Whether you do your deep cleaning once a year or every month, there are probably a few areas that you tend to forget about. The following checklist may remind you of a few forgotten corners of your home that need your attention during this year's spring cleaning!
__ Clean out the garage. Get rid of tools you don't use or that are rusted or beyond repair.
__ Inspect the roof and gutter.
__ Examine exterior and touch up if needed. Power wash the outside of the house, including windows.
__ Drain all sediment from your hot water heater.
__ Perform maintenance on home cooling systems.
__ Donate clothing that has not been worn for more than two years.
__ Using a telescoping vacuum extension, sweep away all cobwebs and dust near the ceilings.
__ Wash the walls throughout the house using 1/2 cup ammonia,1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 gallon of warm water.
__ Wash all inside windows. Vacuum out the tracks.
__ Vacuum/wash/dry clean all window coverings.
__ Dust and wash light fixtures and chandeliers.
__ Wash all knickknacks.
__ Vacuum lampshades. Replace lightbulbs.
__ Clean out and reorganize the linen closet.
__ With a vacuum brush, remove hair stuck to walls and ceiling by hair dryers and hair spray.
__ Deep clean shower, toilet, floor and sink.
__ Inventory the medicine cabinet and toss expired medicines.
__ Defrost freezer (if needed) and wash out refrigerator. Toss out expired foods.
__ Remove screen on stove fan and wash.
__ Deep clean oven and stovetop.
__ Go through your kitchen appliances, clean thoroughly and get rid of ones you no longer use regularly.
__ Use your vacuum on the front of the coils and motor to remove dust and dirt.
__ Vacuum books and bookshelves.
__ Launder all quilts, blankets, comforters and bedspreads. Turn mattresses.
__ Move all furniture to the center of each room and vacuum thoroughly.
__ Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a company to clean your carpets.
__ Inventory the contents of each room. Force yourself to get rid of the things you don't need.
__ Have a garage sale. Put the proceeds toward a family vacation, or visit a local amusement park, water park or favorite restaurant to celebrate the beginning of summer.