through such a harsh winter with temperatures dipping to Arctic conditions, Americans across the United States are ready for summer to come and get out of the house. It is time to breath in the warm air, smell the flowers and enjoy the outdoors. It is also the time of year to air out the house do summer cleaning. Here are five steps that need to be added to the summer-cleaning checklist to make sure your house is officially cleaned.
- Open the windows – houses need fresh air just like humans. On the first warm day, be sure to open up all the windows and let the fresh air circumvent throughout the house. This will help remove dust, remove mold spores and pet dander from the house and outside where it belongs.
- Wash all drapes and window sills.Moisture build up caused by condensation on the windowsills can build up a colony of mold spores especially around older windows that let in drafts during the winter months. Giving them a good cleaning will prevent mold spores from accumulating. Also washing the drapes will remove any dust bunnies and pet dander clinging onto the drapes.
- Dust the ceiling fans and hanging light fixtures. We often forget to dust ceiling fans during the winter months as we never use them. It is only during the late spring and summer months when we first turn on our fans that we remember all too late to dust them first. To avoid dust flying in every which direction in your house, we recommend dusting the fan before turning it on again for the first time after a long winter break. We also recommend cleaning the chandeliers and other hanging light fixtures that accumulate dust over time.
- Disinfect all door handles and light switches. Humans no matter how good their intentions develop dirty habits of wiping their noses with the back of their hands or taking out the garbage and then touching the light switch with germy hands. As part of this year’s spring cleaning pay attention to those small places we touch all too frequently and give them a strong cleaning.
- Mop the floors and vacuum the rugs. Give all hardwood and tile surface areas a proper washing to remove dust, dirt and other grime that has collected from trekking in the winter elements. Vacuum the carpets to remove all pet dander, dust mites and other insects who may have been hibernating this past winter inside your warm home.
Following these steps during the first week of summer is easy to do and will probably only take half a day to complete. Maybe even less time if you can recruit other family members to help out. Once the cleaning is done, the only thing left to do is enjoy the warmer weather and finally get out of the house.