Spring excites with its transition from cold to warm and the promise of out-of-town visitors, like mom and dad coming in for a visit. Spruce up your guest room with these easy spring-cleaning projects.
Have a Plan
Start by planning out what you want to clean and how you want to go about it. For example, start at the top with the ceilings and work your way down to the floor. Being methodical will make your efforts go quickly and more efficiently. To avoid having to run to different locations to get cleaning supplies, organize a cleaning depot, which can start with a container that ranges from a plastic tub to a wheeled cart. Put supplies like sponges and rags as well as cleaning solutions like rug cleaner and furniture polish in the depot, which you can then take to the guest room.
You can clean fewer items by getting rid of things you don’t need. Bring three pillowcases or laundry baskets in the room. One basket can take things that don’t belong in the guest room. The second can contain items you want to donate because you don’t need them, and the third is for garbage. Fill the three containers by going through every drawer, cabinet, and shelf. Don’t forget to look under the bed or behind dressers and other large pieces of furniture. Then take the containers out of the room before you begin cleaning.
Start at the Top
Use a feather duster or an extension with it to remove any cobwebs. Then remove the covers of any light fixtures at or near the ceilings. Fixtures with just a bit of dust and dirt can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Dirtier ones or ones that are too big to fit will need manual scrubbing in the sink or tub. To clean ceiling fans, put a pillowcase over a fan blade and use it to pull off any dust and dirt into the case. Use a damp cloth to eliminate any stubborn dirt. Repeat for each blade.
Clean the Walls
Wash walls in sections using a sponge and some hand-dishwashing detergent. You can reach higher sections using a sponge mop. Rely on two buckets: one for the detergent and the other for squeezing out the water from the sponge. Leave the walls to dry or use a clean cloth to remove any moisture.
Remove any drapes and put them in a dryer to eliminate any dust. You can add a damp towel into the dryer to help remove stubborn dirt. To clean blinds, close them and wipe horizontally with a dampened cloth. Reverse the direction of the closure and repeat the process on the new side.
Take Care of the Floors
You obviously save the floors for last because any dirt from the ceiling or walls will fall to the bottom. Use a vacuum cleaner on carpets, starting from the furthest corners and working your way out of the room. Use a damp flat mop like a Duop™ or Zwiffer™ to take care of wooden floors. Start by spraying a section with a gentle hardwood floor cleaner before mopping the dirt away.
After you’ve given your guest room the once-over, why not spruce it up even more with some beautiful objects? Contact us at DeSola Glass, Art & Frame Gallery for some ideas on hanging art, mirrors, memorabilia, and other wall decorations.