Ah, spring is in the air and I’m going stir crazy. After long months of winter isolation with no fresh air, my house feels dusty and stale. Thus, I turn into a much older version of the Tasmanian Devil swirling around my house cleaning everything in my path.
At nearly 60, age definitely gives me an advantage in this spring cleaning marathon. I’ve tried just about everything on the market and used every technique I’ve read about. Therefore, I can clearly and without reservation state, “I’ve got this!” Follow along as I share my tips for a squeaky-clean home in no time.
Start at the top and work your way down.
To clean fast and efficiently, I use dust collecting tools and a vacuum, working from the top to the bottom of my room. Even for the tallest of ceilings – 18′ high — I use a telescoping pole with a microfiber duster to clean cobwebs off the walls, ceilings and lights. For fine chandeliers and hanging lights, I use a duster attachment on the pole. Changing accessories, a fan duster makes for quick and easy cleanup for my many ceiling fans. Additionally, a dome duster works well for the top of door frames, shorter walls and baseboards.
For tables, bookshelves, and electronics, I use a microfiber cloth and duster. A vacuum works best for upholstered furniture and floors. Finishing off the room, I toss curtains and pillows in the dryer with a damp towel using cool air for about 20 minutes. They come out smelling and feeling clean and fresh.
Clean windows and screens easily and quickly.
A room isn’t completely clean, however, without cleaning the windows. I’ve found the perfect quick and clean method. For the inside of the windows, I wash with a microfiber cloth and clean water and dry with another clean, dry microfiber cloth.
I vacuum the window tracks and inside of the screen, which I remove before washing the outside of the window. Once outside, I use the Windex Outdoor all-in-one cleaner by rinsing the windows, wiping with the cleaner head and then rinsing them again–clean and streak-free.
How about floors?
I use an electric floor cleaner that also vacuums for my solid-surface floors. I fill up the water tank with hot water and floor cleaner, roll it across the floors – using the same motions as vacuuming — and I have clean floors in no time!
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