Spring Cleaning Simplified
March 20, 2021
The official start of spring is March 20! So there is no better time than the present to spring into action!
Last week we worked on the kitchen. This week we will focus on the bedrooms. Considering you spent about 1/3 of your life there, it definitely deserves attention.
Wash your pillows and duvet
Most people who don’t know how to wash feather pillows and duvets are surprised to learn they can usually be washed in a regular washing machine. The delicate setting with a small amount of detergent is gentle enough for most pillows and duvets, as long as the tag doesn’t specifically state that dry-cleaning is needed. Tumble dry low. That’s it!
Flip and vacuum your mattress
Grab your vacuum cleaner's upholstery attachment and go over the entire surface of the mattress, including the sides. Pay special attention to seams and break out the crevice attachment to get any hidden dirt or dust. Follow by spot cleaning where needed: spray the cleaner onto a clean white cloth, and then blot the stained area with the cloth. After that, you can apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue blotting until the stain lifts. Then, sprinkle baking soda all over the entire mattress. Baking soda will break down acid and absorb any remaining moisture or odor. The longer you can leave baking soda on the mattress, the better it will work! Vacuum the matress again, flip it, and repeat the process.
Clean your window treatments
Here's the 411 on all different types of window treatments, and how to clean them:
Roman Shades: Roman Shades are easy to clean - just use a brush vacuum attachment or a duster for dusting off the surface. To spot clean, blot the affected area with a damp rag with mild soap or detergent.
Cellular/Honeycomb: These shades consist of multiple layers of fabric, creating small pockets that leave room for debris to build up. To avoid that, regularly use the brush attachment on your vacuum to avoid discoloration of your blinds. . Use the low, cool setting of a blow dryer to loosen up dust inside the cells. If there is a stain, simply blot a damp cloth at the spot. Be gentle to retain the shape of the shades.
Solar: Solar shades are durable and are often resistant to mold and moisture. Use a damp cloth to wipe them down or a feather duster or brush attachment on a vacuum for a lighter clean.
Blinds: All you need to do is wipe each slat with a soft duster or cloth, or use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum if you have one.
Drapes: use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to suck up and remove dust and debris. If you want to wash the fabric, identify what kind of material it is and wash them based on material type recommendations.
Clean out your closets
It’s spring time! Rotate your wardrobe: put away the jackets / boots / heavy sweaters (did you really need them, here in Florida?) to make way for warmer weather threads. Take everything out and give away anything that has not been worn in a year – unless it’s a designer or classic piece worth saving. You can also sell your discards on Threadup, TherealReal, or Poshmark.
Next week we’ll take on the bathrooms. Happy cleaning!
We’re breaking our spring cleaning list up into manageable pieces by areas of your home.