Even if you participate in weekly spot cleaning, often the level of cleaning during the ritualistic “spring cleaning” time of year isn’t enough to get your home sparkling clean. The fact remains—there are some areas of our homes that we forget to clean or don’t even know we should be cleaning.
Our essential spring cleaning checklist will help you thoroughly clean your home and appliances from top to bottom in the most efficient way possible!
Flush The Hot Water Heater
Standard water heaters collect a variety of sediment during their lifetime. This sediment can deposit and collect at the bottom of your hot water heater tank over time, which ultimately causes it to run inefficiently.
There's little you can do to prevent this from happening, so our next step is preventing damage to your tank by flushing your water heater annually. This will ensure that water gets heated efficiently, and your water heater won’t have to work harder than it’s supposed to.
Check out our blog on how to flush your water heater for a step-by-step guide through the process!
Clean Out the Lint Trap
Your dryer won’t dry clothing as well if the lint trap is full. Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes prematurely replace their dryer when it becomes harder to dry clothes, thinking there’s a problem with the appliance.
In reality, it’s often just that the lint trap needs to be thoroughly cleaned. You can easily clean your lint trap yourself in a few different ways.
To remove large chunks of lint, remove your lint trap and use a vacuum hose to clean around the inside of the trap. Alternatively, using a microfiber cloth to gather all the lint and dust from inside the trap will work just as well. Afterward, you can remove smaller pieces of lint from the screen by gently scrubbing it with a soft toothbrush.
Get Your HVAC System Serviced
Your HVAC system works very hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round. You can help keep it in good working order by having your unit maintained during your spring cleaning. This will ensure that it continues to work properly and with peak efficiency, which will also help you avoid costly repairs due to inconsistent or improper maintenance.
A Wilson technician can perform general maintenance as well as any repairs, replacements, and installations on your HVAC system. General maintenance includes tasks such as having the air filter replaced, cleaning the coils, checking the coolant level, and looking for leaks. If any issues are detected, our team will be able to advise what should be taken care of and can then fix those issues as well.
Don’t put off having your HVAC system maintained as it can prove to be a costly and inconvenient mistake!
Upgrade Your Cleaning Supplies
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to not replace their cleaning supplies until they run out of a product or one of them breaks. It’s all too easy to forget that cleaning supplies need to be upgraded too. During your spring cleaning, gather your cleaning supplies and replace items that have a more efficient alternative.
Throw away dingy, smelly sponges and replace them so you aren’t accidentally spreading around old germs and bacteria while trying to clean. Recycle those old rags that you use for dusting—they can be replaced with microfiber cloths that will do a far better job at dusting (they actually collect the dust rather than spread it around). When you upgrade your cleaning supplies you can clean your home with greater efficiency.
Remove Clutter And Unused Items
Over time, our homes can become cluttered with all kinds of gathered items, keepsakes, and memorabilia. Most people probably have a lot of items in their homes that they simply don’t need. When you are spring cleaning make it a point to remove clutter from every room.
Start in one room and gather items that you don’t need. Remember, this may prove to be quite the process, so don’t try to accomplish everything in one day.
You can easily figure out what to keep and what to get rid of by thinking about the last time that you used each item. If it’s been at least a year since you’ve used something, then chances are that you don’t really need it.
Continue working through rooms one at a time and gauging what you need and what is just taking up space. You might be surprised to find how many items you actually are able to get rid of.
Decluttering can feel great and keeps you from having more things in your home than necessary, which cuts down on surfaces that dust can collect on.
Clean Your Bathroom And Kitchen Fixtures
Dirty fixtures can completely change the look of a room. Take your time and really polish each fixture. You can use lemon juice to remove water stains from your sick or other bathroom fixtures. An often overlooked area of your bathroom is the showerhead.
You can clean your showerheads by soaking them in a solution of hot water and white vinegar for 15 minutes. After the showerhead has soaked, take an abrasive sponge or toothbrush and gently clean the holes on the shower head. It’s not uncommon for these to get clogged with mineral deposits that affect the flow of water.
Cleaning your showerheads and other bathroom and kitchen fixtures is an essential part of spring cleaning your home.
Everyone should spring clean their home. It will help make it a safe, healthy place that you and your family can be proud of and happy in. If you find yourself needing assistance with the maintenance of your plumbing or HVAC, give Wilson Plumbing & Heating a call.