There is nothing like welcoming Spring with your annual Spring Cleaning. So you don't miss anything check out this Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist with a Free Printable!
Cleaning is not usually a task that I enjoy, but there is something about the annual deep Spring cleaning that makes me happy. Or I will clarify by saying makes me happy once it is over! This Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist has all the information you need to tackle your deep clean. Be sure to print off your FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist so you can check tasks off when they are done and stay on track!
This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. For more info, please see my full disclosures here.
Before you can start cleaning you need to make sure you are stocked up on your essential cleaning supplies. Here are a few necessities for Spring cleaning, and some that just make the task a bit more fun! 😉
Go ahead and get the FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist and Supply List by clicking here or the image below so you can print it off and check things off as you go!
Essential Supplies for Spring Cleaning
Let's get started on the Spring Cleaning!
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Clean Walls & Ceilings
Organize Cabinets & Drawers
This is the perfect time to clean out those kitchen cabinets and throw away or donate things you don't use or that are broken. While you're at it, go through all your drawers and get rid of all the little bits and pieces that tend to junk them up over the year.
Reseal Grout & Countertops
Tile grout can stain easily so it's important to reseal it every year to help prevent those stains. This is also a good time to re-seal your countertops if you have natural stone counter-tops. Make sure you use a sealant that is safe for your type of countertops. To seal grout I like to use a small foam brush with this sealer and for countertops I use the same sealer and I prefer to use a lint free rag.
Clean Out Closets
Now is the time to go through any clothes you didn't wear last year or have outgrown and either decided to keep it, donate it, or throw it away if they are damaged. Have a lot of name brand clothes, then try reselling some of them to get a little extra cash for new clothes you've been eyeing.
Rugs get so much traffic throughout the year and if you're like me and have pets in the house, there can easily be dirt and grim hidden in the pile of the rug that we just can't see. If your rug has a backing that is waterproof than you can use a shampoo machine to clean these (I just rent one from the home improvement store), or if you have rugs without backings then you will need to take these to get professionally cleaned.
Wipe Down Cabinets & Shelving
Dusting is probably my least favorite part of house cleaning, but those bookshelves and built-ins can really attract the dust especially if you aren't making sure to dust them on a regular basis. Or how about all those books on the bookshelves that never get dusted? To do this I suggest you take everything completely off the shelves and dust the items on the shelves and then dust the shelves themselves. To make this go quicker you can use a hand duster.
Be sure to give all of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets a good wipe down using the same method as above that you used for shelving.
Clean Your Upholstered Furniture
Use your vacuum to get any dust or debris off the cushion and then spot clean any stains. My favorite spot cleaner never lets me down…even gets out red wine stains! Then make sure to use your vacuum to clean under the cushions before putting them back on.
Change Air Filters
This is one of those tasks that you should be doing more than once a year. Usually air filters need to be changed out about every 3 months, depending on the type of air filter you have. I have seen some say they last 6 months. If you've been slacking on this, now is the time!
Change Batteries in Smoke Detector
You really should be changing your batteries out twice a year, but Spring cleaning is a perfect time to remember to do it. Then set a reminder to do it 6 months from that date so you don't forget.
Wash Windows and Screens
Using dish soap and water, scrub each screen with a brush and lay to the side to let dry. While the screens are drying use a window cleaner to thoroughly clean the windows.
Clean Off Exterior of Home
There is something so satisfying about using a pressure washer and watching all that dirt and grime come off before your eyes. Spring is the perfect season to bring that baby out. If you do this once a year it is not as bad the next year. If you were like me and neglected this task the first 3 years living in my house, it can take a little more time. I use the pressure washer to first clean off my back patio from all of the winter debris and any stains. Then I look around the brick of my house and see if there are any areas that have started to grow mold or stain and then spray a little Krud Kutter on it and pressure wash it off.
Clean Curtains/Window Treatments/Linens
If you can wash your curtains in the washing machine do so, and then let them hang dry. Once dry hang back up and steam. This is my favorite hand steamer. If your curtains require dry cleaning, then take them to the dry cleaner. For blinds and shutters, use mild soap and water to wipe clean, never use harsh chemicals.
Having stopped up gutters can cause all sorts of issues. I currently have a stopped up gutter where a bird built a nest last year and it got stuck in the gutter and started to make the wood below it rot over the winter. So make sure if you don't have screens over your gutters you either carefully clean them out yourself, or hire someone to come clean them out for you.
If your home has siding on parts of the exterior or if you have trim under your gutters or roof, they can get dirty easily. I like to take Krud Kutter and add it to a spray bottle (see instructions for how many to add to water), then spray it down, let it sit and then spray it off with my water hose. It can make a world of difference. First make sure to test a small area first to make sure it doesn't damage your siding or exterior trim.
This post contained some affiliate links for your convenience. For more info, please see my full disclosures here.