A Renter’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

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A Renter’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

Get your Spring Cleaning done faster with these tips.

Spring is almost over, and you haven’t started spring cleaning yet. We get it. It is difficult with the busy schedule you have.

Spring is the perfect time for renters to finally do deep cleaning tasks and seasonal tenant maintenance. Here are some tips to help you finish right away.

  1. Start with walls, cabinets, baseboards and woodwork – Start with the big stuff. This will help get them out of the way as early as possible.Give your walls a bath by using a sponge, water, and detergent. You should do the same for surfaces. For higher spots, use a sponge mop. Lastly, dry it all with a clean cloth.
  2. Give your windows a bath – hopefully, your windows are pretty clean at this point. If it is, then the only thing you need to clean are the window screens and sills. Make sure to remove dirt, cobwebs, and insects.
  3. Use the vacuum cleaner smartly – Instead of dragging every piece of furniture off the carpet, just move the big items a little to the side then vacuum the area that was previously occupied by the furniture. After that, move the furniture back into place. Less effort, more efficient.
  4. Clean your carpets – Naturally, your carpets will need to be cleaned too. You can hire a local cleaning company this one, or have a friend help you out.
  5. Focus on the upholstery – the upholstery gathers as much dust and dirt as your carpet. If you are not comfortable with doing so, you can also hire a professional to do this. You can also ask your landlord for some tips. A tip from Reader’s Digest reads:  “When you’re shampooing carpets or cleaning upholstery with a rented carpet cleaner, practice first in an unobtrusive area to make sure you have the knack of the machine and that the treatment won’t discolor fabrics or cause dyes to run. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the wall, as the old rules dictated—and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries. Open the windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more. If you’re not the furniture-shifting and machine-renting type, use a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner.”
  6. Pay attention to your floors – protect your floors by applying a combination of wash and wax floor cleaner. This will help keep your floors looking fresher. It will also add a protective layer to help them last longer.

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