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Spring Cleaning Tips for Busy Families

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With the weather warming up and the flowers starting to bloom in many areas of the country, it’s a surefire sign that spring is close at hand. Soon, everyone will set their clocks ahead and lose an hour of precious time, but gain extra daylight hours. This is something that most people enjoy, and don’t mind sacrificing the hour of sleep for. Springtime is the perfect time to start cleaning out and cleaning up your home, so you can enjoy a bright and fresh spring season. The more you clean and declutter during the spring, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the summertime once it rolls around.

If you haven’t made spring cleaning a habit in the past, this is the perfect time to start the tradition. It’s more like a rite of passage from winter into a beautiful new season. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, but if it’s been a while since you gave your home a serious cleaning, it may take a bit of your time. Set aside a weekend to dedicate to spring cleaning, and be prepared to make lists of chores and other things that need to be done around the home. If you have children who are old enough to help with chores, don’t be afraid to delegate and give everyone specific jobs to do.

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Get rid of the dust. One of the best ways to start your spring cleaning is to get rid of the dust that is lurking throughout your home. A good vacuum cleaner, like a Dyson is the perfect tool for dust removable on multiple surfaces. You can save up to $200.00 on a Dyson V6 Total Clean, which is amazing for helping to remove dust, and other debris. Use your vacuum cleaner’s attachments to remove dust from walls, wallpaper, cabinets, shelving units, underneath the furniture, and more. Be sure to change your air filters, and clean the covering. You should also dust blinds and window coverings. If you notice an ongoing problem with dust in your home, you might want to invest in an air purifier, or have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Clean the furniture. This might take a little time, but if everyone in your house will work together, the job will get done much faster. Vacuum pieces of furniture like the couches and chairs that are upholstered. You may even want to freshen smelly fabric by sprinkling some baking soda on it, and then vacuuming it up. You can do the same thing to deodorize carpets. Clean off the shelves and mantles by removing odds and ends, books, etc. Dust and use a light wood polish where appropriate. Dust and polish wooden furniture pieces like dressers, sideboards, cabinets and tables. Wipe down counters and sinks, and use and old toothbrush to clean hard to reach grime.

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Tackle the floors. Sweep all wooden or tile floors. Use a vacuum to clean the areas around shoe molding. Wipe down baseboards and molding, and then wash or mop the floors. You may have to get down on your hands and knees and scrub the floors clean, especially if you have tile floors. A good hardwood and tile floor mop like a Bona is a great investment. You can get Hardwood floor cleaners from $7.99, and use it with the Bona floor mop for a perfect clean.

Once you have cleaned your home from top to bottom, you’ll feel so refreshed. You’ll want to spend more time at home so you can actually enjoy all of your hard work. Just be sure to clean up a little at a time so you don’t wind up with another huge mess on your hands.